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 Qinling Y•
Jan 19, 2018
Perfect syllabus and topic arrangement, clear lecturing, except few Chinese
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 Umut B Y•
Apr 07, 2019
Course is touch with understandable nice language. Also there are many real life situation to support what being taught. Definitely suggested for those who want to look at world differently
Dec 13, 2018
it is great and thanks for instructor teaching this course. I have learned much
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.
par Milind G•
Dec 20, 2018
Excellent Teaching and Good content for getting an introduction for Model Thinking.
par Jose J L•
Dec 29, 2018
par SUN W•
Feb 19, 2019
This is a very informative course, highly recommend!
par Christian G H•
Feb 22, 2019
Extraordinary. I was a pretty good thinker but now I am way better.
par Ludo A S•
Mar 19, 2019
Essential for everyday life!
par Deleted A•
Feb 11, 2019
This is the course that I recall many times in my work and studies
par Vladimir K•
Apr 10, 2019
The day I started the course I thought like 'well, maybe i will look through several lectures', but during the course i understood that i was wrong. The course is super useful and interesting! Especially for engineer guys like myself.
par Lau C•
Apr 15, 2019
Very interesting and easy to follow. Thanks guys.
par KD H•
Mar 05, 2019
Great content, well explained, straight to the point without filler.
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 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 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 John H•
Dec 22, 2018
Best high level modeling course! The course uses Interesting important examples for each category of model.
par Dzmitry P•
Dec 10, 2016
Love this course! Thank you a lot!
par Armand R•
Apr 09, 2016
Eye-opening cross-disciplinary program with an outstanding teacher. Cannot be better, thank you Internet for bringing this to everyone.
par Philip W•
Nov 19, 2016
Clear. Well paced. Methodical. Ideal balance of mathematics and practical application. Mathematics not too overwhelming although it did push my thinking hard.
par Percy B•
Oct 21, 2015
par Dennis A•
Jul 10, 2016
Presenter is excellent, subject matter is fascinating
par Juan P S•
Jan 12, 2016
It's not just for good citizens, it's also for good politicians !