- Paperback: 247 pages
- Publisher: Copernicus (October 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387989161
- ISBN-13: 978-0387989167
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World Paperback – October 4, 2013
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Well, a few days later, he came in, quite chagrined, to tell us that, as he read further through the book, he realized it was a work of fiction. But his description had been interesting enough to motivate me to read the book.
The Planiverse's reality is that real, and supported by that much scientific and mathematical principle- Dewdney has done his research, to bring us one of the most delightful what-ifs I've found. Imagine reality just like ours, but take out the third dimension. Everything is well supported, every area of life covered, and the drawings immensely helpful. You truly begin to feel for all the characters in the book. But it's not just an exercise in mathematical possibility. It is a rich story, telling of spiritual journey and insight, as Yendred travels to find his answers. And I still remember the ending as grippingly and eerily numinous, as we realize how closely the Planiverse and our Universe are connected, and how limited we are in comparison to the Eternal.
YNDRD, a two-dimensional being who makes contact with
people on Earth through a computer program based on a
hypothetical 2-D world. The tale is written as a summary of
the computer-aided correspondence between Prof. Dewdney and
his colleagues and the so-called "planiverse", with excerpts
of the dialogue as it was received on the computer print-out.
Immense detail is given to the descriptions of the way of
life on the two-dimensional planet, including technology,
government and law, music, sports, science, and even religion.
Religion was, in fact, one of the aspects which gave me
extra admiration for the book and its author, because it
explores not only the religion of the Nsana (as the flat
people call themselves), but religion in general, giving insight
into a scientific and somewhat objective view of religion.
The story and its forays into alien culture are heightened
in effect by the great illustrations, and the technical
sections which go into the most detail about 2-D life.
I say again, this book is simply amazing, and conclude
with a recommendation to all interested in bizarre creatures,
science, or just really good books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Being an Engineer I love the details on physics and biology that went into the text and appendices.Published 3 months ago by Allen Kennedy
Genius. I'm writing this review with somewhat of a "Planiverse kicks Flatland's butt" juvenile treatment. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Damian Hallbauer
The author should stick to math over fiction.
While the writing is okay, I found characterization and motivation weak and the plotline wandering. Read more
Good book. Ending was a bit weird, but definitely worth the read, especially if you're a fan of "Flatland" and similar stories.Published on November 24, 2013 by Mark Kusler
The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World by A.K. Dewdney is a surprisingly interesting and moving fictional story about a college computer lab's accidental... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by William Carpenter
A high school math teacher recommended this to me long ago. I enjoyed this much more than the better known Flatland. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Alexander R. Pruss
I really enjoyed this novel! Along with an interesting story, Dewdney does a thorough job of explaining the culture and science of a two dimensional world. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Thalia's Dog