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Flatland is one of the very few novels about math and philosophy that can appeal to almost any layperson. Published in 1880, this short fantasy takes us to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width that they know is all there is. But one inhabitant discovers the existence of a third physical dimension, enabling him to finally grasp the concept of a fourth dimension. Watching our Flatland narrator, we begin to get an idea of the limitations of our own assumptions about reality, and we start to learn how to think about the confusing problem of higher dimensions. The book is also quite a funny satire on society and class distinctions of Victorian England. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This pre-Einstein geometrical fantasy is one of the best things of its kind that has ever been written, for it is more than an ingeniously sustained fantasy: it is a social satire, with wit as sharp as the sub-lutrous end of a Flatland woman; it is aneasy philosophical introduction to the Fourth Dimension; and it is a rebuke to everyone who holds that there is no reality beyond what is perceptible by human senses.>>> (Saturday Review )
This pre-Einstein geometrical fantasy is one of the best things of its kind that has ever been written, for it is more than an ingeniously sustained fantasy: it is a social satire, with wit as sharp as the sub-lutrous end of a Flatland woman; it is an easy philosophical introduction to the Fourth Dimension; and it is a rebuke to everyone who holds that there is no reality beyond what is perceptible by human senses. --Saturday Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My husband and I read this book when we were kids (we didn't know each other then). He gave it to our daughter to read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Marty Solomon
Two problems with the book:
1) You need to have a big interest in mathematics and geometry. Read more
It is a great story about classicism in jolly old England, 19th century, and also a treatise for understanding dimensions + higher mathematics, My college calculus teacher told me... Read morePublished 8 days ago by tony mendola
it was for school. would not have been my choice, but was rather interesting that this author envisioned a 4th dimension some 150 years ago or so.Published 8 days ago by Maureen A Mealy
Geometric imagination is required. I wouldn't describe the plot as romantic.Published 16 days ago by Margarita Guerrero Trillo
I read FLATLAND while I took geometry about 50 years ago. Some of the descriptions and actions remain in my memory. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lopey
Flatland always rates five stars and, to me, deserves a place in any library. I have since replaced this version with an illustrated version only because of the illustrations. Read morePublished 20 days ago by gillianfey
This book is not just a fun way to think about higher mathematical dimensions, or even a satire of Victorian society. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Steve Sloan II