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Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions (Penguin Classics)

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"Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it … and you will have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen."

Narrated by A. Square, Flatland is Edwin A. Abbott's delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a two-dimensional world. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. Abbott's amiable narrator provides an overview of this fantastic world-its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered.

Written more than a century ago, Flatland conceals within its brilliant parody of Victorian society speculations about the universe that resonate in Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the current "string-theory" of nature.

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****Reprint of the classic essay on the fourth dimension originally published in 1884. Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A deft mixture of social satire and science fiction that poses provocative questions about perception and reality. The novel is a parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension.

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lukas, May 29, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"'Flatland" belongs more properly to the genre of speculative satire that includes Jonathan Swfit's "Gulliver's Travels (1726) and Samuel Butler's 'Erewhon (1872).'"-from the introduction by Rosemary Jann Victorian-era theologian and educator Edwin A. Abbott's (the A stand for Abbott) best-known book is a unique mix of proto-science-fiction, social critique, logic puzzle, and math parable. Set in a 2-dimensional realm, Abbott uses this premise to comment on contemporary Victorian society, including education, class, and gender. It can be hard to follow, but it is an intriguing example of sci-fi satire. You might also like "Utopia" and "Looking Backwards."
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Cetera, November 20, 2006 (view all comments by Cetera)
I think this book is terrific! We had to read it in Geometry and it's great, no one else liked it much, but I did. It was hard to understand at first,but once you get to the end it all coes together. I loved the mentioning of Prometheus...I love it!
I recommend it for class projects...and teachers mainly Math teachers to have their class read.
I'm a 9th grader in a Pre-AP Geometry class, and I got a good grade on my project!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140435313
Author:
Lightman, Alan
Author:
Lightman, Alan
Author:
Abbott, Edwin A.
Author:
Hoffman, Banesh
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Fourth dimension
Subject:
Sphere
Subject:
Expanding universe
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
52-94
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.78x5.09x.45 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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