"Math 55" has gained a reputation as the toughest undergraduate math class at Harvard—and by that assessment, maybe in the world. The course is one many students dread, while some sign up out of pure curiosity, lớn see what all the fuss is about. (Reportedly, on the first day of each semester, the class is standing-room only.) But a select few consider it a rite of passage that their mathematical mettle.

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The two-semester-long-course—which is made up of "Honors Abstract Algebra" (Math 55a), in the fall, & "Honors Real & Complex Analysis" (Math 55b), in the spring—is far tougher than its unimposing name might have you believe. But, by all accounts, it"s totally worth going through the ordeal. Since very few of us will ever get a chance khổng lồ start the course, let alone finish it, here are 17 insane things you probably don"t know about the craziest academic experience most of us could ever possibly imagine. Và if you want to kiểm tra your own algebraic skills (or lack thereof), don"t miss these 20 Grade-School Math Questions So Hard You"ll Wonder How You Graduated.

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"It is definitely a cult," Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, a professor at the University of Oxford and former 55er (he took the course in the "70s), told *The Harvard Crimson*. "I view it as more of an ordeal than a course.

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