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Video review of Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott & The Annotated Flatland by Ian Stewart


This video is offered by colleague Zac, who is not a marketing drone but a ‘software configuration management engineer.’ I have not got a clue what that means but it’s definitely technical. I feel Zac’s devotion to mathematics is reflected in this double review of Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott & The Annotated Flatland by Ian Stewart. During the summer, AbeBooks staged a staff video contest and this was one of the entries, and it shows very nicely the diverse people we have in this company.

Flatland was published 1884 by the English clergyman and headmaster Edwin A. Abbott. It tells the tale of A. Square, a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to The Land of Three Dimensions. By being forced to consider the notion of dimensions beyond their own, Abbott exposed his readers to the idea of a fourth dimension. This book warmed up people for Einstein’s theory of relativity. Stewart’s annotated version is, well, the first annotated version of this classic Victorian book that was decades ahead of its time. Confused? Just watch the video.

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2 Responses to “Video review of Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott & The Annotated Flatland by Ian Stewart”

  1. Catherine M. Thompson September 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Proud mother of Zac. Regardless of the fact that he is my son, this is a clever and informative review of both Flatland and the Annotated Flatland. I have not read either and am now persuaded to find and read both.

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