Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1984 - Fourth dimension - 160 pages
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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).

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Loved the premise and all the explanations. - Goodreads
Not exactly fantastic prose, but very mind-expanding. - Goodreads
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Interesting concept; very little plot. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Shanna-Mae Slight - Goodreads

As a mathematical essay and a theory of the supernatural, it is brilliant, but readers (espcially those reading it with young women) must be forewarned that it is very derogatory towards women. The ... Read full review

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I read this in high school and remembered it as a great book. Now, I want my son to read it and I want to discuss it in depth with him, so I reread it. One of the classic books of all time. There is a short movie based on this book that I want to see again too. I recall thinking it was also great. Read full review

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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.

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