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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 048627263X, Paperback)Flatland is one of the very few novels about math and philosophy that can appeal to almost any layperson. Published in 1880, this short fantasy takes us to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width that they know is all there is. But one inhabitant discovers the existence of a third physical dimension, enabling him to finally grasp the concept of a fourth dimension. Watching our Flatland narrator, we begin to get an idea of the limitations of our own assumptions about reality, and we start to learn how to think about the confusing problem of higher dimensions. The book is also quite a funny satire on society and class distinctions of Victorian England.
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"Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott's story of a two-dimensional universe, as told by one of its inhabitants who is introduced to the mysteries of three-dimensional space, has enjoyed an enduring popularity from the time of its publication in 1884. This fully annotated edition enables the modern day reader to understand and appreciate the many "dimensions" of this classic satire with commentary on language and literary style, including numerous definitions of obscure words and an appendix on Abbott's life and work. Historical commentary, writings by Plato and Aristotle, and citations from Abbott's other writings work together to show how this tale relates to Abbott's views of society in late-Victorian England and classical Greece. Approaching the book from a mathematical stance, additional notes and illustrations enhance the usefulness of Flatland as an elementary introduction to higher-dimensional geometry."--BOOK JACKET.
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