## A Conversation for Number 42 Explained by Douglas Adams - Also Base 13 Explained

### Peer Review: A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Tangent Started conversation Jun 28, 2005

Entry: Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained - A4288584

Author: Tangent - U1658166

I'm very proud of this one! It is very well researched but hurridly written and there may be a number of spelling mistakes.

This factually explains something that even h2g2 posters seem to be confused about - the meaning of everything!

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Dan - SteppaSide Posted Jun 28, 2005

There is a really good entry on number systems already http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/classic/A600427 but it doesn't mention the most useless of all systems base 13.

Perhaps you could change the layout to first refer to the number systems entry then describe base 13. (does it have another name like decimal or hexadecimal?) and then finish off with how base 13 became linked with Douglas Adams storys.

Dan

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

echomikeromeo Posted Jun 28, 2005

I agree. As far as I'm concerned, I have a lot more interest in learning how base 13 works than learning the fascinating tidbit about how 6 X 9 = 42 in base 13. The important bit is the more 'academic' bit, in my view.

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Dr Hell Posted Aug 12, 2005

Hmm... It seems that this one needs a major re-organizing. Author still around?

HELL

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Dr Hell Posted Aug 12, 2005

PS: If we had 13 fingers base 13 would probably be the most common and useful.

HELL

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Mr. Dreadful - But really I'm not actually your friend, but I am... Posted Aug 12, 2005

The authors last post was the one above... another 16 days and he/she has officially Elvised.

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

Mr. Dreadful - But really I'm not actually your friend, but I am... Posted Aug 12, 2005

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

FordsTowel Posted Oct 16, 2005

Well, besides the misspelling 'physicicists', I would have liked to comment that I felt pretty confident that I knew why DNA chose 42.

Not because of base 13, but because of base 2 or binary: 101010.

In respects to it being 'funny', I saw a few possibilities.

1) DNA may be saying that the universe is a binary, clockwork universe, and not produced by the being that left 'God's last message', whoever that may have been;

2) in computer concepts, the binary code represents on-off-on-off-on-off, which could explain a lot of why the universe is the way it is;

3) it could be an intimation that DNA saw the universe as pretty evenly 'good' and 'bad'.

4) in Octal, 42 (base 10) equals 52, the year that DNA was born.

5) DNA was predicting the end of the universe (or his own demise) on October 10th, 2010.

Could be myriads, but these were what came to mind for me.

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

echomikeromeo Posted Oct 17, 2005

I think DNA just picked that number completely randomly. At least, that's what he always said in interviews. It was also his age when his daughter was born, but since he wrote Hitchhiker's long before her birth that can't have had anything to do with it really.

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

the_jon_m - bluesman of the parish Posted Oct 25, 2005

offically vanished ?

### A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

echomikeromeo Posted Oct 25, 2005

Looks like it. Back to entry?

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### Peer Review: A4288584 - Base 13, 16, 2 and the Number 42 Explained

- 1: Tangent (Jun 28, 2005)
- 2: Dan - SteppaSide (Jun 28, 2005)
- 3: echomikeromeo (Jun 28, 2005)
- 4: Dr Hell (Aug 12, 2005)
- 5: Dr Hell (Aug 12, 2005)
- 6: Mr. Dreadful - But really I'm not actually your friend, but I am... (Aug 12, 2005)
- 7: Dr Hell (Aug 12, 2005)
- 8: Mr. Dreadful - But really I'm not actually your friend, but I am... (Aug 12, 2005)
- 9: echomikeromeo (Sep 4, 2005)
- 10: echomikeromeo (Sep 4, 2005)
- 11: AlexAshman (Oct 12, 2005)
- 12: FordsTowel (Oct 16, 2005)
- 13: echomikeromeo (Oct 17, 2005)
- 14: AlexAshman (Oct 25, 2005)
- 15: the_jon_m - bluesman of the parish (Oct 25, 2005)
- 16: echomikeromeo (Oct 25, 2005)
- 17: Skankyrich [?] (Oct 25, 2005)

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