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Learn math alongside the people who invented and discovered it.

Book 8 Lessons

Course description

This course recounts both stories and specific, mathematical challenges from the lives and research of about a dozen famous—and infamous—mathematicians.

All of them made huge mistakes. Many of them struggled to get recognition for some of their best work. And they all died with unanswered questions, many of which we still don't know the answers to. Every single one left behind an astounding mathematical legacy.

Topics covered

  • Algorithms
  • Bernoulli Numbers
  • Conjecture and Proof
  • Imaginary Numbers
  • Irrational Numbers
  • Multiplication Methods
  • Radicals
  • Perfect Numbers
  • Polynomials
  • Prime Numbers
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Sequences and Patterns
  • Zero

Prerequisites and next steps

A basic understanding of algebra is recommended.