The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

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Macmillan, May 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 262 pages
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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: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without. 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 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.

 

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This is the worst book ever if you want to read a good book this would be the last book I would read.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger of West Germany was one of the authors nominated for Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1970. The title of the book attracted me to it. This book is about a boy who hates math. The boy meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers. This novel really sounds interesting for me to further explore. 

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27
III
47
IV
65
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87
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105
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123
VIII
147
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189
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Hans Magnus Enzensberger is the author of many highly lauded books, including Civil Wars: From L.A. to Bosnia. He lives in Munich.

Rotraut Susanne Berner is an illustrator who lives in Heidelberg.

Michael Henry Heim is a prize-winning translator who teaches at UCLA.

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