Ian Stewart, the author of the equally witty sequel, Flatterland--which adds to Abbott's store of science the key discoveries made since--does a superb job of explaining the original book's enigmas, allusions, ironies, implausibilities, and what Douglas Hofstadter would call "metamagical themas." Among other things, Stewart comments on Abbott's comments on such things as the nature/nurture controversy, the fourth dimension and beyond, the role of multidimensional spaces in economic systems, infinite series and perfect squares, celestial mechanics, and other matters close to the hearts of cosmologists and science buffs alike.
Stewart's notes make an entertaining and learned addition to an already classic bit of writing--one that has never been out of print since its first publication. For both devoted Abbott fans and newcomers to his work, this is the edition to have. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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'Flatland' is amazing. Dimensions are the point of the tale. And the line, the square and the solid cube. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheshire
This one is Way Out There. I don't have much to say since I am not an expert on the two dimensional concept.Published 5 months ago by John R. Freeman
The core story of Flatland is certainly starting to show signs of its age, but Ian Stewart does a phenomenal job of reviving the relevance of Flatland and it's inhabitants. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Garrett Mccutcheon
If you like this type of "mathematical genre", then this annotated version is terrific because it adds nice insight into this book.Published 11 months ago by RB, Brooklyn
The book looks very nice!
It's hard to find a "Flatland" that isn't paperback! So it's ideal as a gift (if you want to offer sombebody not just an incridible novel,... Read more
Just get the unannotated edition. Some of the annotations are interesting, but for the most part they're not really pertinent. Plus, the annotations are in the margins... Read morePublished 12 months ago by spencer
Was a present and my brother absolutely loved it. Very good condition!!! The annotations made this version interesting to those who are into mathematics - like my brotherPublished 19 months ago by TD
Ian Stewart's The Annotated FLATLAND (E A Abbott's FLATLAND) provides a challenging view of Abbott's perception of late 19th Century Victorian England. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by think4man
When you want to read Flatland in optimal conditions and want to know everything about it, it's a must have.Published on October 17, 2009 by Werner Van dermeersch