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

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This is a guest post by Melanie Slaugh.

Prepare to have your mind blown. The narrator of this strange and interesting satirical novella from 1884 is none other than… a Square.

Yes, you read that right. A Square apparently is telling his life story. Not a cube or a box, either, but a simple, two-dimensional Square. And that is pretty much how the story goes. Follow a two-dimensional shape through his life as he traverses Flatland and encounters someone from Spaceland, who transcends the two dimensions into three, something he cannot begin to fathom.

“It is as natural for us Flatlanders to lock up a Square for preaching the Third Dimension, as it is for you Spacelanders to lock up a Cube for preaching the Fourth,” says the Square.

Triangle in many dimensions

And the satire continues. Religion, math, physics, Victorian culture, all are speared in this classic novella.

My tip for you- read it a little at a time. It is so dense with references, so complex in ideas, that you may have trouble digesting it all at once. However it is well worth reading. I can tell you one thing: I’ll never look at a math worksheet the same way again.

If you have an interest in math or physics, then this story will take on a whole other dimension (pardon the pun) for you. As much as I love science, I’m more of a Bio geek and was, frankly, lost by some of the references made.

For those interested in class relations and historical satire, this story is one that is so clear, no one could be confused. At times it makes you scoff in disbelief at conventions that seem absurd now, but were common then.

To sum up, Flatland is a great story with an odd narrator and a complex, interesting idea. You can read it free through Project Gutenberg here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/201/201-h/201-h.htm

Author Bio

Melanie Slaugh writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to that. She provides the information to consumer on the need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907 @ gmail.com.