The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World

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Descriptions : The year is 1981, and in the computer lab of a large university a group of graduate students and their professor are hard at work on the departmental mainframe, graphically modeling an imaginary two dimensional world The project is going well, extraordinarily well, when one student suddenly notices that the world they are building on screen isinhabited So begins A The year is 1981, and in the computer lab of a large university a group of graduate students and their professor are hard at work on the departmental mainframe, graphically modeling an imaginary two dimensional world The project is going well, extraordinarily well, when one student suddenly notices that the world they are building on screen isinhabited So begins A K Dewdney s tale of discovery and communication with the two dimensional civilization of Arde Since its original publication in 1984, The Planiverse has developed a kind of cult readership, following in the footsteps of Edward Abbot s nineteenth century classic Flatland As a kind of mental puzzle or brain teaser, it challenges and delights, inviting readers to imagine just how a two dimensional world might actually work But the book is also a fable, serving as a cautionary tale about the difficulties of communication from one totally alien world to another, and suggesting that it is not only Yendred and his fellow 2 D Ardeans who cannot imagine dimensions beyond those they see










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