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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Learning mathematics the fast way.

The video course I found has been streamed on EDGE. Some sort of system for distance learners. It is a 10 week course split over two subjects: vector analysis ( 4 weeks ) and complex analysis ( 6 weeks ). For the moment I am primarily interested in the complex analysis lectures. If everything goes well I do M337 next year. It is still very, very early but I am thinking of MST209 ( Mathematical modelling ) + M381 ( Logic and elementary number theory ) + M337 ( Complex analysis ) for next year. To the point. I am rather surprised by the sheer speed they go through a topic like complex analysis. They cover basicly what's in the book A First Course in Complex Analysis which has 500 pages. Well, you would say that's roughly 85 pages a week. Or 20 pages per lecture. Or three minutes per page. Now suppose a page is a theorem + proof + example that would reduce the time to one minute for a proof. Reasoning like this doesn't work of course but there is this Eternal Truth: "Mathematics is hard and there is no royal way." Some King ( don't remember which one ) supposedly asked one of his mathematicians that there surely must be a faster way -for him- to learn mathematics. The answer he got was "There is no royal way to mathematics." Maybe they discovered one after all, in Seattle.

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