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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.
Ironic and actually kinda funny that Amazon asks me to describe the character and one option is "One-dimensional". Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Aaron Bean
This book was such a delightful read! The author exposes some deep truths of the world and challenges our thinking; presented within the constructs of geometry and dimensions. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mayday
It is the hope of anyone that reads to any degree that they will be able to expand their mind. Not merely by learning something new, but by finding new questions that they had not... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ben
I came to this story out of my semi-regular attempt to visualize four dimensional space. I'd read about flatland over and over and finally decided to read it for myself to see if... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Stephen H. Fisher
If you want to read a politically correct book, this will not be for you. I really enjoyed it and have read it several times. Read morePublished 20 days ago by James Dewald
I'm only rating this so low because of the author's obvious disdain for us vapid and highly excitable women. Other than that, it's worth the read.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
In this age of scientific discovery, and with the mathematical tools that have spawned string theory, this book was very insightful and a good read, especially for the atheist or... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sean