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# The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

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**The international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration**

In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a 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 furth ...more

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Paperback, 262 pages

Published
May 1st 2000
by Metropolitan Books
(first published 1997)

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Feb 19, 2010
Lance Greenfield
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This book makes maths fun, even for those little people who believe it to be a laborious trudge through treacle. In fact, that would describe Robert, the main character in this book. He has been struggling with maths for as long as he can remember. 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.

When you enjoy something, and gain immediate benefit, you obviously learn more.

My Dad made all aspects of mathe ...more

When you enjoy something, and gain immediate benefit, you obviously learn more.

My Dad made all aspects of mathe ...more

It talks about maths in a way that is as simple as 1+1=2.

I was way behind in maths going into high school, and I have learnt so much from this book in 1-2 months.

I learnt stuff like Fractions, Bonacci/Fibonacci numbers, Decimals, Factorial (Vroom!), Hopping numbers, Prima Donnas, and Triangle numbers.

My favorite was the "Hopping Numbers". I spent a good part of a day just writing them all down. I wrote down 55 hopping numbers, and the biggest one I did was 18,014,398,509,481,984, whic ...more

...more...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. He couldn't believe his eyes. This time his dream had come true! ...After he'd dressed, he took the chain off and stuck it in his pocket: he didn't want his mother asking silly questions. ...Where'd that star come from? she'd want to know the minute she saw it. Boys don't wear jewelry! ...How could he tell he

Robert, a boy who hates math and is frustrated because his teacher doesn't allow calculators, has strange dreams all the time. One night he dreams up a character called the Number Devil, who takes him away to a surreal world of numbers where Robert learns basic math concepts and a few handy shortcuts. After all, says the Num ...more

It is aimed mainly to young teens,but is also enjoyable by adults that for some reason hate the maths or have a wrong concept of this field.

Is a tale where departing of elemental concepts as natural numbers,prime numbers,powers and square roots introduce more advanced concepts a ...more

Honestly, I don’t think this book will make you better at math, however it may help you understand some complex theoretical concepts, since it doesn’t focus in the applied mathematics, but rather in the pure theory behind them.

The narration is fantastic and creative, and in fact, pretty attractive. Besides, the pictures and dares really co ...more

The book is geared towards middle schoolers, but it works w ...more

My impression was that the book got the formula all wrong. The story is nonsensical and tedious, so you're ready to get to the math. 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. ...more

Jan 31, 2020
Jonathan Donihue
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What a truly novel idea for a novel. Absolutely extraordinary!

Although this is a book written for a young audience, I, as a 49 year old college student, found it both entertaining and instructional. In addition to a great story,

Whether you have a schoolchild or not, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of

Although this is a book written for a young audience, I, as a 49 year old college student, found it both entertaining and instructional. In addition to a great story,

*The Number Devil*sports some wonderful illustrations and several imaginative crafts projects for the budding mathematician.Whether you have a schoolchild or not, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of

*The Number Devil*. You won't be sorry you did. 😈 😈 😈This book is about a boy named Robert who hates math. He has dreams where he meets with a devil who calls himself a number devil. He teaches Robert about some of the more crazy and interesting things numbers do. The proper names for these math concepts are not used in the course of t ...more

In the ...more

I have read the book "The Number Devil" because my grandpa sent it to me from Japan in Japanese translation. The book was amazing. This book made me like math and this is when I first understood radicals and other mathematic things. I will tell you that, by the time you finish this book, you will think "Oh, math is so cool!".

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In the book, Math Devil teaches math to this boy named Robert (Who hate Math),many interesting facts about math, and the secret be ...more

Some great (and advanced) mathematical ideas are presented in here. These include some ideas as young as Russel's Paradox or Countable Infinities. Others are much older (Pascal's Triangle and Diagonal length of squares). All of this told in a quiet, simple manner akin to Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - though a little more entertaining than that ...more

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