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

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Title: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Author: Edwin A. Abbott
Start Date: 3/13/16
End Date: 3/17/16
# of Pages: 160
Edition: Signet Classics mass market paperback (2005)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “Yet many of the best and wisest in Spaceland think more of the affections than of the understanding, more of your despised Straight Lines than of your belauded Circles.” (2) “Let me recall the past. Was I not taught below that when I saw a Line and inferred a Plane, I in reality saw a Third unrecognized Dimension, not the same as brightness, called ‘height’? And does it now follow that, in this region, when I see a Plane and infer a Solid, I really see a Fourth unrecognized Dimension, not the same as colour, but existent, though infinitesimal and incapable of measurement?”

Why I Chose It: “Flatland” has been in my reading queue for a few years now but when my cousin Carsten sent me a copy, it shot to the top.

Other Notes: Brilliant and thought provoking. I wish I knew more about the particulars of Victorian England as I’m sure some of the subtler elements of satire went over my head. I love the concept of inferring a fourth dimension, and the self-referential nature of much of the narrative. A quick, engaging read, especially for anyone with a Math bent.

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