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By Edwin A. Abbott

How may a creature constrained to 2 dimensions be ready to grab the potential of a 3rd? Edwin A. Abbott's droll and pleasant "romance of many dimensions" explores this conundrum within the reviews of his protagonist, A sq., whose linear international is invaded via an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the 3rd measurement. half geometry lesson, half social satire, this vintage paintings of technology fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers' imaginations past the boundaries in their "respective dimensional prejudices."
This new version starts with an advent via Rosemary Jann that illuminates the social and highbrow context that produced the paintings and explains its courting to the theological concerns important to Abbott's profession. It additionally offers the main broad dialogue so far of the category and gender concerns raised by way of the textual content and of the debates over the bounds of clinical and mathematical wisdom during which it participated.
Flatlands particular blend of astute social, philosophical, and mathematical observations with wit and humor may be learn at many various degrees, and may turn out in particular stress-free to readers of Victorian literature and philosophy.

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Abbott, The Message of the Son of Man. Abbott, The Son of Man; or, Contributions to the Study of the Thoughts of Jesus. Death of King Edward; succeeded by George V. Abbott, Light on the Gospel from an Ancient Poet; elected Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, Section I; Miscellanea Evangelica. xlii 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1926 Chronology Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, Section II. Start of First World War. Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, Section III. Abbott, The Fourfold Gospel, Section IV.

In European visual art, Cubists similarly in search of ways of freeing themselves from the constraints of conventional points of view found support in the existence of a fourth dimension, as artists like Picasso and Braque attempted to transcend Renaissance perspectival conventions by portraying multiple dimensions simultaneously. The most sustained late Victorian meditations on the possibilities of the fourth dimension in this period came from Charles Howard Hinton. ’ with a number of other works that extrapolated its implications for other areas.

1869 Abbott, A Shakespearean Grammar. Founding of Girton College for women; Francis Galton, Hereditary Genius; J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women. 1870 Abbott, Bible Lessons. Education Act authorizes publicly supported elementary schools; Hermann von Helmholtz, ‘The Axioms of Geometry’. 1871 Abbott, English Lessons for English People with J. R. Seeley. Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass. 1872 Abbott, How to Write Clearly; The Good Voices: A Child’s Guide to the Bible; attends as platform guest at founding of Girls’ Public Day School Company.

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