Flatland

Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

eBook - 2006
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There being no sun nor other heavenly bodies, it is impossible for us to determine the North in the usual way; but we have a method of our own. By a Law of Nature with us, there is a constant attraction to the South; and, although in temperate climates this is very slight -- so that even a Woman in reasonable health can journey several furlongs northward without much difficulty.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford : 2006
ISBN: 9781429487207
1429487208
9780192805980
0192805983
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xlii, 124 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Jann, Rosemary 1949-

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lukasevansherman
May 29, 2014

"'Flatland" belongs more properly to the genre of speculative satire that includes Jonathan Swfit's "Gulliver's Travels (1726) and Samuel Butler's 'Erewhon (1872).'"-from the introduction by Rosemary Jann
Victorian-era theologian and educator Edwin A. Abbott's (the A stand for Abbott) best-known book is a unique mix of proto-science-fiction, social critique, logic puzzle, and math parable. Set in a 2-dimensional realm, Abbott uses this premise to comment on contemporary Victorian society, including education, class, and gender. It can be hard to follow, but it is an intriguing example of sci-fi satire.

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