## Flatland

July 13th, 2011 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Math Books## Flatland

Ah – Flatland! One of my all-time favorite math books! In this classic story, Edwin A. Abbott introduces to you A. Square, a character who lives in a two dimensional world. In the story, A. Square comes to realize that his universe is actually part of a multidimensional universe beyond his own 2 dimensions.

This story is a great introduction into the concept of hyperspace. Written in 1884, it is a superb example of using analogy to make the reader understand more complex concepts – in this case the “multiverse”.

The story begins:

**I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its**

**nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in**

**Space.**

**Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles,**

**Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining**

**fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but**

**without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like**

**shadows–only hard with luminous edges–and you will then have a pretty**

**correct notion of my country and countrymen. Alas, a few years ago, I**

**should have said “my universe:” but now my mind has been opened to**

**higher views of things.**

If you would like to read the entire story, please feel free to download the entire text here. Have a good time on your journey to higher dimensions!

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