The Number Devil | Granta

  • Published: 01/09/2008
  • ISBN: 9781847080530
  • 135x30mm
  • 264 pages

The Number Devil

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Translated by Michael Henry Heim

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.

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

Sunday Business Post

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

Daily Mail

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

Sunday Times

The Author

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.

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The Translator

Hans Magnus Enzensberger is one of Germany’s greatest living writers. In The Number Devil he has written a book that is essential reading for anyone – of any age who has ever been mystified by maths. The author lives in Munich. Hans Magnus Enzensberger is one of Germany’s greatest living writers. He lives in Munich.

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