## Archive for November 18, 2013

### Approximate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Douglas Adams wrote that 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Today is 11/18/13, a date whose numbers sum to 42, so it seems an appropriate time to talk about variations on this important number.

**40**

The approximate answer.

**41.99**

The retail price of the answer.

**51.19**

The price of the answer after tax and tip.

**39.06**

The price of the answer at Wal-Mart.

**XLII**

The Roman answer.

**101010**

The binary answer.

**41.9999999982**

The answer as computed by an Intel Pentium processor.

**42*** i
*The imaginary answer.

**44**

The address of the answer’s next door neighbor.

**00042**

The ZIP code of the answer.

**42.00000**

The high-precision answer.