The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

Overview

A classic book about life in a two-dimensional universe, written by a well-known author. Now brought back into print in this revised and updated edition, the book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatland, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, and clever, it will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious mathematicians and computer scientists, to science fiction fans.

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Overview

A classic book about life in a two-dimensional universe, written by a well-known author. Now brought back into print in this revised and updated edition, the book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatland, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, and clever, it will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious mathematicians and computer scientists, to science fiction fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Erik Sandberg-Diment
Once you have been captivated by the two-dimensional Ardean world, the problems facing its difficult technology haunt you, begging for more solutions. Arde easily becomes a puzzle without end.
The New York Times
The Boston Globe
It's not everyone who gets to design a universe from scratch. But A.K. Dewdney has done just that.
Discover Magazine
The Planiverse ... stretches our imagination by introducing a new and different kind of world. In the process, it changes the way we look at our own.
From The Critics
Computer scientist, mathematician, and contributor to "Scientific American", A. K. Dewdney's The Planiverse: Computer Contact With A Two-Dimensional World is a superbly crafted tale of discovery and community with the two-dimensional civilization of Arde, first published in 1984 and now brought back into print by Copernicus Books. The setting is 1981 and in the computer lab of a large university a group of graduate students and their professor are hard at work on the departmental mainframe, graphically modeling an imaginary two dimensional world. The project is proceeding very well when one student suddenly notices that the world they are building on-screen is inhabited! Although a work of pure fiction, it incorporates sound mathematics and principles of computer science. The Planiverse delights the reader's imagination while serving as a cautionary tale about the difficulties of communication between one totally alien world to another.
Thomas Banchoff
A worthy successor to Flatland
— Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387989167
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/12/2000
  • Edition description: 1st softcover printing 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 835,404
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Arde.- 2 A House by the Sea.- 3 On Fiddib Har.- 4 Walking to Is Felblt.- 5 City Below Ground.- 6 The Trek.- 7 The Punizlan Institute.- 8 Traveling on the Wind.- 9 High on Dahl Radam.- 10 Drabk the Sharak of Okbra.- 11 Higher Dimensions.- Ardean Science and Technology.- Acknowledgments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    Color me a cultist

    I guess you have to be a true nerd to read a book for fun like this without being asked too by a college math/physics teacher. But wonderfully, nothing within requires that you be a nerd to understand it :) The book is really interesting for those who ponder reality itself. Even spiritualists would find this book interesting if not enlightening. I read this at around age 18, and I have been trying to find it ever since, all the while being told that I was talking about 'FALTLAND' meanwhile I knew that wasn't right... Anyway I plan on reading the flatland books now sooner or later as well to see where this all started (so to speak). Without reading flatland, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that this book might be more 'accessable' to folks like me with big brains, but low GPA's. It has a cute little story in it, which can really make you think. I would reccomend this to any nerd, or wannabe nerd, it's really eye opening, and makes even the smart ones sit in quiet contemplation for a bit :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Great book about a two dimensional world.

    In a culture of over used ideas and lack of originality I am so happy to see that this book is still in print. I found it by chance 15 years ago and bought it on a lark. I was instantly captivated with the idea a real 2 dimensional world I has haunted my mind ever since. The character, although lacking a third dimension, are fully formed in personality. I highly recommend this book.

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