In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers: infinite numbers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically appear in triangles, and numbers that expand without . As we dream with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until everyone-from those who fumble over fractions to those who solve complex equations in their heads-winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a true polymath, the kind of superb intellectual who loves thinking and marshals all of his charm and wit to share his passions with the world. In The Number Devil, he brings together the surreal logic of Alice in Wonderland and the existential geometry of Flatland with the kind of math everyone would love, if only they had a number devil to teach it to them.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger is the author of many highly lauded books, including Civil Wars: From L.A. to Bosnia. He lives in Munich.
Rotraut Susanne Berner is an illustrator who lives in Heidelberg.
Michael Henry Heim is a prize-winning translator who teaches at UCLA.
Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.
This collection of poems put you in the mind of Terrence Dixon, the protagonist of my upcoming novel, “The Chronicles of Hope.” The novel examines four graduating friend’s lives as the luster of college fades into the stark vortex of adulthood. A part-time used car salesman, student and young writer, Terrence represents the black man, less spoken for. The unacknowledged that beat the odds of mortality rates, and artfully elude trap-ridden exit routes from corroded communities. The ones who follow the school blueprint by any means possible, enslaving themselves to debtors for the sake of an education, just so they may contribute to a society not meant for them to thrive in.
From Terrence’s perspective, in an array of poetry ranging from Prose to Spoken Word to Triolets, “The Dream Deferred” gives an up close and personal look of a young man identifying with the complexities of a world far greater than the public housing he escaped. Away at college he learns the ways of the world, the ways of his country, and his place in it. He captures the gravity of a cancerous upbringing, the shrewd reality of an American Dream dissolved, the audacity of a nation’s blatant disregard for its youth, and the hope it takes to persevere.