BOOK CLUB: "Flatland,"­ by Edwin A. Abbott

  • Houndstooth Pub

    520 8th Ave, New York, NY (map)

    40.753929 -73.991997

  • Flatland is a classic novella about a society of 2-dimensional shapes (the narrator is a square). Around 80 pages, it's a pretty brisk read and is full of mathematical jokes and social satire. We could dive into this following the "book club" model. Everyone would read the book ahead of time and then we'd gather at a bar or some such to chat about it. The book has been in the public domain for a while now, so you can probably find a copy of the text online. But make sure you find a version with the illustrations! Some of the cheap versions strip out all the original drawings, which are absolutely essential. I bought my copy off Amazon for 2 bucks:

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  • Neil C.

    New to group-looking forward to first Meetup!

    June 20

  • Holliday

    Gah I'll be out of town that weekend! Boo.

    June 20

  • Alex

    The "Flatland" book finally has a date set up! Will update on location. A good amount of time was given so that people have sufficient time to re-read the book.

    1 · June 13

    • li

      I JUST read that book, and loved it!

      June 13

    • li

      (... but will be our of town then...)

      June 19

  • Kathy

    Sorry to miss this, but I will be away. Have fun everyone and I look forward to meeting you another time. It's nice to see the group active. (:

    June 14

  • Vinny

    Unfortunately, probably only on a weekend would be doable for me.

    November 12

  • Tony T.

    I work in a restaurant, I only availabl on Tue' night and weekend(day/night)

    November 10

  • Louis

    So what exactly is the event? When is it happening?

    February 26, 2014

  • Sara W.

    Enjoyed the book but thought the math was the least interesting part.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This suggestion has been up for a very long time now. Is anyone pushing it forward? This would be fun.

    March 4, 2013

  • Sara W.

    If you want to check this out; there's a free copy on the web (with the illustrations):

    February 5, 2013

  • Sara W.

    Great idea! I'll look for the book and sign up when you have a date.

    February 5, 2013

  • Adam

    I'm on board with this too--when's it gonna happen?

    April 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great book, I think there are a couple of sequels and a film or two.

    March 13, 2012

  • Yoni Jakob Brombacher M.

    :D Let's do this

    July 17, 2011

  • Sara M.

    This suggestion is great! Very funny satire :D

    July 4, 2011

  • Angela A.

    Sweet! A friend just gave me this book.

    June 7, 2011

  • Nachiket

    Flatland seems to be a great idea; I like this!

    January 8, 2011

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