Rating : Let's just not talk about it
Author: Edwin A. Abbott
Every nerd/geek or even a mathematics enthusiast would have, at least, heard about the famous essay Flatland: A romance of many dimensions. I read it a while ago myself. The internet too is filled with its praises and extolling reviews.
Sadly, for me this "land" just does not make sense and I'll explain why.
Firstly, lets take a plane paper and draw a circle as well as a line segment on it.It would look something like this:
|a circle and a line segment|
Now, Edwin A. Abbott, the very author of Flatland, talks about a world of two dimensions whose inhabitants are pentagons, circles, line segments and various other two dimensional geometric shapes. They move around, have houses, have a government, police and are basically a projection of the three dimensional world, i.e. our world, on a two dimensional plane.
I, personally find this notion of a 2-D life absurd and stupid. As to do any "living action" as we know them, we need the third dimension.
Even if I ignore the whole paradox in the existence of a two dimensional world, I find the book filled with chauvinism, rank-ism, and all the other problems that our world is filled with. I mean, if you are imaging a world then might as well imagine it to be Utopian and if not Utopian then at least a little better than ours.
Thus, this book greatly disappointed me overall and in my opinion should be trashed.