Re: Answer to the Ultimate Question?

The answer is 42.

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- May 5, 2008 5:34 AM
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Re: Answer to the Ultimate Question?

The answer is 42.

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- May 5, 2008 5:46 AM
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eHalcyon wrote:The answer is 42.

Did you actually work it out?? hehe. I was a few thousandths off, but I figured.. what the hey? Who would notice?

- May 5, 2008 5:50 AM
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llonvent wrote:Did you actually work it out?? hehe. I was a few thousandths off, but I figured.. what the hey? Who would notice?

Of course I didn't. =P There's no way for me to know what values the variables represent, so it isn't possible.

You've given me an idea for an entry though... if I can work out some math, maybe I'll put it together and submit it.

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- May 5, 2008 5:52 AM
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eHalcyon wrote:Of course I didn't. =P There's no way for me to know what values the variables represent, so it isn't possible.

You've given me an idea for an entry though... if I can work out some math, maybe I'll put it together and submit it.

They represent their place in the alphabet. A=1, etc

- May 5, 2008 5:54 AM
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llonvent wrote:They represent their place in the alphabet. A=1, etc

Ahhhh. So it actually is 42? Hah!

I never even read the book (or watched the movie). Just another internet thing. =)

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- May 5, 2008 6:14 AM
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llonvent wrote:Did you actually work it out?? hehe. I was a few thousandths off, but I figured.. what the hey? Who would notice?

Yeah, that'll be a few thousandths off with those square roots, and is that I^3.966? On this site, a whole lot of people will notice. ;) Gotta make sure the math is right!

That's a great idea for a shirt though. IMO, it should either have "=42" at the end, or maybe the God/man finger pointing thing from the Sistine Chapel or something. Either way, I'd have a better chance of understanding the shirt as meaning something without being told. Or just a big "42" in gray behind the equasion. Resubmitted like that, and I'd vote for it.

- May 5, 2008 7:24 AM
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eHalcyon wrote:You've given me an idea for an entry though... if I can work out some math, maybe I'll put it together and submit it.

I've decided that I'm too lazy.

The idea would be to have 26 linear equations using the letters as variables. To avoid writing repeated letters, it would have to be written in matrix form (i.e. Ax = b).

The solution would have to be some other joke. A message in binary maybe...

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- May 5, 2008 7:38 PM
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redghia69 wrote:Yeah, that'll be a few thousandths off with those square roots, and is that I^3.966? On this site, a whole lot of people will notice. ;) Gotta make sure the math is right!

That's a great idea for a shirt though. IMO, it should either have "=42" at the end, or maybe the God/man finger pointing thing from the Sistine Chapel or something. Either way, I'd have a better chance of understanding the shirt as meaning something without being told. Or just a big "42" in gray behind the equasion. Resubmitted like that, and I'd vote for it.

Thanks for the advice redghia69. I took it and resubmitted it. (I've made it through calculus, and I don't know the answer to this: Do exponents have to be whole numbers? llo. I don't know, but it was what I had to do to make it add up. :P) Thanks for the comments.

- May 5, 2008 7:40 PM
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llonvent wrote:Thanks for the advice redghia69. I took it and resubmitted it. (I've made it through calculus, and I don't know the answer to this: Do exponents have to be whole numbers? llo. I don't know, but it was what I had to do to make it add up. :P) Thanks for the comments.

Exponents absolutely do not need to be whole numbers.

- May 6, 2008 1:52 AM
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bluchez wrote:Exponents absolutely do not need to be whole numbers.

They don't even need to be REAL numbers. Euler's identity ftw!

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- May 6, 2008 6:52 AM
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eHalcyon wrote:They don't even need to be REAL numbers. Euler's identity ftw!

Hey eHalcyon, do you think that I should be worried about switching to engineering next semester while not knowing what Euler's identity is? soooo nervous.

- May 6, 2008 7:02 AM
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llonvent wrote:Hey eHalcyon, do you think that I should be worried about switching to engineering next semester while not knowing what Euler's identity is? soooo nervous.

Nah. You'll learn it if you need to know it. I think I learned it in a circuits class. You could always read the wiki article.

Euler's Identity:

e^(i*pi) + 1 = 0

which is a specific case of Euler's formula:

e^(ix) = cos(x) +i*sin(x)

My name is Eric, btw.

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- May 6, 2008 9:23 PM
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eHalcyon wrote:Nah. You'll learn it if you need to know it. I think I learned it in a circuits class. You could always read the wiki article.

I looked that up last night when I saw your post in the resub thread. I'd seen it before -- the most beautiful equation, relating e to pi, but never could have told you what it was....

I like this quote from the article: "Gauss is reported to have commented that if this formula was not immediately apparent to a student on being told it, the student would never be a first-class mathematician." I guess I know right where I stand! Oh, I guess I already knew. I wish I'd gone further in math. I had a stupid guidance counselor, and that didn't help any.