By Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The foreign best-seller that makes arithmetic an exciting exploration.
In twelve desires, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a bunch satan, who leads him to find the superb global of numbers: countless numbers, best numbers, Fibonacci numbers, numbers that magically seem in triangles, and numbers that extend with no . As we dream with him, we're taken more and more into mathematical idea, the place rules ultimately take flight, until eventually everyone-from those that fumble over fractions to people who remedy complicated equations of their heads-winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
*note- this can be one of the poorest scans I've uploaded. it's nonetheless thoroughly legible, yet this was once most likely a scanned children's e-book and used to be most likely stained with juice or anything on one sector. or even there has been a blur at the scanner....it isn't that undesirable, however it isn't as much as par with different scans.
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Now not for a bunch satan. ” With one other little giggle he waved his jogging stick and within the short while the sky used to be full of an unending chain of pink nines slither ing greater and better. “ cease! ” Robert shouted. “ Please cease! It’s mak ing me in poor health. ” “ A snap of my hands and they’re long past, yet no longer until eventually you admit that the chain of nines at the back of the 0, if it is going on without end, will turn into equivalent to 1. ” in the meantime the chain had stored growing to be and the sky slowly darkened with nines. Robert used to be now as dizzy as he was once nauseous, yet he refused to offer in. “ no longer in your lifestyles! ” Robert shouted. “ regardless of The quantity satan waved bis strolling stick and within the short while the sky was once packed with an unending chain oj crimson nines slithering larger and better. what number nines you upload on your chain, there'll constantly be anything lacking: the final 9. ” “There isn't any final 9! ” the quantity satan furi ously shouted again. Robert not jumped out of his dermis whenever the quantity satan misplaced his mood. by way of now he knew that every time it occurred there has been a few factor fascinating bobbing up, anything the num ber satan couldn’t simply clarify. however the chain used to be flapping dangerously as regards to Robert’s head and had wound so tightly around the quantity satan that a lot of him had receded from view. “ All right,” Robert acknowledged. “ I supply in. yet provided that you eliminate the nines. ” “ It’s approximately time,” stated the quantity satan, elevating his stick, which now had numerous layers of nines entwined round it. Then he mumbled a few gibberish to himself and the chains disappeared in a flash. “ Phew! ” stated Robert. “ Does it in basic terms occur with threes and nines, or do different numbers make such lousy chains too? ” “There are chains as never-ending as sand at the seashore. what percentage may you assert there are among zero. zero and 1. zero? ” Robert idea hard and long. “ an enormous quantity. As many as among one and until the cows come domestic. ” “ now not bad,” acknowledged the quantity satan. “ fairly strong, actually. yet are you able to end up it? ” « T 1 can. “ express me. ” “ All i need to do is write a 0 and a dot,” acknowledged Robert, “and a one after the dot: zero. 1. Then a after that. etc. If I preserve going, Til have placed the entire numbers that experience ever been written after the dot sooner than I come to zero. 2. “Whole numbers all. ” “ O f direction. All complete numbers. each quantity among one and bezillion could have a 0 and a dot sooner than it, and each one in every of them is lower than one. “ most suitable, Robert. I’m pleased with you. ” yet proud as he used to be, he couldn't depart good sufficient on my own. He had a brand new notion. “ a lot of your numbers after the dot have a fascinating lifetime of their very own. do you want to work out what I suggest? ” “ Oh, certain! ” acknowledged Robert. “Just as long as it won’t cram the seashore with well-known numbers. ” “ Don’t fear. Your huge calculator will look after them. All you want to do is input seven divided via 11. ” Robert didn’t have to be instructed two times. 7f/ /= 0tE3E3E3E3E3E3E3E • “ hiya, what’s up? All these sixty-threes. 1 guess it is going on ceaselessly. ” “ You wager correct. yet that’s not anything.