The secret to life the universe and everything

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the secret to life the universe and everything

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!
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The title refers to the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. A radio adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything was recorded in under the guidance of Dirk Maggs , starring the surviving members of the cast of the original Hitchhiker's radio series.
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After calculating for 7. Deep Thought does know, though, that another supercomputer, known as Earth, was to be designed by Deep Thought himself to come up with the question in million years. In Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy we learn that the answer to everything is It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one.

One of the drawings found in an atomic fall out shelter on Jikthroom Beta , as seen in the opening of Episode 5 of the TV series. This Answer was first calculated by the supercomputer Deep Thought after seven and a half million years of thought. This shocking answer resulted in the construction of an even larger supercomputer, named Earth , which was tasked with determining what the question was in the first place. The Earth was destroyed by the Vogons five minutes before its ten-million year program was due to be completed. One of the only two humans who had survived the destruction of Earth, namely Arthur Dent , pulls random Scrabble tiles from a bag, so to reveal information in his unconscious Marvin announced that Arthur had the Question imprinted in his brainwaves. When his friend, Ford Prefect , lines up the tiles, they spell, 'What do you get when you multiply six by nine? In both the radio series and the novel, it is stated that two programmers named Lunkwill and Fook were the ones to turn on Deep Thought and were the first to address it.

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For decades, scientists have wondered whether each of the numbers from 0 to could be represented as the sum of three cubes, where a cube is the same number multiplied together three times two cubed equals eight. Forty-two was the last number without a proven solution—until now. The Charity Engine is a computing platform that takes unused processing power from , home computers to produce a kind of world-wide supercomputer. Mathematicians since Louis J. Scientists had found a, b, and, c for all numbers less than except for proven exceptions that would have no solution, as well as 33 and Most of the exceptions come from a separate proof that all cubes are either multiples of nine or one integer away from a multiple of nine on the number line. That means that three cubes summed together could only result in numbers three or less units away from multiples of nine—you could never add three cubes up to a number four or five units away from a multiple of nine.

Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. Thus, to calculate the Ultimate Question, a special computer the size of a small planet was built from organic components and named "Earth". This appeared first in the radio play and later in the novelization of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The fact that Adams named the episodes of the radio play "fits", the same archaic title for a chapter or section used by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark , suggests that Adams was influenced by Carroll's fascination with and frequent use of the number. The fourth book in the series, the novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish , contains 42 chapters.

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