FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions [With the Introduction "Flatland Revisited" by Ray Bradbury]

[Arion Press] Abbott Edwin Abbott [A. Square]

Published by San Francisco Arion Press 1980
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LIMITED EDITION, one of only 275 numbered copies signed by Andrew Hoyem and Ray Bradbury. Printed on T.H. Saundrs hot-press finish, mould-made paper. Illustrated with fourteen line drawings and ten die-cuts by Andrew Hoyem, colours and gray backgrounds done by hand, in Univers, composed of Monotype then reset, initials in Gil Shadow. Folio, accordion style with aluminum covers impressed with black lettering, in a hinged aluminum container with metal clasp, prospectus laid-in. Fifty-six folded panels. A very fine copy, pristine and as mint, with just a bit of the completely inevitable evidence of movement where the aluminum covers slip into the aluminum case. NOW VERY SCARCE, A UNIQUELY DESIGNED AND PRINTED ENTRY FROM THE ARION PRESS. This was the seventh book produced by the press while under the direction of Andrew Hoyem. It was one of the press most commercially successful productions, and certainly one of its most aesthetically unusual. "The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." - Isaac Asimov. Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838-1926) has been ranked as one of the leading scholars and theologians of the Victorian era. He received highest honors in mathematics, classics, and theology at St. John's College, Cambridge, and in 1862 began a brilliant career, during which he served as schoolmaster of some of England's outstanding schools. At the same time he distinguished himself as a scholar, and in 1889 he retired to his studies. One of his few works of fiction, Flatland, has given pleasure to thousands of readers over many generations Unless you're a mathematician, the chance of you reading a novel about geometry is probably near zero. But this work is a classic and would be considered a great read by most anyone. FLATLAND imagines a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is. But one Flatlander, A. Square, discovers the existence of a third dimension and thus the limits of his world's assumptions about reality. And, in the spirit of GULLIVER S TRAVELS, FLATLAND comes across as quite a humourous satire on society and the class distinctions of Victorian England. If you've ever wondered what a 4th dimension would look like, FLATLAND provides a lens through which you can imagine that extension out of our 3D world. Abbot accomplishes this by describing the eye-opening extension of his narrator's 2D world when visited by a 3D apparition, a "sphere". His framing of the foundational issues through the experiences of what you'd expect to be the most "two dimensional" character in fiction are really quite engaging. The story line is as interesting as the mathematics and the mathematics are beyond fascinating. Predating Einstein and the Quantum Theory by decades, FLATLAND may have helped to open the minds of people to the entirely new ways of viewing our reality. The changes which would soon be coming could hardly have been envisioned in Victorian England. The book is a classic of theoretical physics rendered for accessible for layman s use and it is a classic of science fiction which lays the groundwork for countless such literary explorations in the 20th century and beyond. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions [With...
Publisher: San Francisco Arion Press 1980

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