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The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

A couple of years ago, my brother asked me to write down an advanced-looking mathematical expression that was equal to the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. I sent him the following:

Answer to Life the Universe and Everything

I’m posting it now because my brother recently informed me that someone successfully simplified the expression mathematically, showing that it does indeed reduce to the requisite numerical value. Many people were, of course, able to guess what number it was supposed to equal. But now someone has shown it mathematically.

Now I shall get to work on constructing a mathematical version of the question that the above expression answers…