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This highly original and entertaining short novel (which has been in print continually since its original publication in 1884) tells the story of A. Square, an inhabitant of the two-dimensional world Flatland. After an overview of Flatland society in all its aspects, A. Square recounts how he was led on a series of visions and travels to Pointland, Lineland, and Spaceland by A. Sphere on the last day of Flatlands year 1999. Through his encounters with these other lands, A. Square realizes that there is indeed more to the universe than the world he lives in. A. Sphere opens A. Squares mind to new possibilities, illuminating the path to knowledge through careful observation and commonsense experimentation. But when A. Square can be contented no longer with what he has already seen, he dreams of visiting a land of four dimensions, the so-called Thoughtland. As in real life, such desires are met with sometimes-violent opposition from societys leaders in the name of maintaining the status quo.

Victorian clergyman and Shakespearean scholar Edwin Abbott penned this mathematical allegory about the dawn of reason seemingly in response to the puritanical environment of his era. Touching on themes of humanitys insatiable quest for truth, authoritys tendency to squash radical ideas born from this quest, and the necessity of curiosity, Flatland is an odd and charming little book whose impact far surpasses its concise prose.

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This is an amazing tour of a two-dimensional society, as earnest as any travelogue, complete with debate on the suppression of the Chromatic Sedition. Especially charming is the two-dimensional narrator's attempts to explain the three dimensions of Spaceland and the one dimension of Lineland. This edition includes the author's hand-drawn illustrations, including the famous chart of "My body just before I disappeared." Originally published in London by Seeley & Co., 1884. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This is an amazing tour of a two-dimensional society, as earnest as any travelogue, complete with debate on the suppression of the Chromatic Sedition. Especially charming is the two-dimensional narrator's attempts to explain the three dimensions of Spaceland and the one dimension of Lineland. This edition includes the author's hand-drawn illustrations, including the famous chart of "My body just before I disappeared." Originally published in London by Seeley & Co., 1884. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591022961
Author:
Abbott, Edwin A. Abbott
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Abbott, Edwin Abbott
Author:
Abbott, Edwin A.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fourth dimension
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Geometry - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
130
Dimensions:
3800x3800

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