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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 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.

By Thai Duong Nguyen Duy

Feb 08, 2019

Great Course !!!

By Brett A Wiechmann

Feb 08, 2019

Great course challenging and worth the effort

By Marcelo Larami Santoro

Jan 28, 2019

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