Summary – Here’s an interesting story, Flatland. It may help you think about dimensions in a new way. May even be a good prelude to our upcoming look at Visual Design of 2-D images.
Flatland – A book written in 1884
Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction describes the journeys of A. Square and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting a land of four dimensions — a revolutionary idea for which he is banished from Spaceland.
Click on this copy of the book’s cover to read the book
The Flatland Book Cover
Flatland, the story
The story is about a two-dimensional world referred to as Flatland
which is occupied by geometric figures
Women are simple line-segments
Men are polygons with various numbers of sides
The narrator is a humble square, a member of the social caste of gentlemen and professionals in a society of geometric figures
Square has a dream about a visit to a one-dimensional world (Lineland)
Inhabited by “lustrous points”
He attempts to convince the realm’s ignorant monarch of a second dimension
but finds that it is essentially impossible to make him see outside of his eternally straight line
Square is then visited by a three-dimensional sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Spaceland for himself.
Long ago & far away (over 30 years ago)
I tried to find this book
It took months + a dedicated librarian
Today – seconds on the internet
What does this have to do with photography?
Directly, not much
But – it’s an interesting tale about dimensions
It may have a few take-aways in the study of
The representation of 3-D objects in 2-D space
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