Perhaps an appropriate title for this article could be: A Romance with a Hidden Dimension. Borrowing from the adventure in Flatland (Abbot, Edwin A.,1952), a person who sees the world in one dimension will see only lines. For instance, a three-dimensional object such as a coin, viewed from the edge of the table (a one-dimensional view) ceases to appear as a cylinder (three dimensions) or an oval (two dimensions). It appears as a straight line (one dimension). So, too, any figure, viewed in this manner appears as a line. The object's other dimensions, while still present, remain hidden.
A person who sees the world in two dimensions will, in fact, see more than lines. Such a person can discern triangles, squares and other similar figures. Specifically, such a person would view the coin from above the table and discern it as a circle. It is interesting that a one-dimensional viewer and a two-dimensional viewer can be looking at the same object, and each sees it differently. Even more intriguing is that the two-dimensional viewer has no means by which to communicate the circular essence of the coin to the one-dimensional viewer who knows nothing of circles.
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