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ISBN13: 9780691025254
ISBN10: 0691025258
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In 1884, Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote a mathematical adventure set in a two-dimensional plane world, populated by a hierarchical society of regular geometrical figures-who think and speak and have all too human emotions. Since then Flatland has fascinated generations of readers, becoming a perennial science-fiction favorite. By imagining the contact of beings from different dimensions, the author fully exploited the power of the analogy between the limitations of humans and those of his two-dimensional characters.

A first-rate fictional guide to the concept of multiple dimensions of space, the book will also appeal to those who are interested in computer graphics. This field, which literally makes higher dimensions seeable, has aroused a new interest in visualization. We can now manipulate objects in four dimensions and observe their three-dimensional slices tumbling on the computer screen. But how do we interpret these images? In his introduction, Thomas Banchoff points out that there is no better way to begin exploring the problem of understanding higher-dimensional slicing phenomena than reading this classic novel of the Victorian era.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second and Revised Edition ix

Introduction xiii

Part I This World

Section

1 Of the Nature of Flatland 3

2 Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland 4

3 Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland 6

4 Concerning the Women 8

5 Of our Methods of Recognizing one another 12

6 Of Recognition by Sight 16

7 Concerning Irregular Figures 20

8 Of the Ancient Practice of Painting 22

9 Of the Universal Colour Bill 24

10 Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition 27

11 Concerning our Priests 30

12 Of the Doctrine of our Priests 32

Part II Other Worlds

13 How I had a Vision of Lineland 39

14 How in my Vision I endeavoured to explain the nature of Flatland, but could not 42

15 Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland 46

16 How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland 49

17 How the Sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds 55

18 How I came to Spaceland and what I saw there 57

19 How, though the Sphere showed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and what came of it 61

20 How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision 66

21 How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with what success 68

22 How I then tried to diff use the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and the result 70

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orange_footprint, October 4, 2009 (view all comments by orange_footprint)
I found this an eye-opening read - a classic for any age. If you have an hour to spare one lazy Saturday afternoon, give Flatland a shot. There is a reason why it's still around after 130 years.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691025254
Subtitle:
A Romance of Many Dimensions
Introduction:
Banchoff, Thomas
Introduction:
Banchoff, Thomas
Author:
Abbott, Edwin Abbott
Author:
Banchoff, Thomas
Author:
Abbott, Edwin A.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Fourth dimension
Subject:
Expanding universe
Subject:
Advanced
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Series Volume:
v. 10
Publication Date:
19910526
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.50x5.48x.43 in. .43 lbs.

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