 Author:
 Ian Stewart (author)
 Language:
 English
 Publisher:
 Basic Books
 Categories:
 Mathematics, novel and science fiction
 Publication year:
 2001
 ISBN:
 9780738206752
 Pages:
 294
 Synopsis:
Flatterland is sort of an unofficial sequel to Abbott's classic Flatland, written in modern nonVictorian English. Although Victorian English gave the original a pretty classy feel, Flatterland doesn't disappoint. Its aim is similar to that of the original: To explain new mathematical concepts to lay people in lay language.
 Review:
The book succeeds brilliantly. It's filled with illustration to help visualize the concepts, and the stories around which the concepts are introduced are reminiscent of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (well, the fact that chapters have names like The Topologist's TeaParty and Along the LookingGlass probably helps), and this gives the book a whimsical tone (that's a benefit). Here's a sample:
"Is Planiturth's universe built from mathematics? Or is mathematics built by the minds of Planiturthians? Planiturthian mathematicians would like to think that their universe is built from mathematics, but that's only natural, after all. Planiturthian physicists would like to think that the Planiturthian universe is built from physics. Planiturthian biologists would like to think that the Planiturthian universe is built from biology. Planiturthian philosophers would like to think that the Planiturthian universe is built from philosophy. (Let me tell you a secret: it is. The fundamental unit of the Planiturthian universe is the philosophon, a unit of logic so tiny that only a philosopher could hope to split it.)"
The book also ventures a little into physics, explaining things like the Schrödinger's cat, the doubleslit experiment, time travel, and forces. But the meat of the book is mathematics.
 Table of Contents:

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 From Flatland to Flatterland
 1 The Third Dimension
 2 Victoria's Diary
 3 The Visitation
 4 A Hundred and One Dimensions
 5 One and a Quarter Dimension
 6 The Topologist's TeaParty
 7 Along the LookingGlass
 8 Grape Theory
 9 What is a Geometry?
 10 Platterland
 11 Cat Country
 12 The Paradox Twins
 13 The Domain of the Hawk King
 14 Down the Wormhole
 15 What Shape is the Universe?
 16 NoBranes and PBranes
 17 Flatterland
 18 The Tenth Dimension