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Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe Paperback – June, 1983

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper and Row Publishers (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064635740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064635745
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks to whoever conceived the idea of publishing a combined version of Flatland and Sphereland - I would probably have never read this book otherwise - its under-known and under-rated. As a satire, Flatland is arguably better, but as a popular math / physics book, I find Spherland of a much higher quality. I would go so far as to say that there is no better way to understand conceptually the notion of a curved space than to read Burger's analogy. Get it before it goes out of print!
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Once reading the book Flatland, I thought the world of Flatland could not get much better. Then I read Sphereland. It is written in modern English, which is slightly easier to understand than the already not-too-hard Victorian style of Flatland. The book elaborates on what Abbot left out in Flatland, based on new discoveries coming mostly from Einstein since 1880, when Flatland was first published. The style of writing is similar to that of Flatland and amusing. There is a short yet good summary in the beginning of the volume of the Flatland world, just in case you did not read it, read it long ago, or just did not understand a few things about it. As in Flatland, the concepts are easy to understand, even for a high school student. You will find that the theories of dimensions are not too complex if you did not understand them before. It is also a short read. As in Flatland, there are a few diagrams to help you understand a concept being conveyed. The book does not present complex mathematical formulas; actually, it presents none at all. I thought that this book was very interesting, even if you are not interested in mathematics or dimensional theory.
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Sphereland and its predecesor flatland should be required reading for any math student. The point is, thinking in terms of mathematical concepts that we can't physically deal with. Thinking in terms of that world is a whimsical way of exercising your mind.
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i really enjoyed sphereland and the concepts it introduces to the reader. it is a great story that shares the spirit of the works that preceeded it like Flatland by Abbott.
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