Ramanujam, R
(2015)
Review of “The crest of the
Peacock: NonEuropean roots
of mathematics”.
At Right Angles, 4 (2).
pp. 6468.
ISSN 25821873
Abstract
If we made contact with an alien civilization, what would we
communicate with them, and how? Lacking a common language, how
can we expect to make sense at all? Many thinkers have pondered
this and among all their divergent views, one thread is common:
the language of mathematics presents the best possibility for such
communication. For instance, sending the sequence of primes
expressed in base one (unary) may be a good idea.
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