"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, to 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.




Bạn đang xem: 17 insane facts about “math 55,” the hardest math class at harvard

The two-semester-long-course—which is made up of "Honors Abstract Algebra" (Math 55a), in the fall, and "Honors Real and 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 to 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. And if you want to test your own algebraic skills (or lack thereof), don"t miss these 20 Grade-School Math Questions So Hard You"ll Wonder How You Graduated.


*
*
*

*
*
*

*
*
Shutterstock

"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.

Xem thêm: Soạn Bài Luyện Nói Tự Sự Kết Hợp Với Nghị Luận Và Miêu Tả Nội Tâm Đề 3

People who have been through it don"t really forget it….It"s like changing fraternity rings. It identifies you."ae0fcc31ae342fd3a1346ebb1f342fcb