|Life the universe and HP|
Message #1 Posted by Tom (UK) on 7 Jan 2002, 8:27 a.m.
Sorry if this is old ground but...
D Adams wrote a little book called 'The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy' in which the answer to life the universe and everything was '42'. Which was more a problem with the meaning of the question than it's answer. (Although the numbers 6 and 9 came into it).
The answer was generated by a huge super computer and took many 1000's of years to compute so even those with a brain the size of a planet may need a few seconds to think about this one.
Many theories have been put forward, withdrawn, forgotten, put forward again etc etc about how he chose '42' (including the use of base 13 - which he denied)
All HP fans know the HP42 is THE calculating answer to life the universe and everything but was Mr Adams aware of the HP42 or was Mr Hewlett or Packard or some other underling a fan of the books???
Very sadly Douglas Adams died recently in middle age (whilst living in the USA) so the real answer may never be known but does anyone here know of a connection?
PS If you havent already read the books (ace) listened to the BBC radio series (faaaannnntastic) or seen the BBC's TV series (a bit naff) then do so - I'm sure you will enjoy them.