Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 1998 - Fiction - 144 pages
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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. Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926) was a leading scholar and theologian of the Victorian era. If you enjoyed Flatland you may like H.G. Wells's The Sleeper Awakes, also available in Penguin Classics.

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I know, I should grow up, but I like a happy ending. - Goodreads
This book was difficult to read. - Goodreads
Abbott's writing is precise and careful. - Goodreads
This is not a romance novel and there is no love story. - Goodreads
The plot is a vehicle to explain mathematics. - Goodreads
The style of writing was not quite so fascinating. - Goodreads

Review: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

User Review  - Ana - Goodreads

I like the concept of this book, the geometry and the vision implied, but somewhere in the middle, I lost interest. I tried to read it in the context of when it was written but still got bored. Since ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sofia - Goodreads

As you must know, this book is about Flatland, a world where its inhabitants are lines and shapes. The first part, although absurd and fun at times, explaining the society of Flatland, was a little ... Read full review


Preface to the Second and Revised Edition 1884 by the Editor
1 Of the Nature of Flatland
2 Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
3 Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
4 Concerning the Women
11 Concerning our Priests
12 Of the Doctrine of our Priests
13 How I had a Vision of Lineland
14 How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland
15 Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
16 How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
17 How the Sphere having in vain tried words resorted to deeds

5 Of our Methods in Recognizing one another
6 Of Recognition by Sight
7 Concerning Irregular Figures
8 Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
9 Of the Universal Colour Bill
10 Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition
18 How I came to Spaceland and what I saw there
19 How though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland I still desired more and what came of it
20 How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision
21 How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson and with what success
22 How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means and of the result

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