## A Conversation for The Answer To The Ultimate Question Of Life, The Universe, And Everything

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

jewishspawn Started conversation Jun 9, 2005

It is really quite simple and requires no philosophical reasoning or anything. The problem is quite mathematical, for anyone who has worked with computers (which i know DNA did) the switch between different "bases" of math becomes quite simplistic. So, to make a short story long, if we simply switch into base 13, we find that the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything (what do you get when u multiply six by nine) is in fact the ultimate answer (42). So we see that there is nothing philosophical about this but it is a simple multiplication problem in an obscure and rarely used base.

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

DTI April Posted Jun 13, 2005

this is true, but was not adams' intention, he openly admits that the number was selected randomly...

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

Think-Am Posted Sep 24, 2005

Direct quote:

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

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Douglas Adams

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

Neumenon Posted Aug 12, 2006

And life is full of random events... and we are constantly trying to figure out the "What if?" in these events...

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

PharmChick Posted Oct 18, 2008

Thank you for writing and all the fish.

### I know why the question is 6 x 9

ketchupjuice Posted Jan 25, 2010

can it be that 13 is the base on the magic cube

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_cube

and the magic cube

is the theory to everything that explains the 11 Dimensions in the M theory.

(well... as crazy as it is, this my theory)

0. circle of life

1. connection of 2 stars

2. your horoscope

3. 3D

4. time/space

5. a repository

6. parallel universe (what we understand as Underworld and Heaven =)

7. Infiniti

8. 2 infiniti crosses

9. TBD

10. TBD

ref:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkxieS-6WuA&feature=related

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