Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions [Link]
Edwin A. Abbott
> Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 novella
> by Edwin A. Abbott, still popular among mathematics
> and computer science students,
> and considered useful reading for people studying topics
> such as the concept of other dimensions.
> As a piece of literature, Flatland is respected for its satire
> on the social hierarchy of Victorian society.
> Several films have been made from the story,
> including two from different directors released in 2007.
> The story posits a two dimensional world (Flatland).
> The unnamed narrator, a humble square
> (the social caste of gentlemen and professionals),
> guides us through some of the implications of life in two dimensions.
> The Square has a dream about a visit to a one-dimensional world (Lineland),
> and attempts to convince the realm’s ignorant monarch of a second dimension,
> but finds that it is essentially impossible
> to make him see outside of his eternally straight line.
> The narrator is then visited by a three-dimensional sphere,
> which he cannot comprehend until he sees the Spaceland for himself.
> This sphere, who remains nameless,
> visits Flatland at the turn of each millennium
> to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension
> in the hopes of eventually educating the population
> of Flatland of the existence of Spaceland.
> From the safety of Spaceland,
> they are able to observe the leaders of Flatland secretly
> acknowledging the existence of the sphere
> and prescribing the silencing of anyone found preaching
> the truth of Spaceland and the third dimension.
> After this proclamation is made,
> many witnesses are massacred or imprisoned (according to caste).
> After the Square’s mind is opened to new dimensions,
> he tries to convince the Sphere of the theoretical possibility
> of the existence of a fourth (and fifth, and sixth…) spatial dimension.
> Offended by this presumption and incapable of comprehending other dimensions,
> the Sphere returns his student to Flatland in disgrace.
> He then has a dream in which the Sphere visits him again,
> this time to introduce him to Pointland.
> The point (sole inhabitant, monarch, and universe in one)
> perceives any attempt at communicating with him as simply
> being a thought originating in his own mind. (cf. Solipsism)
> The Square recognizes the connection between
> the ignorance of the monarchs of Pointland and Lineland
> with his own (and the Sphere’s) previous
> ignorance of the existence of other dimensions.
> Once returned to Flatland, the Square finds
> it difficult to convince anyone of Spaceland’s existence,
> especially after official decrees are announced – anyone
> preaching the lies of three dimensions will be imprisoned
> (or executed, depending on caste).
> Eventually the Square himself is imprisoned for just this reason.
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