This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed audiences for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator, and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where women - thin, straight lines - are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.
Through strange occurrences that bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions - a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his two-dimensional world.
Flatland is not only fascinating listening, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space.
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My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
ONCE A WOMAN, ALWAYS A WOMAN
THEY ARE CONSEQUENTLY WHOLLY DEVOID OF BRAIN POWER, AND HAVE NEITHER REFLECTION ,JUDGEMENT, NOR FORETHOUGHT, AND HARDLY ANY MEMORY. The text goes on to say that women are dangerous when irritated. My point is, that this novella is satirical as well as a great explanation of dimensions. You can read this for either reason or both. Known best for explaining one, two and three dimensions, it also talks about Victorian England and how everyone is expected to be on a certain tier of society and stay there.
Such a unique story, it is understandable that it has stood the test of time. Written in 1884, it is as good today as when it was written. This is probably the best way to describe dimensions and it is entertaining. If only all math could be this way.
The book ain't great, just four stars, but it is short and worth your consideration. It is unique.
Wow. I feel transformed.
Flatland is not only a fascinating analogy, demystifying the 4th dimension in a brilliant way; but also a very interesting commentary on Victorian classism and sexism which sheds light on our world, even over 125 years later.
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