Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Edwin Abbott's beloved mathematical adventure novel "Flatland" (1884) is being introduced to a whole new generation of readers and viewers through "Flatland: The Movie", a dramatic computer-animated adaptation starring Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, Tony Hale, and Joe Estevez. This book is the companion to the movie - and the ultimate edition of the classic book on which it is based. A beautiful, large-format volume, "Flatland: The Movie Edition" includes: the full text of the original novel; the screenplay of the movie; essays on the making of the movie by the writers and filmmakers - producer Seth Caplan, director Jeffrey Travis, and director and animator Dano Johnson; color illustrations; and a new introduction by Thomas Banchoff, a Brown University mathematician and Flatland authority who served as an advisor to the filmmakers.By describing the challenges the filmmakers faced in updating a Victorian mathematical allegory for a new generation and transforming it into a compelling animated story, "Flatland: The Movie Edition" makes watching the movie and reading Abbott's book even more illuminating and enjoyable.
You'll never think about the multiple dimensions of space in the same way again.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 210.82 x 279.4 x 20.32mm | 703.06g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Movie Ed.
  • 16 color illus. 28 line illus.
  • 0691136572
  • 9780691136578
  • 841,538

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"The book is the companion piece to a 2007 animated movie, but whether you see the movie or not, the book is a must-read. If you've never thought much about why we inhabit only three dimensions, it may turn your world inside out."--Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History "Flatland fueled my interest in mathematics and creative thinking when I was a child. Now this classic story has been reinterpreted as a gloriously vivid movie that will excite both children and adults. This book completes the movie experience by providing the original book, the screenplay of the movie, and comments by the filmmakers."--Scott Kim, Discover Magazine "Flatland has inspired many sequels over the years since its publication, but the epithet 'original and best' strikes me as apt. Abbott displays marvelously playful inventiveness and sharp satirical intent... It remains a splendidly readable book for formative minds of all ages."--Nick Lord, Mathematical Gazette "The ultimate edition of the classic book."--The Providence Journal "Edwin Abbott's 1884 classic is billed here as a mathematical story, designed to stimulate young imaginations. But the tale of a two-dimensional 'Flatland' and a visiting sphere, who introduces the Gospel of the Three Dimensions, is also a timeless satire on class privilege. A delightful piece of science fiction, it explores how a 2D world might actually work. The book is nicely presented, and includes the full text of the original novel, the screenplay for the forthcoming film, commentaries from the filmmakers and stunning colour art taken from the film."--New Scientist "This new edition of the classic book maintains all the appeal of the original well-read and well-loved version."--Mathematics Teacher "I thoroughly recommend this book and movie to those readers and viewers of all ages who like a little romance, mixed with adventure and drama and fantastic color animation."--Rob Harle, Leonardo
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""Flatland" has and always will be a fun and fascinating journey, showing us again how the world of mathematics can expand the mind and take the imagination to places where it didn't know it could play."--Danica McKellar, actress and author of the best-selling "Math Doesn't Suck""A fascinating look behind the scenes of the best "Flatland" movie yet. Long live A Square!"--Rudy Rucker, author of "The Fourth Dimension"
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About Edwin A. Abbott

Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), the author of more than fifty books, was headmaster of the City of London School and one of the leading educators of his time. Thomas Banchoff, a professor of mathematics at Brown University, is an authority on Abbott. "Flatland: The Movie" was written by producer "Seth Caplan", director "Jeffrey Travis", and director and animator "Dano Johnson". Caplan's film "Duncan Removed" received a student Emmy and was a student Academy Award finalist. He is also the producer of "In Search of a Midnight Kiss". Travis is an award-winning filmmaker who directed and wrote "Except For Danny", a 20th Century Fox television pilot. Johnson's animated short films, music videos, and political advertisements have won multiple awards and been shown in many film festivals.
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Table of contents

Introduction Thomas Banchoff ix FLATLAND The Book EDWIN A. ABBOTT Part I: This World 13 Part II: Other Worlds 49 FLATLAND The Movie Finding Flatland Seth Caplan 91 Imagining Flatland Jeffrey Travis 93 The Visual Design of Flatland: The Movie Dano Johnson 97 Screenplay 107 Movie Credits 163 About the Contributors 167
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