Mind

All Tattoos Are Two-Dimensional

By Carl ZimmerDec 3, 2008 5:48 AM
Flatland

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Lindsay writes, "It's from Edwin Abbott's Flatland. The idea is that if your eye was one the same 2D plane, looking at the circle from the tip of the point on the right, you would actually perceive the 2D shape (the circle) as a 1D shape (the line). It's a reminder for me that if you're so entrenched in something, you won't be able to see the big picture and, therefore, you should try to keep perspective."

Flatland at Google Books. More at Wikipedia.

Click here to go to the full Science Tattoo Emporium.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Magazine Examples
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.