With Flatterland, Ian Stewart, an amiable professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, updates the science of Flatland, adding literally countless dimensions to Abbott's scheme of things ("Your world has not just four dimensions," one of his characters proclaims, "but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them! And none of them need be time. Space of a hundred and one dimensions is just as real as a space of three dimensions"). Along his fictional path, Stewart touches on Feynman diagrams, superstring theory, time travel, quantum mechanics, and black holes, among many other topics. And, in Abbott's spirit, Stewart pokes fun at our own assumptions, including our quest for a Theory of Everything.
You can't help but be charmed by a book with characters named Superpaws, the Hawk King, the Projective Lion, and the Space Hopper and dotted with doggerel such as "You ain't nothin' but a hadron / nucleifyin' all the time" and "I can't get no / more momentum." And, best of all, you can learn a thing or two about modern mathematics while being roundly entertained. That's no small accomplishment, and one for which Stewart deserves applause. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It loses the political statements that Flatland had, but gains a deeper sense of Math that only Ian Stewart could deliver. The only complaint is that the story seems a bit dry. Read morePublished 29 days ago by esther robbins
I was looking forward to reading this book as a sequel to the classic mathematical and satirical novel "Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a long story, gentling the concepts into your head.
While this is written as fiction, let's face facts - it's a math (geometry) tutorial thinly disguised. Read more
Ian stewart did a marvelous job with this book. I first read its prequel "flatland" based on a recommendation from youtuber "Vsauce," and it was thick and Victorian... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jak4
The book itself is OK. The author covers a lot of different areas that are newish in mathematics--sometimes it seems like too much, but there are lots of connections so I won't... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rita Margolies
If you have read "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" you may find yourself hungry for more. This book passes the time and stretches the ideas, but lacks the originality of the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by smrzle
I'm in eighth grade and my older high school brother told me to read flatterland. It's amazing! And by the way the puns are AMAZING they're one of my favorite parts of the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lily
I definately enjoyed this book and I think it was a very good attempted sequel to the brilliant Flatland. In essence the book follows a descendent of A. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Steve
It certainly helps to have read and enjoyed the original Flatland by Edwin Abbot. This book written over a century later continues by following the adventures of Victoria Line,... Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by L. King