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Author: Edwin Abbott Abbott
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Title: Flatland--A Romance of Many Dimensions
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Flatland--A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott, first published in 1884 by Seeley & Co. of London.

Автор: Abbott Edwin, Книга: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Жанр: детектив, фантастика, Издание: 1884 . Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries. Having been previously conversant. With ONLY TWO. So the Citizens of that Celestial Region. May aspire yet higher and higher. To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE or EVEN SIX Dimensions. Thereby contributing. To the Enlargment of THE IMAGINATION.

Abbott Edwin A. Categories: Научная Фантастика. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Ефетов Марк Семенович.

As I alluded to in my intro, this book contains MATH. Now I hesitate to even mention that, because of the potential angst that subject causes many of my friends. I certainly don’t want people going al. nd dashing away in a panic. Rest easy and increase your calm, the math is very minor. It’s really limited to discussions of geometric figures in the context of how many spatial dimensions they inhabit. Damn, that didn’t sound good eithe. .just trust me, you won’t need a slide rule, an abacus or a lifeline to Stephen Hawking to read the book.

A Romance of Many Dimensions. With Illustrations by the Author, A. Square. With an Introduction by Valerie Smith. and a New Afterword by John Allen Paulos. gious views with contemporary scientific thought. of Flatland may help to point us toward some potentially useful dimensions when considering the novel.

If you've never heard the term Mathematical Fiction before, Edwin Abbott Abbott's 1884 novella, Flatland can certainly enlighten you! Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions was published in 1884 and since then, it has been discovered and re-discovered by succeeding generations who have been delighted by its unique view of society and people. The plot opens with a description of the fictional Flatland

byAbbott, Edwin Abbott, 1838-1926. Publication date 1884. The little I have read of the book gives promise of an enjoyable read. Let's read the book together.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a satire and science fiction novel written by English Theologian and school master Edwin Abbott Abbott. The novel specifies about a two dimensional fictional world where women are simple line segments and men are in polygons with multiple sides. Though this novel was written about a century back, it is still popularly read by students of mathematics and physics. Science Fiction Satire. MP3. M4B Part 1. Related Audiobooks. Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth H. G. Wells. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne.

PART 1. SECTION 1 Of the Nature of Flatland. SECTION 2 Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland. SECTION 3 Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland. SECTION 4 Concerning the Women. SECTION 22 How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and of the result.

Reviews: 7
I've read Flatland several times in printed form -- it's one of my favorite books. I got this edition free, but even at that, this isn't worth it. The illustrations are missing, and for this book they're not just a nice addition; the pictures are crucial to following the story. (Also, the text makes references to the pictures.) There are also some mangled words and other problems.

If you're about to read this excellent book for the first time, you'd be robbing yourself of the experience by trying to follow this garbled, text-only version. If you're already a fan, you'll just find this edition frustrating. So, whether or not you've read Flatland before, please spend the $1 for a nice, edited version with the illustrations included: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated)
Edward A. Abbott was a 19th century theologian and schoolmaster. He published this work in 1884. Based in part on the number of Amazon reviews, it remains well-read today. I first learned about this book when I was in school, a half century ago, and regret it has taken this long to have finally read it. The work is “multidimensional” as it were. It not only pushes the reader’s imagination to envision the concept of four or five dimensions by positing a world in which people live in one dimension LESS than the 3-dimensional world in which we are most familiar with, that is a 2-dimensional world known as flatland. It also is a social satire on the social customs of the day, including hierarchical relationships, in-group / out-group fads, and the role of women in society.

Shape is destiny! The more sides one has, the better. Women, alas, aren’t even 2-diminsional. They are a simple one-dimensional line. Men are the only ones that have breadth. The simplest are isosceles triangles, low on the societal pecking order. Equilateral triangles a bit higher, squares higher still, then pentagons… and on, to ones that have so many sides they approximate a circle, who effectively are the High Priests. And the ones that are irregular shapes: they are the outcasts.

Abbott pushes the reader’s imagination by examining the question of how various entities recognize each other in 2-dimensions, when, on first glance, everyone should appear as a line. He posits that the fog in northern climates provides a mechanism for recognizing if an object is more than a line, since the brightness of the line would fall off in the fog. With careful training, how fast the brightness falls off would denote shape and societal status, not much different, I suppose, from how clothes labels do today. One could imagine Abbott chuckling to himself when he proposed that there was a movement called the “Chromatistes” who felt that shape recognition could be enhanced by simply requiring each shape to have a standard color. There was a conflict on this issue, and the “lines” (the women) and the “circles” (the high priests) were aligned against all other shapes on the issue of the “Universal Color Bill.”

Other dimensions are visited… both below, that is, 1-dimensional space, and no dimensional space (periods), as well as above, 3-dimensional and beyond. Each dimension has grave difficulties envisioning any other world, much like we do in our own. In fact, those who advocate recognition of worlds with different structural dimensions are subject to criminal prosecution. Abbott does recognize a serious flaw in his “flatland” model in that in true 2-dimensions, no shape could really see another, so he fudges the issue a bit by indicating that each shape does have an intrinsic height, and fudges it more by calling it “brightness.” Oh well, all too many paradigms contain their own contradictions.

Overall, a stimulating read, which paved the way for the “space-time continuum” universe of four dimensions. Still, there is the flaw in his 2-dimensional world of “brightness,” the status of women, and some archaic prose. 4-stars.
The hardback version by Kessinger (ISBN 1169672019) is, in my opinion, horribly misrepresented in the description and a simply TERRIBLE edition. Amazon describes this edition as:

"This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work."

This could not possibly be further from the truth. This edition is so horribly modern and so absolutely not a facsimile reprint of the original as to make that description laughable. None of the original artwork is present. Instead it has been replaced with someone's horrible attempt at reproducing the pictures using nothing but ASCII characters.

If you're a fan of Flatland and want a nice hardback volume for your collection, this volume is not for you. If you've never read Flatland and will be reading it for the first time (which is when the illustrations are of the most value) this volume is not for you. Unless you just want to buy a book to use as firewood, this volume is not for you.

I have never returned a book to Amazon before - but will be doing so with this one.