The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 12, 2000 - Science - 247 pages
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When The Planiverse ?rst appeared 16 years ago, it caught more than a few readers off guard. The line between willing suspension of dis- lief and innocent acceptance, if it exists at all, is a thin one. There were those who wanted to believe, despite the tongue-in-cheek subtext, that we had made contact with a two-dimensional world called Arde, a di- shaped planet embedded in the skin of a vast, balloon-shaped space called the planiverse. It is tempting to imagine that those who believed, as well as those who suspended disbelief, did so because of a persuasive consistency in the cosmology and physics of this in?nitesimally thin universe, and x preface to the millennium edition in its bizarre but oddly workable organisms. This was not just your r- of-the-mill universe fashioned out of the whole cloth of wish-driven imagination. The planiverse is a weirder place than that precisely - cause so much of it was “worked out” by a virtual team of scientists and technologists. Reality, even the pseudoreality of such a place, is - variably stranger than anything we merely dream up.
 

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Contents

arde
1
a house by the sea
9
on fiddib har
23
walking to is felblt
41
city below ground
59
the trek
83
the punizlan institute
107
traveling on the wind
137
high on dahl radam
161
drabk the sharak of okbra
185
higher dimensions
207
ardean science technology
217
acknowledgments
241
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