Apr 07, 2018
The course presents a multitude of models that enable us to analyze human and systems behavior and interactions. By making implicit assumptions explicit we can understand real world processes better.
Feb 25, 2017
Great content and lectures, that possibly provides new dimensions to look/explain the situation in context, I guess I will comeback for references to continue with this journey in to 'Model Thinking'
par Saikat G•
May 25, 2019
An Excellent Introduction to Applied Mathematics
I have always loved Mathematics as I am a Computer Science student. However, my interests have hitherto been on the pure side. This course was my introduction to Applied Mathematics, particularly in the social sciences. (Of course, I have been exposed to Applied Mathematics before, but it was always in the context of Physics or Engineering.)
I heard about this course because I was reading Scott Page's book - Model Thinking. I thought I'd take the online course parallelly as I read the book. It is an excellent course.
The modules are small and digestible chunks and practical examples are given about each of the models. The course is all about the virtues of thinking of situations in multiple models and recognizing that almost all models are wrong, because by definition, a model must make simplifications from the real world. However, that doesn't mean that the model cannot explain a substantial part of the real world of provide genuine insight !
The tests are great. This was my first CourseEra course. Since each test can be taken multiple times, there is no pressure or stress before the test. I started thinking of the test as another educational experience. The tests really reinforce the material.
I really recommend the course, particularly if you love Mathematics and have not been exposed to how it is used in fields like Economics, Politics and Social Sciences.
The only complain I have is that there is no project or paper required to be written. This is the reason I still do not feel like I have truly mastered the material in depth. I will now try to do something deeper with the material I learnt in this course.
par Bradley G•
Jan 26, 2019
I learned much more than anticipated. In fact I've already started exploring areas of my work that model thinking would apply and how to use the tools presented in this class. Highly recommend!
par Qinling Y•
Jan 19, 2018
Perfect syllabus and topic arrangement, clear lecturing, except few Chinese
par Milind G•
Dec 20, 2018
Excellent Teaching and Good content for getting an introduction for Model Thinking.
par John H•
Dec 22, 2018
Best high level modeling course! The course uses Interesting important examples for each category of model.
Dec 13, 2018
it is great and thanks for instructor teaching this course. I have learned much
par SUN W•
Feb 19, 2019
This is a very informative course, highly recommend!
par Deleted A•
Feb 11, 2019
This is the course that I recall many times in my work and studies
par Christian G H•
Feb 22, 2019
Extraordinary. I was a pretty good thinker but now I am way better.
par KD H•
Mar 05, 2019
Great content, well explained, straight to the point without filler.
par Warwick T•
Mar 08, 2019
This was a very interesting course. Scott Page is an excellent lecturer. The lectures often have questions in them that make sure the student understands the lecture. The reviews also ask good questions to help the student learn. One suggestion for improvement is that the lectures that have corrections in them should be recorded again.
par Din K•
Mar 16, 2019
Very good introduction to model thinking. Thanks for providing this free course and the excellent delivery from Scott Page.
par Fernando P•
Mar 18, 2019
This is an EXCELLENT CLASS. If you're someone who isn't math savvy and wants to see how math can be used in the real world, check this course out. It really helps you to see the underlying commonalities between all kinds of problems. Great course. Relatable instructor.
par Ludo A S•
Mar 19, 2019
Essential for everyday life!
par Jose J L•
Dec 29, 2018
par Mike Y W•
Dec 02, 2018
Taking this course has really broadened my mind to see how models help to explain situations in the real world, but I don't expect to be able to remember ALL of the models as there are simply too many to choose from! I really enjoyed how the professor eases into each week, gives examples, adds in-video questions to test if you're still awake, and finally ties the lecture off with a "Thank You" ... it really puts a nice touch into an otherwise long and potentially dry course. I'd have liked to see some in-lecture polls, and peer assignments after each mid-term.
Nov 16, 2018
par Derek R•
Sep 02, 2018
I learned a variety of models that are applicable to work and real-world situational problems.
par Leila N d L L•
Aug 25, 2018
par Brad P•
Oct 15, 2018
Great course! I love it so much. thanks for all the hard work done by the team.
par Pedro E S O•
Oct 19, 2018
par Leon W•
Sep 13, 2018
This course can enrich one's pluralistic thinking and grant us a wide range of tools in perceiving the world and phenomenons associated with it. Please access to and read through all materials given in the syllabus to make full use of this course.
Sep 21, 2018
All the way 5! I am a last year Ph.D. candidate and this is one of the best courses I have ever had in my whole life! The instructor is amazing! I highly recommend.
par Дышко В А•
Oct 30, 2018
par Dan F•
Nov 02, 2018
I still refer back to this. Invaluable. Brilliant.