1963 Barnes and Noble edition Introduction

Author: William Garnett

Originally Printed In: 1926 Basil Blackwell Edition

Abstract of Introduction: Garnett briefly discusses the advancements in physics that called for at least four dimensions of space-time, and then cites a letter printed in Nature in 1920 in order to support the claim that Abbott was a prophet preparing the way for much of the progress made in physics.

Excerpt: There are some mathematical minds which are completely satisfied by the results expressed in algebraical symbols of the analysis of a continuum of four dimensions; but there are others which crave for the visualization of these results which, in their symbolic form, they do not question. To many, perhaps to the great majority, of these, Dr. Abbott's sphere penetrating Flatland points the way to the clearest imagery of the fourth dimension to which they are likely to attain.

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