This masterpiece of science
(and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining
satire that has charmed readers for more than one hundred years. The work of
English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott, it
describes the journeys of A. Square, a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional
Flatland, where women—thin, straight lines—are the lowliest of shapes, and
where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.
Through strange occurrences
that bring him into contact with a host of geometric forms, Square has
adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and
Pointland (no dimensions) and ultimately entertains thoughts of visiting a land
of four dimensions—a revolutionary idea for which he is returned to his
two-dimensional world. Flatland is not
only fascinating reading, it is still a first-rate fictional introduction to
the concept of the multiple dimensions of space. Download and start listening now!