Amit, I’m glad you are finding the course of interest, but I’m note sure why you did not view any of the almost twelve hours of videos that discuss the nature, history, and uses of mathematics, since that is where you would find discussion of the various historical threads that led to modern mathematics. The Introduction to Mathematical Thinking course itself was about a contemporary way of thinking, not the history of mathematics, so naturally there was no more than occasional, brief, passing references to history. All I can do in a MOOC is make the information available, I cannot direct anyone to view or read it. ðŸ˜¦ I hope you continue to enjoy the course.

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I was reading about mathematics and its history. I searched at various places like, wikipedia etc. I also read the recommended background readings pdfs of your course. In a section about the history of mathematics, the book mentions about the Babylonian mathematics and Egyptian mathematics. But it also says that others civilizations also developed mathematics but they don’t have much effect on modern mathematics. Here I feel its worth mentioning about the Indian mathematics also.

Here is a part of wikipedia article about Indian mathematics:

“The decimal number system in use today[3] was first recorded in Indian mathematics.[4] Indian mathematicians made early contributions to the study of the concept of zero as a number,[5] negative numbers,[6] arithmetic, and algebra.[7] In addition, trigonometry[8] was further advanced in India, and, in particular, the modern definitions of sine and cosine were developed there.[9] These mathematical concepts were transmitted to the Middle East, China, and Europe[7] and led to further developments that now form the foundations of many areas of mathematics.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_mathematics

Thank you.

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I have certainly interacted with other Stanford professors who have given MOOCs, and Coursera provides a MOOC platform for all instructors and their assistants to communicate and learn from one another. We are all learning as we go along!

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]]>This is extremely helpful information for the many people who are or will be preparing their first MOOC.To my knowledge, none of the other instructors for the first-gen Coursera MOOCs have been sharing their experiences and insights in an open format.

Quick query: have you had any opportunities to interact with instructors of other first-gen MOOCs to compare experiences and insights? In general? Or, with others using the Coursera platform?

Clearly, getting this information to flow as quickly as possible can help the second-generation of courses to be better than the first (or, at least to make new mistakes, which is always a worthy goal).

I enrolled in two courses (on the Coursera platform) which launched January 28: the E-learning and Digital Culture and the Online Course Planning and Prep courses. The first course was well-designed. The second, as you likely know, was seriously flawed, and closed. Clearly the Digital Culture team had integrated insights from the earlier courses, while the Online Course course did not. It made me wonder what resources are available (from Coursera or otherwise) to help instructors benefit from what has been learned from the earlier courses – besides reading your blogs, and listening to your podcasts of course.

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