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The Annotated Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

By Ian Stewart

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| Paperback | 9780465011230

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This is a wonderful new version of a mathematics classic, with commentary by renowned science writer Ian Stewart. Published in 1884 by the English Clergyman Edwin A.A Abbott, "Flatland" is a unique and delightful satire. The fanciful tale of a two-di Continue

This is a wonderful new version of a mathematics classic, with commentary by renowned science writer Ian Stewart. Published in 1884 by the English Clergyman Edwin A.A Abbott, "Flatland" is a unique and delightful satire. The fanciful tale of a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to The Land of Three Dimensions, it exposed Abbott's Victorian readers to the then-radical idea of a fourth dimension - preparing them for Einstein's spectacular theories of relativity.Like the original, Ian Stewart's commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbot's Victorian references, weaves in little known biographical information about Abbott and his intellectual circle, and traces the scientific evolution of geographical forms and dimensions. Touching on such diverse topics as ancient Babylon, Karl Marx, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Georgian calendar and Mount Everest, Stewart makes fascinating connections between Flatland and Abbott's life and times. The result is a classic of rival Abbott's own, and a book that will inspire and delight curious readers for generations to come.

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