Edwin A. Abbott
Edwin A. Abbott was an English schoolmaster and theologian, best known for his classic work 'Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions' (1884). The book is a satirical novella that uses the concept of a two-dimensional world to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian society. Abbott's interests ranged from theology to Shakespearean scholarship, but 'Flatland' remains his enduring legacy, influencing science fiction and mathematical thought.
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This novel is a satirical critique of Victorian society told through a two-dimensional world known as Flatland, inhabited by geometric figures. The protagonist, a square, guides the reader through his society, explaining its rigid class structure, before being visited by a three-dimensional sphere. The sphere introduces him to the concept of the third dimension, challenging the Square's understanding of his own world. The story then explores themes of perception, dimensions, and the limitations of understanding and knowledge.