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Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, Stanford University

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About this Course

Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years. Mathematical thinking is not the same as doing mathematics – at least not as mathematics is typically presented in our school system. School math typically focuses on learning procedures to solve highly stereotyped problems. Professional mathematicians think a certain way to solve real problems, problems that can arise from the everyday world, or from science, or from within mathematics itself. The key to success in school math is to learn to think inside-the-box. In contrast, a key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside-the-box – a valuable ability in today’s world. This course helps to develop that crucial way of thinking....

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By NR

Mar 05, 2018

An awesome course. Very easy to follow at the start, becomes more challenging at the end. I have a PhD in economics yet I struggled with the real analysis at the end. And that's just intro level! :-D

By MF

Aug 26, 2017

Great course, it's really shows the way how to think in mathematical rigor. It gave me an intuition about what Mathematics is itself.\n\nThank you Profesor Keith Devlin, you are a great teacher !

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By SUNTSOV VALERII

Mar 17, 2019

A useful and good course for common development.

The name of the course corresponds to the topic.

My wish was fulfilled.

By Pierre Minner Denizot

Mar 15, 2019

Best course i could take. I got surprised positively in many ways

By Jorge Morales

Mar 12, 2019

Lo recomiendo mucho ya que aprenderás y desarrollarás el pensamiento matemático

By Robert D. Cormia

Feb 22, 2019

A difficult course, but I learned a lot of math!

By Pavel Kukushkin

Feb 17, 2019

Really powerful course. Thanks to the authors.

By Mougahed Salih

Feb 17, 2019

It's simply extraordinary

By Колесник Павел Павлович

Feb 15, 2019

Очень сложно сказать, что курс был полезен для меня в карьере или учебе (или как-то крайне интересен), однако благодаря курсу я стал лучше понимать язык математиков и освежил память по некоторым математическим законам. Огромное спасибо создателю курса за отдельные turorial-видео после assignments!

By Lucas Clinco

Feb 15, 2019

An excellent course. Sometimes I've had some difficulties, but I've learnt so much. Thanks.

By Alexis Hwang

Feb 12, 2019

Touches the foundamental parts of mathematics. Really helped with my mathematical thinking.

By Avijit Manna

Feb 11, 2019

Nice Course.