The Number Devil : A Mathematical Adventure
The Number Devil A Mathematical Adventure Author:Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator), Michael Henry (Translator)Heim The international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration. — In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without . As we dream ... more »with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until everyone-from those who fumble over fractions to those who solve complex equations in their heads-winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a true polymath, the kind of superb intellectual who loves thinking and marshals all of his charm and wit to share his passions with the world. In The Number Devil, he brings together the surreal logic of Alice in Wonderland and the existential geometry of Flatland with the kind of math everyone would love, if only they had a number devil to teach it to them.« less
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This mathematically-themed book includes interesting color illustrations. The illustrations add to the playfulness of the book and help educate the reader to what the boy in the story is experiencing. The main character hates math and feels like it is just a jumble everytime he tries to tackle it. The number devil comes to him in his dreams to help explan such mathematical terms as exponents, infinity, and prime numbers. Although written at the middle school level, it is a great read for all ages and can help explain, in simple terms, those concepts may of us have struggled with for years. This book gave me a better understanding of historical figures like Euclid and Pythagarus and gave me a boost in my confidence relating to mathmatical concepts.