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The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

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Title:The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World
Price:GBP£8.00 (about USD$10.10)
Book ID:B009-3359
Publisher:Pan Books Ltd, London, 1984
Edition:First Edition
Condition:As New
Dust Jacket:No Dust Jacket
Pan Books Ltd, 1984, Softcover, Book Condition: As New, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition

In 1980, A. K. Dewdney, a professor of Computer Science, assigned his students the exercise of simulating a two-dimensional world on the computer. The class, inspired by Flatland, a 19th century novel depicting life in a flat world, went far beyond the wildest dreams of its author, Edwin Abbott, an English clergyman. Where Abbott had conjured up a rather simplistic world with almost no indication of its physical laws, Dewdney and his students designed a complete working world, a computer-planet swimming through a plane, interstellar space somewhere within the electronic bowels of the computer. This planet was inhabited by a race of beings , the FEC's, who lived underground and hunted throgs for a living. Then one day in May 1980 something extraordinary happened. One of the FEC's began to use a word not in the computer's vocabulary. YNDRD. Their imaginary planet had somehow fallen into step with a real, two-dimensional planet, ARDE, which in Dewdney's words floats in the planiverse, a two-dimensional universe "somewhere else but not in this universe". YNDRD, a young inhabitant of ARDE, led Dewdney and his students for 10 weeks on a journey of discovery around his planet, marvelling at Ardean technology and wondering at its cultures. The Planiverse may be seen as a brilliant combination of scientific speculation, bizarre invention, metaphysical exploration, and humour. But is it all invented? Dr. Dewdney is reluctant to release all his papers. "Readers are the ultimate judges", he says, "of the reality of Arde. I, for one, cannot deny its existence." Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 272 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Black titles spine. illustrated by b/w. drawings. Includes appendix. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy; Fiction; Physics; Computers & Internet; Mathematics. ISBN: 0330280759. ISBN/EAN: 9780330280754. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3359.
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