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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions…

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1884; edition 1992)

by Edwin A. Abbott (Author)

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A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch of Lineland of the possibility of another dimension, but the monarch cannot see outside the line. The square is then visited himself by a Sphere from three-dimensional Spaceland, who must show the square Spaceland before he can conceive it. As more dimensions enter the scene, the story's discussion of fixed thought and the kind of inhuman action which accompanies it intensifies.… (more)
Title:Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Edwin A. Abbott (Author)
Info:Dover Publications (1992), Edition: Unabridged, 96 pages
Collections:Read More Than Once, Read but unowned
Tags:geometry, math, speculative fiction

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (1884)


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A novel about a possible universe of two dimensions and what happens to the protagonist (a Square) when he is exposed to the concepts of one, point, and three dimensions. Reflects the male dominant attitudes of the 1800's in which it was written, and explores racial equality and genocide along with its unique mathematical discussions. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Utterly mediocre aside from it's novel depiction of characters as dimensions. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
Quite disappointed. Clever analog with Math? Sure. Any productive suggestion? No. Cynism is not the answer, curiosity and compassion are. But then, it's written from 135 years ago. Society progresses, human evolves. We are currently in the best zeitgeist on human period. The function of cynism declines. ( )
  Rex_Lui | Sep 12, 2019 |
The life and times of a nobleman in 2d, a very interesting view of how dimensions work and how life could work out in a flat sheet ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
The life and times of a nobleman in 2d, a very interesting view of how dimensions work and how life could work out in a flat sheet ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Abbott, Edwin A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dewdney, A. K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edelmann, HeinzCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, BaneshIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jann, RosemaryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalka, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langton, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lightman, Alan P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, ValerieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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The Annotated Flatland has substantial commentary by Ian Stewart and so is a separate work.
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