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  1. Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So
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  2. Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Ian Stewart
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780786723287
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Basic Books
Manufacturer
Basic Books
NumberOfPages
321
PublicationDate
2008-08-01
Publisher
Basic Books
ReleaseDate
2008-08-01
Studio
Basic Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I definately enjoyed this book and I think it was a very good attempted sequel to the brilliant Flatland. In essence the book follows a descendent of A. Square (he is disgraced and locked in a psyche ward). After a night were her parents were constantly harasing her she is visited by a multi-dimensional being much like Square was in the original. Here is where it parallels. The character in conjunction with her multi-dimensional guide shows her theoretical mathematical notions and "worlds" that little is known of or that is generally thought to be impossible. The book hits on many advanced notions of math, and is definately not an easy read for someone with an interest in math.

I took off 1 star for the following reasons. (1) Some of the math is very difficult to understand and is very advanced for the casual reader. While I guess it does make sense to do it this way since theory of the 3rd dimension (sphere) was not known or believed in during Abott's day. (2) The... Read more
Ian stewart did a marvelous job with this book. I first read its prequel "flatland" based on a recommendation from youtuber "Vsauce," and it was thick and Victorian styled (although it helps to read the prequel before the sequel). Flatter land breaks away from the complexity of words and adds in complexity in math and visualizations of dimensions, true mathmatical meaning, and more. It is written in an easy to read manner that gives you room to think as well as encouragement. The book has a lot of wordplay that Satires our world today (hogsburgers and oxburgers) much like Edwin Abbott did when he wrote flatland. I am going on an Ian Stewart binge after reading this book because he is a mathematical and visionary genius, with many many titles to his name and even more experience as a mathematician.
The book itself is OK. The author covers a lot of different areas that are newish in mathematics--sometimes it seems like too much, but there are lots of connections so I won't gripe too much. The writing is a little too cute with a lot of puns but that is a matter of style. I have to commend the author on the attempt to introduce very difficult material in a simpler way. This book would have gotten another star if the publisher hadn't attempted to save money by not proofreading the Kindle conversion.

It is very irritating to be trying to work out the math, and finding that the 0's have been converted to o's and 1's to l's, I's to /s, etc. This is just very sloppy work, and it's not the first time that Amazon conversions have garbled text in similar ways.

When I called to complain I got shuffled around a bit, and told I needed to reboot my Kindle, which of course did no good. I finally got someone to give me a partial refund. Please do the same if you buy this... Read more
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