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About the 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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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


Nov 24, 2019

It was an amazing course! Lots of interesting content. The content is also explained really well, i found it really easy to understand. The assessments are a little challenging, but reasonably sized.

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By Wenjun L

Apr 12, 2019

very thought provoking and truly helps with my thinking skills

By Eli G

Apr 28, 2018

Great course, it's succeeded to make me thinking mathematical.

By Islam Z

Feb 27, 2017

This course is so amazing specialty the instructor is so cool.

By Abhishek M

May 29, 2020

This course helps me to thinks differently in mathematics....

By Fernando P

Sep 12, 2018

Incredible course, well explained, very knowledged professor.

By Durairaj R

Oct 24, 2017

Really good course giving a true introduction to mathematics.

By Clara R

Oct 01, 2018

An essential tool for learning, practice rules of thinking.

By liuyaqiu

Jan 24, 2018

An easy but useful primary course for mathematical thinking.

By 臧泽林

Oct 12, 2017

intersting class for high school student, also useful to me.

By Gunho L

Feb 02, 2018

perfect course to understand the Real mening of Mathematics

By Sidhanth S

Aug 24, 2020

Absolutely fantastic course for University bound students.

By Chris D

May 06, 2017

Excellent introduction to mathematical thinking and logic.

By Andrew B

Jul 18, 2019

A fantastic introduction to university level mathematics.

By Chris P

Mar 08, 2018

This is a great course, everyone should consider take it.

By Curtis S

Oct 01, 2017

Clear and complete instruction, plenty of practice assign

By Zunera M

May 12, 2017

Lovely.. would recommend to everyone in Mathematics field


Aug 29, 2019

Awesome course and an Awesome teacher. Best course ever!

By Luciano d O P

Nov 27, 2019

This course is so amazing ! And teacher is so didactic.

By Tal R

Aug 16, 2019


Very interesting

Very professional

Excellent teacher

By Dmitry Z

Dec 26, 2018

Excellent introductory course! Thank you, Prof. Devlin!

By Yiheng Z

Sep 23, 2017

Interesting and beneficial course. Very Nice Professor!

By 张轶泓

Jan 25, 2018

This course is excellent for beginners of mathematics.

By James L

Jun 30, 2020

Quite challenging but very worthwhile and satisfying,

By Fatma A E

Dec 23, 2019

Great Course with a talented teacher. I enjoyed it !

By Adi A S

Jun 15, 2020

I loved the course, it was beyond the imagination.