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Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

edX · The University of Texas at Austin · 2 HN comments

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Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and mathematics in this fun and fascinating course.

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This course is offered by The University of Texas at Austin on the edX platform.
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As someone who struggled with math and hated it in high school and now loves it but still struggles with it I got a lot out of this article. It brought to mind this EdX course: "Effective Thinking Through Mathematics"[0] which I also found valuable.

Has anyone read the author's book[1] and can recommend it (or not)? It only has 2 reviews, a 5-star and a 3-star and the latter review is not helpful.

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I'm in the middle of "Effective Thinking Through Mathematics"[0]. I struggled with maths in high school, didn't really need it in college (music degree) and went back and tackled it on my own via self-study after college.

The focus of the course is not so much on the maths but the creative process of solving problems that just happen to fall in the domain of math. I've found these same techniques to be applicable to more traditional 'creative' pursuits as well (e.g. writing music).

It's also interesting in that you get to watch and deconstruct people's thought process for how they approach challenging problems.


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