42

Hunting for the ultimate questions and answers a la ‘hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy’, and some rather ‘useful’ algorithms!

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Might as well begin with the answer to the ‘Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything’. I would have titled my blog ‘The Algorithm’ if I knew how to reach the answer! Of course, the answer is deduced by the supercomputer, Deep Thought, afterr 7½ million years of computation. Deep Thought then points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Question was. So, when asked to produce The Ultimate Question, Deep Thought builds an even more powerful computer (the planet Earth) to do so, which is supposed to run for 10 million years to find the question and so on…(and you know the rest). Of course, independently, the answer is also discovered to be 9 times 6 (equals 42)!

So, to begin with, here’s an algorithm ….

hitchalgorithm

Question: Are you aware of other such fundamentally useful algorithms?

Author: amitabht

Lecturer, Loughborough University, England

7 thoughts on “42”

    1. As ‘Hitchhikers…’ shows, you can some times write down the answer and then think really hard to find what the problem was!!

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