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 year 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 going well, extraordinarily well, when one student suddenly notices that the world they are building on-screen is...inhabited!" "So… See more details below

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The year 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 going well, extraordinarily well, when one student suddenly notices that the world they are building on-screen is...inhabited!" "So begins A. K. Dewdney's tale of discovery and communication with the two-dimensional civilization of Arde. Since its original publication in 1984, The Planiverse has developed a kind of cult readership, following in the footsteps of Edward Abbot's nineteenth-century classic Flatland. As a kind of mental puzzle or brain-teaser, it challenges and delights, inviting readers to imagine just how a two-dimensional world might actually work. But the book is also a fable, serving as a cautionary tale about the difficulties of communication from one totally alien world to another, and suggesting that it is not only Yendred and his fellow 2-D Ardeans who cannot imagine dimensions beyond those they see.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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:
9780671463625
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1984
Pages:
267

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