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Forty-two

Discussion in 'Traders Glossary' started by Pharaoh, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Pharaoh

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    Although 42 does not come before 1, according to both the Encycloperia Galactica and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

    Some (for example, Cyclon) have claimed that since 42 does not come before 1, and is not one of the Fibonacci numbers, that it cannot be the true answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

    Although the point that 42 does not come before 1 must be conceded, there is no reason to believe that the true answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything should specifically have to come before or after 1.

    Also, although the most commonly used Fib sequence begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. does not contain 42, there is no firm rule that a Fib sequence has to begin with 1, 1. Thus, the reader is invited to contemplate the following Fib sequence:
    2, 2, 4, 6, 10, 16, 26, 42, 68, etc.

    Therefor, 42 is a Fib number from a less commonly used, but equally valid Fib sequence.
     

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