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Living in a three-dimensional world does not enable one to visualize or physically experience anything more than three dimensions Some people believe that because of this time a non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future is a strong candidate for the 4th dimension while others believe it cant be visualized or physically experienced so it is not Dictionary Though opinions may differ it is an exciting topic to explore Flatland is a very thoughtful story that will no doubt spark the imagination of almost all who read it and possibly enable some to see a vision of fourth dimension Flatland written by Edwin A Abbot in 1884 is an incredibly unusual novel It is a fantasy type journey through the mathematical world of dimensions with the main character A Square as the tour guide Though never directly addressed but due to the content of the story it seems to take place in the future and spans over a period of many months The story takes place in three settings Flatland Spaceland and Lineland Flatland is a world of two dimensions Spaceland which is also referred to as Thoughtland is three dimensions and Lineland is one dimension For the majority of the novel Flatland is the surrounding A Square is a four-sided polygon which in Flatland is a professional man and is one of two significant characters in the novel The other is A Sphere from Space land and a king longest line from Line land The first half of the novel describes the inhabitants of Flatland including lines women isosceles triangles soldiers and lowest class workmen equilateral triangles middle class men squares and pentagons professional men and gentlemen hexagons and heptagons nobility and circles priests of the highest rank of all and technically not circles but polygons with many sides A Square further explains the ways of identifying one another and how
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