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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Retrieved from ” https: The translation was particularly difficult in that it required special attention to the numerical aspect of the book.

University of California Press. Amazon Business Service for business customers. 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 enzeneberger only be divided by themselves and one without a remainder. The book ends with Robert in class using his newfound mathematical knowledge.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. On the sixth night, the Number Devil teaches Robert about the natural occurrence maho Fibonacci numberswhich the Number Devil shortens to Bonacci numbersby counting brown and white rabbits as they reproduce multiple times.

See dfi Returns Policy. Mathematics fiction books Fictional demons and devils Dreams in fiction Henry Holt enznesberger Company books books Mathematics education. The book was met with mostly positive reviews from critics, approving its description of math while praising its simplicity. Although they praised its “attractive and imaginative fantasy ,” the two mathematicians found several issues. Robert is a young boy who suffers from mathematical anxiety due to his boredom in school. Not all reviews were positive, however.


On the first night, the Number Devil appears to Robert in an mao world and introduces the number one. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Because he was displeased with the way mathematics was taught to students at school, the German author decided to pen a book that teaches mathematics in an innovative way.

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Over the course of twelve dreams, the Number Devil teaches Robert mathematical principles. A Mathematical Adventure cover. By this dream, Robert’s mother has noticed a visible change in Robert’s mathematical interest, and Robert begins going to sleep earlier to encounter the Number Devil.

On the ninth night, Robert dreams he is in bed, suffering from the enzenxberger, when the Number Devil appears next to him. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

Ball and Bass were concerned with The Number Devil ‘s negative characterization of math teachersits apparent presentation of mathematics as magical rather than factualand a number of other contentions. Later, on the fourth night, the Number Devil teaches Robert about rutabagasanother fictional term to depict square rootsat a beach.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status. A Mathematical Adventurebased on the book. Retrieved 26 October The seventh night brings Robert to a bare, white room, where enznsberger Number Devil presents Pascal’s triangle and the patterns that the triangular array displays.


The book was a hit across Europe, becoming a best seller in at least Spain, Germany, [8] the Netherlands, [9] and Italy. Archived from the original on 26 April The German author has since stated he will not write any more young adult’s books, but instead direct his effort towards poetry. 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. Although there are many Number Devils from Number HeavenRobert only knows him as the Number Devil before learning of his actual name, Teplotaxl, later in the story.

Visit our Help Pages. Retrieved 3 September Mathematical Association of America. Notices of the AMS. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The New York Review of Books. 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.

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Views Read Edit View history. The Number Devil enzzensberger Robert about natural numberswhich the Number Devil calls garden-variety numbersthe unusual characteristics of infiniteand infinite series.