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# Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So

by
Ian Stewart

The brilliant "sequel" to one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics

ebook, 320 pages

Published
August 1st 2008
by Basic Books (AZ)
(first published 2001)

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Jun 07, 2007
Richard
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4 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
people interested in science and maths

I heard about this book from a friend who is a freelance proof reader. She'd read it and admitted that most of it had gone straight over her head. However she did recommend it highly.

I picked up a copy at the same time as Flatland and read the two books one after the other.

Whereas the first book was about a flat being being shown life in three dimensions, Flatterland shows the adventures of a person being taken into a world of many non-euclidian dimensions. The space it talks about is often well ...more

I picked up a copy at the same time as Flatland and read the two books one after the other.

Whereas the first book was about a flat being being shown life in three dimensions, Flatterland shows the adventures of a person being taken into a world of many non-euclidian dimensions. The space it talks about is often well ...more

I've always loved Kurt Vonnegut's succinct and brilliant advice to would-be crafters of fiction: "All your characters must want something, even if it's only a glass of water." The characters here don't want much of anything, other than to be used as tools by the author to illustr ...more

Nov 30, 2009
David
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2 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommended to David by:
david-giltinan@sbcglobal.net

I have noticed people putting this on their "to read" shelves and wishlists. I hope they are not as disappointed as I was, but greatly fear that disappointment is likely, almost inevitable. For the reasons in my review below -

This book takes as its starting point Abbott's "Flatland", the quirky 19th century mathematical classic which imagines life in a 2-dimensio ...more

**"Flatland" is a hilarious romp, wittily and successfully executed. This book, with its oh-so-clunky title, is most emphatically not.**This book takes as its starting point Abbott's "Flatland", the quirky 19th century mathematical classic which imagines life in a 2-dimensio ...more

Nov 05, 2012
Koen Crolla
rated it
3 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Shelves:
third-party-sequels,
mathematics

Stewart is far too pleased with his own jokes and can't write dialogue for shit, even allowing for the limits the subject matter places on the narrative. That narrative often obscures that subject matter unnecessarily, as well; if I hadn't already been familiar with pretty much everything covered, I doubt I would have had the patience to tease meaning from his prose.

If you have more patience than I do, though, I guess

If you have more patience than I do, though, I guess

*Flatterland*is a fine enough introduction to non-Euclidian geometries, the var ...moreI learned so much at the time.

Don't know what was retained, though.

Amazon.com Review

In 1884, an amiably eccentric clergyman and literary scholar named Edwin Abbott Abbott published an odd philosophical novel called Flatland, in which he explored such things as four-dimensional mathematics and gently satirized some of the orthodoxies of his time. The book went on to be a bestseller in Victorian England, and it has remained in print ever since.

With Flatterland, Ian Stewart, ...more

Sep 03, 2014
Zoha Trabelsi
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Shelves:
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read-in-2014,
religion,
spirituality,
social,
to-buy,
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wish-list,
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interesting,
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novels,
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"ويبقى الرعاع البؤساء من المثلثات متساوية الساقين لا تنتظمهم خطة ولا يتقدمهم زعيم، فإما يكون مصيرهم السقوط دون مقاومة، أمام فرقة من إخوانهم يحتفظ بها الكاهن الأكبر لمواجهة الأزمات المشابهة، أو ينتهي بهم الأمر إلى الانهيار الداخلي بفعل الأحقاد و الشكوك التي تتفنن جماعة الكهنة في إثارتها بين صفوفهم، فيقتتلون فيما بينهم ويهلكون أنفسهم بأيديهم. يسجل تاريخنا ما لا يقل عن مائة وعشرين محاولة للتمرد إلى جانب الإنتفاضات الصغرة التي يصل عددها إلى مائتين وخمسة وثلاثين، وقد آلت كلها إلى نفس المصير."

قمع فتنة ...more

قمع فتنة ...more

But the weird was for different reasons.

The first half of the book went by fine. Topology, Projective Spaces, Hyperbolic Spaces, fine.

Then Ian Stewart switched to mathematical-physics. I may be starting to develop a sort of understanding for the subject (at least a layman's understanding), but it still makes my head hurt.

I found the fact that time travel is mathematically, though not necessarily PHYSIC-ly possible, to be interesting. Once you get into q ...more

You are probably well aware that this book is about abstract mathematics and specifically higher dimensions so I will not go into a detailed list of subjects covered by the book. On the other hand, I will cover what the book fails and succeeds to achieve.

If you haven't read Abbott's original

*Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions*, I suggest reading that first. That book beautifully opens the reader's mind to the con ...more

Only picking up Flatterland a year later did I learn my annoyance was unjustified, I'd missed it was satire.

This book is varied. sometimes it takes a complex mathematical concept and makes it simple or fun, sometimes it takes a simple concept and makes it compex (easy to understand graphs explained through taxis on city blocks was just awful), always it u ...more

As far as the story telling goes, the main character is A. Square's granddaughter, which will continue his journey many years later. ...more

The first half of this book was 4 stars, no question. About the time it got into the theory of general relativity, it started zipping along way too fast and lost the storyline. The fun mathematical playfulness turned into an infodump with reeeeeallly bad math jokes. Really, really bad math jokes. Indescribably bad math jokes.

That said, I loved the first half. The book suffered for having been written almost 12 year ...more

Oct 24, 2009
Kent
rated it
3 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
my sister

Recommended to Kent by:
boffie

from Boffie for Christmas 2008

I read Flatland (everyone should), and it was about 100 pages of interesting mathematical/sociological critique, written in 1884 in the style of Jonathan Swift. There were significant differences in the Flatland societal strata among classes and between men and women. So I thought this book was going to be a novel expanding on those differences, just 100 years later.

Instead, it was a book about mathematics and physics 100 years later. And a lot has happened in mathe ...more

I read Flatland (everyone should), and it was about 100 pages of interesting mathematical/sociological critique, written in 1884 in the style of Jonathan Swift. There were significant differences in the Flatland societal strata among classes and between men and women. So I thought this book was going to be a novel expanding on those differences, just 100 years later.

Instead, it was a book about mathematics and physics 100 years later. And a lot has happened in mathe ...more

Where it falls short is its attempt to be a lighthearted introduction to the more complicated math and physics of the last hundred years. Like most works of this genre, it tends to cavalierly explain away complicated counter-intuitive concepts as simply being true without bothering ...more

If the original Flatland was a treatise on dimensionality of objects (with some not-so-subtle sexism and political subtext), this Flatterland book was more about: how would the world look in an alternate universe? What is a hyperbolic topology and what does it look like from the inside? Are we in one? A ...more

Mar 18, 2009
Daniel
rated it
4 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommended to Daniel by:
Dr. Darrin Frey

A worthy "sequel" to Flatland, explores dimensions and peoples that ol' Edwin Abbott couldn't have dreamed of back in 1884. This book, by a mathematician scientist, truly captures the essence of the perspective shattering style of Abbot, although it lacks much of Flatland's sweeping social statement. Regardless, this is a laudable follow-up to one of my favorite books. Be sure to read it (after reading Flatland, naturally).

Mar 19, 2015
Ami Iida
rated it
3 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
math

Shelves:
math

Book that will help you to think about the dimension,

it is a Math Book.

This document is to convert the thinking of your head.

it is a Math Book.

This document is to convert the thinking of your head.

The pictures included can be of great help with some of the fuzzier descriptions in the book, but overall Stewart does a great job summarizing the concepts clearly.

I would have given 4 stars, but the style lacked. A middle aged mathematician probably shouldn't write from the perspective of a teenage girl (or line); although Cha ...more

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Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.

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