The Annotated Flatland

A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786721839

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Flatland is a unique, delightful satire that has charmed readers for over a century. Published in 1884 by the English clergyman and headmaster Edwin A. Abbott, it is the fanciful tale of A. Square, a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to The Land of Three Dimensions, an experience that forever alters his worldview. Like the original, Ian Stewart's commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey. With clarity and wit, Stewart illuminates Abbott's numerous Victorian references and touches on such diverse topics as ancient Babylon, Karl Marx, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Mt. Everest, H.G. Wells, and phrenology. The Annotated Flatland makes fascinating connections between Flatland and Abbott's era, resulting in a classic to rival Abbott's own, and a book that will inspire and delight curious readers for generations to come.

The Annotated Flatland

A Romance Of Many Dimensions

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Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780738205410

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Presents Abbott's examination of the concepts of space, time, and dimension, along with commentary about the work.

Flatland

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Author: Edwin Abbott

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 146040002X

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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Flatland (1884) is an influential mathematical fantasy that simultaneously provides an introduction to non-Euclidean geometry and a satire on the Victorian class structure, issues of science and faith, and the role of women. A classic of early science fiction, the novel takes place in a world of two dimensions where all the characters are geometric shapes. The narrator, A Square, is a naïve, respectable citizen who is faced with proof of the existence of three dimensions when he is visited by a sphere and is forced to see the limitations of his world. The introduction to this Broadview Edition provides context for the book’s references to Victorian culture and religion, mathematical history, and the history of philosophy. The appendices contain contemporary reviews; extracts from the work of fellow mathematical fantasy writer/mathematician Charles Hinton; Hermann von Helmboltz’s “The Axioms of Geometry” (1870); and autobiographical passages from Abbott’s The Kernel and the Husk (1886).

Flatland

An Edition with Notes and Commentary

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Author: Edwin A. Abbott,William F. Lindgren,Thomas F. Banchoff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521769884

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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A fully annotated edition of Abbott's classic Flatland with notes and commentary putting it in its historical and mathematical context.

Flatterland

Like Flatland Only More So

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Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786723289

Category: Science

Page: 320

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First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls "a superb sequel." Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications. The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. The writings help her to contact the Space Hopper, who tempts her away from her home and family in Flatland and becomes her guide and mentor through ten dimensions. In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll Booth, this magnificent investigation into the nature of reality is destined to become a modern classic.

Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Learning

Mathematics with Literature, Paradoxes, History, Technology, and Modeling

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Author: Bharath Sriraman,Viktor Freiman,Nicole LirettePitre

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1607521881

Category: Mathematics

Page: 261

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Interdisciplinarity is increasingly viewed as a necessary ingredient in the training of future oriented 21st century disciplines that rely on both analytic and synthetic abilities across disciplines. Nearly every curricular document or vision statement of schools and universities include a call for promoting creativity in students. Yet the construct of creativity and giftedness across disciplines remains elusive in the sense that the prototypical examples of such work come from eminent scientists, artists and mathematicians, and little if any work has been conducted with noneminent individuals. This monograph is an attempt to fill this gap by putting forth the view that interdisciplinarity and creativity are related constructs, and that the cultivation of domain general creativity is possible. Mathematics has historically been anchored to numerous disciplines like theology, natural philosophy, culture and art, allowing for a flexibility of thought that is difficult to cultivate in other disciplines. In this monograph, the numerous chapters from Australia, U.S.A., Canada, Cyprus, Denmark and Japan provide a compelling illustration of the intricate connection of mathematics with literature, paradoxes, history, technology and modeling, thus serving as a conduit for interdisciplinarity, creativity and learning to occur.

Ignorance

How It Drives Science

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Author: Stuart Firestein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199939330

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room. The process is more hit-or-miss than you might imagine, with much stumbling and groping after phantoms. But it is exactly this "not knowing," this puzzling over thorny questions or inexplicable data, that gets researchers into the lab early and keeps them there late, the thing that propels them, the very driving force of science. Firestein shows how scientists use ignorance to program their work, to identify what should be done, what the next steps are, and where they should concentrate their energies. And he includes a catalog of how scientists use ignorance, consciously or unconsciously--a remarkable range of approaches that includes looking for connections to other research, revisiting apparently settled questions, using small questions to get at big ones, and tackling a problem simply out of curiosity. The book concludes with four case histories--in cognitive psychology, theoretical physics, astronomy, and neuroscience--that provide a feel for the nuts and bolts of ignorance, the day-to-day battle that goes on in scientific laboratories and in scientific minds with questions that range from the quotidian to the profound. Turning the conventional idea about science on its head, Ignorance opens a new window on the true nature of research. It is a must-read for anyone curious about science.

Flatland, See Flatland

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Author: Yvan Martinez,Joshua Trees,Dante Carlos

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0957350929

Category:

Page: 214

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Flatland, see Flatlandblends three genres - the annotated novel, the parallel novel and the reimagined classic - into a fantastical editionof the 1884 science fiction novellaFlatland: A Romance of Many Dimensionsby Edward Abbott Abbott. Twelve designers collaborated to produce areading experience that is both idiosyncratic and systematic. Abbott's original text is juxtaposed with graphic intrusions, marginalia andsubplots guaranteed to engage readers of all dimensions 'throughout the universe, in perpetuity'.