Explore and enjoy 'recreational' mathematics, while boosting your creative and deductive thinking skills.
Get an introduction to the fun, games and puzzles of recreational mathematics
Mathematics doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. In fact, learning about recreational mathematics can not only enhance your creative thinking but it can be exciting and useful in daily life.
During this course, you will challenge your brain and have fun while learning about the mathematics of various entertaining subjects such as magic squares, puzzles and games. You will also learn about famous recreational mathematicians.
What topics will you cover?
- Mathematics and magic
- Mathematical puzzles
- Mathematical games
- Famous recreational mathematicians
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 12 October 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Improve your problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking skills.
- Collect tools, materials and ideas for fun recreational mathematics activities.
- Collaborate with other learners, puzzlists and mathematics enthusiasts on fun mathematics activities.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for anyone who enjoys popular science, recreational mathematics and solving mathematics puzzles and crosswords. There are no particular requirements. It will be especially useful for parents or teachers looking to inspire a love of mathematics and do fun mathematics activities with young people.
Who will you learn with?
I'm a recreational mathematician and metagrobologist and head our institute's technology in the education unit. I have a PhD in theoretical quantum chemistry, and think mathematics and science are really cool!
Who developed the course?
Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science
The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute.
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