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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: As we dream with him, we are mavnus further The international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration. As we dream with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until everyone – from those who fumble over hns to those who solve complex equations in their heads – winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a mgao 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 Devilhe 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.
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
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To ask other readers questions about The Number Devilplease sign up. What is the plot of this book in your own words? Hinote I’ve only read this in german, but I’ll try to explain in english. Robert is a boy who doesn’t like math. Deu also has nightmares very frequently. One …more I’ve only read this in german, but I’ll try to explain in english. One night, in his dream, he meets someone introducing himself as the Number Devil who wants to tell him about math. For twelve nights, they meet enzemsberger dreems and discuss different kinds of numbers.
The first few dreams include a lot of ‘Stop it! They grow accustomed over the course of the book. The book has a plot, but I think mmagnus rather meant to get you thinking as a reader.
It points out funny ways numbers i, sometimes. See 1 question about The Number Devil…. Lists with This Book.
Oct 07, Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves: I love the idea of a novel that relies on and promotes interest in math, but the execution here just fell way short for me. The story itself – that a boy who hates math learns to like it through a series of dreams in which he interacts with a Number Devil – is a little thin and repetitive. But what I found bothered me the most were the explanations of the math concepts.
I’ve seen some great nonfiction books that iil math concepts interesting AND explain them in multiple ways for students who ca I love the idea of a novel that relies on magmus promotes interest in math, but the execution here just fell way short for me. I’ve seen some great nonfiction books that make math concepts interesting AND explain them in multiple ways for students who catch on differently.
This book would introduce a concept, state some random things you could do with it but usually not why you might want toand move on without trying to address WHY something was the nnumeri it was, or multiple learning styles.
Another thing I couldn’t totally get on board with was renaming math concepts. Mafo get that some of the terms might have been easier to remember, but the real name for them is never mentioned, so kids might come away knowing all about “prima donna maog and never put together that they’re really called prime numbers. And some seemed unnecessary – is “Bonacci numbers” really that much easier to remember than “Fibonacci numbers”?
I mganus had such high hopes for this one and came away disappointed. View all 3 comments. This book makes maths fun, even for those little people who believe it to enzensberrger a laborious trudge through treacle. In fact, that would describe Robert, the main character in this book. He has been struggling with maths for as long as he can remember. One night, he dreams that he meets a little devil, The Number Devil, who teaches him, as he sleeps, all sorts of useful tricks with numbers.
When you enjoy something, and gain immediate benefit, you obviously learn more. My Dad made all aspects of mathe This book makes maths fun, even for those little people who believe it to be a laborious enaensberger through treacle. My Dad made all aspects of mathematics enjoyable for me from a very early age, almost from when I could walk and talk, by relating what we were seeing in the real world to mathematics in some way.
He didn’t label the principles as geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and so on. He just mde it all part of my world. I just enjoy maths as much as living. The same magnux for Robert, and for readers of this lovely little book. My grandson was hating maths, and couldn’t see the point.
When I took him through the first chapter of The Number Devil, he could suddenly, and effortlessly, multiply 11 by 11, byby and so on. He also learned, through self motivation inspired by his “new trick” to multiply any number you could throw at him by eleven. This may seem a small step, but you can believe me when I tell manus that it was a massive step for Alfie. Furthermore, he couldn’t wait to get to school the next day to show his new skills to his class-mates and his teacher. There was much more magic to be revealed in this great little book, and I would encourage anyone to share it with their children, even if they are already very numerate.
It just gives them, and you, a new spin on an ancient subject. View all 6 comments. Dec 04, David Madrigal rated it it was amazing. This book was by far the most interesting book I have read in years. I found it really interesting as the concepts in mathematics were very interesting, yet explained in simple terms. Each night for thirteen nights, the Number Devil teaches Robert about numbers and their properties. There are many properties explored enzebsberger the book, like triangle numbers and Bonacci numbers, and the book teaches you about concepts these numbers can be applied to in real world situations, like the birth of rabbits, or the arrangement of desks.
When the Number Devil says goodbye, Robert feels more prepared for his math class, as in the beginning of the thirteen nights he hated it and had no interest in it.
Thanks to the Number Devil, he knows more and his life in mathematics is easier. I rated this book five stars because of the complexity in such a simple bedtime story. The Number Devil is one of the best books I have ever read, the story is easy to follow and it really makes you think.
I enjoyed this book myself because I love learning new concepts as well as how they make sense in the real world. Aug 18, Enzemsberger H. Maybedog rated it it was ok Shelves: Random math thinly disguised as a novel. I get what it’s trying to do but it feels more like the kind of characters that kids’ textbooks have to make the info more “fun.
But if it gets kid’s reading about math then go go go. Plus, the illustrations are really cute. View all 4 comments.
Jan 01, Tung rated it did not like it Shelves: Imagine that a enzeneberger teacher wanted to jans a children’s book to show kids how cool math really was; but since it’s a math teacher and not an English teacher doing the writing, all you end up with are math concepts written out in analogies similar to what you’d hear in a math classroom — that’s what this book is like.
The story is about a boy enzensberber Robert who hates his math enzensbegger and math teacher and by extension math in general. He falls asleep and over a series of twelve different dreams enznsberger Imagine that a math teacher wanted to write a children’s book to show kids how cool math really was; but since it’s a math teacher and not an English teacher doing the writing, all you end up with are math concepts written out in analogies similar to what you’d hear in a math classroom — that’s what this book is like.
He falls asleep and over a series of twelve different dreams over twelve different nights, he learns about different math concepts from a dream guide who calls himself a Number Devil. The devil presents math concepts in kid-friendly terms and even uses kid-friendly language to describe them. For example, instead of using the term exponents, the devil uses the term “hopping”; he also calls prime numbers prima donna numbers.
And obvious spoiler, but Robert comes to appreciate math by the end of the book. My first criticism is that half of the number concepts aren’t described as cleverly as prima donna numbers. My second and bigger criticism is that the prose is terrible.
The dialogue between Robert and the devil reads far less like a boy talking to a dream figure, and more like a math teacher talking to an imaginary student who is engaged in his lesson. I like math and find it fascinating, but wnzensberger book irritated me more than made me appreciate numbers.
I’m sure math teachers are massive fans of this book; I was not. I was way behind in maths going into high school, and I have learnt so much from this book in months. My favorite was the “Hopping Numbers”. I spent a good part of a day just writing them all down.
Sibil (Turin, 12, Italy)’s review of Il mago dei numeri
I wrote down 55 hopping numbers, and the biggest one I did was 18,,, whic Great book. I wrote down 55 hopping numbers, and the biggest one I did was 18,,, which was too big for my calculator to check.
I’m an Englishman myself.