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My Mathematical Journey: A Flatland Comparison

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Flatland is a land of two-dimensions with many inhabitants of different shapes and sizes. There are numerous rules and laws to living in Flatland, but this is not the only land with them. There is also Spaceland, which is a land of three-dimensions, but the citizens of Flatland do not believe in three-dimensions. Unknown places like Spaceland frighten the people of Flatland because Flatland has three unique intertwined characteristics. The three major themes that are in Flatland are (1) fearful of the unknown to the (2) conflict between emotion and logic to the (3) quest for power and knowledge. The three features of Flatland correspond with how I feel about my mathematical career and my ...view middle of the document...

Additionally, the second theme that is in Flatland as well as my math life is the conflict between emotion and logic. In the novel the conflict between emotion and logic is seen when they speak about women. The story states, “With Women, we speak of 'love,' 'duty,' 'right,' 'wrong,' 'pity,' 'hope,' and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances; but among ourselves, and in our books, we have an entirely different vocabulary and I may almost say, idiom. 'Love' then becomes 'the anticipation of benefits'; 'duty' becomes 'necessity' or 'fitness'; and other words are correspondingly transmuted” (Abbott 28). This quote corresponds with my math journey because sometimes I have to think with a more logical outlook, like how in the quote the emotional words were changed into more rational terms. This theme, and how it is used in the quote from Flatland, is a big deal in my mathematical expedition because the quote refers to women. Since I am a young lady knowing how to not conflict logic and emotions can basically make me stronger as a female and that is exactly why I must use logical concepts in my math career.
Furthermore, Flatland and my math career have another theme in common, which is being on a quest for power and knowledge. This theme revolves around the whole Flatland story because after A.Square is told about a land of three dimensions, and actually experiences this place, he begins to look for more information about dimensions. This relates to my mathematical career because when I get just a hint of new information I begin to develop questions so I can fill in any missing blanks I have. Nonetheless, even though A.Square and I have this common characteristic we do not behavior in the same fashion. A quotation from the tale asserts, “…no one has adopted or suggested the theory of a Fourth Dimension. Therefore, pray have done with this trifling, and let us return to business…and once there, shall we...

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