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somewhat of a book review

Hey, I read a book called FLATLAND last night. It was written back in 1884 and is an allegory for the social structure of Victorian society done as satire by a radical clergyman wanting to change the system. Very weird! I thought it was going to a book about geometry!! I am so glad I wasn't born in that age, women were not very well thought of back then. I was getting pretty ticked off until the main character (A Square) seemed to change his opinion after encountering the sphere. By the time John looked the author up on line I'd calmed down :)



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Apr. 6th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
That book always comes up in the discussion of multi-dimnsional physics, believe it or not.
Apr. 10th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm
well that's fitting! It was a (particle) physicist's lecture that started me reading all my unread science books I had lying around the house. (i have a bad habit of buying books without reading them. probably 1/3 of the books on my shelf i haven't gotten around to yet :( it's the literary equivalent of eyes being too big for the stomach. I'd live in a library if i could.)

and i could see the multi-dimensional physics thing. something i have NO CLUE about. i'm totally a wannabe scientist. after i got over hating the stupid sexist and classist comments i was inspired by A Square's wonder at 3 dimensions and the idea of 4 dimensions and then 5 and 6 and on to infinity. i get the idea of 4 dimensions (okay, maybe i don't "get it" get it, but i can kinda see it) and i totally get the parallel of a 2d person having no concept of 3d living and us trying to grasp the idea of higher dimensions. i liked how flatland did it by going down to 1d world and a point world and going up above the 2d world and looking down on it but i doubt any sphere's gonna drop down through my ceiling and enlighten me- another book i read recently said one could learn about it by inferring it from cross sectioned images, but i'm not that smart . i tend to punctuate my sentences with napoleon dynamite comments. but i did get more out of flatland than i expected.
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