Flatland : a romance of many dimensions
- Edwin A. Abbott ; edited with an introduction and notes by Rosemary Jann.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Physical description
- xlii, 124 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
- Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
- Includes bibliographical references (p.[xxxvi]-xxxviii).
'Upward, 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.
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- Reprint/reissue date
- Original date
- Oxford world's classics
- This ed. based on Flatland: a romance of many dimensions / with illustrations by the author, A. Square. New and rev. ed. London : Seeley & Co, 1884.
- This ed. first published: 2006.
- 9780199537501 (pbk.)
- 019953750X (pbk.)
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