Numberphile – Douglas Adams And 42

Notice! On Sunday, 25th March, from 1:00pm until 2:00pm in Melbourne, The State Library are holding their Children’s Books spectacular and Embiggen Books has been swept up in the excitement.

Michael Pryor author of the amazing Laws of Magic series and George Ivanoff writer of the brilliant Gamers series will be there – head to the Facebook event page to RSVP and get more details.

…and since it’s the Young Adult Fiction days over that weekend, here’s a video that mentions a book I first read as a young teen, that has continued to inspire me since.

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  • chrisj

    There’s a nice observation from Geoffrey Perkins in the (published book of the) original Radio Scripts that after the broadcast of episode six, where Arthur does his stuff with the Scrabble letters:

    “Some would-be clever people wrote in to point out that six times nine is in fact fifty-four, not forty-two, and couldn’t we do elementary mathematics? Some would-be even cleverer people wrote in to point out that six times nine actually does equal forty-two if calculated in base thirteen.”

    • Kylie Sturgess

      The answer to life, the universe and everything? Do it in base thirteen.

    • Palle Raabjerg

      I just sort of assumed that the error was due to the fact that the program hadn’t finished yet at that point in history.
      If the Earth had been allowed to finish its calculations, it might have eventually got to 6×7… Or something even more profound.
      At which point the universe would instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.

      The base 13 explanation is enticing though.


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