December 2019 – Mathigon, a London-based EdTech startup, has raised $500k to create the next generation of online resources for mathematics education.
The company started as a spare-time project by former Google engineer Philipp Legner, who volunteered with mathematics outreach projects while studying at Cambridge University. Mathigon quickly grew in popularity, won some of the most prestigious awards in education (GESS Awards Winner, QS Reimagine Education Awards Winner, The Edtech Podcast Festival Pitch Winner, BETT Awards Finalist, EdTech Digest Awards Finalist, Webby Awards Honouree, UCL EdWards Recipient), and now has over 600k active users per year. But this is only the beginning, and Mathigon’s mission is bold: to ensure that every student enjoys learning mathematics, and to create the “Textbook of the Future”.
“I loved mathematics throughout my education, and built Mathigon so that all students can have a similar experience”, Philipp says.
Unlike existing apps and platforms, you don’t just consume information and memorise procedures by watching videos or answering multiple-choice questions. At every step, students can actively explore and discover, be creative and curious, learn problem-solving and critical thinking. These skills are becoming increasingly more important, especially in a future defined by artificial intelligence and globalisation.
The content can seamlessly adapt to different students’ ability. A virtual personal tutor provides real-time help and feedback in a chat interface, and students can even ask their own questions. Mathigon developed a completely new curriculum to take advantage of its platform. Every course is filled with colourful illustrations, real-life applications and captivating stories – engaging even the most reluctant students, and showing that mathematics is so much more than just equations.
Mathigon’s new content format is beautifully designed and uniquely interactive. It has been called “a true mathematical wonderland” by The Guardian’s Alex Bellos and “a front-runner for a new generation of textbooks” by Common Sense Education. Mathigon was one of the first companies to participate in UCL’s EDUCATE program and has received phenomenal feedback from students and teachers all around the world. It is completely free to use and has been translated into several languages.
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“Beautifully designed and interactive courses. A front-runner for a new generation of textbooks.”
“One of the most accessible and engaging maths resources available on the web, a true mathematical wonderland.”
“A mathematical wonderland.”
“I think Mathigon is going to transform maths education.”
“Mathigon is a lush feast for the world of mathematics. Just like Willy Wonka’s factory was playful and interactive, so is the world of Mathigon.”
“Mathigon is absolutely flippin amazing. For goodness sake go and have a play on everything!”
“Textbook is the wrong word, because this is something totally new. Unlike the other online interactive textbooks I’ve seen. It’s more … alive.”
“The content of Mathigon is superb. It educates and teaches the relevant knowledge, but some sections are also highly readable for pure interest's sake.”
“Mathigon’s content and features transform the reader to a different world.”
“Some of the best interactive environments online.”
“One of the most amazing new developments in EdTech!”
“Mathigon does a great job of mixing history and modern-day applications. Interactive elements and visuals help students in a much more engaging way.”
“A treasure chest full of advanced math concepts.”
“Mathigon is one of the greatest math resources out there on the internet, no question.”
“I am simply blown away by the beauty and accessibility of Mathigon's courses: real mathematics, curriculum mathematics in fact, made human, meaningful, and simply joyous. Bravo Mathigon! You are a gift to the maths teaching world.”
“Wow, to say this is the Textbook of the Future would be an understatement!”
“So amazing. It might change your life!”
“I got super excited this morning when I stumbled upon this incredible website for math manipulatives. The rest of the website is just as amazing!”
“Beautifully designed reinvention of the traditional textbook.”
“Be ready to be visually blown away. Amazing math resources for the classroom!”
“The most promising alternative to textbooks that I’ve seen!”
“This free online interactive math textbook is blowing my mind!”
“Completely free to use, forever, and teachers seem to like their work a lot!”
“Innovative and highly attractive activities to challenge secondary learners.”
“This is the most beautiful presentation of subject matter that I have seen. I’ll be recommending mathigon.org to all teachers.”
“This app is simply amazing. It really shows the amazing beauty and complexity of mathematics. A true masterpiece. Rarely do I ever say that…”