FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions

A Romance of Many Dimensions

With Illustrations by the Author, A SQUARE (EDWIN A. ABBOTT)

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Fie A exclamation denoting contempt or dislike.
squareTo make proper or conformal; to please, bribe; to fix into a square. The phrase “Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk” is from Shakespeare's 〈Titus Andronicus〉 Act 3 Scene 2.

Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk”.

[Fifth Edition, Revised]



“O brave new worlds, That have such people in them!”

Notes from Xah Lee

By Xah Lee. Date:

Flatland is a fiction written by Edwin A Abbott (1838 – 1926), in 1884. (34 thousand words).

The annotation on the side is by me.

The novel is divided into 2 parts. In the first part, you'll read a mock-history of humanity. Its class struggle, intrigues, dark politics, and massacres. In the second part, the author leads you sublimely into the mathematical wonders of dimensionality, in ways you cannot refuse to understand.

For some other details, film adaptions, sequels by other authors, see: Flatland: A Introduction.

Chinese version: 神奇的二维国.