Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions
by Edwin A. Abbott
Editor: Dover Publications Inc.
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This masterpiece of science (and mathematical), fiction is a unique and highly entertaining blend of satire that has charmed readers for over 100 years.The work of English pastor, educator and scholarly Shakespeare Edwin AAbbott (1838-1926), he describes the journeys of RSquare, a mathematician and a resident of the two dimensions of Flatland, where slender, straight women are the most humble forms, and where men can have any number of sides, depending on their social status.Through strange phenomena, bringing him into contact with a multitude of geometric shapes, Carrés has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (without dimensions) and, finally, entertains the thoughts of visiting a four-dimensional earth-a revolutionary idea for which he has returned to his world in two dimensions.Beautifully illustrated by the author, Flatland is not only a fascinating reading, it is always a first fiction rate introduction to the notion of multiple dimensions of space.”Instructive, entertaining and stimulating for the imagination”– Professor of Mathematics
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