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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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Jun 29, 2020

It has help evaluate what I put into decision in any applicable context. Since I've noted what decision I make and how outcome can be made to vary when I consider all components in a isolated manner.


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

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By Chris D

May 6, 2017

Excellent introduction to mathematical thinking and logic.

By Gillian S

Nov 17, 2020

Great Course - I found it hard work, but very satisfying!

By Andrew B

Jul 18, 2019

A fantastic introduction to university level mathematics.

By Chris P

Mar 8, 2018

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

By Curtis S

Oct 1, 2017

Clear and complete instruction, plenty of practice assign

By Zuni M

May 12, 2017

Lovely.. would recommend to everyone in Mathematics field

By Emilie D

May 22, 2022

G​eat course to get introduced to mathematical thinking.

By Gagan S

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 22, 2017

Interesting and beneficial course. Very Nice Professor!

By Majid Z

Jan 23, 2022

Excellent course for whom want to think mathematically

By 张轶泓

Jan 24, 2018

This course is excellent for beginners of mathematics.

By James L

Jun 30, 2020

Quite challenging but very worthwhile and satisfying,

By Thiago R

Aug 9, 2022

Otimo curso. Recomendado para amantes da matemática.

By mathematics S

Jul 21, 2021

v​ery nice and informative course i love this course

By Fatma A E

Dec 23, 2019

Great Course with a talented teacher. I enjoyed it !

By Hezekiah H

Mar 7, 2022

very insightful background on mathematical thinking

By Adi A S

Jun 15, 2020

I loved the course, it was beyond the imagination.

By Matheus C D

May 1, 2017

Make the math bigger!

ótimo curso, simples e claro.

By Abdirakhman I

May 7, 2020

Very good course if you want ace undergrad maths.

By Ryoma

Dec 14, 2017

it helps me to think a thing from different side.

By Rohit

Jun 25, 2017

One of the best courses i have taken on this site

By Robert C

Feb 21, 2019

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