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Edwin A. Abbott's "Flatland"

Postby Kirkinson » Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:20 am

Does anyone know if there's any record of Dodgson commenting on Edwin Abbott's book "Flatland"? It was published some thrity years before Dodgson's death, so he had a good deal of time to catch it, and seeing that it uses mathematical logic to suggest the existence of a higher reality and, by extension, God (since Abbott was a Christian theologian) it seems like something Dodgson could have taken an interest in.

The book, for those of you who don't know it, is one I highly recommend. It takes place in a two-dimensional universe inhabited by geometrical figures in which the hero, A. Square, learns of the existence of a third dimension and tries to preach its gospel. It's not a difficult read -- the mathematics are elementary level and the book is short enough to finish in three hours. Very fun.

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Postby Lenny » Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:05 am

My mathematics teacher in high school once recommended this book to us. I think I was the only one who actually went to the library to get it... :|
I really liked it, I can recommend it too. Perhaps we Alice in Wonderland lovers are susceptible for all stories about worlds in different realities?

I don't know whether Carroll ever read it however.
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