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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 4, 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 23, 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 Kartik B P

Jul 3, 2017

There is a lot of stress on thinking over mechanically doing. Very enjoyable course.

By Azad S

Apr 17, 2017

Great course. I think everyone irrespective of their majors should take this course.

By Kumar K

Nov 18, 2020

Starts slow, but the second half of the course is very instructive. Thank you, Sir!

By Tharindu M

Apr 16, 2020

Excellent course for anyone to improve college level mathematics to the next level.

By Tate R

May 14, 2018

I learned about a lot of symbols, and now I am introduced to mathematical thinking.

By Umad P

Jun 2, 2020

This is a really good course and very structured and the community is really nice!

By Chris V

Jul 16, 2018

Wonderful course for students transitioning into the deeper parts of mathematics.

By Rahul M

May 7, 2018

good course. Can even be an intro to discrete mathematics for computer scientists

By Matthew P

Mar 23, 2017

Great course! I enjoyed the course very much. Learned a lot about writing proofs.

By patrice m

Dec 31, 2018

Interesting and easy to follow . But serious work required . Not for the lazy...

By Danilo D L P

May 10, 2017

Very complex, but very interesting. Worthwhile the time and dedication invested.

By Edoardo P

May 13, 2021

I will only say these words: after this course I fell in love with mathematics.

By Subika H

Sep 1, 2019

extremely useful and helpful, actively feeds my curiosity regarding mathematics

By Amashi N

Apr 26, 2019

I am no longer unable to access the course through the app though. Please help!


Mar 12, 2019

Lo recomiendo mucho ya que aprenderás y desarrollarás el pensamiento matemático

By Miguel O

Jun 25, 2017

I really enjoy the clarity of the explanations. Good material too. Amazing job.

By Joshia S

May 15, 2017

Good materials to give an introductory overview of mathematics in universities.

By Ankur K

Apr 9, 2017

A highly motivated introduction to how mathematicians think, analyse and write!

By Akarsh A

Nov 22, 2020

It changing my thinking towards understanding mathematics from another aspect.

By Zhiyin Y

Jul 1, 2020

Very useful, especially for students who have just graduated from high school.

By Marcelo L S

Jan 28, 2019

It is a very didactic course,. I wish I had concluded it earlier in my career.

By Ganesan S

Feb 9, 2021

Excellent foundation for real analysis and understanding rigorous math proofs

By matheus A

Sep 12, 2017

muito bom,esse professor explica muito bem e os assuntos são bem estruturados

By Bob S

May 11, 2017

This is a great course, especially the first four weeks. Highly recommended.


Nov 14, 2019

the informational and best course to strengthen ur core skill in mathematics