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Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions

ISBN-10: 048627263X

ISBN-13: 9780486272634

Edition: 1992

Authors: Edwin A. Abbott

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Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — charmingly illustrated by author — describes the journeys of A. Square, a resident of Flatland, and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions — a revolutionary idea for which he is banished from Spaceland.
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Book details

List price: $3.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/21/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374

Edwin A. Abbott was born December 20, 1838. He attended City of London School and Cambridge, where he was an honor student in the classics. Following the career path of his father, Abbott was ordained an Anglican minister. Later he rejected a career as a clergyman and at the age of twenty-six, he returned to City of London School as Headmaster, a position he held for twenty-five years. Always curious about views from varying perspectives, he promoted a liberal attitude toward people of differing backgrounds. As president of the Teachers Training Society, for example, he lobbied for access to university education for women. He resigned as Headmaster at age fifty-three in protest of proposed changes to the mission of the school. Abbott wrote more than fifty books on widely different topics. He had published two series of his sermons while at Cambridge, a book on Shakespearean grammar, and accounts of his efforts to admit women to higher education. His most notable work is Flatland, written in 1884. Flatland is still widely read by both mathematicians and science-fiction readers because of its portrayal of the idea of higher dimensions. The narrator, a two-dimensional square called A Square happens into a three-dimensional world where he gains a wider vision into objects in his two-dimensional home. The book was a favorite with C. S. Lewis. Abbott died on October 12, 1926.

Limitations
Introduction
Preface to the Second and Revised Edition, 1884, by the Editor
This World
Of the Nature of Flatland
Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
Concerning the Women
Of Our Methods of Recognizing One Another
Of Recognition by Sight
Concerning Irregular Figures
Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
Of the Universal Colour Bill
Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition
Concerning Our Priests
Of the Doctrine of Our Priests
Other Worlds
How I Had a Vision of Lineland
How I Vainly Tried to Explain the Nature of Flatland
Concerning a Strange from Spaceland
How the Stranger Vainly Endeavoured to Reveal to Me in Words the Mysteries of Spaceland
How the Sphere, Having in Vain Tried Words, Resorted to Deeds
How I Came to Spaceland, and What I Saw There
How, Though the Sphere Shewed Me Other Mysteries of Spaceland, I Still Desired More; and What Came of It
How the Sphere Encouraged Me in a Vision
How I Tried to Teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to My Grandson, and with What Success
How I Then Tried to Diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by Other Means, and of the Result