Set in the world of Flatland, A. Square is a plane form living in a two dimensional reality. His place in the social hierarchy is in the middle class, and he describes effectively the other classes within his world. The dangerous Women, or single lines, the dull yet powerful Isosceles Triangles, or soldiers and laymen, the Equilateral Triangle, or tradesmen, the Nobility class, or Polygon class, and the Circles, or Priests, all combine to make a social order within Flatland. Their existence is complete with class strife, discrimination, alteration, regulation, wars, and power struggles, just as any other society in existence.
When A. Square dreams of another world, Lineland, he is struck by a need to explain to the inhabitants the error of their one dimensional viewpoints. Although A. Square tries repeatedly to explain the second dimension to the inhabitants, the King of Lineland is not convinced. A...
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Edwin Abbott Abbott Biographies (1)
1,319 words, approx. 5 pages
Edwin A. Abbott was a man of many qualities. As a cleric, a biblical and literary scholar, and an author, he established a minor but nonetheless significant place in Victorian literature. While many s...
Essays & Analysis (12)
2,040 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, the critic finds Flatland amusing and occasionally overly technical.
Strange are the tales of travellers, decisive the effect of experience upon previous speculations, and mar...
9,016 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, Smith, Berkove, and Baker explore Abbott's interest in the writings of John Henry Newman and Bishop Joseph Butler and their theories of analogical and probabilistic reas...
516 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Morley finds the 1926 reissue of Flatland to be a pleasant read but not “in the stream of serious thought.”
Dr. Abbott was out for fun when he wrote his friendly...
1,063 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following introduction to the 1963 edition of Flatland, Garnett discusses thoughts on the fourth dimension illuminated by Abbott's novel.
In an address to the Committee of the Cayley Por...
710 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Kanigel praises Abbott's commentary on mathematical theory and social issues in Flatland.
You and I live in three dimensions. The would-be author of Flatland, identifie...
1,438 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following essay, Peterson surveys the themes of Flatland and its influence on modern students of both mathematics and literature.
Flatland is a thin book—about 100 pages of Victorian pro...
7,573 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Jann argues that Abbott addresses in Flatland the Victorian conflict between spirit and intellect and therefore the contemporary debate over the role of hypothesis in scientifi...
5,591 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following introduction to the 1991 edition of Flatland, Banchoff provides an overview of the novel and discusses its relevance for a contemporary reading audience.
Flatland first appeared over ...
680 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Smith discusses the long-lived appeal of Flatland and Thomas Banchoff's introduction to the novel.
Edwin Abbott was one of Victorian Britain's most fascinating a...
6,206 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Gilbert examines the themes of novelty and progress in Flatland.
When perceptible amounts of new phenomenal being come to birth, must we hold them to be in all points predeterm...
725 words, approx. 3 pages
There's an old proverb that says, "Seeing is believing." Indeed, it is our perspective of the world that guides how we react, why we conform, and ultimately, what we believe. When placed in differen...
628 words, approx. 3 pages
Edwin Abbot wrote about a strange, unknown place called Flatland. There are only two dimensions in Flatland. All of the people in the story are geometrical figures. Each section of the story tells ...
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