Cover of: Flatland | Edwin Abbott Abbott

Contributors

  • Editor
    Rosemary Jann
  • Introduction
    Rosemary Jann
  • Notes by
    Rosemary Jann

About the Book

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, though written in 1884, is still considered useful in thinking about multiple dimensions. It is also seen as a satirical depiction of Victorian society and its hierarchies. A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch of Lineland of the possibility of another dimension, but the monarch cannot see outside the line. The square is then visited himself by a Sphere from three-dimensional Spaceland, who must show the square Spaceland before he can conceive it. As more dimensions enter the scene, the story's discussion of fixed thought and the kind of inhuman action which accompanies it intensifies.

About the Edition

‘Upward, and yet not Northward.’

How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott’s droll and delightful ‘romance of many dimensions’ explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension on the eve of the new millennium. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers’ imaginations beyond the limits of our ‘respective dimensional prejudices’. In a world where class is determined by how many sides you possess, and women are straight lines, the prospects for enlightenment are boundless, and Abbott’s hypotheses about a fourth and higher dimensions seem startlingly relevant today.

This new edition of Flatland illuminates the social and intellectual context that produced the work as well as the timeless questions that it raises about the limits of our perception and knowledge.

Edition Notes

Series
Oxford World's Classics
Copyright Date
2006, Editorial material, Rosemary Jann

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xlii, 134
Number of pages
160

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7383410M
Internet Archive
flatlandromanceo00abbo_1
ISBN 10
0192805983
ISBN 13
9780192805980
Library Thing
8292
Goodreads
17030
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