Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Heathen Edition)
Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838-1926) was an English clergyman, schoolmaster, Shakespearean scholar, and theologian best known as the author of the 1884 satirical novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Written pseudonymously as "A Square," the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to parody the puritanical hierarchy and rigid stratification of Victorian culture, especially the low status of women.
An underground favorite since its publication, inspiring many novel sequels and films, the story's most enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, which introduced aspects of relativity and hyperspace years before Einstein published his famous theories. An illuminating mathematical treatise, Flatland has experienced a revival in popularity, especially among sci-fi and cyberpunk fans, due to its sharp social satire and challenge to our most basic perceptions of everyday reality "that seems to have been written for today."
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"A timeless classic of perennial fascination that seems to have been written for today. Like all great art, it defies the tyrant Time. Start it and you will fall under its spell." --Banesh Hoffmann
"This is a delirious book." --The New York Times
"Flatland has remained of interest for over a century precisely because of its ability to engage its readers on so many different planes in so many different dimensions." --Victorian Studies
"Instructive, entertaining, and stimulating to the imagination." --The Mathematics Teacher
"The incredulity of ignorance and the unreceptive attitude of the human mind toward new truth are painted to perfection. This story of surfaces and squares and cubes may well serve to shake out of their conceited complacency the whole race of dogmatists, whether they belong to the schools of philosophy, science, or religion." --The Literary World
"Never been equaled for clarity of thought." --The Nation
"To the great majority, Dr. Abbott's sphere penetrating Flatland points the way to the clearest imagery of the fourth dimension to which they are likely to attain." --William Garnett
"Flatland is not just an amusing and witty exercise in geometry, but is a dissertation that could lead to very profound thought about our Universe and ourselves." --Isaac Asimov
"This pre-Einstein geometrical fantasy is one of the best things of its kind that has ever been written." --Saturday Review of Literature
"Abbott pretends to be doing one thing, but is truly doing another. Too late you realize you have been entertained and taught-a-lesson, all in one." --Ray Bradbury