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About the Author
Lila Marz Harper is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Central Washington University.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Edwin Abbott Abbott: A Brief Chronology A Note on the Text
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews
- The Oxford Magazine (5 November 1884)
- From The Literary World (14 November 1884)
- The Exchange with The Athenaeum (November-December 1884)
- The Architect (15 November 1884)
- R.Tucker, Nature (27 November 1884)
- New York Times (23 February 1885)
- From the New York Tribune (6 March 1885)
- Advertisement Run by Robert Brothers Publishers in The Literary World (21 March 1885)
Appendix B: Sources and Influences
- From Benjamin Jowett’s Translation of Plato’s Republic (1871)
- From Hermann von Helmholtz, “The Axioms of Geometry” (1870)
- From Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80)
- From C.H. Hinton, “What is the Fourth Dimension?” (1884)
Appendix C: Other Works by Abbott
- From The Kernel and the Husk (1886)
- From The Spirit on the Water:The Evolution of the Divine From the Human (1897)
Appendix D: The Influence of Flatland
- From A.T. Schofield, Another World (1905)
- From C.H. Hinton, The Fourth Dimension (1904)
- From C.H. Hinton, An Episode of Flatland: or How a Plane Folk Discovered the Third Dimension (1907)
Appendix E: Mathematical Background
- Macmillan’s Catalog of Geometry Textbooks (1884)
- From Euclid’s Elements
- The T.H. Huxley–J.J. Sylvester Debate (1869-77)
Works Cited and Recommended Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I chose this book (foolishly) to purchase rather than other editions because of the colorful cover. This edition was exactly the same as the "Gutenberg Project's" Ascii edition. It had the same print styles, same illustrations (in ASCII ART) and font styles. This book was just printed out and bound version of the free "Gutenberg Project" edition (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/201) which is just ridiculous. I of course could be wrong but the similarities are uncanny.
If this story doesn't get your brain ticking I don't know what will. This story really makes you think. It forces the reader to look at things differently and may open up some new ways of perceiving the world.
It is difficult to imagine fourth spatial dimension, much less 11 that string theory suggests, but just because we cannot even conceive the idea doesn't mean it is not possible. After all, a being in flatlat finds our three dimensional world as unfathomabe as we find multi-dimensional world. Flatland is a short and simple read but opens mind to fantasy world of no dimension (pointland), one dimension (lineland) and two dimensions (flatland). Author's imaginations conjure up social hierarchy, ruling structure, culture and history of a fictional world forcing the reader to stretch his imaginations. An quick enjoyable stimulating read that will leave you smiling and thinking in the end.
Flatland is a delightful book, the only that I know of that is narrarated by a two dimensional square. It provides a lesson in geometry and understanding dimensions. But it also operates, subtly, on another level, providing perhaps a tongue in cheek commentary on the British class system and social/sexual relations. It's politically incorrect at times, if taken seriously and not as a satire, but it's a lot of fun.