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Open problems for which all cases except one have been solved

Keller's conjecture states that in any tiling of Euclidean $n$-space by identical hypercubes there are two cubes that meet face to face. The conjecture has been shown to be true for $n<7$ and ...
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Group structures on Hausdorff space

Could anyone give me some practical (and possibly intuitive) examples of Group structures on Hausdorff spaces? Let us say you had to get freshmen university students interested into fields of maths ...
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What are some theorems that currently only have computer-assisted proofs?

What are some theorems that currently only have computer-assisted proofs? For example, there's the four colour theorem. I am very curious about this and would like to generate a list.
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Learning roadmap request: compiling a “Mathematics Stack Exchange Undergraduate Bibliography” [closed]

[Book recommendation] questions are quite popular on this website, which is, at least for me, one of the best places to get useful and insightful suggestions ...
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Integration by nonobvious substitutions

The standard technique for evaluating the integral $$\int \sec x \,dx$$ is making the nonobvious substitution $$u = \sec x + \tan x, \qquad du = (\sec x \tan x + \sec^2 x) dx,$$ which transforms the ...
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Reference request: self-contained rigorous introductions to “cool” topics

I am looking for some self-contained (i.e., providing all necessary background information) rigorous introductions to topics perceived as "cool" to propose to (really) advanced high school students ...
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Problems from the Kourovka Notebook that undergraduate students can fully appreciate

The Kourovka Notebook is a collection of open problems in Group Theory. My question is: could you point out some (a "big-list" of) problems [by referencing them] presented in this book that ...
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Books on contemporary set theory [duplicate]

I have gone through Halmos' Naive Set Theory. Now, could you recommend me a good follow-up book for a rigorous treatment of contemporary set theory? (For example, I've been suggested to look at ...
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“Methods of Theoretical Physics for Mathematicians”

I read in the Princeton Companion to Mathematics that even pure mathematicians should know some theoretical physics. However, I see that there are many reference books of mathematical methods for ...
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Websites that promote co-operation and social networking among mathematicians

Are there some websites that could be defined as social networks for mathematicians and scientists? What I have in mind is something similar to Academia.edu or ResearchGate, but more specific towards ...
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Collections of undergraduate research projects [closed]

I would like to compile a "big list" of undergraduate research projects in the following areas of mathematics: calculus; analysis; abstract algebra; linear algebra; number theory; geometry; ...
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Little, unknown, English or French research journals with good mathematics

In this article by Gian-Carlo Rota, you can read: "I bought a copy of Frederick Riesz' Collected Papers as soon as the big thick heavy oversize volume was published. [...] It was clear that ...
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Easy example why complex numbers are cool

I am looking for an example explainable to someone only knowing high school mathematics why complex numbers are necessary. The best example would be possible to explain rigourously and also be clearly ...
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On progress in mathematics: some long-open problems and long-standing conjectures

I would like to ask a question here on Math Stack Exchange taking inspiration (and therefore combining) from two well-known threads on MathOverflow: (1) Not especially famous, long-open problems which ...
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What's behind the Banach-Tarski paradox? [closed]

The discovery of the Banach-Tarski paradox was of course a great thing in mathematics but raises the issue of the relation between mathematics and reality. Empirically there are good reasons for faith ...
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Natural progression in a curriculum for self-study of analysis

Would you list what is a natural and effective progression to self-study topics in analysis in order to gain a broad knowledge of the enormous corpus of knowledge that modern analysis involves. As a ...
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Combinatorial techniques, methods, and ideas in (“undergraduate”) real analysis

This question is dual to Probabilistic techniques, methods, and ideas in ("undergraduate") real analysis: I would like to collect some examples of combinatorial arguments to undergraduate ...
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Examples of combinatorial/probabilistic proofs of theorems in linear algebra

Are there any examples of combinatorial/probabilistic proofs of theorems in linear algebra? Motivation: I see here, the inverse is true.
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What is some pure math news website by a publisher? [closed]

Why aren't there be any pure math website by a publisher? I google a lot and resulting only applied math news or math journal that is difficult and inaccessible even to advanced reader I am looking ...
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What are some mathematically productive ways to waste time? [closed]

What are some productive things that can be done (other than directly studying Mathematics) during leisure time that has a side effect to improve oneself at Mathematics? For example, reading ...
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Probabilistic techniques, methods, and ideas in (“undergraduate”) real analysis

As the book Probabilistic Techniques in Analysis by Richard F. Bass shows, nowadays techniques drawn from probability are used to tackle problems in analysis. The mentioned book presents a survey of ...
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Problems whose first solutions had been using Calculus but later was shown to be done by non-Calculus methods

I was wondering about mathematical problems whose first published solutions was obtained by using methods of Calculus but later was shown (or known) to be solvable by using non-Calculus methods. ...
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What are some remarkable and interesting uses of AM-GM Inequality ? Cite and explain with problems.

There are really lot of problems on AM-GM inequality because of its elementary nature and powerful applications. What I want is a collection of questions/problems which look very complex but get ...
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What are some interesting sole exceptions or counterexamples? [duplicate]

Many theorems assert that a particular property holds for all objects in a class except those in a given list of exceptions. Examples of rules that admit precisely one exception include: All primes ...
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Where can Gaussian Elimination be used?

I have searched for this and came to know about it that it is traditionally used to solve linear equations, finding determinant, rank of matrix, inverse of matrix. There was a problem on codechef: ...
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Why $1$ isn't a prime? [duplicate]

I was wondering the reason behind defining the Prime Numbers in a manner of which $1$ isn't an example. I read in Rotman's A First Course in Abstract Algebra that one reason that $1$ is not called a ...
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subtle/annoying fallacious proofs [duplicate]

I've been invited to a maths themed Xmas after party. I need to prepare a selection of interesting, and relatively simple fallacious proofs which other guests will try and find the flaw in. I'm trying ...
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What are some applications of elementary linear algebra outside of math?

I'm TAing linear algebra next quarter, and it strikes me that I only know one example of an application I can present to my students. I'm looking for applications of elementary linear algebra outside ...
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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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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 ...