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"Hopping through the Mathiverse": Review of Flatterland: Like Flatland OnlyMore So, by Ian Stewart. Reviewed by Lisa Lehrer Dive and Andrew Irvine.Nature, 17 May 2001.

"Charming in both its simplicity and its humour, the book is briskly paced andgives non-mathematicians insight into some of the deepest and most fascinatingmathematical structures developed over the past century," the reviewers write."Vikki [the protagonist] is introduced to lively and appealing characters,including Mandelbrot, the Taxi Controller of Quadratic City, and Moobius, theargumentative cow." They praise Stewart's narrative style and declare this asuperb sequel to Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland, written over a century ago.

--- Annette Emerson