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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Oxford World's Classics)

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How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott's droll and delightful "romance of many dimensions" explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers' imaginations beyond the limits of their "respective dimensional prejudices."

This new edition begins with an introduction by Rosemary Jann that illuminates the social and intellectual context that produced the work and explains its relationship to the theological issues central to Abbott's career. It also provides the most extensive discussion to date of the class and gender issues raised by the text and of the debates over the limits of scientific and mathematical knowledge in which it participated.

Flatlands unique combination of astute social, philosophical, and mathematical observations with wit and humor can be read at many different levels, and will prove especially enjoyable to readers of Victorian literature and philosophy.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Rosemary Jann is a professor of English and Cultural Studies at George Mason University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199537501
Author:
Abbott, Edwin Abbott
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Jann, Rosemary
Author:
null, Edwina
Author:
Abbott, Edwin A.
Author:
Jann, Rosemary
Author:
null, Rosemary
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fourth dimension
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
72 line illus.
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
5 x 7.6 x 0.6 in 0.3 lb

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