42 (number)
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Cardinal  fortytwo  
Ordinal  42nd (fortysecond) 

Factorization  2 × 3 × 7  
Divisors  1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 21, 42  
Greek numeral  ΜΒ´  
Roman numeral  XLII  
Unicode symbol(s)  
Greek prefix  μβ  
Binary  101010_{2}  
Ternary  1120_{3}  
Quaternary  222_{4}  
Quinary  132_{5}  
Senary  110_{6}  
Octal  52_{8}  
Duodecimal  36_{12}  
Hexadecimal  2A_{16}  
Vigesimal  22_{20}  
Base 36  16_{36} 
42 (fortytwo) is the natural number that succeeds 41 and precedes 43.
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Mathematics
Fortytwo (42) is a pronic number^{[1]} and an abundant number; its prime factorization 2 · 3 · 7 makes it the second sphenic number and also the second of the form (2 · 3 · r).
Additional properties of the number 42 include:
 It is the third primary pseudoperfect number.^{[2]}
 It is a Catalan number.^{[3]} Consequently, 42 is the number of noncrossing partitions of a set of five elements, the number of triangulations of a heptagon, the number of rooted ordered binary trees with six leaves, the number of ways in which five pairs of nested parentheses can be arranged, etc.
 It is an alternating sign matrix number, that is, the number of 4by4 alternating sign matrices.
 It is the number of partitions of 10—the number of ways of expressing 10 as a sum of positive integers (note a different sense of partition from that above).
 Given 27 samesize cubes whose nominal values progress from 1 to 27, a 3 × 3 × 3 magic cube can be constructed such that every row, column, and corridor, and every diagonal passing through the center, is composed of 3 numbers whose sum of values is 42.
 It is the third pentadecagonal number.^{[4]} It is a meandric number and an open meandric number.
 42 is the only known value that is the number of sets of four distinct positive integers a, b, c, d, each less than the value itself, such that ab − cd, ac − bd, and ad − bc are each multiples of the value. Whether there are other values remains an open question.^{[5]}
 42 is a (2,6)perfect number (supermultiperfect), as σ^{2}(n) = σ(σ(n)) = 6n.^{[6]}
 42 is the resulting number of the original Smith number (4937775 = 3 × 5 × 5 × 65837): Both the sum of its digits (4 + 9 + 3 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 5) and the sum of the digits in its prime factorization (3 + 5 + 5 + (6 + 5 + 8 + 3 + 7)) result in 42.
 The dimension of the Borel subalgebra in the exceptional Lie algebra e_{6} is 42.
 42 is the largest number n such that there exist positive integers p, q, r with 1 = 1/n + 1/p + 1/q + 1/r
 42 is the smallest number k such that for every Riemann surface C, #Aut(C) ≤ k deg(K_{C}) = k(2g − 2) (Hurwitz's automorphisms theorem)
 42 is a perfect score on the USA Math Olympiad (USAMO)^{[7]} and International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).^{[8]}
 42 is the maximum of core points awarded in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
 42 is the sum of the first 6 positive even numbers.
Science
 42 is the atomic number of molybdenum.
 42 is the atomic mass of one of the naturally occurring stable isotopes of calcium.
 The angle rounded to whole degrees for which a rainbow appears (the critical angle).
 In 1966, mathematician Paul Cooper theorized that the fastest, most efficient way to travel across continents would be to bore a straight hollow tube directly through the Earth, connecting a set of antipodes, remove the air from the tube and fall through.^{[9]} The first half of the journey consists of freefall acceleration, while the second half consists of an exactly equal deceleration. The time for such a journey works out to be 42 minutes. Even if the tube does not pass through the exact center of the Earth, the time for a journey powered entirely by gravity (known as a gravity train) always works out to be 42 minutes, so long as the tube remains frictionfree, as while the force of gravity would be lessened, the distance traveled is reduced at an equal rate.^{[10]}^{[11]} (The same idea was proposed, without calculation by Lewis Carroll in 1893 in Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.^{[12]}) Now we know that is not true, and it only would take about 38 minutes.
 As determined by the Babylonians, in 79 years Mars orbits the Sun almost exactly 42 times.^{[13]}
Technology

Magic numbers used by programmers:
 In TIFF (Tagged Image File Format), the second 16bit word of every file is 42, "an arbitrary but carefully chosen number that further identifies the file as a TIFF file".
 In the reiser4 file system, 42 is the inode number of the root directory.
 In the military IRIG 106 Chapter 10 data recording standard, the hex value 0x464F52545974776F (ASCII "FORTYtwo") is used as a magic number to identify directory blocks.
 The GNU C Library, a set of standard routines available for use in computer programming, contains a function—memfrob()—which performs an XOR combination of a given variable and the binary pattern 00101010 (42) as an XOR cipher.
 Tiling a plane using regular hexagons, which is honeycomb in appearance, is approximated in a topological sense to an accuracy of better than 1% using a stretcher bond brick pattern with bricks of 42 squares (6 by 7).^{[14]}
 The password expiration policy for a Microsoft Windows domain defaults to 42 days.^{[15]}
 The ASCII code 42 is for the asterisk symbol, being a wildcard for everything.
 4.2V is the maximum safe voltage for most lithium (Liion and Lipol) battery cells.
Astronomy
 Messier object M42, a magnitude 5.0 diffuse nebula in the constellation Orion, also known as the Orion Nebula.
 The New General Catalogue object NGC 42, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus.
 In January 2004, asteroid 2001 DA_{42} was given the permanent name 25924 Douglasadams, for the author Douglas Adams who popularized the number 42 and died in 2001. Brian G. Marsden, the director of the Minor Planet Center and the secretary for the naming committee, remarked that, with even his initials in the provisional designation, "This was sort of made for him, wasn't it?".
 Kepler42, a red dwarf in the constellation Cygnus around which orbits the three smallest exoplanets found to date.
 42 Isis, a large mainbelt asteroid measuring about 100 km in diameter.
Religion
 In Japanese culture, the number 42 is considered unlucky because the numerals when pronounced separately—shi ni (four two)—sound like the word "death".^{[16]}
 There are 42 questions asked of persons making their journey through Death. Ma'at, a female personification, considered to be both maternal and a delivering force, is an Ancient Egyptian personification of physical and moral law, order, and truth. In the judgment scene described in the Egyptian and the Book of Pass (the Book of the Dead, which evolved from the Coffin Texts and the Pyramid Texts), there are 42 questions personifying the analysis of Ma'at. If the departed reasonably can give answers to the 42 questions, they have the potential to either be reincarnate, or if completely successful, reach the ultimate goal of becoming a Star, whereon, they can continue to give Light, and fuel Universal growth.
 42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabbalistic tradition. In Kabbalah, the most significant name is that of the En Sof (also known as "Ein Sof", "Infinite" or "Endless"), who is above the Sefirot (sometimes spelled "Sephirot").^{[17]} The FortyTwoLettered Name contains four combined names which are spelled in Hebrew letters (spelled in letters = 42 letters), which is the name of Azilut (or "Atziluth" "Emanation"). While there are obvious links between the FortyTwo Lettered Name of the Babylonian Talmud and the Kabbalah's FortyTwo Lettered Name, they are probably not identical because of the Kabbalah's emphasis on numbers. The Kabbalah also contains a FortyFive Lettered Name and a SeventyTwo Lettered Name.
 The number 42 appears in various contexts in Christianity. There are 42 generations (names) in the Gospel of Matthew's version of the Genealogy of Jesus; it is prophesied that for 42 months the Beast will hold dominion over the Earth (Revelation 13:5); 42 men of Bethazmaveth were counted in the census of men of Israel upon return from exile (Ezra 2:24); God sent bears to maul 42 of the teenage boys who mocked Elisha for his baldness (2 Kings 2:23), etc.
 In Judaism, the number (in the Babylonian Talmud, compiled 375 AD to 499 AD) of the "FortyTwo Lettered Name" ascribed to God. Rab (or Rabhs), a 3rdcentury source in the Talmud stated "The FortyTwo Lettered Name is entrusted only to him who is pious, meek, middleaged, free from bad temper, sober, and not insistent on his rights". [Source: Talmud Kidduschin 71a, Translated by Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein]. Maimonides felt that the original Talmudic FortyTwo Lettered Name was perhaps composed of several combined divine names [Maimonides "Moreh"]. The apparently unpronouncable Tetragrammaton provides the backdrop from the TwelveLettered Name and the FortyTwo Lettered Name of the Talmud.^{[citation needed]}
 The Gutenberg Bible is also known as the "42line Bible", as the book contained 42 lines per page.
 The FortyTwo Articles (1552), largely the work of Thomas Cranmer, were intended to summarize Anglican doctrine, as it now existed under the reign of Edward VI.
 The Sutra of 42 Sections is a Buddhist scripture.
Popular culture
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. Thus, to calculate the Ultimate Question, a special computer the size of a small planet was built from organic components and named "Earth". The Ultimate Question "What do you get when you multiply six by nine"^{[18]} was found by Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect in the second book of the series, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. This appeared first in the radio play and later in the novelization of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The fact that Adams named the episodes of the radio play "fits", the same archaic title for a chapter or section used by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark, suggests that Adams was influenced by Carroll's fascination with and frequent use of the number. The fourth book in the series, the novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, contains 42 chapters. According to the novel Mostly Harmless, 42 is the street address of Stavromula Beta. In 1994 Adams created the 42 Puzzle, a game based on the number 42.
The 2011 book 42: Douglas Adams' Amazingly Accurate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything^{[19]} examines Adams' choice of the number 42 and also contains a compendium of some instances of the number in science, popular culture, and humour.
Works of Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll, who was a mathematician,^{[20]} made repeated use of this number in his writings.^{[21]}
Examples of Carroll's use of 42:
 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations.
 Alice's attempts at multiplication (chapter two of Alice in Wonderland) work if one uses base 18 to write the first answer, and increases the base by threes to 21, 24, etc. (the answers working up to 4 × 12 = "19" in base 39), but "breaks" precisely when one attempts the answer to 4 × 13 in base 42, leading Alice to declare "oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!"
 Rule Fortytwo in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ("All persons more than a mile high to leave the court").
 Rule 42 of the Code in the preface^{[22]} to The Hunting of the Snark ("No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm").
 In "fit the first" of The Hunting of the Snark the Baker had "fortytwo boxes, all carefully packed, With his name painted clearly on each."^{[22]}
 The White Queen announces her age as "one hundred and one, five months and a day", which—if the best possible date is assumed for the action of Through the LookingGlass (e.g., a date is chosen such that the rollover from February to March is excluded from what would otherwise be an imprecise measurement of "five months and a day")—gives a total of 37,044 days. If the Red Queen, as part of the same chess set, is regarded as the same age, their combined age is 74,088 days, or 42 × 42 × 42.^{[23]}
Music
 Level 42 is an English pop/rock music band.
 "42" is one of the tracks on Coldplay's 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
 "Channel 42" is an electronic music song by deadmau5 featuring Wolfgang Gartner; it appears on the 2012 deadmau5 album Album Title Goes Here.
Television and film
 The Kumars at No. 42 television series
 "42" is an episode of Doctor Who, set in real time lasting approximately 42 minutes.
 On the game show Jeopardy!, "Watson" the IBM supercomputer, has 42 "threads" in its avatar.^{[24]}
 42 is a film on the life of American baseball player Jackie Robinson.
Video games
 42 Entertainment is the company responsible for several alternate reality games, including I Love Bees, Year Zero, and Why So Serious.
 Tokyo 42 is a videogame released in 2017.
 Squadron 42 is a videogame set in the Star Citizen Universe with an unspecified release date.
Sports
 The jersey number of Jackie Robinson, which is the only number retired by all Major League Baseball teams. Although the number was retired in 1997, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, the last professional baseball player to wear number 42, continued to wear it until he retired at the end of the 2013 season. As of the 2014 season, no player will ever again wear the number 42 in Major League Baseball except on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15), when all uniformed personnel (players, managers, coaches, and umpires) wear the number.
 The number of laws of cricket ^{[25]}
 Rule 42 is the historic name of a Gaelic Athletic Association rule (now codified in Rule 5.1 and Rule 44) that in practice prohibits the playing of "foreign sports" (generally association football and the rugby codes) at GAA grounds.
Gaming
 The name of a Texan tricktaking game played with dominoes (see 42 (dominoes)).
 The number of spots (or pips, circular patches or pits) on a pair of standard sixsided dice.
 The board game Risk has fortytwo territories
Architecture
 The architects of the Rockefeller Center in New York City worked daily in the Graybar Building where on "the twentyfifth floor, one enormous drafting room contained fortytwo identical drawing boards, each the size of a sixseat dining room table; another room harboured twelve more, and an additional fourteen stood just outside the principals' offices at the top of the circular iron staircase connecting 25 to 26".^{[26]}
 In the Rockefeller Center (New York City) there are a total of "fortytwo elevators in five separate banks"^{[27]} which carry tenants and visitors to the sixtysix floors.
Other fields
 +42 is the historic country calling code for the former country of Czechoslovakia.
 There are 42 US gallons in a barrel of oil.
 42 is the number of the French department of Loire. The number is also reflected in the postal code for that area.
 Tower 42 is a skyscraper in the City of London, formerly known as the NatWest Tower.
 In New York City, 42nd Street is a main and very popular twoway thoroughfare. Landmarks on it include the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, the main branch of the New York Public Library, and Times Square. The Headquarters of the United Nations is at the east end of the street. The New York City street is also the setting for a movie by the same name (which also gave fame to its eponymous title song), and which later inspired a musical adaptation, 42nd Street.
 42 is the inspiration for the name of the 42 Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence, based in Vienna, Austria^{[28]}.
 42 is the name of the private computer science school located in Paris, France and Fremont, California.
 If one were to fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach beyond the orbit of the moon.^{[29]}
 42 is the number of seats in Social Democratic Youth of Denmark's major council Hovedbestyrelsen. At the 2016 national convention, lowering the number of seats to 32 was discussed, but eventually the convention decided to stick with 42 members.
 42 in Chinese reads sì èr which is very close to shì a (是啊) and that means 'yes'. It was once popular among young Chinese to send 42 in short message which stands for 'yes'.^{[citation needed]}
Other languages
Language  Translation 

Afrikaans  tweeenveertig 
Albanian  dyzetedy 
Arabic  إثنان و أربعون (ʾithnān wa ʾarbaʿūn) 
Basque  berrogeita bi 
Belarusian  сорак два (sorak dva) 
Bosnian  četrdeset dva 
Bulgarian  четиридесет и две (četirideset i dve) 
Catalan  quarantados 
Chinese  四十二 (肆拾贰) (sìshí'èr) 
Chuvash  хĕрĕх иккĕ (xĕrĕx ikkĕ, IIXXXX) 
Croatian  četrdesetdva 
Czech  čtyřicet dva 
Danish  toogfyrre 
Dhivehi  Saalhees Dheyh 
Dutch  tweeënveertig 
Esperanto  kvardek du 
Estonian  nelikümmend kaks 
Finnish  neljäkymmentäkaksi 
Filipino  apatnapu't dalawa 
French  quarantedeux 
West Frisian  twaenfjirtich 
Georgian  ორმოცდაორი (ormocdaori) 
German  zweiundvierzig 
Greek  σαράντα δύο (saránta dýo) 
Gujarati  betalis 
Hebrew  ארבעים ושתיים (arbayim ushtayim) 
Hindi  बयालीस, ४२ (bayālīs) 
Hungarian  negyvenkettő 
Icelandic  fjörutíu og tveir 
Indonesian  empat puluh dua 
Irish  daichead a dó 
Italian  quarantadue 
Japanese  四十二 (よんじゅうに) (yonjūni) 
Kazakh  қырық екі (qırıq eki) 
Korean  사십이 / 마흔둘 (sasibi/maheundul) 
Kannada  ನಲವತ್ತು ಎರಡು (nalavatthu eradu) 
Latvian  četrdesmit divi 
Livonian  nēļakimdõ kakš 
Lithuanian  keturiasdešimt du 
Lojban  vore 
Luxembourgish  zweeavéierzeg 
Macedonian  четириесет и два (četirieset i dva) 
Malayalam  നാല്പത്തിരണ്ടു 
Maltese  tnejn u erbgħin 
Māori  whā tekau ma rua 
Marathi  bechalis 
Mongolian  дөчин хоёр (döchin khoyor) 
Norwegian  førtito 
Persian  چهل و دو (chehel o du) 
Polish  czterdzieści dwa 
Portuguese  quarenta e dois 
Romanian  patruzeci și doi 
Russian  сорок два (sorok dva) 
Serbian  четрдесет два (četrdeset dva) 
Shona  Makumi mana nemaviri 
Sinhala  හතලිස් දෙක (hathalis deka) 
Slovene  dvainštirideset 
Slovak  štyridsaťdva 
Somali  laba iyo afartan 
Spanish  cuarenta y dos 
Swedish  fyrtiotvå 
Tagalog  apatnapu't dalawa 
Tamil  நாற்பத்திரண்டு (narpatti errundu) 
Telugu  నలభై రెండు (nalabai rendu) 
Thai  สี่สิบสอง 
Turkish  kırk iki 
Ukrainian  сорок два (sorok dva) 
Urdu  بیالیس (bayālīs) 
Vietnamese  bốn mươi hai 
Welsh  pedwar deg dau / dauarddeugain 
Yoruba  mokanlelogoji 
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