Scientific Romances. What is the Fourth Dimension? The Persian King. A Plane World. A Picture of Our Universe. Casting Out the Self. First series.
by HINTON, C. H. (Charles Howard) (1853-1907).
London:: Swan Sonnenschein, 1904., 1904. Small 8vo. 229 pp. Figs.; lengthy tear to pp. 111-112 mended with tissue, some leaves showing brittleness. Original maroon blind and gilt-stamped cloth; rubbed. Signature and bookplate of Robert Kelsey Walton, New York, 1912. Good. Issued as first and second series, in two volumes. Offered here is the first series. / British mathematician and science fiction writer, "Hinton's Scientific romances, including "What is the Fourth Dimension?" and "A Plane World", were published as a series of nine pamphlets by Swan Sonnenschein & Co. during 1884–1886. In the introduction to "A Plane World", Hinton referred to Abbott's recent Flatland as having similar design but different intent. Abbott used the stories as "a setting wherein to place his satire and his lessons. But we wish in the first place to know the physical facts." Hinton's world existed along the perimeter of a circle rather than on an infinite flat plane." – Wikip. / "... attempts of mathematician Charles Howard Hinton to imagine what perception would be like for creatures in one, two, and higher dimensions in his 1880 essay 'What is the Fourth Dimension?'1 may well have offered the immediate inspiration for Flatland's similar investigation of the subject. ... Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), a more conventional mathematician and clergyman than [Edwin A.] Abbott, also put his leaning into fictional plays with delightful results in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871)." – Rosemary Jann, "Abbott Flatland." Oxford University Press. See: Alfred M. Bork, "The Fourth Dimension in Nineteenth-Century Physics," ISIS, volume 55, Number 3, Sept., 1964. PROVENANCE: Robert Kelsey Walton (1881-1933) was an American Theosophist who was a priest in the Liberal Catholic Church.
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