Chapter 3 THE IMPOSSIBLE PROBLEM (pp. 21-30)

The Dutch mathematician, mathematical historian and educator Hans Freudenthal was an original and inspirational thinker. Radio telescopes are pretty complicated mechanisms. Freudenthal therefore (and reasonably) argued that electronic communication with extraterrestrial life would require of them the capacity to count and to recognize that 2 + 2 = 4 and from this conviction he created a mathematically based interstellar language called Lingua Cosmica


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