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The Answer to the
Ultimate Question of Life,
the Universe and Everything
42 is the cryptic solution to
life, the universe and everything, a concept taken from the science fiction
series The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HHGG or H2G2) created by Douglas
Adams as a radio comedy broadcast that debuted on BBC Radio 4 in 1978. HHGG
developed into a "trilogy" consisting of 5 books, a computer game, a television
series, and a featured film that was completed after Adams's death in the
cabalistic day March 11, 2001.
Douglas NoŽl Adams was a Cult British radio
dramatist, amateur musician and author born on March 11, 1952, also know as
"DNA" by his initials or Bop Ad due his illegible signature, mostly famous after
write HHGG, a story involving the supercomputer Deep Thought, which answers lead
the protagonists on a quest.
HHGG sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime, becoming also
part of the British Cult TV Series, later adapted in 3 series of 3-part comic
book published by DC Comics between 1993 and 1996.
The story lines go through 5 different stages
toward the discovery of the truth of the beginning of times, perhaps a sci-fi
counterpart of the Big Bang scientific theory on the origin of the universe
credited to Edwin Hubble and continued by the most famous living scientist,
The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy starts with the ultimate answer (book 1),
The search for the Ultimate Question (book 2), Arthur's Scrabble tiles (book 3),
Marvin's Question (book 4), an the impossibility of discovering the Ultimate
Question (book 5)
Deep Thought, considered the second greatest
computer of all times is constructed by researchers from a pan-dimensional,
hyper-intelligent race of beings, providing the ultimate answer "forty-two",
calculated after a 7 1/2 million years of pondering the ultimate question.
Searching for it, Deep Thought, incorporating living beings as part of its
matrix, designs a new computer called Earth, so they can say what the question
is, however this computer is as big that it is often confused with a planet.
At some point, the question is lost 5 minutes
before it was due. The story line goes through the different stages until the
end of the last book of the series of novels, where a final reference to the
number 42 is stated.
Arthur encounters a man called Prak, who through an overdose of effective truth
serum has gained the knowledge of all truth, confirming that 42 is indeed the
answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, but also
that it is impossible for both the ultimate answer and the ultimate question to
be known about the same universe and time.
Through his career, Douglas Adams was asked many
times why he chose the number 42 while people theorized, until November 2, 1993
when Adams revealed the real truth to his ultimate novel; "The answer to this is
very simple. It was a joke".
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