1. The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything
Artemis and Foaly sat in front of a holographic projector onboard an LEP shuttle, and Artemis typed in some commands into the projector computer.
“What are you doing, Mud Boy?” Foaly asked.
“I’m going to show you the answer to life, the universe, and everything,” replied Artemis. “It is a relatively simple answer.”
“Artemis, I also happen to know that there is no such answer,” said Foaly. “I’ll bet this is all just cow manure.”
“Well, here we are.” Artemis ignored Foaly’s comment. “You can see that it is quite ingenious.”
The holographic projector created an image in midair. More accurately, it was a mathematical expression.
(7i2 – 35)(-1)
“Wow, you’ve got me there, Artemis. Complex numbers, big whoop.” Foaly laughed.
“Look carefully, centaur, and you will see the truth,” was Artemis’s cool reply.
“Hmm…” Foaly mused. “Let me see…”
(7i2 – 35)(-1)
(7(-1) – 35)(-1)
(-7 – 35 )(-1)
“Artemis, I see you have been reading fiction. Now that is surprising.” Foaly, with the truth dawning on him, could only chuckle. “I get what you’re getting here, Artemis. You win this time.”
“Of course,” agreed Artemis, chuckling himself. “The answer to life, the universe, and everything is not real.”
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Of course, this is an obvious reference to the most popular answer of all time: 42. I’ve also managed to squeeze in the imaginary numbers part (although it really should be complex, but whatever 😉 So if you are educated in math (I believe it’s Grade 10), then you would know exactly where I’m getting at.
No worries, more to come soon!