Flatland, by Edwin Abbott
Date: 8/21/96 at 11:12:59 From: Anonymous Subject: Flatland, by Edwin Abbott I need any info about the book FLATLAND by Edwin Abbott and also how it can be used in the classroom.
Date: 9/2/96 at 14:13:31 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Flatland, by Edwin Abbott Hi there! Here is just a general list of some information on Flatland and class- related projects. It's largely unorganized, but I hope it will be helpful. You can find more information by searching the Dr. Math archives at http://mathforum.org/dr.math . Several sequels to FLATLAND have been written. My favorite is A. K. Dewdney's _The Planiverse_, which covers many interesting technical details like how to play volleyball, open doors, and use zippers in 2D. Some students might like to explain (in an oral presentation or poster) how some of these inventions work. Afterwards, you might ask groups of students to invent something in 2D and discuss dimensions. The tesseract, or hypercube, can be visualized using computer graphics like those at http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/docs/outreach/4-cube/ . For more concrete, hands-on experiences, there is a Mathematics Teacher article on "building" a hypercube. I highly recommend using both of these activities, if possible. You can also find information on Edwin Abbott online at http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/abbott/overview.html Here is what a few teachers have to say on the subject:
As an advanced geometry teacher, I require my students to read Flatland. I have asked two essay questions: 1. What would the inhabitants of Flatland perceive if it had been a cube instead of a circle [ed.: actually, it was a SPHERE] that visited Flatland, and 2. What theory would you have used to color the inhabitants? I am looking for other interesting essay questions or projects with regard to Flatland. Dorothy Bannar firstname.lastname@example.org
From: David Farmer Subject: Re: Flatland Date: 2 Apr 1994 20:34:50 GMT The book `The shape of space' by Jeff Weeks has a nice continuation of the Flatland Story. The Flatlanders explore their world, and strange things happen because they don't actually live on a plane and they don't live on a sphere! Read the book to see what surface they live on. I am writing a book which will discuss surfaces and such from a different perspective, on a level accessible to your students and it will include plenty of project ideas. It hopefully will be done over the summer, and I will make it available on the net. Dave
SHAPE OF SPACE has also been issued in a video version by the Geometry Center http://www.geom.uiuc.edu . The video should be available through their loan program. An associated curriculum also exists; I'm not sure what its current status is. -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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