Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions (Complete with Illustrations) (Hardcover)

Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions (Complete with Illustrations) (Hardcover)

by Edwin A. Abbott

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This print edition of Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions contains all of the original and vital illustrations, allowing the reader to comprehend the geometry described in the satirical story.



First published in the 1880s, Flatland is a playful satire of the hierarchical class structure which Abbott perceived as defining the Victorian society in which he lived. The titular country has a population consisting of different shapes; their shape denotes their place in the society - the more sides the shape has, and the more regular their shape, the higher the place they occupy in the social strata.



The ordinary, day-to-day existence of the author (A. Square) is brought into question when he experiences a dream. In it a shape with depth, a Sphere, announces its existence and origin in Spaceland; a place with a third dimension. Thrilled by the revelation, the Square postulates that perhaps there are actually four, five or more dimensions constituting the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781387842445
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Tab Lloyd More than 1 year ago
Great story...really gets one thinking about multidimensional possibilities. Ian Stewart's annotated version is nice. He explains mathemarical concepts as well as Victorian-era cultural influences. E.A. Abbott's perspective writing is insightful and ammazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've not read this introduction to dimensional geometry and satire of Victorian society, it's worth a read. It's only 80 pages, so it can read in a couple sittings. This free edition has almost no errors, which is quite rare in these scanned titles. If you're looking for a free edition, this one should suit.
wendyrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting novella, a sort of mixture of science fiction/social commentary and a Dummy's guide to dimensions and relativity.Very , very clever.
lmichet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was given an overview in a silly book from the 1960s which my father once gave to me-- it was a book of math puzzles and the like. That book, however, did not hint to me that Flatland is really more of a Victorian social commentary than a book about math. I enjoy creative books about math, like 'The Math Devil'. The Math Devil is one fine book.Anyway, Flatland is interesting, yes, but-- well-- it's Victorian social commentary! Not something I enjoy reading for the sake of itself. Victorian social commentary is fine when there's an interesting plot to be had, but using MATH to make Victorian social commentary more interesting? Hmm. Not exactly the best decision. But it's still good, and it's very easy to see why this is a classic. Everyone should get around to reading it at least once-- and it's so short that this shouldn't be a problem for anyone, really.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You don¿t have to be a math geek, but it doesn¿t hurt. There isn¿t an extensive plot; it¿s not a novel in any real sense. And it is written in a style of the late 19th century, a style of writing that can leave readers working harder to decipher the language than the actual story. But there is a reason this exploration of dimensions has been around a really long time. It is fun to read, the language is actually pretty penetrable, and, while posing as an exploration of interesting things about the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. dimensions (which it does well), it does a fairly decent job of pointing out the problems with society and people. While it¿s easy enough to think of this as showing the intolerance and narrow-minded thinking of the late 1800¿s, do not be fooled ¿ we have gotten no better. It is a relatively quick read (for me, a flight from Kansas City to Phoenix), but the kind that will keep coming back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book would not load. I guess you get what you pay for. :s I'll be trying another version. 
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It was mentioned in Infinite Jest, so I bought it. It's a little dry, but it contains some great concepts.
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The introduction should be saved for last as suggested by the writer because it will bring perspective to the two dimensional world. As a physician, i encounter two dimensions everyday with reading of mri's, cat scans, etc. And never realized this. Overall, it was pure genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a ROMANCE romance (guys and gals getting very close), or just a romance (kisses and hugs in full clothing)?
J-A-R More than 1 year ago
Flatland was a very interesting book. The world is completely different from the world we have today. For one in this book the people are shapes. In our world we have humans. Another huge difference is in the world of FLatland the miltary is nothing to them but in this world our miltary is everything to us. If we didn't have a miltary we wouldn't have half of the things we have today. The main difference to me being that I am a female is women in this book are treated like they are not important. They have separate doors away from the men's doors. In this world there are still some sexist people but it is still better than how the women in FLatland get treated. Although I disagree with some of the things in this book overall this book is good and I would recommend it to people and I would also like them to comment to see if they share the same feelings I have or if they have the complete opposite reaction from what I have.
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