Alexander Dewdney

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Alexander Keewatin Dewdney (born August 5 1941 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian mathematician, computer scientist, and philosopher who has written a number of books on the future and implications of modern computing. He has also written one work of fiction, The Planiverse. Dewdney lives in London, Ontario where he holds the position of Professor Emeritus of the University of Western Ontario.

Dewdney followed Martin Gardner and Douglas Hofstadter in authoring Scientific American 's recreational mathematics column, which he renamed to "Computer Recreations", then "Mathematical Recreations", from 1984 to 1993 (with the last few appearing in Algorithm). These have been collected into 3 books.

He has developed hypotheses which sharply disagree with the official version of the events surrounding the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks (see external links below).

Works

  • The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World (1984). ISBN 0387989161.
  • The Armchair Universe: An Exploration of Computer Worlds (1988). ISBN 0716719398. (collection of "Mathematical Recreations" columns)
  • The Magic Machine: A Handbook of Computer Sorcery (1990). ISBN 0716721449. (collection of "Mathematical Recreations" columns)
  • The New Turing Omnibus: Sixty-Six Excursions in Computer Science (1993). ISBN 0805071660.
  • The Tinkertoy Computer and Other Machinations (1993). ISBN 071672491X. (collection of "Mathematical Recreations" columns)
  • Introductory Computer Science: Bits of Theory, Bytes of Practice (1996). ISBN 0716782863.
  • 200% of Nothing: An Eye Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy (1996). ISBN 0471145742.
  • Yes, We Have No Neutrons: An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science (1997). ISBN 0471295868.
  • Hungry Hollow: The Story of a Natural Place (1998). ISBN 0387984151.
  • A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos (2001). ISBN 0471407348.
  • Beyond Reason: Eight Great Problems that Reveal the Limits of Science (2004). ISBN 0471013986.

See also

External links

  • Bio at his Physics911 (http://physics911.org/net/modules/cjaycontent/?id=3)
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky (http://feralnews.com/issues/911/dewdney/ghost_riders_1-4_1.html)—an alternative 9/11 theory by Dewdney
  • Operation Pearl (http://www.serendipity.li/wot/operation_pearl.htm) one of Dewdney's analyses of 9/11
  • Project Achilles (http://feralnews.com/issues/911/dewdney/project_achilles_report_2_030225.html) Dewdney's experiment concludes that cell phones are essentially useless on commercial aircraftde:Alexander K. Dewdney
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