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Flatland (Illustrated Edition) Paperback – October 9, 2009
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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.
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The book especially points out the difficulty in envisioning a greater reality and a greater vision than is commonly observed by any individual in any dimension or society. The author's premise relates to things existing in a "plane geometry" world as opposed to a "Euclidian Geometric" three dimensional figure universe. The book carefully illustrates to one denizen of Flatland how the three dimensional world of space works and/or exists. Upon finally understanding the "Gospel of Three Dimensions" our protagonist goes on to try and apply the same arithmetic logic and geometric analogs to a fourth dimensional universe. Shouldn't there exist a fourth dimensional universe that allows an entity to look down upon the three dimensional universe with as much transparency as one can from three dimensions to two?
Alas, things become different in dimensions other than the first, a world of lines, the second, a world of shapes and the third, a world of objects. In the zero dimension, all things are a point. Mathematically we know that any number raised to the "0" power equals 1 and therefore, all things in the zero dimension resolve into one single omnipotent point. This condition would also exist in the fourth dimension; as those of us in the third dimension have no model to compare it to.Read more ›
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Flatland is worth reading mainly for its historical place and as kind of an oddball way of explaining certain aspects of math and physics. Read morePublished 8 days ago by flimfrik
One of the best introductions to dimensions from one to whatever. A truly great additional read for all physics courses.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
incredibly boring and procedurally written. Yet remarkably creative for it's day and age. More fun to think as an after thought than to read.Published 1 month ago by Otto
How would I describe the characters? Well some one, some two, and some three-dimensional. Great read, interesting thought process throughout the entire journey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony Federico
Really interesting book. It's full of geometrical concepts, but even though I haven't taken math in years I didn't have any problems with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily G
This book is a great look into how we can envision more in life by analogy. It starts in the world of two dimensions and explains how things work there; the story takes off when we... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jake Knight