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Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
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Aug 20, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in May, 2008

I was dubious starting this, as it's written in a high Victorian style that can be a bit of a slog, and the introduction, which is mercifully short, did not exactly make my heart leap up like an eagle at the thought of continuing. But once I got into the book proper, it turned out to be a delight on a lot of levels -- for example, as a satire of stratified Victorian society (and our own, too); as a commentary on the dangers of bucking conventional wisdom; and on the difficulty of pushing our minds past their accustomed boundaries. The book also gives the reader a good review of geometry and physics, and if it's been years since you gave much though to those things (since a few years after college, in my case), you'll enjoy the mental gymnastics you'll have to do to follow the narrator's explanations of the various geometrical principles. I was quite sorry when this one ended.
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