Zoltán Pál Dienes

Zoltán Pál Dienes (anglicized as Zoltan Paul Dienes) (June 21, 1916 – January 11, 2014) was a Hungarian mathematician whose ideas on education (especially of small children) have been popular in some countries.[1] He was a world-famous theorist and tireless practitioner of the "new mathematics": an approach to mathematics learning that uses games, songs, and dance to make it more appealing to children.[2] He is credited with the creation of Base ten blocks, popularly referred to as Dienes blocks.

Dienes's life and ideas are described in his autobiography, Memoirs of a Maverick Mathematician (ISBN 1844261921), and his book of mathematical games, I Will Tell You Algebra Stories You've Never Heard Before (ISBN 1844261913). He has also published a book of poetry, Calls from the Past (ISBN 1844261905).

His later life contributions have been chronicled by Bharath Sriraman in the second monograph of The Mathematics Enthusiast.[3]


  1. Dienes Pál, Dienes Valéria és Dienes László levelei
  2. "Zoltan Paul Dienes (1916-2014)". zoltandienes.com. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. "Zoltan Paul Dienes and the dynamics of Mathematical Learning". The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast Monograph Series: University of Montana Press. Retrieved 2018-12-13.

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