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Paperback, 119 pages
Published
May 29th 2008
by BiblioLife
(first published 1884)
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Take a classically styled, 19th century satire about Victorian social mores…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, openminded 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. Sinc ...more
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. Sinc ...more
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 i ...more
Second, its point, even about i ...more
A curious little novella about a man a twodimensional 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 (onedimensional) 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+ dim
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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.
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 (more 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 ...more
Flatland is a mathematical essay, meant to explain a point: that higher dimensions (more 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 ...more
“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 on
It's hip to be square”
Huey Lewis And The News  Hip To Be Square
According to IMDB, 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 more appropriate t ...more
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 on
It's hip to be square”
Huey Lewis And The News  Hip To Be Square
According to IMDB, 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 more appropriate t ...more
Jul 10, 2012
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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 a ...more
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 a ...more
Jan 11, 2012
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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 pr ...more
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 pr ...more
Questo libricino è 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.
Perché? Leggete quanto segue
Se come me siete sempre stati delle perfette schiappe i ...more
Perché? Leggete quanto segue
Se come me siete sempre stati delle perfette schiappe i ...more
Oct 08, 2016
Mark
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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 more 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 ...more
Written in the late 1800's by a school head master and maths and science teacher, this book feels more 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 ...more
The narrator, a shape living in a twodimensional universe, has his thoughtworld turned upside down went he meets a mysterious being from a threedimensional world. 3D creature proceeds to blow 2D creature's mind by exposing him (view spoiler) to 1 dimensional world, who however in turn refuses to accept the possibility of 4, or more D , world (s). This notion of perspective and liberation from one's own perspective gives the work a
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What a fantastic little thoughtexperiment, only really halfdisguised as a story. Through his witty little parable, Abbott manages to explore the physical, mathematical, societal, philosophical and theological without once spoonfeeding his readers (OK, maybe there's a little bit of spoonfeeding 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 fortyodd years... Oh, well; I suppose nothing's perfect...
It's only a shame, then, that this is without a doubt the most misogynist book I've ever read in my fortyodd years... Oh, well; I suppose nothing's perfect...
Aug 24, 2014
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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 an ...more
Oct 18, 2017
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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 dimensions.
THIS 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.
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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 dimensions.
THIS 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.
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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 twodimensional 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
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"Flatland" is a mathematical satire and religious allegory, written in the shape of the memoirs of A Square, an inhabitant of a twodimensional 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 dime
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Sep 07, 2017
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ثاني تجاربي المقالية :D
لم يعد للزمن سلطان، فكاتب روايتنا التي تعود للقرن الثامن عشر يناقش وجود أبعاد أخرى! سننحدر إلى أرضٍ عجيبة ببُعدين مكانين فقط، نتجوّل ونستطلع حياةَ سكّانها وطريقة معيشتهم الفريدة من نوعها مع القاص، السّيد (مربع) المبشِّر الوحيد ببعدٍ ثالث في أرض مسطحة!؟
هل سيرى المربع أو نحن بعداً مكانياً رابعاً يا ترى؟
السيد (مربع) مع معلمه (الكرة) ينتظروننا في رحلة شيقة! استعدوا
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ارائكم تفيدني جدا ^__^
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لم يعد للزمن سلطان، فكاتب روايتنا التي تعود للقرن الثامن عشر يناقش وجود أبعاد أخرى! سننحدر إلى أرضٍ عجيبة ببُعدين مكانين فقط، نتجوّل ونستطلع حياةَ سكّانها وطريقة معيشتهم الفريدة من نوعها مع القاص، السّيد (مربع) المبشِّر الوحيد ببعدٍ ثالث في أرض مسطحة!؟
هل سيرى المربع أو نحن بعداً مكانياً رابعاً يا ترى؟
السيد (مربع) مع معلمه (الكرة) ينتظروننا في رحلة شيقة! استعدوا
http://syrres.com/article/13320.html
ارائكم تفيدني جدا ^__^
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Feb 09, 2017
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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.
Sep 07, 2017
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فكرة مبتكرة و رائعة. الرواية تدور في عالم ثنائي الأبعاد تعيش فيه مجموعة من الأشكال المختلفة بدءاً من الخط المستقيم مروراً بالمثلث و المربع و الأشكال متعددة الأضلاع وصولاً للدائرة. كل هذه الأشكال تتحرك في بعدين فقط، و ما يقرب من نصف الكتاب يصف هذا المجتمع و هرميته و كيفية المعيشة فيه.
من الوصف المسهب للحياة في بعدين فقط سيشعر القاريء ببعض الاختناق، لكنه لن يُقارن بالضيق الذي سيشعر به عندما يرى بطل الرواية رؤيا ينتقل فيها من عالمه المسطح إلى عالم آخر خطي. عالم ذو بعد واحد كل من يعيش فيه يقع على نف ...more
من الوصف المسهب للحياة في بعدين فقط سيشعر القاريء ببعض الاختناق، لكنه لن يُقارن بالضيق الذي سيشعر به عندما يرى بطل الرواية رؤيا ينتقل فيها من عالمه المسطح إلى عالم آخر خطي. عالم ذو بعد واحد كل من يعيش فيه يقع على نف ...more
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 4D 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 generat
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Feb 16, 2015
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تخیل نویسنده در ساختن و گزینش جهانی دوبعدی و نمایش محدودیت بشری در مقایسه ی این جهان با جهان سه بعدی ما، تحسین برانگیز است. همچنین نمودهای الهیاتی این اثر نیز جای تأمل دارد
گاهی ما در جهان های تخیلی با تناظر تک تک امور با جهان واقعی روبروئیم؛ در این حالت گویی هر موجودی در جهان تخیلی نماد امری در جهان واقعی است. اما در حالت دیگر ما نه با تناظر یک به یک هویات بلکه با تناظر نسبت ها روبروئیم، در این حالت هر شخصیت یا هر رویداد متناظر با یک رویداد یا شخصیت خاص در جهان واقعی نیست، بلکه کلیت داستان و نسب ...more
گاهی ما در جهان های تخیلی با تناظر تک تک امور با جهان واقعی روبروئیم؛ در این حالت گویی هر موجودی در جهان تخیلی نماد امری در جهان واقعی است. اما در حالت دیگر ما نه با تناظر یک به یک هویات بلکه با تناظر نسبت ها روبروئیم، در این حالت هر شخصیت یا هر رویداد متناظر با یک رویداد یا شخصیت خاص در جهان واقعی نیست، بلکه کلیت داستان و نسب ...more
ماجرا، داستان مربعی است در یک سرزمین دو بعدی، سرزمینی که همه چیز در اون مسطح هست. برای اینکه تصور کنید آدمای این سرزمین چه دیدی داشتن، یک سکه رو روی میز تصور کنید، حالا نگاهتون رو پایین بیارید تا جایی که همسطح با اون سکه بشید، چیزی که خواهید دید یک خط خواهد بود، شبیه چیزی که ساکنین سرزمین مسطح روزانه می بینن .
روزی روزگاری یک "کُره" از سرزمین فضایی (سه بعدی) به سرزمین مسطح میاد و اندر حکایات اجسام سه بعدی برای این مربع تعریف می کنه. با اینکه مربع داستان یک ریاضیدان برجسته در سرزمین مسطح بوده، هر ...more
روزی روزگاری یک "کُره" از سرزمین فضایی (سه بعدی) به سرزمین مسطح میاد و اندر حکایات اجسام سه بعدی برای این مربع تعریف می کنه. با اینکه مربع داستان یک ریاضیدان برجسته در سرزمین مسطح بوده، هر ...more
'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 twodimensional world illust ...more
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 twodimensional world illust ...more
"Estar satisfecho de sí 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 comencé con incredulidad, dada su fama de libro didáctico de matemáticas, con lo cuál cumple en aspectos que son muy sencillos de entender, pero al mismo tiempo cuenta con una historia que bien podría pasar, en parte, como unamuy rara distopía (aunque tampoco podría simplemente embolsarlo en ese genero).
"Tod ...more
Este libro ha significado para mi una grata sorpresa. Lo comencé con incredulidad, dada su fama de libro didáctico de matemáticas, con lo cuál cumple en aspectos que son muy sencillos de entender, pero al mismo tiempo cuenta con una historia que bien podría pasar, en parte, como una
"Tod ...more
أعطيت الرواية 4 نجمات، مع تفهمي لمن يقرأها ولا يعطيها أكثر من نجمة أو نجمتين
سأحاول التحدث عنها باختصار دون إحراق أحداثها على من يرغب بقراءتها
فكرة الرواية برأيي عبقرية، فهي تتحدث عن عالم مسطح، عالم من بُعدين اثنين فقط، تعيش فيه أشكال هندسية: مثلثات ومربعات ومسدسات،...
الرواية تأتي على شكل مذكرات لأحد الأشكال هندسية من سكان هذا العالم، يتحدث فيه عن يوميات حياتهم في عالمهم الثنائي الأبعاد، حيث تبدو مختلف الأشكال لمن يعيش في هذا العالم على هيئة خطوط، فيعرض كيف يتعرفون على بعضهم البعض، وطبقات المجتمع، ...more
سأحاول التحدث عنها باختصار دون إحراق أحداثها على من يرغب بقراءتها
فكرة الرواية برأيي عبقرية، فهي تتحدث عن عالم مسطح، عالم من بُعدين اثنين فقط، تعيش فيه أشكال هندسية: مثلثات ومربعات ومسدسات،...
الرواية تأتي على شكل مذكرات لأحد الأشكال هندسية من سكان هذا العالم، يتحدث فيه عن يوميات حياتهم في عالمهم الثنائي الأبعاد، حيث تبدو مختلف الأشكال لمن يعيش في هذا العالم على هيئة خطوط، فيعرض كيف يتعرفون على بعضهم البعض، وطبقات المجتمع، ...more
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 relaxin ...more
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 relaxin ...more
Nov 29, 2007
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"Flatland" begins by explaining the physical and social structure of Flatland, a twodimensional world where social status is dependent on the number of angles a figure possesses. The greater the angle and consequently the greater number of sides, the greater the status. Flatland is a surprisingly brutal world, where figures are either incarcerated or executed  depending on their social status  for being irregular or for having knowledge that the ruling class does not want them to know.
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Edwin Abbott Abbott (December 20, 1838  1926), English schoolmaster and theologian, is best known as the author of the mathematical satire Flatland (1884).
He was educated at the City of London School and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours in classics, mathematics and theology, and became fellow of his college. In 1862 he took orders. After holdi ...more
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Edwin Abbott Abbott (December 20, 1838  1926), English schoolmaster and theologian, is best known as the author of the mathematical satire Flatland (1884).
He was educated at the City of London School and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours in classics, mathematics and theology, and became fellow of his college. In 1862 he took orders. After holdi ...more
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“...learn this lesson, that to be selfcontented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy..”
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“Upward, not Northward”
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