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Examples of useful, insightful, and interesting hand-waving [closed]

It seems to me that some hand-waving (by which I mean some arguments that aim at giving some form of intuition on the problem even at expenses of complete rigour [and not mnemonics for high-schoolers ...
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Sources for mathematics outside the mathematics world

In this question I would like to ask you about material showing the uses (or occurrences) of mathematics in the everyday world. The aim is to encourage with it a group of young undergraduate ...
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Reference about $p$-homogeneous functions

I'm looking for a book about $p$-homogeneous functions. I am particularly interested in the associated (nonlinear) eigenvalue problems. However, a reference containing most of the known properties of ...
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Are there limits of which we're not able yet to find the value or not even prove non/existence?

I really like working out limits, so I've been wondering: Are there limits we're struggling to evaluate? Are there limits of which we're not succeeding in proving the existence or nonexistence?
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“Novel” proofs of “old” calculus theorems

Every once in a while some mathematicians publish (mostly on the American Mathematical Monthly) a new proof of an old (nowadays considered "basic") result in analysis (calculus). This article is an ...
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Must Have Theorems, Identies, etc… in Your Mathematical Arsenal [closed]

Lately I have been getting into solving problems in some of the math journals I enjoy reading. More and more I find that solvers employ a theorem or identity that makes solving the problem much ...
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Ways to write “50” [closed]

A really good friend of mine is an elementary school math teacher. He is turning 50, and we want to put a mathematical expression that equals 50 on his birthday cake but goes beyond the typical ...
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Great contributions to mathematics by older mathematicians [closed]

It is often said that mathematicians hit their prime in their twenties, and some even say that no great mathematics is created after that age, or that older mathematicians have their best days behind ...
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Unconventional (but instructive) proofs of basic theorems of calculus

Inspired by this questions asked on MathOverflow, I would like to ask if you know some "sophisticated" proofs of the basic theorems in a calculus course (that is, the ones that you can find, for ...
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Deep questions in number theory not accessible by combinatorial results

Number theory and arithmetic geometry were invented to solve many questions about properties of numbers. What are the some of the foundational results or estimates that are accessible to powerful ...
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Texts on Coxeter groups

I'm looking for an introductory text on Coxeter groups. It can assume undegraduate knowledge of Algebra (Groups up to and including the Sylow theorems in Fraleigh, elementary knowledge of rings, ...
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Examples of categories which naturally include End(O) as object

I want examples of categories $\textbf C$ which naturally include $End_{\textbf C}(O)$ as object for objects $O$ in the category. The set of all endomorphims is always a monoid under the composition ...
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“Honest” introductory real analysis book

I was asked if I could suggest an "honest" introductory real analysis book, where "honest" means: with every single theorem proved (that is, no "left to the reader" or "you can easily see"); with ...
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Topic for a lecture intended for High School students [duplicate]

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here is the situation. In about two weeks or so I will be giving a 2-3 hours lecture on some topic in mathematics to freshman and sophomore ...
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Instructive examples of elegant, clear, rigorous, terse, but “non-dull” mathematical prose

On the "About" page of the Mathgen project one can read: "More seriously, I think this project says something about the very small and stylized subset of English used in mathematical writing. ...
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“Advice to young mathematicians”

I have been suggested to read the Advice to a Young Mathematician section of the Princeton Companion to Mathematics, the short paper Ten Lessons I wish I had been Taught by Gian-Carlo Rota, and the ...
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Get the numbers from (0-30) by using the number $2$ four times

How can I get the numbers from (0-30) by using the number $2$ four times.Use any common mathematical function and the (+,-,*,/,^) I tried to solve this puzzle, but I couldn't solve it completely. Some ...
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What is a Toy Model for the mathematician's practice? Definition and examples

Wikipedia says Toy model (physics): "In physics, a toy model is a simplified set of objects and equations relating them so that they can nevertheless be used to understand a mechanism that is also ...
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Fixed Point Equivalences of Axiom of Choice

Axiom of Choice has many known equivalences. Also there are many known fixed point theorems (unproved statements) which provide useful information about existence of fixed points for particular ...
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Open source lecture notes and textbooks

This question is inspired by the popular "Best Sets of Lecture Notes and Articles". Indeed, I would like to collect a "big-list" of open source (that is, with $\LaTeX$ code available) high-quality ...
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Largest “leap-to-generality” in math history?

Grothendieck, who is famous inter alia for his capacity/tendency to look for the most general formulation of a problem, introduced a number of new concepts (with topos maybe the most famous ?) that ...
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Most ambiguous and inconsistent phrases and notations in maths

What are some examples of notations and words in maths which have been overused or abused to the point of them being almost completely ambiguous when presented in new contexts? For instance, a ...
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What is an elementary yet important application of matrix in finance?

What is an elementary yet important application of matrix in finance? I have difficulty to read anything intermediate/advanced associated with this topics, hopefully I can find something interesting ...
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Examples of Mathematics in Court

In court trials, natural sciences such as physics and biology routinely make an appearance, e.g. when estimating the speed of a vehicle based on impact damage or trying to deduce from the condition of ...
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Free online mathematical tools to solve step by step problems

I am looking for online mathematical softwares which gives stepwise solution of problems.So far I have been able to find Symbolab but its useless unless the problem is very simple.
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Exercises in Topological K-Theory (Atiyah)

I'm currently working through Michael Atiyah's K-Theory. The main problem I'm finding with it is that it does not have any exercises. Does anyone have a good collection of exercises to go along with ...
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Closed Subspaces of Hilbert Spaces

I read the following statements. But I do not know how to show it or any example to support it. Could anyone provide some explanation and examples, please? Thank you! The subspace $C^\infty$ ...
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List of functions $\chi_{s,a}(n)$ defined on a Group such that $\chi_{s,a}(n)\in{s,a}$ and depending on the parity

Question Let $(G,\cdot,e)$ be a non-commutative group and $s,a \in G$ .I'm looking for interesting functions $\chi_{s,a}:\Bbb N \rightarrow G$ witht this property $$\chi_{s,a}(n)= \begin{cases} s, ...
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What are the theorems in mathematics which can be proved using completely different ideas?

I would like to know about theorems which can give different proofs using completely different techniques. For example: When I read from the book Proof from the Book, I saw there were ...
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Examples where it is easier to prove more than less

Especially (but not only) in the case of induction proofs, it happens that a stronger claim $B$ is easier to prove than the intended claim $A$ (e.g. since the induction hypothesis gives you more ...
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Discrete math problems

I am a high school student interested in thinking about math. I don't know a lot of high-powered math (I only know up to calculus), instead I focus on discrete topics related to math Olympiads ...
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Ramanujan's False Claims

"During his short life, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3900 results (mostly identities and equations). Nearly all his claims have now been proven correct, although a small number of these ...
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Examples of mathematical discoveries which were kept as a secret

There could be several personal, social, philosophical and even political reasons to keep a mathematical discovery as a secret. For example it is completely expected that if some mathematician find ...
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The Largest Gaps in the History of Mathematics

Edit: Based on the useful comments below. I edited the original post in order to seek for other important historical gaps in mathematics. Mathematics is full of the historical gaps. The first type ...
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Equivalence relation over groups $a\asymp_sb :\rightarrow\exists n\in\Bbb Z:as^n=b$: terminology and decision problem

Let's define this relation over the elements of an infinite group $(G,\cdot,e)$ $$a\asymp_sb :\rightarrow\exists n\in\Bbb Z(as^n=b)$$ where $a^n$ is defined as follow 1)$a^0=e$ 2)$a^{n+1}=aa^n$ ...
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Mathematical trivia (i.e. collections of anecdotes and miscellaneous (recreational) mathematics)

Can you suggest some books on mathematical trivia? I use the word "trivia" with a double meaning in this case: curious anecdotes that enlighten what the real life of mathematicians is like (like ...
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Good Sources for Lecture Movies in Set Theory, Logic and Philosophy of Maths

Of course as any other researcher I'm not able to attend any scientific event in my research area. But it is always interesting and useful to watch the lecture movies of these events. I will ...
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What's a good motivating example for the concept of a slice category?

What nice example can one give a beginner to really motivate the idea of a slice category, before they've met the more general notion of a comma category? There's the toy example of a poset category ...
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Except First year Abstract Algebra and commutative Algebra, what else do i need to start read Algebraic Geometry text?

Except First year Abstract Algebra and commutative Algebra text, what else do i need to read before start read Algebraic Geometry texts? I am refer to the beginning texts: "Algebraic geometry an ...
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What is a list of book that i need to read as a prerequisite before start reading “lectures of logic and set theory vol.1 by George Tourlakas”?

What is a list of formal textbook that i need to impose myself to read as a prerequisite before start reading a book called lectures of logic and set theory vol.1 by George Tourlakas? That book is ...
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Open mathematical questions for which we really, really have no idea what the answer is

There is no shortage of open problems in mathematics. While a formal proof for any of them remains elusive, with the "yes/no" questions among them mathematicians are typically not working in both ...
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Good books written by great mathematicians

I read many of Richard Fenynman's books and I found them both very entertaining and moving, showing the human side of a brilliant scientific mind. I recently read also a collection of P.A.M. Dirac's ...
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Mathematicians average in student life but later became significant

What are the examples of mathematicians who were below the average in their student life (say, upto university level but it may be less) but later in life became significant mathematicians. Up until ...
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Recommendation for free graph plotter that can produce beautiful graphs

Can anyone please recommend a good free graph plotter that I can download. I am looking for a program that can produce neat looking graphs with all the axes, grids and that can plot many different ...
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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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Applications of Baire's Threom [duplicate]

In a lecture on Baire's Theorem (for complete metric spaces), I gave, for a rather advanced undergraduate class in Real Analysis (covering the theory of metric spaces and elements of general ...
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Other Useful Series Tests

So after taking calculus II, or maybe a first course in analysis, everyone learns a few series tests. They learn 1) Divergence Tests 2) Integral Test (from which we deduce things like $p$-series. ...
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What did mathematicians study as an undergraduate/graduate before modern mathematics such as modern algebra and analysis?

I am curious as to what mathematicians such as Leibnitz and Gauss and the Bernoulli's studied when they were students in university. I find it fascinating how we are taught calculus and abstract ...
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Introductory example(s) of a functor that is full but not faithful

What is your favourite example to offer real beginners of a functor which is full but not faithful?
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Favourite proofs by induction?

I am searching for nice proofs by induction, that can be used to teach. I remember this example, that my analysis professor presented to us in first semester and I am searching for more such easily ...