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By Edwin A. Abbott

This masterpiece of technology (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully certain and hugely enjoyable satire that has charmed readers for greater than a hundred years. The paintings of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean student Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the trips of A. sq., a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, the place women-thin, immediately lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and the place males can have any variety of aspects, reckoning on their social status.
Through unusual occurrences that carry him into touch with a bunch of geometric kinds, sq. has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one measurement) and Pointland (no dimensions) and eventually entertains strategies of vacationing a land of 4 dimensions—a progressive notion for which he's back to his two-dimensional international. Charmingly illustrated via the writer, Flatland isn't just interesting examining, it's nonetheless a main fictional advent to the idea that of the a number of dimensions of house. "Instructive, pleasing, and stimulating to the imagination." — Mathematics Teacher.

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1906 Abbott, Silanus the Christian; Johannine Grammar. 1907 Abbott, Apologia: a proof and Defence; Notes on New testomony feedback; Indices to Diatessarica. Charles Howard Hinton, An Episode of Flatland; Hermann Minkowski, house and Time. 1909 Abbott, The Message of the Son of guy. 1910 Abbott, The Son of guy; or, Contributions to the learn of the concepts of Jesus. dying of King Edward; succeeded via George V. 1912 Abbott, gentle at the Gospel from an old Poet; elected Honorary Fellow of St John’s collage, Cambridge. 1913 Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, part I; Miscellanea Evangelica. xlii Chronology 1914 Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, part II. commence of First global warfare. 1915 Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, part III. 1916 Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, part IV. Albert Einstein, basic conception of Relativity. 1917 Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, part V. 1918 finish of First international struggle. 1926 Abbott dies 12 October; buried in Hampstead Cemetery. This web page deliberately left clean This web page deliberately left clean To The population of S speed often And H. C. specifically* This paintings is devoted by means of a Humble local of Flatland within the desire that at the same time he used to be Initiated into the Mysteries Of T hree Dimensions Having been formerly conversant With O nly So the electorate of that Celestial sector could aspire but larger and better To the secrets and techniques of F our 5 or maybe Six Dimensions Thereby contributing To the expansion of the mind's eye And the prospective improvement Of that almost all infrequent and ideal present of M odesty one of the more suitable Races Of S olid Humanity This web page deliberately left clean P R E FAC E T O T H E S E C O N D A N D R E V I S E D E D I T I O N by means of the editor* I f my bad Flatland pal retained the vigor of brain which he loved whilst he started to compose those Memoirs, I are usually not now have to symbolize him during this Preface, during which he wishes, to start with, to come back his due to his readers and critics in Spaceland, whose appreciation has, with unforeseen celerity, required a moment variation of his paintings; secondly, to say sorry for yes blunders and misprints (for which, although, he's not fullyyt responsible); and, thirdly, to give an explanation for one or misconceptions. yet he isn't the sq. he as soon as used to be. Years of imprisonment, and the nonetheless heavier burden of normal incredulity and mockery, have mixed with the average decay of outdated age to erase from his brain a few of the innovations and notions, and lots more and plenty additionally of the terminology, which he bought in the course of his brief remain in Spaceland. He has, hence, asked me to answer in his behalf to 2 detailed objections, one among an highbrow, the opposite of an ethical nature. the 1st objection is, Flatlander, seeing a Line, sees anything that has to be thick to the attention in addition to lengthy to the attention (otherwise it should no longer be seen, if it had no longer a few thickness); and for that reason he ought (it is argued) to recognize that his countrymen will not be in basic terms lengthy and wide, but in addition (though without doubt in a truly moderate measure) thick or excessive.

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