logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Math Site

BellaOnline's Math Editor

g

Math Fiction - Number Devil



Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company 2000

Brief Description:
Night after night, Robert was having the same bad dream of sliding down black holes and big fish eating him. Then, one night he found himself sitting in a green meadow with tall grass, caterpillars and beetles all larger than life except for a little old man sitting on a spinach leaf trying to get his attention. The little man called himself the Number Devil and he was the host of Robert’s whimsical mathematical dream adventure. However, Robert hated math and anything to do with math. So, was one nightmare replaced with another one? The topics begin with the decimal system and end with factorials. For twelve nights, the number devil made sense of out math concepts Robert found hard to understand. Eventually, Robert was trying to outwit his new math mentor.

The twelve nights of dreams are the twelve chapters in the book filled with make believe, math tricks, math tips, and common sense perspectives




Features I like:
** I like that math is taught within the telling of a story.

** Index titled, Seek – and – Ye - Shall - Find List consist of the dream words used to refer to math concepts as well as the official terms

**Three stories / dreams I liked:
1. I liked the story told to explain prime numbers as “prima donnas” and the trick to find them.
2. Infinite small and large numbers
3. Exponents


To Be Desired:
I don’t care for the reference to a devil.


Comments
I would recommend this book for pleasure reading or to use as a teaching tool. There is also The Number Devil Game Software available. However, the reviews indicate it works well with PC but not with Mac. The software follows the concepts in the book.




Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Twitter Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Facebook Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to MySpace Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Del.icio.us Digg Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Yahoo My Web Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Google Bookmarks Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Stumbleupon Add Math+Fiction+%2D+Number+Devil to Reddit




Pre-Algebra - Kiss My Math - Review
How to Find Prime Numbers
Math Fun - Math Tricks - Review
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Math Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Beverly Mackie. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Beverly Mackie. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Beverly Mackie for details.

g


g features
Travel Games

Math MOOC - Free Online Math Courses - Self-Paced

Interactive App for Student Engagement

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor