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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)

af Edwin A. Abbott

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A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch of Lineland of the possibility of another dimension, but the monarch cannot see outside the line. The square is then visited himself by a Sphere from three-dimensional Spaceland, who must show the square Spaceland before he can conceive it. As more dimensions enter the scene, the story's discussion of fixed thought and the kind of inhuman action which accompanies it intensifies.… (mere)
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What a different experience it was to read this book compared to my usual genres. It's written in Victorian England (I think) and describes a two dimensional society that is as limited in its ability of thinking as the most extreme conservatism/idealist/extremist of today.

First the view of sexes is nothing but extreme, with the female sex described as the lowest form of society.

Second, its view on classes is also extreme. Nothing about changing your position in life is acceptable and every such attempt always end in disaster.

So, why would I read such a bad book? Well, it's a classic, it was mentioned in The Big Bang Theory and I'm still not sure if the author was this extreme to show how stupid it is (granted - my opinion), or if it was his personal views. Because the end (here is the spoiler - stop reading) the two dimensional being sees the light and sees the effect of not having your views accepted.

The narrator is a two dimensional square (4 sides, making it a few steps above the lowest classes, and of course quite far ahead of women) occupied as mathematician. As such he can calculate the geometrical effects of more dimensions but he can't imagine them, until a sphere rips him out of the plan (of there is a lot of logical and mathematical gaps in the story - not going to mention them since I don't think that affects the book's qualities).

After being turned into believing in the third dimension the narrator becomes a prophet of this which makes him even more despised and eventually jailed. It's dangerous to preach that the current society is based on a lie.

Hmm. Well, I'm happy I'm done with the book. As a thought experiment, very good, as a book, less so, as a view on society, mostly antiquated, I hope, though I don't think so.

And of course, the big question, is there a fourth dimension with sentient creatures that watch us as we watch a plane? Seems far-fetched, but I guess it's impossible to know for sure. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Well, that hurt my brain. If you think Gulliver's Travels meets The Blazing World of Margaret Cavendish, then you're more likely to pick up on the social satire. As it was, I glazed over at the math parts more than once. This was an odd but interesting reading experience. I do think this is an overcomplicated tale, but the social criticism and weird gender stuff kept my interest. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Science fiction description of a land of two dimensions in which all the people are geometrical shapes. Interesting exploration of what life would be like and good introduction to ideas of multiple dimensions in space, and also a satire on the social class constructs of the time, but written at end of 19th century and so horribly misogynistic that it is actually quite unpleasant to read. ( )
  AccyP | Sep 1, 2020 |
Really enjoyable story about a square that learns about the third dimension. With elements of an educational novel, this book is also brilliantly witty with a Johnathan-Swift-esque humour to the benign adventures of an unlikely protagonist in a world only a geometrist could dream up. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
It has been many years since I read this, and I quite forgot how odd, charming, and engrossing it is. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
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To
The Inhabitants of SPACE IN GENERAL
And H. C. IN PARTICULAR
This Work is Dedicated
By a Humble Native of Flatland
In the Hope that
Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries
Of THREE Dimensions
Having been previously conversant
With ONLY TWO
So the Citizens of that Celestial Region
May aspire yet higher and higher
To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE OR EVEN SIX Dimensions
Thereby contributing
To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION
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Of that most rare and excellent Gift of MODESTY
Among the Superior Races
Of SOLID HUMANITY
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I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
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A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch of Lineland of the possibility of another dimension, but the monarch cannot see outside the line. The square is then visited himself by a Sphere from three-dimensional Spaceland, who must show the square Spaceland before he can conceive it. As more dimensions enter the scene, the story's discussion of fixed thought and the kind of inhuman action which accompanies it intensifies.

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