was written by Edwin A. Abbott and published by Dover Publications. Edwin Abbott, best known as the author of
, was born in 1838 and died in 1926. The main idea of this novel is to stretch and test the imagination as one attempts to perceive multiple worlds of varied dimensions. For the most part, I enjoyed this book and would recommend many other people to read it. The latter half of the book includes the main plot, which is where the protagonist, square experiences many events in multiple dimensions. First of all, the preceding half of the book dived into much detail as the protagonist, Square, explained the culture and many other aspects of flatland. For instance, he explained the the nature of other people, houses, class system etc. Afterward, once the novel proceeded into the latter half of the book, square began to experience other dimensions. At first, he had a vision of a single dimensional world, lineland. Here he attempted to explain the very nature of the second dimension to the king of lineland. This proved very ineffective as the king was unable to comprehend other dimensions and proclaimed, “ Instead of moving, you merely exercise some magic art of vanishing and returning to sight; and instead of any lucid description of your new World, you simply tell me the numbers and sizes of some forty of my retinue, facts known to any child in my capital. Can anything be more irrational or audacious? Acknowledge your folly or depart from my dominions.” (pg. 51) Though Square tried in many ways to help the kind of lineland to comprehend a second dimension, it was useless. Later on, Square got approached by a sphere who attempted to explain the third dimension to Square. As though Square completely disregarded the dream he had the night prior, he found great difficulty understanding the third dimension. He is only convinced when the ...
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