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edX: Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

 with  Michael Starbird
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#1 in Subjects > Mathematics > Foundations of Mathematics

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality.

Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through puzzles and mathematics. Anyone who practices these habits of mind will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions.

Syllabus

The whole course presents strategies of effective thinking that can make you more creative and more insightful. These overarching lessons are conveyed through fascinating mathematical themes.

Week 1 – An Introduction and Puzzles
This week provides an introduction to the course and the five elements of effective thinking. Then, students solve several puzzles using the five elements.

Weeks 2-3 – Number Contemplation
Students begin to explore the concept of number from basic to its infinite variety, and see how those insights flow from strategies of effective thinking.

Weeks 3-4 – Geometric Insights
Our visual world leads to beautiful insights, concrete and abstract, also illustrating methods of thinking that are applicable to your own life.

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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Provider edX
Language English
Calendar 11 weeks long
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3 years ago
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Life is Study completed this course.
Effective thinking though mathematics is a course about increasing your ability to tackle new problems and understanding things you already know better. The course focuses on 4 main elements of effective thinking: understanding simple things deeply, making mistakes, raising questions and following the flow of ideas. Al Read More
Effective thinking though mathematics is a course about increasing your ability to tackle new problems and understanding things you already know better. The course focuses on 4 main elements of effective thinking: understanding simple things deeply, making mistakes, raising questions and following the flow of ideas. Although this course has “mathematics” in the title, it is really about the process of thinking—math is just a convenient arena to teach these methods. You don’t need any particular math background to take this course and get a lot out of it, although be aware that most of the 9 weekly lessons deal, at least in part, with mathematical concepts like numbers, infinity, dimensionality and geometry.

The course format is a little different from most MOOCs: each week consists of a series of videos where the professor gives problems to students and the students attempt to work through them. The professor helps the students reason though the problems by making suggestions and asking questions and he periodically addresses the viewer, explaining how the effective thinking methods were or should have been applied by the students. The nontraditional course format may be off-putting to some viewers, since the students spend quite a bit of time struggling with the problems, making little progress. I found it to be an interesting approach, although increasing the video speed is useful for times when things get too slow.
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Daniil Basov completed this course.
That was a first course that I've comleted. I strongly reccomend this course to whom who is interested in enforcing ability to crack manifestations of the World into the breaks that you can use to assemble each other manifestation (prognosing strenght). It is the most powerfull style of thinking that I know. "How can Read More
That was a first course that I've comleted. I strongly reccomend this course to whom who is interested in enforcing ability to crack manifestations of the World into the breaks that you can use to assemble each other manifestation (prognosing strenght). It is the most powerfull style of thinking that I know.

"How can I help you to improve your life through this course" That was a question rised by Michael Starbird in the beginning. He did this step by step, made brilliant examples, quizzes and of course pauses to give you ability to figure out by your own.

How can changing a method of thinking improve your life? Moving away from science ( science discoveries themself can improve , but this is long complex way that is probably most effective in addition to good everyday life) you can just base your world views and making decisions on evidenced principles, statistical data, that step by step can build your antifragile future.

In addition to this course I would recommend book of Daniel Kahneman "Thinking Fast and Slow"
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Anonymous completed this course.
Best course ever. Professor Starbird is really superb instructor.
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Thomas Simonini completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This course is really good, it help us to have some methodology when you tackle on a difficult problem by following the 5 strategies of effective thinking. The professor is really good and excited to teach people. Unfortunately the course was really short to me, BTW the book Heart of Maths is a really good book to c Read More
This course is really good, it help us to have some methodology when you tackle on a difficult problem by following the 5 strategies of effective thinking.

The professor is really good and excited to teach people.

Unfortunately the course was really short to me, BTW the book Heart of Maths is a really good book to continue to use and learn the 5 strategies of effective thinking
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Tonolmo partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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