Fifty Years in the Flatland
2012 will mark the 50th anniversary in print with Dover of one of the most significant and influential books of the past century and a half. The mathematical, satirical, and religious allegory Flatland by a little-known but immensely prolific Victorian English schoolmaster and theologian Edwin Abbott Abbott, was first published anonymously in England in 1884 — Abbott wrote it under the name "A Square." The unique geometrical romance which is Flatland posited a world and its inhabitants that exist in only two dimensions and forces the reader captivated by the originality of this central idea to think deeply about the meaning of such a world. Generations of readers and students swept into the romance and fascination of geometry and other branches of mathematics and philosophy owe their introduction to this world to Flatland, which continues to entertain and stimulate new readers today, still going strong 126 years after the first edition was launched. Abbott revised the text somewhat for a second edition published just a few months after the first. Dover's 1952 edition was the first American reprinting of the amended second English edition and was published with a new Introduction by physicist Banesh Hoffmann.
From the Book:
"I CALL our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space. Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows — only hard and with luminous edges — and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen. Alas, a few years ago, I should have said 'my universe': but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things."
I have known about this book for years because it has been mentioned in other books or articles that I read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bob Jackson
Imagine beings living out their existences in a two-dimensional world, unable to conceive of a third dimension. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dan Gilles
The book itself is excellent, but the introduction is what really makes this copy special. I would have missed some of the book's nuances and satire without Jann's intro.Published 7 days ago by MCW
I first read this during my college years, and when i saw it available as a free offering I wanted to revisit this extraordinary land: Flatland. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jerriann Law
A challenge to read, not exciting nor romantic nor educational by any means ..... simply weird too much for a relaxing
After some recent glowing reviews from friends and acquaintances, I was a bit disappointed by the ending to this story, No spoilers but I found it a bit underwhelming.Published 22 days ago by GLENN PROVEN
Excellent edition with good modern introduction. Worthy of Oxford Univ. Press.Published 1 month ago by PhotoGuy
I just couldn't take all the misogyny in this book. I know it's dated but even so it was too much for me.Published 1 month ago by Laura