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The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensionsby Edwin Abbott Abbott
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Flatland is a unique, delightful satire that has charmed readers for over a century. Published in 1884 by the English clergyman and headmaster Edwin A. Abbott, it is the fanciful tale of A. Square, a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to The Land of Three Dimensions, an experience that forever alters his worldview.
Like the original, Ian Stewarts commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbotts numerous Victorian references and touches on such diverse topics as ancient Babylon, Karl Marx, Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, Mt. Everest, H.G. Wells, and phrenology. The Annotated Flatland makes fascinating connections between Flatland and Abbotts era, resulting in a classic to rival Abbotts own, and a book that will inspire and delight curious readers for generations to come.
For the first time in paperback, the only annotated edition of Edwin Abbotts classic mind-bending tale of an alternate, two-dimensional universe presented side-by-side with mathematician Ian Stewarts revealing commentary and analysis.
About the Author
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and is well known for his writing and broadcasting about mathematics for nonspecialists. He has written over 140 research papers on such subjects as symmetry in dynamics, pattern formation, chaos, and mathematical biology, as well as numerous popular books, including Letters to a Young Mathematician, Does God Play Dice?, What Shape Is a Snowflake?, Nature’s Numbers, The Annotated Flatland, and Flatterland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He lives in Coventry, England.
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