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The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner; Translated by Michael Heim

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In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a sly, clever 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 end. As we dream with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until once-unfamiliar or difficult mathematical theories and principles become crystal clear. 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 them.

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"Rare and glorious." --Michael Pakenham, Baltimore Sun

"Adults who know a little about math will find this book as enlightening as younger readers will." --Martin Gardner, Los Angeles Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner; Translated by Michael Heim

  • 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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A Mathematical Adventure

Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner; Translated by Michael Heim

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