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Things you've believed for a long time were true, but are false in reality [duplicate]

Do you have any things (mathematical statements, statements about mathematics) you've believed for a long time were true, but now with enough mathematical knowledge you realize were wrong? For ...
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What was the first bit of mathematics that made you realize that math is beautiful? (For children's book)

I'm a children's book writer and illustrator, and I want to to create a book for young readers that exposes the beauty of Mathematics. I recently read Paul Lockhart's essay "The Mathematician's ...
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How does intuition fail for higher dimensions?

From this answer: Now, Algebraic Geometry is one of the oldest, deepest, broadest and most active subjects in Mathematics with connections to almost all other branches in either a very direct ...
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Help: rules of a game whose details I don't remember!

In a probability course, a game was introduced which a logical approach won't yield a strategy for winning, but a probabilistic one will. My problem is that I don't remember the details (the rules of ...
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Who discovered this number-guessing paradox?

In this math.se post I described in some detail a certain paradox, which I will summarize: $A$ writes two distinct numbers on slips of paper. $B$ selects one of the slips at random (equiprobably), ...
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Examples of “transfer via bijection”

On some occasions I have seen the following situation: We want find out whether a set of a given cardinality $\varkappa$ has some property P. If this property is invariant under bijective maps, then ...
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How many smooth functions are non-analytic?

We know from example that not all smooth (infinitely differentiable) functions are analytic (equal to their Taylor expansion at all points). However, the examples on the linked page seem rather ...
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an example of a continuous function whose Fourier series diverges at a dense set of points

Please give me a link to a reference for an example of a continuous function whose Fourier series diverges at a dense set of points. (given by Du Bois-Reymond). I couldn't find this in Wikipedia.
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The limit of the derivative of an increasing and bounded function is always $0$?

Let $\,f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a infinitely differentiable function that is increasing and bounded. Then is it true that $\lim_{x\to \infty}f'(x)=0$?
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Mathematical results that were generally accepted but later proven wrong?

I am giving a presentation on mathematical results that were widely accepted for a period of time and then later proven wrong, or vice versa. This talk is geared towards undergraduates who are likely ...
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Graph of discontinuous linear function is dense

$f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is a function such that for all $x,y$ in $\mathbb{R}$, $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$. If $f$ is cont, then of course it has to be linear. But here $f$ is NOT cont. Then show ...
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Chain of length $2^{\aleph_0}$in $ (P(\mathbb{N}),\subseteq)$

How can I find a chain of length $2^{\aleph_0}$ in $ (P(\mathbb{N}), \subseteq )$. The only chain I have in mind is $$\{\{0 \},\{0,1 \},\{0,1,2 \},\{ 0,1,2,3\},...,\{\mathbb{N} \} \}$$ But the ...
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Mathematical statements that cannot be proved or disproved [closed]

I've recently been reading about the continuum hypothesis and am fascinated by the fact that it cannot be proved or disproved, despite the fact that the statement itself is either true or false. What ...
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Generating function: Probability regarding coin toss

If a coin is flipped 25 times with eight tails occurring, what is the probability that no run of six (or more) consecutive heads occur? Wasn't sure how to approach this and am quite positive my ...
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Is there a compact set which is not Jordan measurable?

Is there a compact set which is not Jordan measurable? Intuitively, the answer seems like there is no such set but I could not find a proof anywhere. Does anyone know of a proof or a counter example?

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