Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Category: Book
By (author): Abbott, Edwin A.
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Subject:  FICTION / Classics
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: July 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.71in x 5.07in x 0.47in
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From The Publisher*'Upward, yet not Northward.' How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott's droll and delightful 'romance of many dimensions' explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension on the eve of the new millennium. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers' imaginations beyond the limits of our 'respective dimensional prejudices'. In a world where class is determined by how many sides you possess, and women are straight lines, the prospects for enlightenment are boundless, and Abbott's hypotheses about a fourth and higher dimensions seem startlingly relevant today. This new edition of Flatland illuminates the social and intellectual context that produced the work as well as the timeless questions that it raises about the limits of our perception and knowledge.
Biographical NoteRosemary Jann is a Professor of English and Cultural Studies, George Mason University.