Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

Title: Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions

Author: Edwin A. Abbott

Published: Penguin Books Ltd., 1999 (first published in 1880)

Pages: 144

Snippet: "I saw a line that was no line; space that was not space; I was myself, and not myself."

Summary: Flatland is  a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is. But one Flatlander, a Square, discovers the existence of a third dimension and the limits of his world's assumptions about reality and comes to understand the confusing problem of higher dimensions. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: If you like mathematics and geometry even more specifically then I think you will enjoy Flatland.  Much like a mathematical essay for the most part it is actually a really interesting book.  I do enjoy mathematics I think it's a fascinating subject and this book was a truly amazing read.

Bascially Flatland has one character mainly, so really there isn't a lot of character development but for this sort of book that didn't bother me too much because I was more interested in the story and the idea of another universe of only 2 dimensions just seemed really really interested.

I loved the language of the book.  It just seems really refreshing to read in a similar language to that of Shakespeare's.  I think it's because the book was written in the late 1800's but it's still a really good book.

There's not a lot else to say about Flatland other than if you like mathematics and geometry in particular then give Flatland a go.  It's a really good classic.

Source: Borrowed

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