The planiverse: computer contact with a two-dimensional world

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Poseidon Press, Mar 28, 1984 - Mathematics - 267 pages
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The Planiverse is a classic book about life in a two-dimensional universe. A.K. Dewdney is a well-known author, and this is a well-known book, which is now brought back into print in a revised and updated edition. The book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatland, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, clever, the book will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious mathematicians and computer scientists, to science fiction fans

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User Review  - shabacus - LibraryThing

A lot of fun, and a better platform for the imagination than it is a story. In "The Planiverse," we have a frame story that wraps around a travelogue through a two-dimensional world. The 2D world ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gord.Barker - LibraryThing

This is a story that comes from the computer lab of Kee Dewdney's graduate computer course. In here, they are modeling a 2-D world with its own ecology, inhabitants and rules. Something goes awry ... Read full review


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Recreations, his column which appeared in Scientific American for more than eight years. He has been an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada since 1968, and is president of Turing Omnibus, Inc. Among his many books on computer science, science and mathematics are Two Hundred Percent of Nothing (1993), an effort to expose abuses of math and statistics in everyday life and its companion work, Yes, We Have No Neutrons (1997). Dewdney is also interested in growing and distributing rare native trees, as manifested in his book, Hungry Hollow: The Story of a Natural Place (1998). Hungry Hollow examines the elements of a natural habitat in both time and space.

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