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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 power 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. 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.
In the grace of their telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 17th by W. Norton Company first published More Details Original Title.
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Un saludo. Thank you. See 1 question about The Man Who Counted…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 06, Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it.
However, just like words, numbers also have their hidden powers! For instance, have you ever noticed how number 7 is related to change?! And what about the magic of number 3?! View all 4 comments. These little arabian tales about a man that solves mathematical puzzles and curiosities, kept me wishing I had studied more Maths. It is easy to follow and very enjoyable! I read it when I was little and still remember most of the riddles.
These type of books always makes you feel a bit smarter. Jan 05, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: family-titles. My son and I absolutely loved everything about this book. The clever math puzzles woven throughout the tale are fun and engaging. We loved learning about the Islamic history, culture and religion, and how the Greeks get a lot of the credit but many mathematical discoveries came from the Middle East.
Finally, the storyline was charming and the writing simply beautiful. This is a book for all ages and all interests Jun 05, Wisdom Zelda rated it really liked it. Enchanted: Magic Math I hope you agree with me that falling asleep in class is, well, not a good idea.
I also hope you agree with me that it is an important skill to be able to learn from reading. This book is, on the level-of-reading scale, "medium. On the way to Baghdad, Beremiz and Hanak confront many riddles and seemingly impossible every-day problems.
This book enlightened me on a subject, math, which I had always thought was a bit boring. This story is slam-packed full of little mathematical coincidences that really awe you. Nope, this is not a lie. For example, did you know that the divisors of 1, 2, 4, 71 and add up to , and that the divisors of 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 22, 44, 55, and add up to ? I found that really interesting because it was something I had never thought of, kind of like a friendship between numbers.
The story in itself is extremely realistic. This book enchanted me with its mathematical adventures, even though math is not my forte. If you'd like to see more youth reviewed books, go to my blog, bookshelfexplorer. Jul 30, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: mathematics. This is a lovely little collection of mathematical tales told by a fictional Arabic scribe in around the 14th century Baghdad.
There is a narrative connecting the stories as the narrator befriends Beremiz Samir, a wise Muslim mathematician also known as the Man Who Counted. In each story, Beremiz wows the people that come in contact with him by his computational power, logic, and knowledge of the history of mathematics.
Most of the stories are great mathematical logic, geometric, or computationa This is a lovely little collection of mathematical tales told by a fictional Arabic scribe in around the 14th century Baghdad.
Most of the stories are great mathematical logic, geometric, or computational problems. They are set up simply with a bit of narrative embellishment to situate them in the larger narrative, and followed with a precise solution by Beremiz. This is a great format because you can dive in and start to think about solutions after reading the set up and before reading Beremiz's approach to the problems.
However, my one criticism of the book is that not all of the stories or problems he comes across function as strictly mathematics or have mathematical solutions.
The worst is at one point in the book, Beremiz is asked to give an example of multiplication where there is only one factor and the solution that he comes up with "is the multiplication of loaves and fishes performed by Jesus, the son of Mary. I realize the author is trying to make the book both historically and culturally accurate by situating the characters in the Medieval Muslim world which provided much amazing knowledge and learning to the world and specifically to the field of mathematics.
But it is unnecessary to the overall narrative. That said, there is still much to recommend this book, and most of the mathematics are pure delights.
Oct 15, Alejandro72 rated it it was amazing. The man who counted is a book of two guys named Beremiz and Honok. These two on there adventure run into a lot of problems. Beremiz then solves it in a way that will make evryone happy. When he solves it,he will sometimes get a reward,something he wants,or nothing at all. Until he is put to a challenge,he had to take 7 challenges. If he solved them all,he would get whatever he wants. But he refuses the offer and says,"I would rather marry Telassim.
He takes the challenge. For me this book is good for other people. It gets them thinking of what Beremiz will do to solve the problem. It puts your math skills to the test. Then at the same time is good for reading. For me,it was hard to figure it out.
I had to write a lot of stuff down to find the answer. But this will be a good book for kids,get them thinking. I might even be hard for some adults. Feb 05, Yofish rated it really liked it. An interesting group of math-y episodes.
Nice poetic translated from the Portugesethe author is Brazilian. Takes place in Baghdad in the middle ages.
Brazil's other passion: Malba Tahan and The man who counted
Since its first publication in ,  the book has been immensely popular in Brazil and abroad, not only among mathematics teachers but among the general public as well. The book has been published in many other languages, including Catalan, English in the UK and in the US ,  German, Italian, and Spanish, and is recommended as a paradidactic source in many countries. It earned its author a prize from the Brazilian Literary Academy. First published in Brazil in , O Homem que Calculava is a series of tales in the style of the Arabian Nights , but revolving around mathematical puzzles and curiosities. The book is ostensibly a translation by Brazilian scholar Breno de Alencar Bianco of an original manuscript by Malba Tahan, a thirteenth-century Persian scholar of the Islamic Empire — both equally fictitious. The first two chapters tell how Hanak Tade Maia was traveling from Samarra to Baghdad when he met Beremiz Samir, a young lad from Khoy with amazing mathematical abilities.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
As a boy shepherd, Beremiz used to count his master's flock of sheep, many times a day, for fear of losing an animal. He developed the skill to count many things at a glance. The men quarrel because they don't want to cut up animals. The jeweler argues that he owes old Salim Thus, sales translates into 7x3. Each should receive the same amount of wine and the same number of casks, without opening them. How to do this?