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How does a non-mathematician go about publishing a proof in a way that ensures it to be up to the mathematical community's standards? [closed]

I'm a computer science student who is a maths hobbyist. I'm convinced that I've proven a major conjecture. The problem lies in that I've never published anything before and am not a mathematician by ...
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Is it possible to learn ring theory if one's familiar, but not good at group theory?

Is it possible to learn ring theory if one is familiar with but not good at group theory? Background: I’m using Dummit and Foote's Abstract Algebra, and I am an undergrad.
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Relearning Mathematics

First post, I'll try to make it clear and concise. I've been spending the past few weeks watching all sorts of space and science documentaries and it's ignited my eagerness to learn more about these ...
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Proofs that involve Tricks

When I am doing a homework problem or self-studying, I can usually do proofs that only require theorems or definitions. But lately I've been trying to read more advanced texts in analysis and algebra ...
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easy activity to train finding pattern ability? [closed]

I realize that my math learning go wrong way. Wikipedia says math is finding pattern, formulating conjectures, and proving it. but my math learning didn't focus on them. memorizing formula doesn't ...
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What are the prerequisites for taking introductory abstract algebra?

I am a maths student in my second year of university. I have taken and done quite well in Calculus I, II, III as well as a linear algebra (application focused) class. I have not worked much with ...
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Differential Geometry past an introductory course?

I'll be doing an independent study with one of my profs in differential geometry next semester (my university did not happen to offer an intro diff. geometry course next semester like it usually ...
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Independent math learning

I'm an undergraduate math and econ major and I'm planning on graduating relatively soon and I am very limited to the number of math classes I have left (very sad about this fact). So far I have ...
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Goldberg against Rudin against Pugh. Which real analysis book should I buy? [closed]

I am trying to decided which real analysis text book I should buy. I have the following in mind- 1)Walter Rudin's "Principles of Mathematical Analysis" 2)Charles Pugh's "Real Mathematical Analysis" ...
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participation in 1st year introductory pure maths classes

I have just started teaching a very elementary class for 1st year students on introductory pure mathematics. ( classes at my institution are groups up to 20 students and supplement the lectures. The ...
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Rudin against Pugh for Textbook for First Course in Real Analysis

So as I have said before in a previous question, I am taking a first course in Mathematical Analysis, and I'm quite excited. I just found out though that unlike the other professors at my university, ...
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Strategies to prevent my math abilities from fading?

This is not a math question per se, but I think that it is relevant to a number of people. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school, but not feeling super confident that I will get ...
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Advice about taking mathematical analysis class

I appologize if this isn't the place to ask, if it's not could you let me know and I will take it to meta? Anyway, so I am planning on taking a mathematical analysis course next spring, and I'm really ...
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Should I include obvious steps in mathematical paper?

I am writing a formal school paper (by formal I mean, with an abstract, a bibliography and 20 pages in length) on mathematics (it is called 'Extended Essay,' for those having knowledge of the ...
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Transition from introduction to analysis to more advanced analysis

I am currently studying intro to analysis and learning somethings about basic topology in metric space and almost finished the course . I am thinking of taking some more advanced analysis. Would it be ...
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What are the prerequisites for Stochastic Processes

I'm a first-semester mathematics student, however I already feel the need of a certain goal, or rather an area I'd like to specialize in. For a quite a while, that's been the study of stochastic ...
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Relearn mathematics

I believe that this question is well known, but since I'm not a US resident and do wish to learn math according to the U.S. school syllabus I wish that somebody can help me. At my first eight years ...
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Academic integrity [closed]

This may sound like a childish question and for all its worth, very well may be one as I am only 17, but how do I know who to trust with reviewing or looking at my work? The idea of someone stealing ...
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Math every mathematician should know [closed]

This question is meant as a companion to previously asked questions like Proofs every mathematician should know. More and more I'm beginning to see that there is just too much math to learn. ...
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Choosing a Master Thesis Topic: Logic - Model Theory

I am a first-year graduate student in maths. Around these days, I feel I must decide on which exact part of mathematics I shall go through. Infact, I have narrowed down the suitable options but still ...
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Suggestions on Real, Fourier Analysis textbooks?

I'm new here, and I hope this is within the scope of the website. I'll try to ask few advisory type questions in the future... I'm a college junior, and I was wondering if you guys could offer any ...
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Too old to start math [closed]

I'm sorry if this question goes against the meta for posting questions - I attached all the "beware, this is a soft-question" tags I could. This is a question I've been asking myself now for some ...
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Set theorist as a physicist or physicist as a set theorist?

I'm majoring physics, but really interested in mathematics. I liked physics since it was really beautiful to have an analysis on a nature with mathematical tool. However, the more i study, the more ...
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How much time is too much (to put into a single problem)?

As a self-studier, I have no due dates and no time pressure. This is partly a good thing since I do have a life outside of my pursuit of mathematics. However, the lack of pressure is also a bad ...
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prove normality of famlity of analytic functions

I already proved normality for meromorphic functions that omit 3 values. I'm trying now to prove normality of family of analytic functions that omit two values. Is there any way to deduce any one of ...
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Numeric synaesthesia: uses of and advice for learning math.

It turns out that my adolescent son might have numeric synaesthesia-- numbers have specific colors and possibly other distinguishing characteristics for him. He has shown that he can commit long ...
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Should analysis be studied minus point set topology

I have noticed that certain texts like Terry Tao's Analysis I, Bartle and Sherbert's Real analysis as well as Michael Spivak do not use the language of topology in their exposition. A text like ...
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Study Strategy: broad/depth; abstract/intuitive

Research Interest: Chaos, Dynamical System, PDE. Study style: Shallowly Broad: Quickly absorb as many branch as possible [master more 'toolbox'] OR Narrowed Depth: Carefully focus on ...
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Example of no inclusion in set of closures

Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $A_j \subseteq X$ for $j = 1,2,...$ . Let $B = \bigcup_{j=1}^\infty A_j$. Find an example for which $\bigcup_{j=1}^\infty \bar{A_j} \neq \bar{B}$. Also, in general ...
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GRE Math Subject Test

I am studying for GRE Math. I am looking for specific tips. What types of questions usually come up? Does anyone know any tricks (e.g. integration tricks) that might be helpful? Which theorems are ...
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How to work faster on the GRE.

I'm fixin' to go to grad school next year, so lately I've been studying for the mathematics subject GRE. What I have heard, from MSE and other places, is that the most important thing is to learn to ...
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Prerequisite for Differential Topology and/or Geometric Topology

What are the prerequisites to learning both or one of the items? Consider that one will have done some of the "core" classes like Differential Geometry, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra and POint-Set ...
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Need advice. How relearn what Ive forgotten? [closed]

The last time I studied mathematics and algebra was six years ago. I've since forgotten everything except quadratic equations, trigonometric functions and other things at the same level. Now I want to ...
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What is the most effective way of teaching mathematics to my 7 year old kid?

I want to help my kid excel in Math. I can see she has some trouble with additions,subtraction, multiplication and division. Will it help if I let her memorize the multiplication table? or use ...
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Multiplicative inverse of a complex number.

Find the multiplicative inverse of $1+ 3\sqrt{2}$ in the ring $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2})$ and use it to solve the equation $(1+3\sqrt{2})x=1-5\sqrt{2}$. I think that the inverse is the conjugate, so it ...
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Studying mathematics efficiently

I am particularly angry at myself for the last few days. I noticed how inefficiently I work. Here is the general scenario: I decided to study abstract algebra and analysis some days back. I tried ...
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Is it possible to practice mental math too often? [closed]

I'm far from a mathematician, but the field I'm trying to break into (management consulting) requires a fair amount of mental arithmetic. I'm okay, but I'm not even close to as good as I need to be in ...
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Lattices inside matrix groups $SL_2(K)$

I am currently a second year undergraduate majoring in math and our university is offering an opportunity for undergraduates to do a project over the summer break. I have spoken to my professor who is ...
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Taking Differential Topology concurrently with Analysis

So I'm trying to finalize my schedule for this semester. I can't decide whether I should enroll in a grad level Differential Topology (Milnor) class or just the undergrad general topology one. The ...
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What are some good math specific study habits?

What are/ were some of your good mathematician's study habits that you found really worked for you? I'm a CS major at a respected school and have a solid GPA... However, I definitely lack when it ...
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How long should I insist?

While studying math, I usually get stuck on some topics, how long should I insist trying to understand it alone? What are the strategies for when this happens?
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What am I losing if I decide to perform all math by computer?

I solve mathematical problems every day, some by hand and some with the computer. I wonder: What will I lose if I start doing the mathematical problems only by computer? I've read this text and the ...
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Module Theory for the Working Student

Question: What level of familiarity and comfort with modules should someone looking to work through Hatcher's Algebraic Topology possess? Motivation: I am taking my first graduate course in ...
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Math and mental fatigue [closed]

Just a soft-question that has been bugging me for a long time: How does one deal with mental fatigue when studying math? I am interested in Mathematics, but when studying say Galois Theory and ...
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Math Textbooks for High School

I'm a high school student who is trying to figure out a complete course of self study for each year of high school. Is there a way to self learn grades of math without devoting too much time? For ...
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Advanced Linear Algebra courses in graduate schools

After studying general a linear algebra course, how would an advanced linear algebra course differ from the general course? And would an advanced linear algebra course be taught in graduate schools? ...
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Advice for study plan.

I'm studying math by myself, and now I'm wondering what is the most appropriate for me to study. I think my interest goes to rather pure mathematics than applied math or math for engineers. So far I ...
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Complete course of self-study [closed]

I am about $16$ years old and I have just started studying some college mathematics. I may never manage to get into a proper or good university (I do not trust fate) but I want to really study ...
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Motivation and methods for self-study [closed]

First, a little background: Beginning with calculus in my first semester of college, I fell in love with mathematics. That was the point at which the concepts became interesting to me, and I started ...
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How to address mistakes in published papers?

I have recently discovered some mistakes in a published maths article. I have contacted the author pointing out politely my concerns, but I got no specific answer, just a "polite" one, that the ...