Review of “The crest of the Peacock: Non-European roots of mathematics”

Ramanujam, R (2015) Review of “The crest of the Peacock: Non-European roots of mathematics”. At Right Angles, 4 (2). pp. 64-68. ISSN 2582-1873

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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.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Ramanujam, R
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Book review, history of mathematics, Chinese mathematics
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
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