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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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“Deep” maths books in certain subjects [on hold]

I would like a suggestion on the 'deepest' books in Calculus and analysis (something along the lines of Rudin's) Linear algebra Abstract algebra Geometry (and topology); (even something along the ...
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Mathematical statements that cannot be proved or disproved

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, ...
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Examples of misleading notation that gives correct results

A lot of the time, in maths, especially when I'm trying to remember a formula, I'm taught to remember it in a way that is not notationally correct, but produces the right result. e.g. when learning ...
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What jobs in Mathematics are always in demand, and are deeply Mathematically specialised or greatly general?

I am wondering what jobs in the field of Mathematics are (seemingly) always in demand. I am also wondering what jobs there are that are (once again seemingly) greatly Mathematically demanding in ...
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'Obvious' theorems that are actually false

It's one of my real analysis professor's favourite sayings that "being obvious does not imply that it's true". Now, I know a fair few examples of things that are obviously true and that can be proved ...
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Good resource for learning braid theory?

I recently heard about braid theory and read the Wikipedia article on it, and it seems really beautiful. What is a good resource for learning more about it? I have a background in mathematics at the ...
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Paradoxical models of $\sf ZF$ without choice [closed]

There are some models of $\sf ZF$ without the Axiom of choice, where some paradoxical statements hold that are not possible in $\sf ZFC$ (we do not require that all those statements necessarily hold ...
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Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for ...
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Theorems for Pascal's triangle

The mathematician Donald Knuth (b. 1938) once indicated that there are so many relations and patterns in Pascal's triangle that when someone finds a new identity, there aren't many people who get ...
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Examples of theorems that haven't been proven without AC in practice but can be proven without it in principle

It is possible to prove theorems of the form "if $\phi$ is provable in ZFC, then $\phi$ is provable in ZF". For example, let $\phi$ be a statement that is absolute between $V$ and $L$. If $\phi$ were ...
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Exhaustive list of recreational mathematical concepts

There are many simple yet elegant, addictive and entertaining mathematical concepts. For example, drinker paradox, pigeon hole principle, Monty Hall problem, Hilbert's paradox of the Grand Hotel, etc. ...
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When trees are the answer: what is the question?

For which optimization problems are (abstract) trees the best solution? E.g. binary search trees are somehow optimal data structures for quick search. But why for example do botanic trees grow as ...
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A compendium of proof-techniques per objective

Please consider this as an on-going list of techniques preferably per objective or subject. Many mathematical books (at least lately) are focusing on "design patterns" if you like of proof-techniques ...
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An equation that generates a beautiful or unique shape for motivating students in mathematics

Could anyone here provide us an equation that generates a beautiful or unique shape when we plot? For example, this is old but gold, I found this equation on internet: $$ \large\color{blue}{ ...
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List of Bounds of $n$-th composite

I am looking for a list of all the bounds on $c_n$, the $n$-th composite. There is a trivial bound $2n \geq c_n >n$ $\forall n \geq 5$. But I am looking for bounds stronger than this. I have ...
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Interesting Identities in First-Order Logic

Are there more identities of this sort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-order_logic#Provable_identities) that are interesting/non-trivial? It seems that most further work in first-order logic is ...
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What are the uses of “squeezing”?

Off hand, the uses of "squeezing" that I can think of are: showing that $\lim_{x\to0}\dfrac{\sin x}x = 1$, which is then used in finding derivatives (PS: I've just remembered this item showing ...
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The Power of Dimensional Analysis

What are some illustrative examples of dimensional analysis at work? Especially, where can it be used to significantly reduce the difficultly of a computation?
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Are there such prime giving functions?

Here let us define a function $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ , such that for every $n$ , The sequence $\{f(n) ,f(n)+1 ,f(n)+2 , f(n)+3, \dots , f(n)+n\}$ contains atleast $1$ prime . Let us ...
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Nuking the Mosquito — ridiculously complicated ways to achieve very simple results [closed]

Here is a toned down example of what I'm looking for: Integration by solving for the unknown integral of $f(x)=x$: $$\int x \, dx=x^2-\int x \, dx$$ $$2\int x \, dx=x^2$$ $$\int x \, ...
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Reference Request - Early Calculus Papers

Question: I am looking for good references on the early calculus papers. Optimally, I want emphasis on the mathematics itself and I want that mathematics to be translated into modern terminology and ...
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Interesting “real life” applications of serious theorems

As a student one sometimes encounters exercises which ask you to solve a rather funny "real life problem", e.g. I recall an exercise on the Krein-Milman theorem which was something like: "You have a ...