Wednesday, August 19, 2009
About life universe and everything!
The appearance, algorithms, applications, competition, market, revenue earning methods, time to load etc. for the different search engines like Google, Bing and even Wolfram Alpha, may be different. But what unites them is their metaphysics. Try searching 'answer to life the universe and everything' in either one. Their calculators come forward with the answer "42" which, according to the original proposer, was a random number which came to his mind when he looked out of his window and he thought that it would be a good joke.
Douglas Adams says that there is nothing special about the number and that even if there is, he did not mean it that way. But this has not stopped people from coming up with theories. After all why only 42, why not anything else like 32!
I thought if there was really this game going on about making useless hypotheses, how can I not participate? After all, this is what I am good at!
So I jumped in.
42 is a decimal representation of the more fundamental binary number 101010. Surprised already! and got my point yet?
No! Let me explain in detail then. Everyone, even the ones who hate philosophy, thinks this theory at least once ; Life is full of ups and downs. If you are on an up you are sure to go down and vice versa . Now got my point?
If no, then forget this post for now . Understand ignorance is bliss and come back to this post once you have revised your basic trigonometry ( remember, the subject with things like sine curves and all).