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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


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.

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By jugal c

May 3, 2020

very helpful and taught to think out of the box

By Pavel K

Feb 17, 2019

Really powerful course. Thanks to the authors.

By M

Nov 18, 2018

It is a great course. It is deep and critical.


Aug 10, 2017

thank you for all your support and classmate!!

By Tom S

Apr 26, 2019

A challenging course that pushes one to grow.

By Brett A W

Feb 8, 2019

Great course challenging and worth the effort

By Amandeep A

Apr 24, 2017

If you love maths. You must take this course.

By Abeda Z C

Dec 22, 2020

Excellent management and method of teaching!


Nov 22, 2020

One of the best courses I have ever learned.

By Li Z

Apr 25, 2019

It's inspiring, that's what I'm looking for.

By Lluis O

Mar 13, 2017

A good introduction to the maths "language".

By Daniela C C

Jul 13, 2022

A​ good introduction for write mathematics

By Temitope O

May 14, 2017

Very challenging but ultimately rewarding!

By Juan S A D

Jul 17, 2021

It was amazing. I learned a lot! Thanks!

By Zinhle F M

Oct 23, 2020

It's a very interesting and good course.

By Darío H

Nov 29, 2021

M​uy buen curso. Altamente recomendado.

By Rowena G

Jun 14, 2017

Excellent course - I really enjoyed it.

By The K U

Feb 11, 2017

This is really a good course to come up

By Asja S

Jun 17, 2021

Very good course. Even better teacher.

By Lin S

Jun 3, 2017

Inspiring and helpful for researchers.

By Gorka E G

Jan 11, 2017

Un curso excepcional. Muy recomendable

By Jessica M

Nov 8, 2018

I found this course extremely helpful

By Neeti S

Feb 11, 2018

well conveyed enjoyable course, and f

By An

Jul 28, 2022

Thank you for your course and humor)

By Christian A

Apr 20, 2021

Very interesting and complete course