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Edwin Abbott Abbott (20 December 183812 October 1926), Englishmarker schoolmaster and theologian, is best known as the author of the mathematical satire and religious allegory Flatland (1884).

Biography

Edwin Abbott Abbott was the eldest son of Edwin Abbott (1808–1882), headmaster of the Philological School, Marylebone, and his wife, Jane Abbott (1806–1882). His parents were first cousins.

He was educated at the City of London Schoolmarker and at St John's Collegemarker, Cambridgemarker, where he took the highest honors in classics, mathematics and theology, and became fellow of his college. In 1862 he took orders. After holding masterships at King Edward's School, Birminghammarker, he succeeded G. F. Mortimer as headmaster of the City of London Schoolmarker in 1865 at the early age of twenty-six. Here he oversaw the education of future Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. He was Hulsean lecturer in 1876.

He retired in 1889, and devoted himself to literary and theological pursuits. Dr. Abbott's liberal inclinations in theology were prominent both in his educational views and in his books. His Shakespearian Grammar (1870) is a permanent contribution to English philology. In 1885 he published a life of Francis Bacon. His theological writings include three anonymously published religious romances - Philochristus (1878), Onesimus (1882), and Sitanus (1906).

More weighty contributions are the anonymous theological discussion The Kernel and the Husk (1886), Philomythus (1891), his book The Anglican Career of Cardinal Newman (1892), and his article "The Gospels" in the ninth edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, embodying a critical view which caused considerable stir in the English theological world. He also wrote St Thomas of Canterbury, his Death and Miracles (1898), Johannine Vocabulary (1905), Johannine Grammar (1906).

Abbott also wrote educational text books, one being "Via Latina:First Latin Book" which was published in 1898 and distrubuted around the world within the education system.

Flatland

Abbott's best-known work is his 1884 novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions which describes a two-dimensional world and explores the nature of dimensions. It has often been categorized as science fiction although it could more accurately be called "math fiction".

With the advent of modern science fiction from the 1950s to present day, Flatland has seen a revival in popularity, especially among science fiction and cyberpunk fans. Many works have have been inspired by the novella, including novel sequels, short films, and a feature film called Flatland.

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References

  1. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, ISBN 0-550-18022-2, page 2
  2. Ehlinger, Ladd P., Jr. (2007). About Flatland


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