Pete Reviews Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Dimensions, Lines, Geometry, Space, Flat, Solid.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I was keen to read it after it was mentioned in Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts (Voluntary Committal).

Genre: Mathematical Science (Fiction)

What did you think of the cover art? There are many versions of the cover art. The version I had (see above image) was brilliant.

Who was your favorite character and why? The Square’s grandson, Hexagon, because he had the best imagination and insights.

Who was your least favorite character and why? The Sphere because of his arrogance.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately because it was such a different concept to any other book I’ve ever read.

Was it plot or character driven? Definitely plot (or concept) driven, but characters did emerge.

What did you think of the ending? Thought provoking, if not a little tragic.

What was the moral of the story? Just because something can’t be seen or easily proven, doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Did you learn anything? Not really, but it did make me ponder the possibility of other dimensions.

Favorite quote: Sphere attempting to argue to Square that the idea of a fourth dimension is absurd: “But men are divided in opinion as to the facts. And even granting the facts, they explain them in different ways.”

How does the book compare to the film? No film version, but it did make me think of the “Tron” films.

Song/Soundtrack Recommendations: Particle Man by They Might Be Giants… not directly mentioned in the book (it was written in 1884), but it did ear-worm me whilst reading it.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone interested in mathematics, space, architecture, or other dimensions.

Number of unknown words: 1

Architectural Detail: Flatland Floor Plan
Flatland FloorPlan archidetail

Beer pairing: Triangle Brewery’s Best Of Both Worlds Stout but you might also use your imagination and try a beer from Fourth Dimension Brewing.

Craft/Activity: Draw something with SketchUp (free download here).

What is the most difficult concept you’ve ever managed to eventually understand?

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