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Flatland--A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Title:Flatland--A Romance of Many Dimensions
Abbott, Edwin Abbott   
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Published:   1884
Publisher:R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor
Tags:fiction, mathematics, satire, film/TV adaptation

This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. 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. Charmingly illustrated by the author, Flatland is not only fascinating reading, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space. [Suggest a different description.]

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Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838–1926) was an English theologian and writer. Born in London he studied at St. John's College in Cambridge. He excelled at classics, mathematics and theology. He became headmaster at the City of London School at the age of 26 and continued teaching until he retired in 1889. He is best known for his book, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions", published in 1884. It describes a two-dimensional world and explores the nature of dimensions. (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

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