Contributed by Benne de Weger, the Netherlands. “The title may be translated as The Counting Devil, or maybe The Number Devil, and it has a subtitle that. Der Zahlenteufel. by Hans Magnus Enzensberger at – ISBN – ISBN – DTV Deutscher Taschenbuch – : Der Zahlenteufel () by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available.

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By this dream, Robert’s mother has noticed a visible change in Robert’s mathematical interest, and Robert begins going zahlentdufel sleep earlier to encounter the Number Devil.

Robert is a young boy who suffers from mathematical anxiety zahleenteufel to his boredom in school. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Views Read Edit View history.

Contributed by Donna Meehan This is the summer reading book for our incoming 8th graders.

Archived from the original on 26 April His mother is Mrs. Few books are written that convey the wonder of numbers.

Overall, my husband, who’s not fond of math, thought it was a fun math reading he thought he missed out on growing up.

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Contributed by Eer I’m a 6th grader and i just love to read this book for fun!! Enzensberger is a respected German novelist not at all a mathematician who wrote this book to show to children that serious math is great fun and not difficult.

Henry Holt and Company. Its colorful use of fictional mathematical terms and its creative descriptions of concepts zahlfnteufel made it a suggested book for both children and adults troubled with math. Retrieved 17 December Did they think that a devil would scare Italian children, or that it would enrage the Catholic Church?


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For instance, exponentiation takes the term hoppingand the fictional term unreasonable numbers was coined for irrational numbers. As our “last chapter”, the students pretend they are a Number Devil and research a topic to explain to someone as their first assignment as a number devil.

Retrieved 23 October Contributed by Sue This book is the best – I am reading it to my 9 year old daughter – one chapter a day and she loves it. I did really like the way the concepts were presented and thought it was a great way to get kids interested in math. Contributed by John C. I read it for a college course in a secondary education program although I am English and not Mathand am currently working with a group to create an interdisciplinary unit centered around this book.

My question is about irrational numbers “unreasonable numbers” as they are called in the book. Enzensberger fostered a passion for mathematics and numbers, although he was not a mathematician by trade. We start off with the students finding out about the pattern with the multiplication of ones 1×1, 11×11, x, etc. Retrieved 26 October Retrieved 3 September I can’t wait to create lessons that incorporate this book. He also criticized its use in mathematics education, stating “I suspect this is the sort of book that well-meaning adults will mistakenly thrust upon children because it will be good for them.

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I’ve been giving copies in appropriate languages to children ever since. On the eighth night, Robert is brought to his classroom at school. Not for a minute. English, Math, and De. Anything that gets a kid excited about math works for me.

Enzenberger does a marvelous job of making xer difficult number theory concepts fun and easy to understand. A Mathematical Adventure German: Over the course of twelve dreams, the Number Devil teaches Robert mathematical principles.

On the first night, the Number Devil appears to Robert in an oversized world and introduces the number one. In the index of the book, “unreasonable numbers” are translated as irrational. It is about a schoolboy who in his dreams meets the counting devil. I would think to myself, “Now this is what math can be like, once you get zahpenteufel all the ‘eight times seven equals fifty-four University of California Press. Contributed by Rosy This book is a wonderfully funny way to zahleteufel about math.


On the ninth night, Robert dreams he is in bed, suffering from the flu, when the Number Devil appears next to him. It was ok for me, because I know what they are actually called; however, if a student was reading the book for themselves, they may have issues translating those ideas when they see ddr in class.

The German author has since stated he will not write any more young adult’s books, but instead direct his effort towards poetry. Although there are many Number Devils from Number HeavenRobert only knows him as the Number Zahlenteuffel before learning of his actual name, Teplotaxl, later in the story.

My largest concern, like many other critics, is the author’s renaming of terms.

We read this zahlfnteufel to learn and have fun. Mathematical Association of America. I wish the author would write another book – it is wonderful. Retrieved 16 December Contributed by Anna This is without doubt one of the best mathematical fictions I’ve read. At Number Heaven, Robert learns of imaginary numberswhich Teplotaxl describes as imaginative numbersas well as the Klein bottle.