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Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So Paperback – April 16, 2002
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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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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Dr. G. Keith Still (Head of Mathematical Modelling - Starlab, Brussels)
In the present day, mathematician and writer Ian Stewart set out to build on FLATLAND and introduce modern readers to the many new worlds of multidimensional mathematics that have evolved since Abbott's time. Dangerously for a writer of any talent, Stewart opted to mimic the structure and style of a literary classic and, to paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen's memorable Vice Presidential debate putdown of Dan Quayle, "Mr. Stewart, you are no Edwin Abbott Abbott."
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Some topics are treated in a manner to give the reader good understanding, but others are described only superficially. There are simple errors in giving a number for fractal dimension and describing the behavior of the decoherence time. (I leave it to the reader as exercises to spot them.) The author explains the particle nature of the photon by the uncommon use of the process of electron-impact photon emission, while the orthodox explanation uses the inverse process, i.e., the photoelectric effect.
In spite of these minor defects, this is a joyous read for holidays. The heroine is depicted as such a clever, adventurous and charming linear being (near the end of the story she comes to know that she is something superior to a line) that I think how I would have been happy if I had had a girlfriend like her in my youth. Her guide and tutor, the Space Hopper, often shows a big grin, reminding us of the popular physicist and good lecturer Richard Feynman.Read more ›
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Interesting attempt to introduce multi-dimentions, but s little obtuse for the average person. Those conversant in math (researchers, teacners, etc. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Joe C.
Lots of fun. Brought back memories of my college geometry class. Now I have to find & reread my copy of Flatland.Published 4 months ago by David L. Gray
Excellent introduction to many concept, from geometry to fractals up to relativity. Some chapters are not easy to understand in first read, and would probably be better with more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cristian Mori
Superb. The story (which is written like a sequel to Edwin Arnett's 'Flatland' about a 2-D character introduced to a 3-D world) is written with humour and sympathy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jacey
It was good book, very geometry such wow. Had to use for geometry project . Five more words required. LolPublished 19 months ago by Kerrie S. Wenzel
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 23 months 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 on July 3, 2014 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