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Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions (Penguin Classics)by Edwin Abbott Abbott
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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.
Book News Annotation:
****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)
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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