Lincos: Design of a Language for Cosmic Intercourse. Part I [All Published] [Anthony Oettinger's Copy]
by FREUDENTHAL, Hans
Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Company, 1960. First Edition. Introduction to Freudenthal's mathematically constructed language Lincos, which he developed in order to faciliate communication with extraterrestrials. Hans Freudenthal (1905-1990), a German-born Dutch mathematician, survived the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, during which time he was placed in a labor camp in the village of Havelte. In 1944 he managed to escape and endured the rest of the War in hiding. After the War, he continued his career in mathematics and logic, designing Lincos to be understood by any intelligent extraterrestrial life-form through interstellar radio transmissions. Though well-represented institutionally, the present work is today exceedingly difficult to find in the trade in such nice condition. Octavo (23cm.); original cloth in yellow dust jacket printed in blue and black; ,224pp. Light wear to jacket extremities, including a few short closed tears, spine a bit toned, corners gently bumped, else Near Fine in Very Good or better jacket. Contemporary ownership rubberstamp of the linguist and Harvard professor of computer science Anthony Oettinger. Forms part of the series Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics. (Inventory #: 31436)
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