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Mathematics or gibberish? Understanding a description of an alien message in His Master's Voice

I'm a mathematician, and to me the style of narration in this passage sounds very familiar. Because of the extreme abstraction from reality of most of (pure) mathematics, we who study it often dread ...
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Does V reference Stanislaw Lem's "His Master's Voice", and if so, why?

No, it has nothing to do with Lem's novel. It's a play on the famous trademark originated by the Gramophone Company (and later used by EMI) in the UK and used by Victor (and later RCA) in the USA. ...
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