The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

by A.K. Dewdney
     
 

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The Planiverse is a classic book about life in a two-dimensional unive rse. A.K. Dewdney is a well-known author, and this is a well-known boo k, which is now brought back into print in a revised and updated editi on. The book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatlan d, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, clever, th e book will

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The Planiverse is a classic book about life in a two-dimensional unive rse. A.K. Dewdney is a well-known author, and this is a well-known boo k, which is now brought back into print in a revised and updated editi on. The book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatlan d, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, clever, th e book will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious mathematic ians and computer scientists, to science fiction fans.

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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387989167
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/12/2000
Edition description:
1st softcover printing 2000
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
1,226,846
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

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