Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

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by Edwin Abbott Abbott
     
 

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 science fiction novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott.

As a satire, Flatland offered pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions; in a foreword to one of the many publications of the

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 science fiction novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott.

As a satire, Flatland offered pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions; in a foreword to one of the many publications of the novella, noted science writer Isaac Asimov described Flatland as "The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." As such, the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics and computer science students.

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ISBN-13:
2940148689294
Publisher:
Hillside Publishing
Publication date:
01/07/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Edwin Abbott Abbott (December 20, 1838 � October 12, 1926), English schoolmaster and theologian, is best known as the author of the mathematical satire and religious allegory Flatland (1884). Abbott was the eldest son of Edwin Abbott (1808�1882), headmaster of the Philological School, Marylebone, and his wife, Jane Abbott (1806�1882). His parents were first cousins. He was educated at the City of London School and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours in classics, mathematics and theology, and became fellow of his college. In 1862 he took orders. After holding masterships at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and at Clifton College, he succeeded G. F. Mortimer as headmaster of the City of London School in 1865 at the early age of twenty-six. He was Hulsean lecturer in 1876. He retired in 1889, and devoted himself to literary and theological pursuits. Dr. Abbott's liberal inclinations in theology were prominent both in his educational views and in his books. His Shakespearian Grammar (1870) is a permanent contribution to English philology. In 1885 he published a life of Francis Bacon. His theological writings include three anonymously published religious romances - Philochristus (1878), Onesimus (1882), and Sitanus (1906). More weighty contributions are the anonymous theological discussion The Kernel and the Husk (1886), Philomythus (1891), his book The Anglican Career of Cardinal Newman (1892), and his article "The Gospels" in the ninth edition of the Encyclop�dia Britannica, embodying a critical view which caused considerable stir in the English theological world. He also wrote St Thomas of Canterbury, his Death and Miracles (1898), Johannine Vocabulary (1905), Johannine Grammar (1906). Flatland was published in 1884. Source: Wikipedia

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Tab Lloyd More than 1 year ago
Great story...really gets one thinking about multidimensional possibilities. Ian Stewart's annotated version is nice. He explains mathemarical concepts as well as Victorian-era cultural influences. E.A. Abbott's perspective writing is insightful and ammazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've not read this introduction to dimensional geometry and satire of Victorian society, it's worth a read. It's only 80 pages, so it can read in a couple sittings. This free edition has almost no errors, which is quite rare in these scanned titles. If you're looking for a free edition, this one should suit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book would not load. I guess you get what you pay for. :s I'll be trying another version. 
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It was mentioned in Infinite Jest, so I bought it. It's a little dry, but it contains some great concepts.
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The introduction should be saved for last as suggested by the writer because it will bring perspective to the two dimensional world. As a physician, i encounter two dimensions everyday with reading of mri's, cat scans, etc. And never realized this. Overall, it was pure genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a ROMANCE romance (guys and gals getting very close), or just a romance (kisses and hugs in full clothing)?
J-A-R More than 1 year ago
Flatland was a very interesting book. The world is completely different from the world we have today. For one in this book the people are shapes. In our world we have humans. Another huge difference is in the world of FLatland the miltary is nothing to them but in this world our miltary is everything to us. If we didn't have a miltary we wouldn't have half of the things we have today. The main difference to me being that I am a female is women in this book are treated like they are not important. They have separate doors away from the men's doors. In this world there are still some sexist people but it is still better than how the women in FLatland get treated. Although I disagree with some of the things in this book overall this book is good and I would recommend it to people and I would also like them to comment to see if they share the same feelings I have or if they have the complete opposite reaction from what I have.
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