Posted: September 4, 2011 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

“Suppose that we were in a telephone conversation with a Martian, or an Arcturian or something,” Feynman said in his lecture. “We don’t know where he is and we would like to describe things to him.” One way to establish a communication, Feynman points out, is to start from the basics, and there’s nothng more basic than integer numbers (the same idea that Carl Sagan later exploited in Contact). (via Galactic Challenge, Part II: The Richard Feynman Files | Degrees of Freedom, Scientific American Blog Network)

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