Inspiration from A. Square: Reaching Towards the Fourth Dimension

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Adapted from Edwin Abbot's book, Flatland: A romance of many dimensions (1884).
Provides insights into dimensions of development as told through a geometrical analogy.

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Inspiration from A. Square: Reaching Towards the Fourth Dimension

  1. A romance of many dimensions The Adventures of “A. Square”
  2. HI! I’m A. Square.
  3. I live in Flatland.
  4. Flatland has 2 dimensions.
  5. Flatland actually looks something more like this…
  6. When A. Square looks around Flatland, this is what he sees… line of sight A. Square.
  7. Circle I have many friends. Triangle Line
  8. But to A. Square, his friends look like this… A. Square. Circle Triangle (with his point facing towards us) Line (from the side) Line (from the front) line of sight
  9. So now that you’ve learned about A. Square and Flatland, Let’s learn about his adventures.
  10. I’m Bored! One day, A. Square got bored… and decided to go on an Adventure.
  11. Lineland
  12. What’s this? Meet the inhabitants of Lineland
  13. Lineland, unlike Flatland, only has one dimension. They only have two eyes. Line Line Line Line Line Line Each line has only ever known its immediate neighbor.
  14. What’s up? A. Square’s visit to Lineland caused quite a disruption. Woah! Where’d you come from?
  15. The residents of Lineland were very disturbed. Here I am! He just Where’s that disappeared! voice coming from?
  16. Have you ever met someone from Lineland?
  17. They view things in two dimensions.
  18. Yes/No Right/Wrong
  19. They follow authority?
  20. Have you ever met someone from Lineland?
  21. Pointland
  22. What’s this? After Lineland, A. Square visited Pointland.
  23. Hello. Hello? But the point didn’t hear him. Hello! HELLO! A. Square tried to introduce Himself…
  24. Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. The point was in its own world.
  25. Have you ever met someone from Pointland?
  26. They don’t recognize needs beyond their own?
  27. They are the center of everything?
  28. They’re oblivious to others.
  29. Have you ever met someone from Pointland?
  30. A. Square receives a visitor…
  31. A. Square returned to Flatland and tried to explain his adventures. So they actually live in 2 dimensions! Dude! You’re crazy. But no one believed him.
  32. A. Square left disillusioned.
  33. Dejected, A. Square encountered his friend, Circle. But it wasn’t Circle. This is seriously messed up! This Circle could grow shrink and disappear
  34. You see, this circle… was a SPHERE! Where’d that circle go?
  35. This is really what A. Square saw… line of sight A. Square.
  36. Perhaps there are more dimensions? How could my thinking be so “two dimensional?” This made A. Square think…
  37. What would you do if you were A. Square?
  38. Can you “see” the next dimension?
  39. A 4th? A 5th? A 6th?
  40. Can you think of a time that you “thought outside” of your dimension?
  41. And that’s the story of A. Square.
  42. What we can learn from A. Square… Pointland ● Expand your world ● Expose yourself to new perspectives ● Remember to think of how your actions impact others
  43. What we can learn from A. Square… Lineland ● Decisions are complex… ● It’s more than black or white ● Can you find a third way?
  44. What we can learn from A. Square… Encounter with the Sphere ● Look for the next dimension ● Add a new perspective ● Change can be scary
  45. Thank you. Good Luck!

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