Flatland

Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

eBook - 2006
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How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? In Flatland, A Square's linear world is invaded by a Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, the novel enlarges readers' imaginations beyond the limits of our 'respective dimensional prejudices'. - ; 'Upward, yet not Northward.'. How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott's droll and delightful 'romance of many dimensions' explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A S.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9781429487207
1429487208
9780191517341
0191517348
0192805983
9780192805980
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xlii, 124 pages) : illustrations.
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Additional Contributors: Jann, Rosemary 1949-

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May 29, 2014

"'Flatland" belongs more properly to the genre of speculative satire that includes Jonathan Swfit's "Gulliver's Travels (1726) and Samuel Butler's 'Erewhon (1872).'"-from the introduction by Rosemary Jann
Victorian-era theologian and educator Edwin A. Abbott's (the A stand for Abbott) best-known book is a unique mix of proto-science-fiction, social critique, logic puzzle, and math parable. Set in a 2-dimensional realm, Abbott uses this premise to comment on contemporary Victorian society, including education, class, and gender. It can be hard to follow, but it is an intriguing example of sci-fi satire.

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