“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Brilliant creates a culture of learning around inquiry, curiosity, and openness to failure. All of our courses are written with these principles of learning in mind.
The greatest challenges to education are disinterest and apathy.
Questions that cultivate natural curiosity are better than the threat of a test.
Effective learning is active, not passive. Watching a video is not enough.
Use it or lose it: it is essential to apply what you're learning as you learn it.
A community that challenges and inspires you is invaluable.
Your age, country, and gender don't determine what you are capable of learning.
The best learners allow themselves to make many mistakes along their journey.
The culmination of a great education isn't knowing all the answers — it's knowing what to ask.
A resource like Brilliant takes focused time and effort to build. A global team of experienced staff, contractors, and enthusiasts have guided the development of the material and philosophy that you see today. The core staff leaders today are:
Calvin represented Singapore in the IMO. He has spent years teaching the joy of mathematics through understanding the patterns and linkage of ideas, rather than the memorization of formulas.
Zandra has taught aspiring young students in math enrichment programs such as the Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco Math Circles. She loves opening people's eyes to the beautiful relationships that exist in mathematics.
Eli directed the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, and later applied math and computer science to research ranging from derivatives markets to quantitative linguistics to voting theory. He enjoys connecting mathematical abstraction to the world around us.
Josh has researched problems at the intersection of physics and biology, focusing on the economics of resource allocation in growing cells. He likes to shine light on ideas that cross the borders between disciplines.
The capacity to think critically separates the great from the good. We can grow this capacity by trying — and often failing — to solve diverse, concrete problems.
Millions of people around the world are growing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills together on Brilliant, and we're studying what works and what doesn't. We put our learnings back into our product, content, and community development for your benefit.
“A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail in classes incorporating so-called active learning that expects them to participate in discussions and problem-solving beyond what they've memorized.”
— Enough with the lecturing, National Science Foundation