Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions – Edwin A. Abbott


Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions [Link]
Edwin A. Abbott

読書つながり、アンド、ピーター・コールセン(Peter Callesen)

 > 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.
The Official Movie Version of: FLATLAND [Link]
Flatland – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [Link]
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