What's on your mind?
Ok, so the answer is 42. Either it's a bad math problem or it's something else... and I think I know what it is.
Follow the logic:
Philosophers built Deep Thought - a computer - to work out the answer to the ultimate question.
The computer had to think about it for a while - doesn't matter how long (but my answer would reflect that DT was just yanking the philosophers' chains).
7.5 million years later, DT tells humans they won't like the answer. Then it says the answer is "42"
A computer answered an unanswerable question with "42".
A computer uses symbolic representations for numbers. One of those symbolic representations is ASCII. Granted that the "A" stands for "American", but it could also stand for... stick with me a bit longer.
If we look at the ASCII table, we find that a symbolic representation for 42 is... an asterisk.
DT's answer to the ultimate question is... well... everything. Which in a warped sort of way makes sense, especially if you consider that every positive has a negative thus canceling each other out. Thus the result of 42 is... nothing. Not a brass farthing.
Hence, the "A" in ASCII stands for "Asterisk" - thus providing Deep Thought with an easy way out of having to do any work over 7.5 million years other than play an unending game of Solitaire.
Seems obvious to me.
Sorry if this has been answered previously. I just thought it was interesting.
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But not badbye.....
Sorry if this is an ignorant question. At the end of the original book series, what has become of Deep Thought?
How did you enjoy the sixth book when you first read it? Would you like another book by Colfer, someone else, or do you even want another book? I'm bringing this up because I recently finished the series, including the sixth, and I'm wondering what others thought of it.
I've never read any of Colfer's other works, but I believe even though his writing style is different than Adams', he bought his own flair to the book. I would enjoy another book by him, but I'm open to them choosing another person to kind of shake it up.
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