- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,190 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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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. -- Discover Magazine
A worthy successor to Flatland. -- Thomas Banchoff, Nature
It's not everyone who gets to design a universe from scratch. But A.K. Dewdney has done just that. -- The Boston Globe
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. -- Erik Sandberg-Diment, The New York Times
About the Author
A.K. Dewdney is a mathematician, computer scientist, astronomer, engineer, and biologist. A member of the computer science department at the University of Western Ontario for 27 years, he retired in 1997, only to be appointed professor of Zoology at the same university in 1998 in recognition of his important biological work. Dewdney is the author of 11 books. He has been increasingly involved in environmental issues, mainly the habitat loss created by the expansion of human populations. Currently, most of the author's spare time is taken up by his work in a natural area close to his home, a 100-acre complex of forest and ponds. He and his wife are managing an ambitious bio-inventory of the area and have logged over 1,000 species.
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Top Customer Reviews
As we follow Yendred on his journey and learn about his world, we also learn a lot about what the physics, chemistry, and biology of a two dimensional world could be like. The author even provides diagrams of a two dimensional steam engine and clock that can be constructed in a three dimensional model (with one dimension being only as thick as the material used for construction).
There are some annoying loose ends left at the end of this novel and it is not at all clear what the mystic that Yendred meets at the end of the book knows about the three dimensional world. Nevertheless, this is still a compelling and interesting tale 30 years after it was first published.
In reading this book I was reminded of not only Abbott's Flatland (which was the original inspiration) I was also reminded of Charles Hinton's Fourth Dimension and Choas Coincidence and All That Math Jazz.
In each work, the writers effectively used 2D analogies to give us an idea of what 4D space might be like.
What Dewdney did however was to build detail into what has always been a simple model and thereby give greater detail to the potentialities of our vision.
While others have said that this book would be great for mathematicians I would offer that this book is great for anyone seeking to expand their horizons.
As Henry David Thoreau wrote in concluding his Walden: "There is more light to day than dawn. The sun is but a morningstar!"
Read this book and others like it and bask in the light of that morningstar!
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While the writing is okay, I found characterization and motivation weak and the plotline wandering.Read more