The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

Hans Magnus Enzensberger Rotraut Susanne Berner Michael Henry Heim / May 27, 2020

The Number Devil A Mathematical Adventure 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 number

  • Title: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
  • Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger Rotraut Susanne Berner Michael Henry Heim
  • ISBN: 9780805062991
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 furtherThe 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.Book Details Format PaperbackPublication Date 5 1 2000Pages 264Reading Level Age 10 and Up

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      • Hans Magnus Enzensberger Rotraut Susanne Berner Michael Henry Heim

        Hans Magnus Enzensberger born 11 November 1929 in Kaufbeuren is a German author, poet, translator and editor He has also written under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr.


    1. 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 make math concepts interesting AND explain them in multiple ways for students who ca [...]

    2. letto perché di me si potesse dire: nulla lasciò intentatoccato per il corollario: ogni tentativo fu vano.

    3. This book makes maths fun, even for those little people who believe it to be 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 [...]

    4. 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. (view spoiler)[ The Number Devil is about a boy named Robert, who finds himself dreaming about himself and the Number Devil, who has a vast knowledge on mathematics. Each night for thirteen nights, the Number Devil teaches Robert about numbers and their properties. During the earlier nights, Robert doesn’t apprec [...]

    5. 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." there isn't a plot here. But if it gets kid's reading about math then go go go. Plus, the illustrations are really cute.

    6. 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. The story is about a boy named Robert who hates his math class and math teacher and by extension math in general. He falls asleep and over a series of twelve different dreams over [...]

    7. This book told as a 12 nights dream of a child with a mathematical devil is a serious attempt to prove that mathematics can be entertaining,interesting,beautiful and fun and not a boring,useless,ugly and hermetic subject.It is aimed mainly to young teens,but is also enjoyable by adults that for some reason hate the maths or have a wrong concept of this field.Is a tale where departing of elemental concepts as natural numbers,prime numbers,powers and square roots introduce more advanced concepts a [...]

    8. Great book.It talks about maths in a way that is as simple as 1+1=2.I was way behind in maths going into high school, and I have learnt so much from this book in 1-2 months.I learnt stuff like Fractions, Bonacci/Fibonacci numbers, Decimals, Factorial (Vroom!), Hopping numbers, Prima Donnas, and Triangle numbers.My favorite was the "Hopping Numbers". I spent a good part of a day just writing them all down. I wrote down 55 hopping numbers, and the biggest one I did was 18,014,398,509,481,984, whic [...]

    9. 30dediferencia.wordpress/No creo que leer El diablo de los libros pueda hacer que un niño al que no le gusten las matemáticas empieza a apreciarlas, pero estoy convencido de que no era esa la intención del autor al escribir el libro, sino más bien crear una historia entretenida con las matemáticas como hilo argumental en la que se nos muestran curiosidades y aspectos llamativos de las mismas que puedan despertar posteriormente el interés de los chavales.Me ha resultado muy curiosa la licen [...]

    10. هذا كتاب لطيف خفيف وأحببته حقاً.العفرتة إن كانت فستكون في الرياضيات، كتاب يحرّك العقل بسحر الأرقام.قصة روبرت مع عفريت الأرقام الذي يحبّب له مادة الرياضيات بطرقه العجائبية.مجرد عمليات حسابية بسيطة ستقودك إلى عوالم داخل الأرقام تجعلك تدور وتدور وتدور.أراه متوسط الجودة للأطف [...]

    11. But as he stood in front of his mirror in his pajamas, brushing his teeth, he felt something tickling his chest and looked down to see a tiny five-pointed star on a thin golden chain. He couldn't believe his eyes. This time his dream had come true! After he'd dressed, he took the chain off and stuck it in his pocket: he didn't want his mother asking silly questions. Where'd that star come from? she'd want to know the minute she saw it. Boys don't wear jewelry! How could he tell her it was the em [...]

    12. Membuktikan bahwa tidak ada bukti adalah bukti itu sendiri.--p. 240Buku ini nggak santai, lumayan buat pemanasan.Saya menyarankan untuk yang menyukai matematika untuk membacanya. Ini, lho, ada novel yang beneran bahas perkara angka2 dengan balutan cerita.Di buku ini, ceritanya yang jadi pemanis, matematika yang utama.Review lengkap menyusul~~~

    13. Ha sido como volver a estudiar las matemáticas de primaria pero con un toque mucho más divertido. Creo que es muy buen regalo para niños en primaria para demostrarles lo curiosas que pueden resultar las matemáticas.

    14. 3.5 starsIf I was a child I would have loved this book, and I don't love maths. It was an intersting reading and I enjoeyed the things that you can learn while reading it. I think I'll recommend it to every kid (and not) who wants to read about math!

    15. Non che sia chissà cosa, però ci sono degli spunti interessanti. Bisognerebbe però vedere cosa ne dice un ragazzino

    16. This book was a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of Flatland, so I enjoy anytime math can be turned into a story. This book doesn't have a ton of story, but just enough to make it a page turner. Robert's math teacher, Mr. Bockel doesn't seem to be a very inspiring educator, doing little else but assigning word problems while surreptitiously munching on pretzels. Robert thinks math is confusing and boring. All that changes when his dreams are visited by a strange genie-like character called The Number D [...]

    17. This book made cry.d not because it was heart wrenching. This book should go back to the hellhole where it came from. AVOID THIS BOOK AT ALL COSTS. When I bought this books, my family stopped loving me, my girlfriend turned gay, my fish died, and when I opened the yogurt lid, I threw away the yogurt instead of the lid because I was drunk on hatred for this book.

    18. Amazing book. It teaches advanced mathematics in a way so children can understand. The pictures are really cute, too.

    19. Ini bukan dongeng, bukan pula memoar. Tapi kejadian-kejadian yang ada dalam buku ini bisa saja Anda alami di kehidupan Anda.Perkenalkan Robert, seorang anak berumur 12 tahun yang sangat membenci matematika dan terutama guru matematikanya. Baginya angka-angka dan segala macam hitung-hitungan adalah hal yang menjemukan. Tapi, pandangannya tersebut perlahan-lahan berubah sejak bertemu Setan Angka dalam mimpinya. Dari malam ke malam Setan Angka mengajaknya bertualang menjelajahi dunia matematika. Se [...]

    20. What do you get when you cross Alice in Wonderland with a small, red, horned man obsessed with numbers? No, it isn't an arithmetic problem - it's a middle school math primer!Robert, a boy who hates math and is frustrated because his teacher doesn't allow calculators, has strange dreams all the time. One night he dreams up a character called the Number Devil, who takes him away to a surreal world of numbers where Robert learns basic math concepts and a few handy shortcuts. After all, says the Num [...]

    21. This summer I decided to read the book The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The story is about a boy named Robert who hates math because he finds it very boring at school. He keeps dreaming about being eaten by a giant fish or sliding down a never ending slide until one night he suddenly finds himself dreaming about meeting the Number Devil (Teplotaxl). During the twelve nights Robert finds himself learning different mathematical principles every night. In the [...]

    22. Count as 2 books (Review 3 and 4)I have read the book "The Number Devil" because my grandpa sent it to me from Japan in Japanese translation. The book was amazing. This book made me like math and this is when I first understood radicals and other mathematic things. I will tell you that, by the time you finish this book, you will think "Oh, math is so cool!".CharactersIn the book, Math Devil teaches math to this boy named Robert (Who hate Math),many interesting facts about math, and the secret be [...]

    23. This book is a thinly veiled novelization of a few math problems. It's wrapped in a story about a boy with crazy dreams that begins dreaming about math and learning things from a number devil.My impression was that the book got the formula all wrong. The story is nonsensical and tedious, so you're ready to get to the math. The math is then explained via conversation between the main character and the number devil, so you really have to reflect on the topics after each chapter to understand them. [...]

    24. I really enjoyed The Number Devil. I thought that it was a worthwhile book and if you are having trouble in math, it can really help you. I thought that the book was very good in its way of delivering the information. Robert, the main character, is always asleep when he is with the Number Devil and in his dream world, math is completely different from ours. One thing i didn't really like about the book is how they do not always use real math terms. They use words like coconuts and rutabagas and [...]

    25. A cute book that holds many of the same principals as Magic House of Numbers, but is written with a middle school/very late elementary school audience in mind. Some great (and advanced) mathematical ideas are presented in here. These include some ideas as young as Russel's Paradox or Countable Infinities. Others are much older (Pascal's Triangle and Diagonal length of squares). All of this told in a quiet, simple manner akin to Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - though a little more entertaining than that [...]

    26. Enzensberger tells a story of Robert, a young boy with mediocre math skills, and his journey through the world of mathematics under the tutoring of the number devil, a black-bearded, irascible, red man. In Enzensberger's The number devil, the boy Robert is able to contact this devil through 12 dreams and learns that math isn’t that bad at all. The whole purpose of this book is to reveal to young people that mathematics is something worth exploring and not just a sadistic intellectual exercise [...]

    27. Grazie mille Enzensberger! Sapevo che la matematica può essere divertente (anche se i professori evitano accuratamente di farti conoscere questo lato) ma che fosse così spassosa, quello no, non l'avrei immaginato. Dodici notti, dodici sogni per insegnare a Roberto come funzionano le cose e che alla fine non è il caso di avere paura. Robero è fantastico! Il modo di rispondere, di fare, non sembra un bambino di 10 anni, come tralatro si evince anche dalla copertina (anche perchè esprimo qualc [...]

    28. Menos útil de lo que lo recordaba pero, ahora que necesito revisar conceptos matemáticos básicos, me ha venido muy bien la relectura de las aventuras de Robert y el diablo de los números (¡mi 'yo' de 8 años llegó a encariñarse mucho con ellos en su momento!). A lo largo de doce noches, Robert recibe la visita de un diablo de los números que, en sueños, le propone situaciones, problemas y juegos relacionados con sus odiados números, explicándole, de paso, muchas curiosidades sobre ell [...]

    29. This book has the same artist as one of our favorite children's books: In the Town, All Year Round.I'm not sure what to say about this one. Who would I recommend it to?Not math people - The terminology will drive this reader crazy! The author took math terms and called them something else. For example, instead of "the square root of 9 equals 3," it was "the rutabaga of 9 equals 3." OOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKK!Not non-math people - 1. With the strange verbiage, you won't be able to talk to other people, [...]

    30. Very interesting concept. I was expecting something along the lines of The Phantom Tollbooth but this book doesn't even come close to that level of whimsical profoundness. I was definitely disappointed. The encounters between the dreaming child Robert and the Number Devil quickly become repetitive and stale. The author is trying to make children realize for themselves that mathematics are beautiful but the execution of this goal is actually quite ordinary. This book is recommended for kids 10+ b [...]

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