Spiritualism, religion and mathematics in the Victorian period

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7th February 2017

Spiritualism, religion and mathematics in the Victorian period

By Sylvia Nickerson Hinton - Tesseract cubes frontispiece In 1884 the English schoolteacher Edwin Abbott published Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. This book, a social satire, also explores the mathematical concept of dimensionality. Abbott’s characters imagine what it might be like for creatures of one dimension to communicate with creatures of higher or lower dimensions. A major theme is how differently dimensional creatures could perceive…

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