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Dimensions you keep running into them while reading your books and attending your lectures and in most computations they are not very difficult to handle But have you ever tried to imagine what all those more-dimensional spaces and objects look like For example the four-dimensional analogon of a cube There are lots of people who will put this aside as nonsense not worth spending your time on but there have been others who found this a very intriguing question One of those people was Edwin A Abbott a nineteenth-century schoolmaster and clergyman who was fond of mathematics and literature In 1884 he wrote Flatland a small but very amusing book which is not only about spatial dimensions but also houses an entire Victorian society of two-dimensional creatures Flatland is divided in two parts In the first part a Square inhabitant of Flatland gives a very amusing overview of Flatland society in all its aspects Amusing because Flatland society reveals itself to the careful reader as a subtle satire of the Victorian society in which Abbott lived it is for example clearly hierarchically organized All inhabitants of Flatland are geometrical figures regular or irregular A Flatlander with a regular shape ie a polygon automatically belongs to the upper social class the more sides he has the higher his position At the top of this structure stand the priests who are circles and whose judgement cannot be fought The lower class consists of triangles with two equal sides the so called isosceles who form the plebs Being a woman means that you are no more than a single line and you continuously have to beware of severely wounding a Flatlander with your sharp needle-like end Polygons by having a good marriage can have offspring with one additional side thus automatically of higher class women however can never be more than lines In the second part of the book the Square tells the story of his own
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