Flatland

  • by Edwin A. Abbott
  • Narrated by Patrick Frederic
  • 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Your world has not just four dimensions, but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them!" - A. SquareFor 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.

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What the Critics Say

"The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." (Isaac Asimov)

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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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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio