Flatland (Paperback)
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Flatland (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 25/02/1999
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A delightfully idiosyncratic mix of proto-science fiction and mathematical theory, Flatland takes place in a world where only length and breadth exist and where a mysterious visitor in three dimensions threatens to forever to collapse the natives’ conception of themselves. A waspish parody of Victorian society clad in a lively futuristic fable, Flatland broke new ground for the fledgling sci-fi genre.

A 'romance of many dimensions' that has fascinated generations of readers with its clever blend of social satire and mathematical theory, the Penguin Classics edition of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland introduction by Alan Lightman.

A work that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality, Flatland is a brilliant parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his world view is forever shattered.

Written more than a century ago, Flatland conceals within its brilliant parody of Victorian society speculations about the universe that resonate in Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the current 'string-theory' of nature.

Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926) was a leading scholar and theologian of the Victorian era.

If you enjoyed Flatland you may like H.G. Wells's The Sleeper Awakes, also available in Penguin Classics.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140435313
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 122 g
Dimensions: 211 x 133 x 11 mm


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'At once a classic of science fiction, a playful brainteaser about geometry, a pointed satire of Victorian manners--and, finally, a strangely compelling argument about reason, faith, and the greatest mysteries of the universe.' - The Wall Street Journal

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“Flatland”

This is an entertaining and enlightening read, both from the point of view of mathematics and physics and how we see the world through these and the rigidity and conformity of Victorian society and how difficult it... More

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“Flatland”

This is an entertaining and enlightening read, both from the point of view of mathematics and physics and how we see the world through these and the rigidity and conformity of Victorian society and how difficult it... More

Paperback edition
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“Quirky and fun! Get to know this book!”

An enjoyable read, which made me laugh out loud on occasions. It can be related to modern times as well as the Victorian Age - prejudice and an unwillingness to accept new ideas will always exist, unfortunately. I
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