42 Week Course - 42 Assignments
Modules: History of Mathematics; Number Theory; Geometry; Applied Mathematics; Philosophy of Mathematics; Probability
Our weekly assignments invite students to explore essays, book chapters, news features, lectures, podcasts, videos and websites. Each assignment requires students to engage for approximately an hour, they vary in length depending on their difficulty. Lengthy book chapters allow for students to get deep into the text whilst short videos present more challenging material whilst leaving more time for thinking.
About the Course
Mathematics is a broad and diverse subject which can cause delight as well as distress. The beauty of maths is something talked about a lot by mathematicians but perhaps this has not been your experience of maths in school so far. It can be difficult to see the elegance of the subject in school maths but these resources should give you an impression of how maths can be fascinating, astonishing and even beautiful!
Every fundamental field of any modern undergraduate course is considered in these resources. A typical first year will include courses in analysis, algebra, differential equations, probability and geometry.
If you do end up studying maths at university then you will definitely encounter these topics, so make the most of your early introduction! As you progress in your university studies you have the opportunity to study some of the broader applications of mathematics, such as statistics, fluid dynamics, astrophysics, finance, mathematical biology and theoretical physics. You will find many of these subjects grouped in the “Applied Mathematics” section. I hope that you also find the resources on the history of maths enjoyable.
Mathematics is a subject best understood by doing rather than watching. Therefore, I would encourage you to “do” the mathematics you encounter in this course. This will give you a much better taste of what it is like to study mathematics at undergraduate level. Explore, play around and experiment with the new concepts and ideas you encounter in this course. Most of all, have fun and enjoy yourself!
Finally, bear in mind that not all mathematicians are as eccentric and strange as the ones you will encounter in these resources! There are some perfectly normal ones too!
"It can be difficult to see the elegance of the subject in school maths but these resources should give you an impression of how maths can be fascinating, astonishing and even beautiful!"
- Peter Badoo
Meet the Course Designer
Peter Badoo is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge University. He did his undergraduate degree at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, where he received a Double First among other prizes.