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Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which Lines Triangles Squares Pentagons Hexagons and other figures instead of remaining fixed in their places move freely about on or in the surface but witho

  • Title: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
  • Author: Edwin A. Abbott
  • ISBN: 9780140435313
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions By Edwin A. Abbott, Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it and you will have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen Narrated by A Square, Flatland is Edwin A Abbott Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it and you will have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen Narrated by A Square, Flatland is Edwin A Abbott s delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a two dimensional world All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension Abbott s amiable narrator 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 worldview is forever shattered.Written 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.

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    1. Take a classically styled, 19th century satire about Victorian social s dress it up in dimensional geometry involving anthropomorphized shapes e.g lines, squares, cubes, etc bathe it in the sweet, scented waters of social commentary and wrap it all around humble, open minded Square as protagonist The result is Flatland, a unique classic parked at the intersection of a number of different genres, thus pinging the radar of a wider than normal audience to appreciate or detest it Since I m recommend [...]

    2. When you read this book, keep two things in mind First, it was written back in 1880, when relativity had not yet been invented, when quantum theory was not yet discovered, when only a handful of mathematicians had the courage yet to challenge Euclid and imagine curved space geometries and geometries with infinite dimensionality As such, it is an absolutely brilliant work of speculative mathematics deftly hidden in a peculiar but strangely amusing social satire.Second, its point, even about itsel [...]

    3. A curious little novella about a man a two dimensional world thinking literally out of the box First he explains his world in which the angles you have the higher social status you have in Flatland Circles being the highest rank He meets someone from Lineland one dimensional who is incapable of understanding Flatland and he meets Sphere from Spaceland three dimenions and he is able himself to comprehend the difference between up and North However, Sphere cannot extrapolate to 4 dimensions and wh [...]

    4. I give it an extra star for it s originality, it s uniqueness The concept was genius, Abbott was probably a math genius himself However, as a work of literature it does not hold up well It has a shadowy similarity to Gulliver s Travels, but falls well short of that Swift classic.

    5. This book should not be read in hopes of finding an entertaining story As a novel, it s terrible It s plot if you can call it that is simple and contrived But, it wasn t written as a novel.Flatland is a mathematical essay, meant to explain a point that higher dimensions than length, depth and width may be present in our universe, but if they are, it will be nearly impossible for us to understand them.The story itself consists of a two dimensional world Flatland , in which there are people of as [...]

    6. I used to be a renegade, I used to fool around But I couldn t take the punishment and had to settle down Now I m playing it real straight, and yes, I cut my hair You might think I m crazy, but I don t even care Because I can tell what s going onIt s hip to be square Huey Lewis And The News Hip To Be SquareAccording to , several film adaptations have been made of Flatland, but no blockbusting Pixar DreamWorks extravaganza just yet If they do make one I can t imagine a appropriate theme song than [...]

    7. This was one crazy, opium fuelled, brilliant book about geometry and different dimensions and I am going to explain it the best way I can but Edwin A Abbott does it so much better.Here is a story of Square who is a square and lives in a two dimensional world of geometrical figures The first part of the book talks about the social breakdown of the Flatland and it is a thinly disguised satire on the Victorian society People are divided into classes according to their geometry and the worst off are [...]

    8. Onvan Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions Nevisande Edwin A Abbott ISBN 048627263X ISBN13 9780486272634 Dar 96 Safhe Saal e Chap 1884

    9. At the outset the 5 stars are entirely subjective I love maths, I love playing mathematical games, I love philosophising about maths So this book is perfect for me But if maths is not your cup of tea, you may not enjoy it as much as I did.I first read about this book in one of Martin Gardner s Mathematical Games anthologies, and was enthralled by the concept In fact, he discusses two books Flatland by Edwin A Abbot and An Episode of Flatland by Charles Hinton written with the same premise He say [...]

    10. Un racconto fantastico a pi dimensioni con una velata neanche poi troppo critica alla chiusura mentale Geniale.

    11. Questo libricino talmente matto e bello che dovete andare a comprarlo, e siccome so che le mie maniere dispotiche, e poco convincenti purtroppo non ho le doti dei venditori di cose inutili che riescono a farti comprare di tutti convincendoti che siano utili forse non vi indurranno all acquisto, armatevi di convincitudine vostra, e andate a comprarvelo, o a rubarlo, o a prenderlo in prestito dalla biblioteca.Perch Leggete quanto segue Se come me siete sempre stati delle perfetteschiappe in matema [...]

    12. What a fantastic little thought experiment, only really half disguised as a story Through his witty little parable, Abbott manages to explore the physical, mathematical, societal, philosophical and theological without once spoon feeding his readers OK, maybe there s a little bit of spoon feeding in the earlier chapters.It s only a shame, then, that this is without a doubt the most misogynist book I ve ever read in my forty odd years Oh, well I suppose nothing s perfect

    13. The premise of Flatland is just that a two dimensional flatland As described early in the book, place a coin on a bench and look at the side from a distance The coin will appear as just a line as does the view of everything in Flatland.Written in the late 1800 s by a school head master and maths and science teacher, this book feels of a vessel for him to prove his superior intelligence through the grasp of these geometric concepts than an actual entertaining read.The book is narrated to us by a [...]

    14. The narrator, a shape living in a two dimensional universe, has his thought world turned upside down went he meets a mysterious being from a three dimensional world 3D creature proceeds to blow 2D creature s mind by exposing him view spoiler indeed gender apparently is trans dimensional hide spoiler to 1 dimensional world, who however in turn refuses to accept the possibility of 4, or D , world s This notion of perspective and liberation from one s own perspective gives the work a transcendent [...]

    15. For why should you praise, for example, the integrity of a Square who faithfully defends the interests of his client, when you ought in reality rather to admire the exact precision of his right angles Or again, why blame a lying Isosceles, when you ought rather to deplore the incurable inequality of his sides This is one of those delightful little books, so difficult to review because its charms require no toil to appreciate, and also because the book is so short you might as well read it and sk [...]

    16. 5 A world where every character is a shape, but only seen on a side view so everybody looks like a straight line That s why the would is called flatland because everything is in 2 dimensionsIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ It s so trippy and it s really funny too I can t just give funny quotes though because you need to know the context from the beginning of the chapter and then the context of the chapter before that to get the humor.Some quotes to give an idea of what the book is like Place [...]

    17. This book is just brilliant Written by a British mathematician in 1881, it s a short fantasy novel about life in two dimensions People in this book live in a two dimensional world They re not aware of, or can t even imagine, the third dimension They have simple geometrical shapes like triangles and squares and other polygons The higher the number of the sides, the higher the individual is in the social hierarchy Those who have so many sides that they resemble a circle are priests The land is rul [...]

    18. Flatland is a mathematical satire and religious allegory, written in the shape of the memoirs of A Square, an inhabitant of a two dimensional world, who had visited other lands Pointland, Lineland and Spaceland and gained invaluable insights into the structure of the Universe Though these journeys and dreams visions sound like a religious experience and Edwin Abbott himself was a theologian , the main goal of Flatland to make us think outside the observable world and imagine new dimensions, dime [...]

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    20. Don t be a square read this book by A Square the author of this tale who describes the worlds of Pointland, Lineland, Flatland and Spaceland and the idea of other lands which mathematically and logically lie beyond the latter This book has just joined the ranks of my all time favourite classics of original genius, such as Micromegas, The Little Prince and Ways of Seeing In fact, this book s better than those three combined Simply brilliant.

    21. Quite a charming allegory for the English society of the time, and boy does it show it s age This is basically covered by everyone who reviewed this book, so I am not going to talk about that What I noticed and I haven t seen anybody mention this yet, is the fact that at the time when this book was written Darwinian evolution has already grasped popular imagination Just look how he talked about careful pairings between man and women to produce an equilateral triangle and then how each generation [...]

    22. I should not have tried to read this book I do not have a mathematical imagination I only read it okay, tried to read it because GR friend Jaksen suggested it as a companion piece to a short science fiction story I recently read titled The 4 D Doodler I liked the idea, and the blurb made the book sound clever.But there were diagrams And geometry talk And I felt like I was back in math class falling far far behind I will probably be one of the few readers who enjoyed the first section of the book [...]

    23. Flatland is amazing Dimensions are the point of the tale And the line, the square and the solid cube Sorry about being so oblique, but I often angle for a laugh at the beginning of a review, no matter how circuitous The author Edwin Abbott Abbott with a wink and a smile introduces us to the science of geometry in the Victorian Age in this a cute story about A Square To understand the concepts that these surprisingly charming fantasy characters who live in a two dimensional world illustrate, I th [...]

    24. Estar satisfecho de s mismo es ser ruin e ignorante, y tener algo a que aspirar es mejor que ser ciega e impotentemente feliz Este libro ha significado para mi una grata sorpresa Lo comenc con incredulidad, dada su fama de libro did ctico de matem ticas, con lo cu l cumple en aspectos que son muy sencillos de entender, pero al mismo tiempo cuenta con una historia que bien podr a pasar, en parte, como una muy rara distop a aunque tampoco podr a simplemente embolsarlo en ese genero Todos somos pro [...]

    25. The quintessential thinking person s book This book has inspired physicists, philosophers, and others for generations and has had a profound impact on the modern human intellect Even with all the wonderful and hilarious satire regarding Victorian society aside, few literary works manage to pack as much punch into so small a package as Flatland.Additionally, it s tremendously accessible and easy to understand for someone who may not know what the book is about to begin with So grab a relaxing dri [...]

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