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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions [Paperback]

Edwin A Abbott

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17 Feb 2014
This masterpiece of mathematical fiction is a delightfully instructive and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers since its first publication in 1884. The work of English educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status. Through strange occurrences, Square was introduced to the mysteries of three-dimensional space, and was even able to venture into a land of four dimensions. Isaac Asimov describes Flatland as “the best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions.” Flatland is a fascinating reading for mathematics, physics, and computer science students, and adults alike.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495971996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495971990
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15 x 22.5 cm

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About the Author

Edwin Abbott (1838 – 1926) was an English schoolmaster and theologian, most famous as the author of the social satire Flatland (1884), with its use of mathematical dimensions in religious and political allegories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 12 Mar 2014
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This is a great book for illuminating the mysteries of geometry and arithmetic for young learners, as well as those who only infer geometry from the world they see around them. It is also a great book about how perceptual prejudice thwarts our ability to accept what we can't always infer from our five senses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for young people 22 Jun 2008
By Leelee - Published on Amazon.com
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Flatland is really about Philosophy and how man treats man. Our prejudices and bigotry. Basically only a few think out of the box and are open to new ideas. I read this when I was in 8th grade Algebra as an assignment. This and Animal Farm stick out as works of satire and great lessons. This should be mandatory reading for middle and high schoolers. Alas, it is long forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a hardback reproduction of the original book - buy this one 15 Jan 2014
By AmazonPrimeFan - Published on Amazon.com
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There are countless different printings of Flatland available today. What I was looking for was a simple hardbound volume that was a facsimile reprint of the actual pages from an original. This is exactly that. There are no forewards or introductions. There are no annotations explaining this and that. Bibliolife appears to have taken the images from the openlibrary.org copy of an 1884 Seeley and Co. first edition, cleaned up the pages, and reprinted it in a hardbound volume. That's precisely what I wanted. Now if I could just find the same thing for the 1885 Roberts Brothers (American release) that would be awesome.
4.0 out of 5 stars Conceptual Help for Understanding Dimensions 29 July 2013
By marc.nadeau - Published on Amazon.com
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This entertaining little tome provides an excellent foundation for understanding dimensions. It could be of great use to math and physics instructors in getting this concept across to students. For the one Flatlander who experienced Spaceland, it demonstrated the consequences of non-conformity. Perhaps, this was a statement about the nineteenth-century society in which the author lived. Are there any Spacelanders who have experienced the 4th dimension? Do they wish to come forward?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flatland into 2 dimentions 17 Nov 2013
By man in the hat - Published on Amazon.com
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Flatland requires more imagination than I was willing to come up with; please note that I never watch sitcoms any longer because they always let me down in the laughter/satisfaction department. Your experience may vary.
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