The Annotated Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

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The first-ever annotated edition of the beloved classic, beautifully illustrated and brilliantly brought to life for a new generation of readers.

Flatland is a unique, delightful satire that has charmed readers for over a century. Published in 18

Flatland is a unique, delightful satire that has charmed readers for over a century. Published in 1884 by the English clergyman and head-master Edwin A. Abbott, it is the fanciful tale of A. Square, a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to The Land of Three Dimensions, an experience that forever alters his worldview. By contemplating the notion of dimensions beyond their own, Abbott's Victorian readers were exposed to the then-radical idea of a fourth dimension-preparing them for Einstein's spectacular theories of relativity.

Like the book itself, Ian Stewart's commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbott's numerous Victorian references, weaves in little-known biographical information about Abbott and his intellectual circle-elucidating Abbott's remarkable connections to H. G. Wells and the mathematician George Boole-and traces the scientific evolution of geometric forms and dimensions. In addition, Stewart provides an extensive bibliography of Abbott's work and that of Charles Howard Hinton, whose wild but ingenious speculations about the fourth dimension undoubtedly inspired Abbott's fable. Touching on such diverse topics as ancient Babylon, Karl Marx, the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Gregorian calendar, Mount Everest, and phrenology, Stewart makes fascinating connections between Flatland and Edwin A. Abbott's life and times. The result is a classic to rival Abbott's own, and a book that will inspire and delight curious readers for generations to come. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 18/12/17
mi è piaciuto molto; mi piacciono questi libri strani che costruiscono microcosmi, organizzazioni inesistenti partendo da qualcosa, in questo caso è la geometria, nel caso di "Storie di cronopios e di famas" di Cortazar sono gli stati mentali, la paz ...Continua
Ha scritto il 01/03/17
一開始敘述平面國, 會有點無聊, 一但出現三維的圓球後, 就有趣多了, 二維正方形無法理解三維的世界, 不正如 我們身在三維, 無法想像四維空間一樣嗎
Ha scritto il 10/01/14
but what ever happened to Cromatiste?
Ha scritto il 05/01/14
FUOCO - al forno
Sobriamente eccezionale. Un libro fantastico fantasioso fantasmagorico. I numeri e la lingua. Le regole e l'altro. Perché nessuno ne ha ancora tratto uno psichedelico cartone animato? Verso l'Alto, ma non verso il Nord.
Ha scritto il 21/08/13
"Sciocco! Pazzo! Giocoliere! Irregolare!"
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Ha scritto il Feb 11, 2009, 17:56
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