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What advanced methods in contour integration are there?

It is well known how to evaluate a definite integral like $$ \int_{0}^\infty dx\, R(x), $$ where $R$ is a rational function, using contour integration around a semicircle or a keyhole. Most complex ...
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Mathematical literature to lose yourself in

H.M. Edwards in the preface to his book on the Riemann Zeta Function, summarises his philosophy on learning Mathematics: ...I have tried to say to students of mathematics that they should read the ...
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I need help finding a rigorous Pre-calculus textbook

I dislike modern textbooks; their cookie-cutter approach and appearance, over reliance on breaking things down into little boxes, the general spoon-feeding they engender and most of all the poor ...
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How many different proofs are there that $a^n-b^n =(a-b)\sum_{i=0}^{n-1} a^i b^{n-1-i} $?

How many different proofs are there that $a^n-b^n =(a-b)\sum_{i=0}^{n-1} a^i b^{n-1-i} $ for positive integer $n$ and real $a, b$? You can use any techniques you want. My proof just uses algebra, ...
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Examples of advancement in mathematics due to war

It's not a lie that, in most sciences, some of their advancement comes from war. A couple examples would be the Haber process in chemistry and none other than the Manhattan Project in both physics and ...
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Undergraduate Schools for the Mathematically Inclined

I'm a rising senior and working on generating a list of colleges to apply to, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria are mutually exclusive. Are there any schools ...
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Examples of Beautiful Applications of Thale's Theorem [closed]

My question is this: what do you consider to be a particularly beautiful application of Thales' Theorem? I'd like to collect a bunch of nice examples as a big list. One of my favourites, as a ...
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In what order should I study?

I would like to study the basic fundamentals of mathematics from the beginning and move on from there as my understanding of the subject is lacking. In what order should I study? Arithmetic ...
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Mathematicians who were not intelligent [closed]

Were all the mathematicians born intelligent or some of them worked harder to achieve their goals? This question has been haunting me for years. I would love to be a mathematician but I am afraid I am ...
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Video/audio lectures on differential topology?

Do there exist decent online video lectures, or even audio lectures, covering differential topology? I'm aware of Milnor's talk, but it is more like exposition and doesn't go very far.
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Who are some blind or otherwise disabled mathematicians who have made important contributions to mathematics?

Two prominent mathematicians who were disabled in ways which would have made it difficult to work were Lev Pontryagin and Solomon Lefschetz. Pontryagin was blind as a result of a stove explosion at ...
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Properties of reflexive Banach spaces

I just want to see the importance of reflexive Banach spaces and what is special about them compared to other Banach spaces. What kind of properties hold in reflexive spaces that do not necessarily ...
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What are some good questions for this trick, if $\frac{a}{b}=\frac{c}{d}=\frac{e}{f}=\dots=\alpha$ then $\alpha=\frac{a+c+e+…}{b+d+f+…}$?

I need some good algebra questions that are applications of this trick, often in a non obvious and elegant way: $$\text{If } \frac{a}{b}=\frac{c}{d}=\frac{e}{f}=\dots=\alpha \text{ then } ...
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General lists of techniques to prove whether a set is a generator of a matrix group

It seems like a rather common problem in group theory, at least in undergraduate maths, to check whether a set is a generator of a group. The question is usually as follow: Given a group $G$, and a ...
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An introduction for integral tricks.

I wonder if there's a good book or internet page introducing integral tricks? For example integration by parts, and Feynman's trick. I'm not looking for an exercise book such as "Problems in ...
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Examples of “Non-Logical Theorems” Proven by Logic

I am still an undergraduate student, and so perhaps I just haven't seen enough of the mathematical world. Question: What are some examples of mathematical logic solving open problem outside of ...
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Are there more examples of functional equations which are also valid for the identity map?

I find the co-incidence of the identity: $$\sin(A+B)\sin(A-B) = \sin^2 A - \sin^2 B$$ very pleasing. So, I was wondering if there are more of these type of identities. To make my question precise: ...
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Video lectures of algebraic geometry (Hartshorne, Shafarevich, … )

I am a commutative algebra student. I wonder if there is some video lectures of algebraic geometry courses available online for free? I'd like the lectures to cover main topics of the books ...
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Crazy Set Theory Analogies

I think the following analogies are too interesting to be ignored: Union = Least Common Multiple If $G_1,...,G_n$ denote a number of sets of points (either linear or in any number of dimensions), ...
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Seemingly hard integrals which are made easy via differentiation under the integral sign a.k.a Feynman Integration [closed]

I recently discovered Differentiation under the integral sign a.k.a Feynman Integration and I read an article which says it can be substituted for contour integration. Therefore, I am assuming this ...
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Classic Counting Problems

Does anyone have some good, classic, counting problems? I want things that are interesting, as well as instructive- more than just compute the number of way to get a flush, etc. (Not that those aren't ...
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Text on Witt vectors that are accessible to undergraduate students

I am looking for a thorough text on Witt vectors that is accessible to an undergraduate student that have completed the following courses: Calc 1, 2, Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra. (In Norway, ...
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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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Algebraic constructions to add a real to a sub-group of $\langle \mathbb{R}^+,.\rangle$

Consider the group $\langle \mathbb{R}^+,.\rangle$ and let $r$ be a real number (e.g. $r=\sqrt{2}$). I would like to know about all known algebraic constructions to build a sub-group of $\langle ...
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Identities involving adjoint action

I'm looking for list of identities involving adjoint action $\mathrm{ad}_A X = [A,X] = AX - XA$. For example, it can be easily shown that: \begin{equation} e^{\mathrm{ad}_A} X = e^A X e^{-A} ...
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Interactions between geometry and graph theory.

I'm looking for some nice theories or just exercises, with both geometrical aspects and graph theoretics aspects. Example may include for instance the 4-color theorem or Euler characteristics, maybe ...
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Other Interesting solutions to $a=bq+r$? [closed]

The division algorithm says $a=bq+r$, with $r$ between $0$ and $b$. Are there interesting restrictions on $r$ using number-theoretic properties that make the equation $a=bq+r$ hold, or hold with ...
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References for mathematical theory of summability of divergent series

Once in a while, I can't help it to ask very broad questions. I have read (a portion of) Hardy's Divergent Series. Back then, I think besides in mathematics, divergent series and the need to assign ...
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Important applications of the Uniform Boundedness Principle

There's like three applications of the uniform boundedness principle in wikipedia: 1) If a sequence of bounded operators converges pointwise to an operator, then the limit operator is also bounded, ...
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Different ways of constructing the free group over a set.

This could be too broad if we're not careful. I'm sorry if it ends up that way. Let's put together a list of different constructions of the free group $F_X$ over a given set $X$. It seems to be ...
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Real life examples of order relations.

It's easy to find examples of equivalence relations (for example, A shares room with B), but I can't seem to find a real life example of an order relation (that is, a relation that's reflexive, ...
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Infinite families of prime numbers

What interesting/useful infinite families of prime numbers are there? Right now it would be useful if I could find one with arbitrarily many 1's in its binary representation, but I am doing a larger ...
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Is there any visual animation to show the basic concept of algebraic geometry? [closed]

Is there any visual animation to show the basic concept of algebraic geometry? There are rarely pictures in textbooks, so are there any animation to show basic but important concepts?
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Daily exercises to speed up my mental calculations?

When I was a kid in school my father prevented me from using a calculator when solving my math homeworks. However at that time I was not convinced as of why not to use such a useful tool! So I kept on ...
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Examples of Infinite Simple Groups

I would like a list of infinite simple groups. I am only aware of $A_\infty$. Any example is welcome, but I'm particularly interested in examples of infinite fields and values of $n$ such that ...
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What are the problems that you tried to find their solutions and you did not know that it is impossible?

Tell us your story about Mathematics. Have you dream one day to do a big contribution in Mathematics because you are curious and love challenges. What are things that you tried to prove which then ...
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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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Big-Daddy-Conjectures and Hierarchy of Mathematical Conjectures

I am interested in the Hierarchy and Connections between various different open problems in Mathematics, and the most general conjectures in various fields of Mathematics. Examples of Hierachy ...
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What are the purposes for all of the distributions?

I want a list of all of the main distributions and their application: Example entry: Poisson$(\lambda)$ - Models number of events in a given amount of time or space. Thank you, community answer ...
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What are other unexpected results of integration?

I have integral of $\dfrac{1}{t^2 + 1}$ and integral of $\dfrac{t}{t^2 + 1}$ whose output is $\arctan(t)$ and $\dfrac12\ln(t^2 + 1)$ respectively. Are there any similar unexpected results when we ...
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Relations between definite integrals not having a known closed form

Are there any known cases, when there are two (or more) definite integrals, none of them having any known closed-form expression on its own, but there is still a non-trivial$^\dagger$ elementary ...
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How many different definitions of $e$ are there?

It seems as though, in my analysis and calculus courses, in particular, a common cop-out when asked to prove an identity involving $e$, is the phrase "it's true by definition". So, I'm trying to find ...
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Category theoretic approaches to Riemann Hypothesis?

I was wondering if there has been any category theoretic advancements in the study of the Riemann Hypothesis and the theory surrounding it? This question is meant in the same vein as these ...
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Reference request for papers proving the existence of a special function satisfying the following conditions

Previously in this site it has been proved that there exists at least one prime between $c_n$ and $n$ where $c_n$ denotes the $n$-th composite (see the question Prove that there exists an $m$ such ...
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What was the book that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics?

Of course, I am generalising here. It may have been a teacher, a theorem, self pursuit, discussions with family / friends / colleagues, etc. that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics. But ...
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Has this property for algebraic structures got a name?

Given a binary operation $*:M\times M\rightarrow M$. I define the extension of $*$ to the subset of $M$ in the usual way (with $A,B \subseteq M$) $a*A:=\{a\}*A$and $A*a:=A*\{a\}$, ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Book ref. request: “…starting from a mathematically amorphous problem and combining ideas from sources to produce new mathematics…”

I couldn't find Charles Radin's Miles of Tiles at the local university library or the public library, and cannot afford its Amazon price right now. Thus, while sorely disappointed for the moment, I ...
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What [precisely] is special, algebraically, about fundamental Pell solutions?

I'm asking for a list of algebraic identities which "uniquely identify" (or nearly so) the fundamental solution (or those immediately around it) of a Pell equation. As a concrete [numerical] example, ...