The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Published: 1 September 2008
Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 264 pages
ISBN: 9781847080530


Twelve-year-old Robert hates his maths teacher: he sets his class boring problems and won't let them use their calculators. Then in his dreams Robert meets the Number Devil, who brings the subject magically to life, illustrating with wit and charm a world in which numbers can amaze and fascinate, where maths is nothing like the dreary, difficult process that so many of us dread. The Number Devil knows how to make maths devilishly simple.

About the author

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger is one of Germany's greatest living writers. The Number Devil is essential reading for anyone - of any age - who has ever been mystified by mathematics. He lives in Munich. More about the author


‘Children old enough to have encountered fractions and square roots will be fascinated by this book, as will their parents’



‘Enzensberger has made Pythagoras the new Harry Potter ... explaining mathematical concepts in a clear and highly original way’

‘Hopefully, Mr Enzensberger's enterprising and imaginative book will play its part in rescuing some of Britain's children from a lifetime phobia of maths’

‘More attractive than a textbook, an adult and child could work through this together’

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