Flatland - PDF by Edwin A. Abbott

 Flatland: a romance of many dimensions 

Flatland: a romance of many dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott, first published in 1884 by Seeley  Co. of London. written pseudonymously by "A Square", the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions. 

The story describes a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures, where women are simple line segments, while men are polygons with various numbers of sides.

Review by Michael Finocchiaro
A curious little novella about a man in a two-dimensional world thinking literally out of the box. First, he explains his world in which the angles you have the higher social status you have in Flatland - Circles being the highest rank. He meets someone from Lineland (one-dimensional) who is incapable of understanding Flatland and he meets Sphere from Spaceland (three dimensions) and he is able to comprehend the difference between "up" and "North". However, Sphere cannot extrapolate to 4+ dimensions and when the protagonist returns to Flatland and tries to explain Spaceland, he is imprisoned as a heretic.

the book details :
  • Author: Edwin A. Abbott
  • Publication date:1884
  • Company: London: Seeley and Co.

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