Most people turn to religion when seeking answers to the big questions. But surprisingly, it was a pair of mathematicians that finally discovered the answer to the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
And the answer is… 42
In Douglas Adams’ sci-fi series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a pair of programmers task the galaxy’s largest supercomputer with answering the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe and everything. After 7.5 million years of processing, the computer reaches an answer: 42. Only then do the programmers realize that nobody knew the question the program was meant to answer.
Now, in this week’s most satisfying example of life reflecting art, a pair of mathematicians have used a global network of 500,000 computers to solve a centuries-old math puzzle that just happens to involve that most crucial number: 42.
And so, without further ado, the question AND answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything is:
(-80538738812075974)^3 + (80435758145817515)^3 + (12602123297335631)^3 = 42
Questions: Do you consider time spent searching for a supernatural answer to the meaning of life, a worthwhile effort? Or should we concentrate on real-world issues?