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Do you believe that there is a theory that can explain everything in the universe?
Yes
30%
 30%  [ 16 ]
No
41%
 41%  [ 22 ]
There already is one
9%
 9%  [ 5 ]
What's the theory of everything?
3%
 3%  [ 2 ]
Don't care
15%
 15%  [ 8 ]
Total Votes : 53

Ian Dunn
122970.  Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:24 pm Reply with quote

Some scientists believe that there is a theory for everything in universe. Einstein believed that there was one, and spent much of his life trying to find it. Other theories related to TOE include String Theory and Unified Field Theory.

However, let's hope they never discover it. As we all know, if anyone does manage to discover what the universe is and why it is here, it will instantly be replaced with something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is of course another theory that states that this has already happened.

Wikipedia Article

 
Reize
125783.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:31 am Reply with quote

I found it particularly amusing that when I looked at the results of the poll, 42% said "YES" but equally amusing that the totals didn't add up to 100%.

After all, the question is "What is 6 x 9?" and that doesn't work out either!

Or was that all just the insane ramblings of a HHGTTG nut?

 
Ameena
125787.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:42 am Reply with quote

Umm, surely it's 6x7, not 6x9...

 
Quaintly Ignorant
125794.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:54 am Reply with quote

Your question implies that there could be a theory hiding somewhere just waiting to be discovered. I just checked behind the fridge and it isn't there... then again, it's always in the last place you look isn't it?

 
Reize
125803.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:50 am Reply with quote

Ameena wrote:
Umm, surely it's 6x7, not 6x9...
I think that was part of the problem again.

Humans weren't actually the organic life forms placed on "The Earth" by the mice, we're merely the middle men from another planet that were launched into space and crash landed here. That's why "The Earth" will never produce an answer to the Question of Life the Universe & Everything for which it was created. Hence the scrambled question which was randomly plucked from a bag of scrabble tiles: "What is 6 x 9".

We'll never really know.

Your sincerely,

Prak.

 
dr.bob
125816.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:19 am Reply with quote

As everyone surely knows, 6 x 9 = 42 if you're using a base 13 numbering system.

 
samivel
125949.  Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:47 am Reply with quote

Quaintly Ignorant wrote:
Your question implies that there could be a theory hiding somewhere just waiting to be discovered. I just checked behind the fridge and it isn't there... then again, it's always in the last place you look isn't it?



Well yes, because what would be the point in continuing to look for something once you'd found it?

 
Jazzie26
125984.  Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:11 am Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:
As everyone surely knows, 6 x 9 = 42 if you're using a base 13 numbering system.


I found that quite confusing. a 13 numbering system? Please don't take the "p" as maths wasn't always my strong point, but however 6 x 9 is surely 54? Or it was when I was at school anyway! Please feel free to eduacate me on the 13 numbering system and how you came up with 42! :)

 
andymac
125986.  Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:16 am Reply with quote

Bases

We use base 10 (possibly) because we have 10 digits on our hands. The simpsons would use base 8 - once they used all 8 digits, they'd move to the next column (what we call the 10s column) and put a 1, returning to 0 in the units.

So base 13 can go as high as 12 in the units, and 10 means 1X13 +0X1

And 42 means 4X13 + 2X1 = 52 +2 = 54...

Hope that helps.

 
Jazzie26
125988.  Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:27 am Reply with quote

andymac wrote:
Bases

We use base 10 (possibly) because we have 10 digits on our hands. The simpsons would use base 8 - once they used all 8 digits, they'd move to the next column (what we call the 10s column) and put a 1, returning to 0 in the units.

So base 13 can go as high as 12 in the units, and 10 means 1X13 +0X1

And 42 means 4X13 + 2X1 = 52 +2 = 54...

Hope that helps.


Ah right...thanks. I've saved that link to bookmarks. I will educate myself further later, when I have more time, seems some interesting things there, It will take me forever to learn it all though, as I'm not the fastest person to learn on the planet! Thanks for that! :)

 
Caradoc
163913.  Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:45 pm Reply with quote

For a comparison you can have a look at hexidecimal (base 16), I had to try & programme computers with that!

 
joek
191042.  Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:22 am Reply with quote

andymac wrote:
Bases

We use base 10 (possibly) because we have 10 digits on our hands.

And it didn't stop the babylonians using base 60- or certain south american tribes using 1, 2 more, lots.

 
AlmondFacialBar
191057.  Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:37 am Reply with quote

joek wrote:
andymac wrote:
Bases

We use base 10 (possibly) because we have 10 digits on our hands.

And it didn't stop the babylonians using base 60- or certain south american tribes using 1, 2 more, lots.


the huaorani in ecuador for instance. a friend of mine is an adopted member of that tribe - long story. anyway, when a friend of his from the tribe was staying at a hotel in berlin he found himself doing a lot of cultural translation, because that guy found it extremely hard to deal with numbers larger than two. for instance, when he felt cold he'd call down to reception for "ten duvets", would then be brought that number and end up asking why the hell they had brought him so many. what he had really meant, of course, was "a lot". that guy was not stupid, spoke three languages fluently etc, and was in berlin on a diplomatic mission for his tribe, but because of that very different cultural approach to counting numbers were just beyond him. interesting point re nature vs. nurture if you think about it.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
mckeonj
191119.  Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:34 pm Reply with quote

A thought for Jazzie; you routinely use a base 13 (tredecimal) counting system without realising it, when playing cards:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 D J Q K
(used D for a ten-spot, it stands for Dix or Dixie)

Suppose you had a full suit of clubs and three diamonds, in tredecimal notation you have 10+3=13 cards altogether.

 
suze
191144.  Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:26 pm Reply with quote

AlmondFacialBar wrote:
that guy was not stupid, spoke three languages fluently etc, and was in berlin on a diplomatic mission for his tribe


But presumably he only knew that he spoke "a lot" of languages. I should try that one sometime ...

 

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