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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  45,348 ratings  ·  3,433 reviews
This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square [sic – ed.], a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, where ...more
Paperback, Dover Thrift Edition, 96 pages
Published September 21st 1992 by Dover Publications, Inc. (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, open-minded 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
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
یادداشتی بر داستان «پختستان» نوشتۀ ادوین ابوت

ادوین ابوت رمان پختستان را در سال ۱۸۸۴ در انگلستان دوران ویکتوریا منتشر کرد: دوران نظام اجتماعی و اخلاقی خشک، و ازلیابدی.
رمان از دو فصل تشکیل شده: در فصل اول راوی که مربعی از اهالی پختستان است سرزمین دو بعدی خود را توصیف میکند، شکل و شمایل هندسی و فیزیکی پختستان، این چگونه همدیگر را میبینند، همدیگر را میشناسند. همچنین از ساختار اجتماعی و سیاسی پختستان میگوید، اختلاف طبقاتی و تنشهای بین اشکال مختلف، انقلابها و سرکوبها، تبعیضهای جنسیتی، و...
Michael Finocchiaro
A curious little novella about a man a two-dimensional 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 (one-dimensional) 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 ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
“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
Nandakishore Varma
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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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 men and women to produce an equilateral triangle and then how each generat ...more
Julie Demar
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un racconto fantastico a più dimensioni con una velata (neanche poi troppo) critica alla chiusura mentale. Geniale.
Alice Cai
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-star-5-star, 5-star
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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The narrator, a shape living in a two-dimensional universe, has his thought-world turned upside down went he meets a mysterious being from a three-dimensional 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 ...more
Paul E. Morph
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic little thought-experiment, only really half-disguised as a story. Through his witty little parable, Abbott manages to explore the physical, mathematical, societal, philosophical and theological without once spoon-feeding his readers (OK, maybe there's a little bit of spoon-feeding 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 forty-odd years... Oh, well; I suppose nothing's perfect...
Saied Davoodi
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چند وقت پیش ویدئویی دیده بودم از نیل دگرس تایسون، فیزیکدان امریکایی که به شوخی و طنز درحال توضیح دادن مسئلهای بود که قطعاً همه ما یکبار به اون فکر کردیم. مسئلۀ وجود موجودات فرازمینی. در اون ویدئو تایسون مقایسهای بین هوش انسان و شامپانزه که از لحاظ ژنتیکی شباهت زیادی به انسان داره انجام میده و میگه شامپانزهها درواقع نزدیکترین خویشاوند ژنتیکی ما انسانها هستند. دیانای انسان و شامپانزه دارای نود و هشت و خوردهای درصد اشتراکه. خب داستان اینجاست. دقیقاً به خاطر همون یک درصد باقیمونده، به خاطر همون یک د ...more
Milica Chotra
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Flatland" is a mathematical satire and religious allegory, written in the shape of the memoirs of A Square, an inhabitant of a two-dimensional 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 ...more
Roy Lotz
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 two-dimensional 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 ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Prepare to Have Your Head Hurt
7 July 2018 – Brunswick Heads

Well, this is a strange little book, but then again it did remind me a lot of Gulliver’s Travels, at least with the first part, because in the second part it starts to get really strange. Mind you, while there are some things in this book that I didn’t think quite worked, but we need to remember that what Abbott is doing here (or should I actually refer to the real author – A. Square) is trying to imagine a world of two dimensions, and
Harry Whitewolf
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-fic
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.
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ارائكم تفيدني جدا ^__^
المراجعة القديمة:
في البدا
Amir Tesla
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
'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 two-dimensional world illust
محمد على عطية
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
Scarlet Cameo
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rc-15
"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 una muy rara distopía (aunque tampoco podría simplemente embolsarlo en ese genero).

Debbie Zapata
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gutenberg
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 4-D 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
Negar Khalili
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چقدر چقدر چقدر این کتاب عالی بود، تمام کلماتش به جا و مناسب بودن، و آنچنان از مفهوم سرشار بود که واقعا نمی دونم چی بگم و چی بنویسم. فقط میتونم بگم که بخونیدش. و تنها با خوندن و تمام خوندنشه که میشه فهمیدش نه هیچ توضیح و تفسیری...
کتابی بود با اشاره ها و ظرافت ها و نشانه ها و نماد های عاااالی،عالی، تصویر جامعه ی خود،دنیای خودم رو در پختستان دیدم و متغیر شدم...
واقعا لذت بردم و به نویسنده ی خلاق و باهوش کتاب حسادت و افتخار کردم.
برای تمام اشارات لطیفی که درباره زنان،جامعه، فهم، شعور، و به طور کلی دنی
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From Biography Base:

Edwin Abbott Abbott, 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 holding masterships at King Edwa
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