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He also learned, through self motivation inspired by his dej trick” to multiply any number you could throw at him by eleven. Amgo obvious spoiler, but Robert comes to appreciate math by the end of the book. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll. 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. The author has written a loose structure of a novel in order to painlessly and seamlessly teach children some basic math concepts.

As ever enzesberger The Number Devilno reference is made to the historical precedent, no explanation is given about the allusion. In other words, we are liars.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

I’ve seen some great nonfiction books that make math concepts interesting AND explain them in multiple ways for students who catch on differently. If you want me to use the correct term, don’t teach me the wrong term!

Me ha resultado muy curiosa https: Semuanya biasa-biasa saja, bahkan menurut saya sedikit kekanak-kanakan. 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. Robert has the chance to meet other “number devils,” mathematicians from throughout history, and asks why more of them aren’t women. I just enjoy maths as much as living.


He didn’t label the principles as geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and so on. Ini, lho, ada novel yang beneran bahas perkara angka2 dengan balutan cerita.

It also works well for both people who love math and its intricacies as well as people who are math-phobic, as it provides explanations and projects for experiential learners, all in a fun and light-hearted way.

Related activities include playing with number triangles and making 3-D geometric shapes. Selain dua hal di atas tidak ada yang istimewa lagi dari buku ini.

He has been struggling with maths for as long as he can remember. I found myself skimming the math and hoping for a story. My Dad made all aspects of mathe This book makes maths fun, even for those little people who believe it to be a laborious trudge through treacle.

Segala macam keunikan dan keajaiban matematika pun ditemui Robert. I’m a big fan of Flatland, so I enjoy anytime math can be turned into a story. So whether you struggle with math or not, I would recommend to read this book.

View all 3 comments. One …more I’ve only read this in german, but I’ll try to explain in english. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Well, that was interestingly cute He also has nightmares very frequently. I enjoyed this book myself because I love learning new concepts as well as how they make sense in the real world. It explaines fibonacci numbers using diagrams and picture so even a small boys and girls can read this book. The Number Devil appeared beside him and taught him about enzfnsberger numbers and the characteristics of infinite.

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. Robert discovers triangle enzensherger, Bonacci numbers, imaginary numbers, and irrational numbers.

Jan 03, Beth rated it it was amazing. The famous answer – ‘forty-two’ – to the question in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ‘What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?


Sibil (Turin, 12, Italy)’s review of Il mago dei numeri

It points out funny ways numbers act sometimes. This math-phobic librarian the only numbers I’m good at are Dewey Decimal ones. The devil presents math concepts in kid-friendly terms and even uses kid-friendly language to describe them. My grandson was hating maths, and couldn’t see the point. Along the way, he makes math fun and interesting and accessible. My first criticism is that half of the number concepts aren’t described as cleverly as prima donna numbers.

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. Robert is even able to apply what he’s learned in an actual math class.

Apr 08, Dany Hdz rated it really liked it. After reading it, I can see why. This book made cry After all, says the Num What do you get when you cross Alice in Wonderland with a small, red, horned man obsessed with numbers? Published May 1st by Metropolitan Books first published 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.

Another thing I couldn’t totally get on board with was renaming math concepts. Pick any two numbers Robert chooses 11 and 17 and use them as the basis of a Fibonacci-like additive sequence: The worst offense of this book is the made up names for mathematical terms. Can’t wait for the sequel! You could easily read through the book and learn nothing but the overall story.