But "may" is the modal auxiliary used to grant permission. You had the hubris to
declare the entire universe wrong....
(Mother, may I change the laws of arithmetic? Yes, you may...) :-)
Gary Smith wrote:
> I am not off base. You will note that I said the word, "MAY", leaving the
> option open for the correct base. Jon is the one who insisted on base 12.
> I just left the door open for many possible solutions, showing once
> again that the answer 42 does not yet have A (as in single) perfect
But it does have a perfect question. The problem is nobody has remembered what it
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> > what if the person isn't using Euclidean mathematics? Then
> > 9 times 6 may NOT equal 42.
> > Then 9 times 6 equals 46. And that IS the correct answer.
> > In the decimal system, of course, you decidigicist, you...
> Just occurred to me: 9 x 6 = 42 in base 13, and 9 x 6 = 46 in base 12.
> Obviously, Gary and Jon are simply off-base.
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