The Man Who Counted

The Man Who Counted

A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

Book - 1993
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Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller.The adventures of Beremiz Samir, The Man Who Counted, take the reader on an exotic journey in which, time and again, he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame and fortune. as we accompany him, we learn much of the history of famous mathematicisns who preceded him; we undergo a series of trials at the hands of the wise men of the day; and we come to admire the warm wisdom and patience that earn him the respect and affection of those whose problems he resolves so astutely. In the grace of their telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c1993
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393309348
0393309347
9780393034301
0393034305
Characteristics: 244 p. : ill. ; 19 cm

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Mardo2044
Apr 29, 2016

Anyone who likes to calculate figures in their head, pose a brainteaser to a friend, or enjoys the pleasure of self-imagining something clever will delight in the journey and quiet contemplation of Beremiz Samir from The Man Who Counted, by Malba Tahan. Written like a traditional folktale, travels of the Middle East have become the backdrop to the more expansive travel of the mind and the undiscovered treasures mathematics can reveal.

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bemficaa
Sep 26, 2012

Very interesting math puzzles recounted in a "thousand-and-one-night" fashion. Each puzzle is a mini-story on its own. Great for older smart kids .

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bemficaa thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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violet_dog_2355 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 14

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