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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsHello and welcome to our course, an introduction to recreational math, brought to you by the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational wing of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. It's our job to bring math and science to the general public, and that's what I hope to do together with you in this Future Learn course, So, join me on a fantastic journey into one of the most entertaining ways to experience math. The way we're going to do this is just by going step by step through the 3 weeks of our course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsThe first week we'll dedicate to finding out just what is recreational math, and who were the leading historical and contemporary figures that made it such a popular field. In the second week we’ll explore the rich world of mathematical puzzles, and in the third week we’ll play with some mathematical games. The course is full of activities, videos, articles and quizzes. Even more important though are your comments, and the discussions throughout the course, so please don’t be shy and post a lot! I’ll be there to help along the way, but what makes me really excited is when you help each other. That kind of social interaction within the course really mimics a proper classroom and benefits everyone. Oh! I nearly forgot!

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsOne important part of recreational math is the connection between math and magic, so, at the end of each week I’ll treat you to a mathematical magic trick. I suppose that’s my way of bribing you to stay with us the whole course! Are you ready? Then, let’s go!

Welcome from Dr. Yossi Elran

Hello! I’m Dr Yossi Elran and this course is all about recreational math. Each week will have a theme, and we’ll learn about it through videos, articles and discussion. There will also be other optional tasks and exercises you can try to enhance your learning. Each week builds on the last, so we strongly recommend you work through each week in order. Each week should take you 2 to 3 hours to complete if you do all the tasks, and there are quizzes along the way and a test at the end of the course so you can see how much you have learnt.

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An Introduction to Recreational Math: Fun, Games and Puzzles

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