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Table of Contents
- [A Note on the Text]
- [Portrait of author]
- Preface to the Second and Revised Edition, 1884, by the Editor [Abbott]
Part 1: This World
- Of the Nature of Flatland
- Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland
- Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland
- Concerning the Women
- Of Our Methods of Recognizing one another
- Of Recognition by Sight
- Concerning Irregular Figures
- Of the Ancient Practice of Painting
- Of the Universal Colour Bill
- Of the Suppression of Chromatic Sedition
- Concerning our Priests
- Of the Doctrine of our Priests
Part 2: Other Worlds
- How I had a Vision of Lineland
- How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland
- Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland
- How the Stranger vainly endeavored to reveal to me in words the mysteries of Spaceland
- How the Sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds
- How I cam to Spaceland and what I saw there
- How, though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desired more; and what came of it
- How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision
- How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with what success
- How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and of the result
Flatland was downloaded from the Eldritch Press website. Some minor modifications were made to keep it in line the Psychonomicon Website theme including font sizes, background image and site and page-to-page index but otherwise the text is presented as is.
- MERKVRIVS THE YOUNGER
Original comments by Eldritch Press.
Copy-text for this HTML edition is the Princeton Science Library edition of Flatland, new material copyright 1991 by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540, all rights reserved. We do not reproduce any of the copyrighted material here, for example the excellent introduction by Thomas Banchoff. This edition is a reprint of the 6th edition by Dover Publications, 1953, ISBN 0-691-02525-8, QA699.A13, 1991, 530.1'1--dc20, 90-28266. Since some page number references were incorrect, we altered them to Section and paragraph links instead.
This edition is also a corrected edition of the ASCII "Internet Wiretap Electronic Edition of FLATLAND, [Fifth Edition, Revised], A Public Domain Text, Instantiated by firstname.lastname@example.org in November 1990, The Internet Wiretap, of Cupertino, California, email@example.com." We have restored the illustrations by Abbott and the table of contents, as well as corrected a great many misprints in the Wiretap edition.
We have not attempted to provide notes for this edition. The usual introductions make it clear that Abbott intended a social satire of Victorian England's society, and an expression of his efforts to advance the cause of education for women and classes lower than the English aristocracy. Abbott was a successful theologian, classics scholar, and Shakespeare expert (which explains the Shakespearean references in the frontispiece and several quotations in this book), as well as proficient in mathematics. He was headmaster of the City of London School, a day school from which he had graduated.
Flatland has been discovered with delight by each generation since it was issued, and has remained in print since then. Introductions have pointed out the applicability to modern art, 20th-century physics, computer graphics and modeling, and exploratory data analysis. Readers might also enjoy a sequel, Sphereland, by Dionys Burger, 1965, as well as Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. We have put online here some works on the fourth dimension by C. Howard Hinton. You may use the /Search/ link above to find a copy of any of these books in a library or bookstore near you.
the fourth dimension should be aware
that Abbott is not talking about TIME. Time
is the fourth dimension in a three-dimensional world,
the fifth in a four-dimensional world, and so on. The
dimensions he refers to are then of "space," or shall we