Patrick Maguire, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by Patrick Maguire)
A truly brilliant book that manages to exceed all expectations. It at once weaves fascinating physical and geometrical concepts together with a political satire of Victorian England. While it may sound dry at first, it is actually well worth the read. The narration explores basic geometrical ideas with a world populated by two-dimensional "people". As impossible to classify as it is to explain, this is a fun book altogether!
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This little gem is easy to read, understand and enjoy even (and especially) for the non-math-loving sort. It concerns a real square (literally) living in a 2-D world. That's it. It's a tour of Flatland. And once you pick up this slender little book, you won't put it down until you've taken the tour, unless you got something really important to do like outrun flaming wolves.
It's a buck-fifty. You have no excuse not to buy it.
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Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — charmingly illustrated by the author — describes the adventures of A. Square, a resident of Flatland, in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension), and Pointland (no dimensions).
This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women-thin, straight lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.
Through strange occurrences that bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions—a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his two-dimensional world. Charmingly illustrated by the author, Flatland is not only fascinating reading, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space. "Instructive, entertaining, and stimulating to the imagination." — Mathematics Teacher.
Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — charmingly illustrated by author — describes the journeys of A. Square and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions — a revolutionary idea for which he is banished from Spaceland.
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