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The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
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May 29, 12

bookshelves: children, fiction
Recommended to Joel by: Steve Drew
Recommended for: My children, and parents who are looking for a way to get their kids more interested in math
Read in May, 2012

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure is an excellent story that makes some complicated math topics understandable and fun. The main characters are a little boy named Robert, who doesn't like math or his math teacher, and the number devil, who visits Robert at night in dreams. The number devil, through clever stories and visuals shows Robert how math can be used in a variety of situations, and how numbers can be magical. The book covers concepts such as infinity, exponents, fractions, square roots, prime numbers and pi. I think this would be a great gift to give to a child between the ages of 11 and 16, to show them some of the more fascinating aspects of math that they might not learn in school, but might help get them interested in looking at math in a new light.
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