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... show more
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. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers' imaginations beyond the limits of their "respective dimensional prejudices." This new edition begins with an introduction by Rosemary Jann that illuminates the social and intellectual context that produced the work and explains its relationship to the theological issues central to Abbott's career. It also provides the most extensive discussion to date of the class and gender issues raised by the text and of the debates over the limits of scientific and mathematical knowledge in which it participated. Flatland's unique combination of astute social, philosophical, and mathematical observations with wit and humor can be read at many different levels, and will prove especially enjoyable to readers of Victorian literature and philosophy.
Publish date: September 1st 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 124
Edition language: English
Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 19th Century
Un colto quadrato ci racconta che nel bidimensionale universo mondo della Flatlandia le donne sono linee rette, i soldati e gli operai delle classi inferiori triangoli con base variabile; quando la loro base misura meno di un terzo di centimetro, i loro vertici sono così acuminati che è difficile di...
'Flatland' is a Victorian novel about social class and mathematics. A. Square, our narrator, is a scholar and introduces the reader to the civilization of Flatland, its people and character. He had led a normal life up until he was visited by Sphere and taken on a tour of several dimensions. After h...
Eu nao gostei muito do livro porque apenas após 63% é que a história realmente começa. Eh obvio que aprender as diversas caracteristicas de Planolandia é muito interessante, mas se torna enfadonho pois o autor se extendeu demais nesse quesito. Ele poderia ter sido mais rapido nessa parte. O livro eh...
Maybe you will all know the substantial plot of this novel, but I'll say it for eventual isolated cases. Flatland is an alternative world in two dimensions, populated by flat geometric figures. The main character tell us of the features of this world and "people": the gerarchic society, some habits ...
Victorian social satire meets fourth-dimensional geometry! Told from the perspective of a rather ordinary Square living in a strictly regimented two-dimensional world, Flatland offers myriad existential and mathematical challenges for even the sharpest mind. When a visiting Sphere from the third dim...