Summary

"Your world has not just four dimensions, but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them!" - A. Square For more than 100 years, Edwin Abbott's mathematical adventure has charmed and fascinated. Set in a world on one plane, Flatland takes listeners on a strange and wonderful journey. This timeless fantasy tells the story of A. Square, a character who lives in a completely flat world where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes and think their world of length and width is the only world that exists. When Square is whisked away to the Land of Three Dimensions, he shakes up his fellow two-dimensional beings with his notion of a dimension beyond their own.
One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.
©1884 Edwin A. Abbott
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.
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"The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." (Isaac Asimov)
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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 24-06-13

One of the best books I've listened to...

I read about this some years ago, though I can't remember where. As a religious studies teacher I thought I'd better read it for discussing epistemology in class. I was more than pleasantly surprised. A genuinely compelling story where you can begin to relate to two dimensional characters (a bit like Jackie Collins, then!) and begin to care about them. Hilarious from start to finish. I'm chosing to believe the sexism is sarcastic, rather than simply a product of its age, but it's funny all the same. Really well read, with great feeling. Listen to this. It'll cheer you up!

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By Brian on 20-01-03

Loved all the concepts of this book

After hearing dozens of recommendations for this book I sought it out.
I was not dissapointed.

The books concepts and mathematical principles are interesting, educating and suprisingly entertaining. I loved the descriptions of the character's worlds and had no trouble turing my mind around the concepts existing in worlds with different numbers of dimensions.

The story is well told through a character that is easy to believe and ,if not have empathy towards, understand their plight.

The story was over well before I wanted it to but I suppose that only so many concetps may be put forth in a book like this before the author believes he may be overindulging or submitting their readers to a deluge of too many principles.

Highly recommended for those who wish to understand when physicists sometimes claim the existance of other dimensions which we cannot perceive and who wish to know how this can be.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tustin3rdWardMember on 12-04-03

Amazing

I was amazed that anyone could write a story about a square that would have the same level of suspense as the greatest dramas.

I was more amazed at all of the implicit social and religious commentary that could be crammed into a story without diverting attention from the plot.

Finally, I was supremely amazed that all of this was written over a century ago, while it reads like it was written yesterday... or tomorrow.

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