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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Oxford World's Classics) (original 1884; edition 2006)

by Edwin A. Abbott, Rosemary Jann (Editor)

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Title:Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Oxford World's Classics)
Authors:Edwin A. Abbott
Other authors:Rosemary Jann (Editor)
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2006), Paperback, 176 pages
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (1884)


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I never imagined I'd be as enraptured reading about a square describe his universe (and the ones outside it) as if I were reading an account of an astronaut or explorer (Columbus) describing a strange, newly-discovered tribe or planet.

After I adjusted to the "old timey" speak, it became easier to read. I enjoyed reading about their society, and the Colour war, and all the made up conventions by which Flatland worked. I felt very sad about the ending, and had remind myself that I just read a story about what were essentially anthromorphized shapes and solids! So I'd say it was a great yarn, that I got caught up in it like that. Would recommend it as supplemental reading to high school students taking up Geometry. It's a quick read. I finished it in less than 2 hours.

And the best part: this can be read for free at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/97/pg97.html ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
A two-dimensional being records his journeys throughout various dimensions.

Given his experience with the line I would have thought he would be more open to the possibility of a 3rd dimension. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Incredible premise of actual life in two dimensions. It would be good to have the mathematical skills to totally comprehend the entire document.

For those of us with somewhat lesser statistical brains than Stephen Hawking, it does get very boring. A kid's edition would be welcome! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 7, 2016 |
Although this has received praise from people like Asimov, I was not impressed finding it too Victorian for my tastes ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 27, 2016 |

A classic of nineteenth century sf, where the story is told by an inhabitant of a two-dimensional universe who has become aware that a third dimension exists. As a teenager I had read Martin Gardner's extended review of this book and similar writings, and to be honest it was better than the original source material, which is laden with assumptions about what the reader would find funny which rather grate on today's sensitivities particularly with regard to gender but also class and race; it has not aged well. But at the same time the core message, challenging the reader to conceive of a conceptual breakthrough where our universe is just one aspect of a higher dimensional reality, is well executed - and of course the concept of other dimensions has become much more operational since 1884. ( )
  nwhyte | Apr 17, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Abbott, Edwin A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, Edwin Abbottmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, BaneshIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dewdney, A. K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edelmann, HeinzCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jann, RosemaryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalka, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lightman, Alan P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, ValerieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"O day and night, but this is wondrous strange" [Hamlet]

"Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk!" [Titus Andronicus]
The Inhabitants of SPACE IN GENERAL
This Work is Dedicated
By a Humble Native of Flatland
In the Hope that
Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries
Of THREE Dimensions
Having been previously conversant
So the Citizens of that Celestial Region
May aspire yet higher and higher
To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE OR EVEN SIX Dimensions
Thereby contributing
To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION
And the possible Development
Of that most rare and excellent Gift of MODESTY
Among the Superior Races
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I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
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Cela doit vous apprendre que la satisfaction de soi-même trahit un être vil et ignorant, et que mieux vaut aspirer à quelque chose qu'être heureux aveuglément et dans l'impuissance.
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The Annotated Flatland has substantial commentary by Ian Stewart and so is a separate work.
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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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A science fiction classic. The narrator is A. Square, whose flat, middle-class life is suddenly given an exciting new shape by his encounter with a sphere. The sphere introduces A. Square to the joys and sorrows of the third dimension, and the reader is drawn into the deligtful subtleties and irrepressible logic of multidimensional thinking.… (more)

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