Cover of: Flatland | Edwin Abbott Abbott


A Romance of Many Dimensions

First Shambhala Edition

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Published by Shambhala in Boston, London .
Written in English.

About the Book

Are there worlds of higher dimensions than ours?

In the two-dimensional world of Flatland, a humble Square receives a once-in-a-millennium revelation: there's another dimension out there. He is promptly condemned as a heretic. This classic fable—now more than a century old—is itself a multidimensional creation: a sharp social satire, an illuminating mathematical treatise, and a challenge to our most basic perceptions of everyday reality.

Table of Contents

Part I This World
1 Of the Nature of Flatland 3
2 Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland 9
3 Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland 15
4 Concerning the Women 24
5 Of our Methods of Recognizing one another 37
6 Of Recognition by Sight 50
7 Of Irregular Figures 63
8 Of the Ancient Practice of Painting 72
9 Of the Universal Colour Bill 80
10 Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition 90
11 Concerning our Priests 101
12 Of the Doctrine of our Priests 108
Part II Other Worlds
13 How I had a Vision of Lineland 123
14 How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland 135
15 Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland 148
16 How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland 157
17 How the Sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds 174
18 How I came to Spaceland and I what I saw there 181
19 How, though the Sphere showed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and What came of it 194
20 How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision 210
21 How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with what success 218
22 How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and of the result 225
Notes 237

Edition Notes

Originally published: London : Seeley & Co., 1884.

Series Shambhala Pocket Classics
Copyright Date 1999 by Shambhala Publications, Inc.


Dewey Decimal Class 530.11
Library of Congress QA699 .A13 1999

The Physical Object

Pagination ix, 238 p. :
Number of pages 238

ID Numbers

Open Library OL352188M
Internet Archive flatlandromanceo00abbo_0
ISBN 10 1570624380
LC Control Number 98011663
OCLC/WorldCat 39788388
Library Thing 8292
Goodreads 567637

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