Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 5, Chapter 31

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 5, Chapter 31

Survival

  • Bowman has to hustle about, fixing everything.
  • Hustle, hustle, fix, fix.
  • 2001 loves efficient people hustling and fixing. It seems so…efficient. So full of hustle. And technology.
  • Bowman gets some info from earth, and learns that the slab had the proportions 1 to 4 to 9; the squares of the first prime numbers. That's supposed to be Meaningful.
  • There's stuff about why they kept the info about aliens from Bowman and stuff about why Hal went nuts; you know all this already.
  • Let's get out of this chapter; there's nothing happening here.

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