Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Front Cover
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1984 - Fourth dimension - 160 pages
138 Reviews
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).

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
46
4 stars
44
3 stars
32
2 stars
13
1 star
3

Abbott's writing is precise and careful. - LibraryThing
Parody or not, I cannot forgive the author for this. - LibraryThing
... even illustrations! - LibraryThing

Review: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

User Review  - Aditya Venkataraman - Goodreads

This is a must-read book. Written in really simple language, that even a school student can understand, this book has two distinct parts - each conveying a different idea. The first part, under the ... Read full review

Review: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

User Review  - Jessica Baumgartner - Goodreads

Definitely one of my new favorites. It's where math meets philosophy and somehow reminded me of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". Mind-blowing! Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1984)

Edwin A. Abbott was born December 20, 1838. He attended City of London School and Cambridge, where he was an honor student in the classics. Following the career path of his father, Abbott was ordained an Anglican minister. Later he rejected a career as a clergyman and at the age of twenty-six, he returned to City of London School as Headmaster, a position he held for twenty-five years. Always curious about views from varying perspectives, he promoted a liberal attitude toward people of differing backgrounds. As president of the Teachers Training Society, for example, he lobbied for access to university education for women. He resigned as Headmaster at age fifty-three in protest of proposed changes to the mission of the school. Abbott wrote more than fifty books on widely different topics. He had published two series of his sermons while at Cambridge, a book on Shakespearean grammar, and accounts of his efforts to admit women to higher education. His most notable work is Flatland, written in 1884. Flatland is still widely read by both mathematicians and science-fiction readers because of its portrayal of the idea of higher dimensions. The narrator, a two-dimensional square called A Square happens into a three-dimensional world where he gains a wider vision into objects in his two-dimensional home. The book was a favorite with C. S. Lewis. Abbott died on October 12, 1926.

Bibliographic information