The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

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Can you solve the penniless pilgrim riddle? - Daniel Finkel

Why we love this book:

The Number Devil perfectly captures the feeling I had when I first fell in love with math. It wasn't the equations or the graphs that hooked meit was the concepts like fractals and infinity and the patterns in Pascal's Triangle that broke my brain and filled me with wonder at all their nonsensical beauty. This book lives right in that space, exploring these and many other mathematical gems through a series of dream-world challenges posed to a child by an irascible number devil. Its whimsical illustrations are a delight, and helpful for hammering home some tricky concepts. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is just discovering an interest in mathor would like to!

Recommended by:
Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed Team

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