Flatland

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Penguin UK, Aug 6, 2020 - Fiction - 160 pages

The book that influenced writers from Carl Sagan to Stephen Hawking, Flatland is set in a two-dimensional world where life exists only in lines and shapes - until one of its inhabitants, 'A. Square', has his perspective transformed forever. This brilliantly eccentric classic is an invitation to see beyond our own reality.

'At once a playful brainteaser about geometry, a pointed satire of Victorian manners - and a strangely compelling argument about the greatest mysteries of the Universe' Wall Street Journal

'Flatland could lead to very profound thought about our Universe and ourselves' Isaac Asimov

 

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Contents

Of the Nature of Flatland
Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
Concerning the Women
Of our Methods in Recognizing one another
Of Recognition by Sight
Concerning Irregular Figures
Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
OTHER WORLDS
How I had a Vision of Lineland
How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland
Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
How the Sphere having in vain tried words resorted to deeds
How I came to Spaceland and what I saw there
How though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland I still desired more and what came of

Of the Universal Colour Bill
Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition
Concerning our Priests
Of the Doctrine of our Priests
How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision
How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson and with what success
How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means and of the result

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Edwin A. Abbott (1838 - 1926) was a leading scholar of the Victorian period. A schoolmaster from the age of 26, Abbott oversaw the education of many luminaries of the Edwardian era and beyond, including Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. In his retirement, Abbott devoted himself to writing theological discussions and biographies. In 1884, he wrote Flatland, a highly original work of satirical science-fiction that is now considered a canonical example of the genre.

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