“A great storyteller.”—Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician looking for a way to bring. THE MAN WHO COUNTED A Collection of Mathematical Adventures MALE A TAHAN i A MEETING OF THE MINDS Of the amusing circumstances of my. The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan. Selected `mathematical excerpts’ from. Malba Tahan. The Man Who Counted W. W. Norton & Company, ; ISBN.

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The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan

More than once, camel drivers and incense sellers came asking the counting man how many times a man had to jump over a fire to exorcise a demon. Again there mann one coin left over after the division, and again he chose to throw it into the sea.

Thhe first impulse of this science was the desire to solve the mystery of the universe. He also told me that the calligrapher, whose name he did not know, lived alone and ventured out very rarely from his small and modest dwelling. When the sum of the numbers in any line or column or diagonal always adds up to the same result, we have a magic square. The gift offered to the father of the delightful Astir would then have a mathematical perfection, the number of camels equal to the square of the age of the beloved.

Of the 27 dinars paid over, the Thaan received 25, and the slave 2. Entering his property, I was truly amazed. And there, farther on, I read the line of Tarafa: When he smiled, -which he did often, he showed regular white teeth. He rejected any money that was offered him, and jan a rich sheik whose problems Beremiz had solved insisted on paying him, Beremiz took the sack of money, thanked the sheik, and ordered that the money be distributed among the poor of counyed district.


Logically, once the melons were sold, Harim would receive 10 dinars and his brother IS.

The Man Who Counted

Unable to restrain my curiosity, I approached the stranger and, after greeting him in the name of Allah, asked him the meaning of these fantastic sums. Nevertheless, only those numbers that contain an element which to base comparison are susceptible to measurement.

The invisible pupil makes great advance in her mann. Then, with 36 countec, Beremiz gives 18, 12, and 4 animals to the three heirs, making all of them profit with the new share. As the water entered slowly through the hole, the cylinder sank in the vase until it filled it completely, at a predetermined hour. The country of Yemen opened itself to progress and wealth but then misfortune! They say that he went to the Sudan, in a caravan with soldiers of fortune, and brought back from African territory five black slaves who serve him with incredible fidelity.

In Alexandria, for example, lived Hypatia who taught hundreds of people the science of calculating, wrote a commentary on the work of Diophantus, analyzed the difficult texts of Apollonius, and corrected the astronomical tables currently in use. That original man had a way of transfonning the most ordinary things, to the point of considering even turbans in the light of geometric form.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Praised be the omnipotent Creator of heaven and earth: Another shepherd asked whether I could count them. They are facing one of the strangest problems I have come across. Anyone versed in mathematics, under the skies of this land, can always count on my support and, indeed, my firm protection. My generous master owned, in two or three far-off oases, huge date plantations, and, informed of my mathematical agility, he charged me with overseeing the sale of his fruit, which I counted in clusters, one by one.


We had been traveling for a few hours without stopping when there occurred an episode worth retelling, wherein my companion Beremiz put to use his talents as an esteemed cultivator of algebra.

In the center of the room, between two columns in gold letters against a blue background, were these words from a paean by Antar: Seven are the gates of hell Than are the days of the week Seven wise men of Greece Seven the seas that cover the earth Seven the planets, and seven The wonders of the world He was continuing his strange and eloquent observations on the sacred number when we saw at the door of the inn our good friend Sheik Salem Nasair waving to us to approach.

That way 1 would not have to quarrel with my two friends over the money.

Brazil’s other passion: Malba Tahan and The man who counted

Who can imagine the repercussions of an enigma through the centuries? The origins of that system come from the number of fingers on two hands. It was a little past four when we left the inn and made our way to the home of Iezid Abdul Hamid. When we had finished the delicious repast and made our ritual ablutions, the Man Who Counted was asked to proceed with the story.

The Man Who Counted: Allah praise the wise young man!

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