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 This is a lovely little collection of mathematical tales told by a fictional Arabic scribe in around the 14th century Baghdad.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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## The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

Plot summary[ edit ] 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 traveler then invited Beremiz to come with him to Baghdad, where a man with his abilities will certainly find profitable employment. The rest of the book tells of various incidents that befell the two men along the road and in Baghdad. In all those events, Beremiz Samir uses his abilities with calculation like a magic wand to amaze and entertain people, settle disputes, and find wise and just solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

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## Malba Tahan

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