Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

Review of Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So, by Ian Stewart.Reviewed by Martin Gardner. International HeraldTribune, 10 July 2001, page 9. (Reprinted from the Washington Post.)

Ian Stewart may be the world's most famous mathematics popularizer writing inEnglish---next to, of course, the legendary Martin Gardner, who here reviewsStewart's latest book Flatterland. In this brief review, Gardner saysthat Flatterland "is essentially a work about mathematics cleverlydisguised as a fantasy sequel to Edwin Abbott's classic Flatland." Thedevice of the novel "allows Stewart to introduce an awesome variety of dazzlingtopics that include not only pure mathematics but also the latest speculationsof physicists and cosmologists," Gardner writes.

--- Allyn Jackson