Are There More Than Three Dimensions?

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Flatland — A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott was written in 1884!


Abbott’s story inspired a 34-minute animated short movie:

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It features the voices of Martin Sheen and Kristen Bell.*

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“FLATLAND: THE MOVIE” is an award-winning animated film inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s classic 1884 novel, “Flatland.”  Set in a world of only two dimensions inhabited by sentient geometric shapes, the story follows Arthur Square (Martin Sheen) and his ever-curious granddaughter Hex (Kristen Bell).  When a mysterious visitor arrives from Spaceland (Michael York), Arthur and Hex must come to terms with the truth of the third dimension, risking dire consequences from the evil Circles that have ruled Flatland for a thousand years.

See more (including the trailer) at:


Read the original Abbott text at Gutenberg:


Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch the Ted-Ed talk on Flatland.

2. Contemplate the possibility that dimensions could exist beyond our normal 3-D perception.