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BOOK REVIEW: “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” by Edwin Abbot (1884)

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It’s hard to overestimate the influence that “Flatland” has had over people in the last century-and-a-quarter, harder still when one considers its renown is entirely a sort of coincidental fluke. It’s remarkable that it was noticed at all, and nothing short of miraculous that it hit a point of ubiquity around 1900. Since then, it’s receded into the background like other trends of the day, much like hoop skirts and saddle sales.

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