Falling flat

"North and South?" the people of Lineland said to our hero. "That's nonsense. There's no such thing as North and South, only East and West." Our hero is the main character in Edwin A. Abbot's Flatland.┬áHe is a square -- a literal square, a four-sided, geometric figure in the two-dimensional world of Abbot's transcendently weird mathematical parable. And there I was, telling this story again because an honest question deserves the most honest answer we can give, particularly when the people … [Read more...]