Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More Soby Ian Stewart
Pub. Date: 05/28/2002
Publisher: Basic Books
First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls "a superb sequel." Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape
First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls "a superb sequel." Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications. The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. The writings help her to contact the Space Hopper, who tempts her away from her home and family in Flatland and becomes her guide and mentor through ten dimensions. In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll Booth, this magnificent investigation into the nature of reality is destined to become a modern classic.
Table of Contents
|From Flatland to Flatterland||vii|
|1||The Third Dimension||1|
|4||A Hundred and One Dimensions||38|
|5||One and a Quarter Dimensions||65|
|6||The Topologist's Tea-Party||89|
|7||Along the Looking-Glass||107|
|9||What Is a Geometry?||131|
|12||The Paradox Twins||187|
|13||The Domain of the Hawk King||202|
|14||Down the Wormhole||223|
|15||What Shape Is the Universe?||251|
|16||No-Branes and P-Branes||266|
|18||The Tenth Dimension||294|
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The first time that I opened this book I could not put it down. I thought that the characters made this more than just a 'science report'. The language is easy to understand 'save a few paragraphs and explanations - some things are just too complicated to simplify'. Overall, if you are confused by the thought of extra dimensions and want an easy way to understand it, while at the same time being entertained, read this!
I put this book down two chapters in. There is more useless character development and less intelectual structure.
I was expecting something of a little bit higher caliber. The book was written in too simple of a style. Abbot would be embarashed to read this 'sequel.'
I real Flatland a few months ago and I though it was great. I just finished reading Flatterland and it maybe one of the greatest books ever written. I loved it and would recomend it to everyone I know.
An interesting book. It isn't quite as good as Flatland, but holds your interest. It presents a much greater number of ideas. It is somewhat amusing as well. It is worth a read.