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Flatland By Edwin Abbott

Flatland
by Edwin Abbott

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A work that poses provocative questions about perception and reality. It is a parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. It provides an overview of this world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs.
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Flatland Summary


Flatland by Edwin Abbott

A 'romance of many dimensions' that has fascinated generations of readers with its clever blend of social satire and mathematical theory, the Penguin Classics edition of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland introduction by Alan Lightman.

A work that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality, Flatland is a brilliant parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his world view is forever shattered.

Written more than a century ago, Flatland conceals within its brilliant parody of Victorian society speculations about the universe that resonate in Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the current 'string-theory' of nature.

Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926) was a leading scholar and theologian of the Victorian era.

If you enjoyed Flatland you may like H.G. Wells's The Sleeper Awakes, also available in Penguin Classics.

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Flatland Reviews


"At once a classic of science fiction, a playful brainteaser about geometry, a pointed satire of Victorian manners--and, finally, a strangely compelling argument about reason, faith, and the greatest mysteries of the universe." --The Wall Street Journal

About Edwin Abbott


Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926) was a leading scholar and theologian of the Victorian era.
Alan Lightman, the author of 'Einstein's Dream' and other books, is an astrophysicist and the Director of the Writing Program at M.I.T.

Additional information

GOR001424934
Flatland by Edwin Abbott
Edwin Abbott
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1999-02-25
144
014043531X
9780140435313
N/A
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