Flatland

Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

Book - 1998
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Penguin Putnam
A 'romance of many dimensions' that has fascinated generations of readers with its clever blend of social satire and mathematical theory, the Penguin Classics edition of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland introduction by Alan Lightman. A work that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality, Flatland is a brilliant parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his world view is forever shattered. Written more than a century ago, Flatland conceals within its brilliant parody of Victorian society speculations about the universe that resonate in Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the current 'string-theory' of nature.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Random House, Inc.
"Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it and you will have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen."

Narrated by A. Square, Flatland is Edwin A. Abbott's delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a two-dimensional world. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. Abbott's amiable narrator provides an overview of this fantastic world-its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered.

Written more than a century ago, Flatland conceals within its brilliant parody of Victorian society speculations about the universe that resonate in Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the current "string-theory" of nature.



Baker & Taylor
A humorous examination with serious overtones of the concepts of space, time, and dimension

Book News
****Reprint of the classic essay on the fourth dimension originally published in 1884. Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780140435313
014043531X
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Abb
Characteristics: xvii, 118 p. : ill. ; 20 cm

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graceling3
Oct 03, 2011

highly recommended, especially if you're interested in the math/science fiction area. the author has an amazing imagination and interpretation of different dimensional worlds! you'll enjoy this!

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Khekabeka
May 22, 2011

After a long time hearing about the 2 dimentional world book, I finally decided to reference the comments and read the book. I certainly was not what I expected. This book can be as simply entertaining a read or as deep and philosophical a read as you put into it. The basic ideas a hard to miss, but a little enlightenment can be found when read to the conclusion.

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Jun 29, 2012

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