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Flatland (Digest version) By Edwin A. Abbott
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“Whoever the author of this remarkable mathematical allegory may be, his cleverly elaborated fancy is not only likely to create a present sensation in the thinking world, but also to find an... More > abiding place in the classic domains of the great satires of history.”—The Literary World (November 14, 1884) “This is a delirious book.”—New York Times (February 23, 1885) “An engaging fable, worthy of being remembered for its individual, literary merits—it thus appears somewhat oddly, among the books dealing with that rebuilding of scientific abstractions, which is the most notable architectonic achievement of our age.”—Saturday Review of Literature (October 30, 1926) "When we read about Flatland and witness a consistent two-dimensional world whose inhabitants live, move and perceive in harmony with two-dimensional laws, our fascination is really the surface manifestation of a deeper question."—A.K. Dewdney, from his Introduction to the 1984 Signet Classic edition.< Less
Flatland By Edwin A. Abbott
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“Whoever the author of this remarkable mathematical allegory may be, his cleverly elaborated fancy is not only likely to create a present sensation in the thinking world, but also to find an... More > abiding place in the classic domains of the great satires of history.”—The Literary World (November 14, 1884) “This is a delirious book.”—New York Times (February 23, 1885) “Flatland, besides giving the general reader an easy view of the road by which the mathematician enters the world of n dimensions, contains also a clever picture of the ludicrousness of various social theories now under discussion, when pushed to their legitimate consequences.”—Science (April 3, 1885) "When we read about Flatland and witness a consistent two-dimensional world whose inhabitants live, move and perceive in harmony with two-dimensional laws, our fascination is really the surface manifestation of a deeper question."—A.K. Dewdney, from his Introduction to the 1984 Signet Classic edition.< Less