The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure is a book for children and young adults that explores mathematics. It was originally written in in German by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Il mago dei numeri by Hans M. Enzensberger, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. : Il mago dei numeri () by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books.

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Its colorful use of fictional mathematical terms and its creative descriptions of concepts have made it a suggested book for both children and adults troubled with math. The book was a hit across Europe, becoming a best seller in at least Spain, Germany, [8] the Netherlands, [9] and Italy. The seventh night brings Robert to a bare, white room, where the Number Devil presents Pascal’s mmago and the patterns that the triangular array displays.

Robert finds himself at the North Polewhere the Number Devil introduces irrational numbers unreasonable numbersas well as aspects of Euclidean geometrysuch as vertices dots and edges lines. Mathematical Association of Numerk.

The Number Devil arranges Robert’s classmates in multiple ways, teaches him about permutationsand what the Number Devil calls vroom numbers factorials. The Number Devil received mostly positive reviews from critics. A Mathematical Adventure cover. Write a customer review.

On the sixth night, the Number Devil teaches Robert about the natural occurrence of Fibonacci numberswhich the Number Devil shortens to Bonacci numbersby counting brown and white rabbits as they reproduce multiple times. See all free Kindle reading apps. Archived from the original on 4 April Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Although they praised its “attractive and imaginative fantasy ,” the two mathematicians found several issues.


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He also criticized its use in mathematics education, stating “I suspect this is the sort of book that well-meaning adults will mistakenly thrust upon children because it will be numei for them. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Not for a minute.

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The New York Review of Books. On the ninth night, Robert dreams he is in bed, suffering from the flu, when the Number Devil appears next to him.

The next night, the Number Devil emerges in a forest of trees shaped like “ones” and explains the necessity of the number zeronegative numbersand introduces hoppinga dri term to describe exponentiation. By the eleventh night, Robert has shown considerable increased interest in mathematics, but questions its validity, to which the Number Devil introduces the concept of mathematical proofsending with the Number Devil showing Robert a complicated proof of basic arithmetic.

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A Mathematical Adventurebased on the book. The translation was particularly difficult in that it required special attention to the numerical aspect of the book. Later, on the fourth night, the Number Devil teaches Robert about rutabagasmao fictional term to depict square rootsat a beach.

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Retrieved 16 December He was also challenged by the necessity to use simple English words appropriate for the target audience of The Number Devil —that is, children aged eleven to fourteen. A Mathematical Adventure German: Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Retrieved 26 October Here’s just the book for you”.


His mother is Mrs. The German author has since stated he will not write any more young adult’s books, but instead direct his effort towards poetry. Notices of the AMS. Archived from the original on 21 April On the third night, the Number Devil brings Robert to a cave and reveals how prima-donna numbers prime numbers can only be divided by themselves and one without a remainder.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Retrieved 21 December Enzensberger fostered a passion for mathematics and numbers, although he was not a mathematician by trade. The book was met with mostly positive reviews from critics, approving its description of math while praising its simplicity. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment.

Get to Know Us. Archived from the original on 26 April Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? For a time after the fourth night, Robert cannot find the Number Devil in his dreams; later, however, on the fifth night, Robert finds himself at a desert where the Number Devil teaches him about triangular fei through the use of coconuts. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Retrieved 3 September