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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I do love the book’s ok, really it’s the author’s imagination! Not all reviews were positive, however.

He also experiences recurring dreams —including falling down an endless slide or being eaten by a giant fish—but is interrupted from this sleep habit one night by a small devil creature who introduces himself as the Zahlennteufel Devil. It’s an excellent book!! I’ve been giving copies in appropriate languages to children ever since. University of California Press.

My largest concern, like many other critics, is the author’s renaming of terms. Although some of the concepts may be a bit too deep for my 5 year old daughter but the way the concepts are presented in a playful way where kids can relate to is excellent. My son then read it again for a project when he was in 5th grade.


In the index of the book, “unreasonable numbers” are translated as irrational. The seventh night brings Robert to a bare, white room, where the Zahlenteufsl Devil presents Pascal’s triangle and the patterns that the triangular array displays.

I can’t wait to create lessons that incorporate this book. Contributed by John C. Bockel portrayed in this manner? My daughter could not wait to get her calculator and find the square root of 2.

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Views Read Edit View history. Bayerischer Rundfunk in German. Overall, my husband, who’s not fond of math, thought it was a fun math reading he thought he missed out on growing up.

Examples of differences in terminology: The Number Devil received mostly positive reviews from critics. It’s charming and witty. I read it to my children as 3rd and 5th graders when we were driving to Nova Scotia.

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I frequently re-read it just for fun, and every so often, I’ll get into a conversation about it with one of my “geeky” friends. They are called the unreasonable numbers, and the reason they’re called that is that they refuse to play by the rules.


Although there are many Number Devils from Number HeavenRobert only knows him as the Number Devil before learning of his actual name, Teplotaxl, later in the story. It helps to capture the magic of numbers. I fear I’m missing something, here! Archived from the original on 26 April The next night, the Number Devil emerges in zxhlenteufel forest of trees shaped like “ones” and xahlenteufel the necessity of the number zeronegative numbersand introduces hoppinga fictional term to describe exponentiation.


MathFiction: The Number Devil (Der Zahlenteufel) (Hans Magnus Enzensberger)

The German author has deer stated he will not write any more young adult’s books, but instead direct his effort towards poetry. This book is a very clever book that shows young kids a more exciting side to math.

It presents mathematical concepts in an easy-to-understand but NOT dumbed-down way for children who aren’t yet able to read math textbooks for fun yes, there are people like that! Retrieved 23 October I really wish that the book would have just put the actual names of the concepts, and not tried to be as cute.

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.