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originally posted by: Astrocyte
a reply to: muzzleflash
So, you're saying everything is absolutely meaningful? There is no meaningless coincidences? Or, some things are meaningful and other things aren't? Is there meaning to the microbes around us and the way they configure?
Now, Andrew Booker, a mathematician at the University of Bristol, has finally cracked it: He discovered that (8,866,128,975,287,528)³ + (–8,778,405,442,862,239)³ + (–2,736,111,468,807,040)³ = 33.
Booker found this odd trio of 16-digit integers by devising a new search algorithm to sift them out of quadrillions of possibilities. The algorithm ran on a university supercomputer for three weeks straight. (He says he thought it would take six months, but a solution “popped out before I expected it.”)
But even with increasingly powerful computers and more efficient algorithms thrown at the problem, some whole numbers have stubbornly refused to yield any winning tickets. And 33 was an especially stubborn case: Until Booker found his solution, it was one of only two integers left below 100 (excluding the ones for which solutions definitely don’t exist) that still couldn’t be expressed as a sum of three cubes. With 33 out of the way, the only one left is 42.
originally posted by: NoClue
a reply to: muzzleflash
Tetrahedron and helix are found in the 3 aspects of humans body, mind, soul.
Which gives us a total of 42 aspect of reality that can be controlled.
Less is sometimes more!
originally posted by: andy1972
The author of the guide Adams was a computer programmer. In computer code of the day the number 42 was an asterisk. Which meant it was used as a random in programming language..which literally meant "anything you like", so the meaning of life was 42 "anything you like !!".
originally posted by: BlueJacket
Author J.K. Rowling surprised fans on Tuesday with a new chapter in the wildly popular Harry Potter saga.
In the 1,500-word story on her website, Pottermore, the boy wizard reappears all grown up, with a wife, two sons, and "threads of silver" in his hair.
The new piece,appearing seven yearsafter the publishing of the last Harry Potter novel, is presented in the form of a gossip-column item on the nearly34-year-old Harry's attendance at the 2014 QuidditchWorld Cup Finals.
originally posted by: micpsi
This is merely number pareidolia. One can find significance for almost any integer. After all, there are quite a lot to choose! There are a huge number of contexts to pick from in order to make ANY number seem cosmically important. On the other hand, if you really would like to make connections between the number 42 and contexts that have a realistic possibility of being relevant (supposing that this number is, indeed, a master number favoured by God when he designed the universe, reality and everything), then consider the following:
1. there are 7 planes of consciousness, each with 7 subplanes (don't ask me why - I have not got time - ask Theosophists and the great Indian spiritual master Meher Baba. So there are 42 subplanes above the lowest plane (physical universe). God needed 42 higher levels of reality in order to make his way down here;
2. the Sri Yantra is the most revered of the Indian yantras. It consists of 42 triangles surrounding a central one that symbolises the triple Godhead of Shiva, Brahma & Vishnu. Each triangle corresponds to a higher level of reality (subplane). So God really did need that number 42. There are over 1.08 billion Hindus that will confirm this;
3. the 7 notes above the tonic of a musical octave has 21 intervals. That means they have 21 ascending intervals and 21 descending intervals (definition: if an ascending interval is of magnitude n, its descending; counterpart is 1/n). Therefore, 42 intervals other than notes can be associated with each octave of 8 notes.
Well, that's just a few. I could give dozens of more examples of how 42 really is involved in the construction of the universe, just as Douglas Adams pretended to claim. But I have not got time. Besides, I know few of you will even take me seriously, so why bother?
If you know The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, then you also know the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. But how did Douglas Adams come up with that number?
And one original idea in The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, first broadcast as a radio comedy in 1978, has developed a life quite unlike any other joke, before or since. Advertisement The plot for the six episodes leapt very much wherever Adams wanted to go on the day, but led to a pivotal gag that went like this; a giant computer called Deep Thought, having spent exactly 7.5m years pondering on Life, the Universe and Everything finally and solemnly announces that the Ultimate Answer is . . . "Forty two".
Often you hear it as a simple namecheck, a gently conclusive "Douglas Adams", said whenever a spontaneous 42 is seen as a seat number, a restaurant table, or a homework answer. Others post lists of favourite 42s, snap "42" photos, or enjoy throwing a 42nd birthday party (Pink Floyd performed on stage with Adams for his special day). There are the influential friends as well – both Google's HQ and Cern's Large Hadron Collider have office complexes named for the number.
For many followers the question of "Why 42?" has been an enjoyable part of the enigma. Adams kept his magic in the tin, never revealing (other than to his friend Stephen Fry, who claims he'll take the secret to his grave) the full story.