...at least to the universe, if not to life (or liff) and everything.
What was that - about a year ago? 2 years? Somebody released some kind of results showing that 42 actually was the answer to some grand, all-encompasing cosmological question. But what was the question - the number of iterations of the successive collapse and re-expansion of the universe or something like that, I think?
I was sort of peripherally aware of the significance of The Number in the works of Douglas Adams - that is, I had read The Hitchiker' Guide, but had pretty much forgotten that there was this matter of The Number that was The Answer in the story. Then I read/heard of this big scientific discovery, and someone made the connection (I had an "oh! yeah, that's right!" moment), but I never made note of the news story so I could find it again, and now I'm wondering what it was.