Bagi István, Wendell Berry, Michael Burch, Billy Collins, Russel Edson, Maggie Estep, Gary R. Ferris, Jorie Graham, Louise Glick, Erica Jong, Haron Esther Lampert, David Lehman, Thomas Lux, Sharon Olds, Jennifer Reeser, Wanda Phipps, Marge Piercy, Belinda
Edwin Abbott Abbott's satirical 1884 novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, is "on the surface" an examination of multiple dimensions. Its author, writing anonymously as "A Square" takes us on a fantastical trip to a completely flat, two-dimensional world whose inhabitants are geometric shapes. These shapes think that the "planar" world of length and width are all that exist, until one shape discovers the existence of a third physical dimension, which ultimately is expanded to the concept of a fourth. As a given shape, one's class and intelligence is determined by one's number of sides. Men are depicted as polygonal, while women are straight lines (now hang on a minute!)...Flatland illustrates marvelously the difficulty a person or group might have seeing a greater reality, or different reality, than its own. In this world of "plane geometry" with "Euclidian Geometric" shapes, each dimension can only perceive the one below it - so if one has evidence of a third, what about a fourth?
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