"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) โ€œYet 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.โ€ (2) โ€œLet 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 โ€˜heightโ€™? 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?โ€

Why I Chose It: โ€œFlatlandโ€ 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 Iโ€™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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