[Haskell-cafe] Who started 42, and when?

Janis Voigtlaender voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de
Fri Feb 1 09:19:31 EST 2008

Denis Bueno wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 1, 2008 at 9:03 AM, Loup Vaillant <loup.vaillant at gmail.com> wrote:
>>I have read quite a lot of Haskell papers, lately, and noticed that
>> the number 42 appeared quite often, in informal tutorials as well as
>> in very serious research papers. No wonder Haskell is the Answer to
>> The Great Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything, but I would
>> like to know who started this, and when.
> I believe it was Douglas Adams, author of the "trilogy" "Hitchhiker's
> Guide to the Galaxy".  You may enjoy reading it, if you haven't.

I think Loup is aware of the hitchhiker books (see the reference to the 
Great Question of ... Everything).

So unless Douglas Adams wrote some Haskell papers I am not aware of, the 
original question is still open ;-)

Happy weekend...

Dr. Janis Voigtlaender
mailto:voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de

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