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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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Best Sets of Lecture Notes and Articles

Let me start by apologizing if there is another thread on math.se that subsumes this. I was updating my answer to the question here during which I made the claim that "I spend a lot of time sifting ...
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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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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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Example of metric space completion

I'm looking for examples of noncomplete metric spaces and their completions. I know of some basic examples like completion of open intervals and rational numbers(both with the reals and p-adic ...
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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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“Stick it to the man!” Mathematical discoveries that resulted in persecution.

As the old story goes, Pythagoras and his followers were adamant that all numbers were rational, until Hippasus came along and proved that $\sqrt{2}$ (the length of the diagonal of the unit square) is ...
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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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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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Surprising identities / equations

What are some surprising equations / identities that you have seen, which you would not have expected? This could be complex numbers, trigonometric identities, combinatorial results, algebraic ...
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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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Reference request: non-linear analysis

I'm searching for a throughout reference that can help me to gain the necessary background (starting from undergrad real analysis courses) to understand the main methods and theorems to deal with ...
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What properties are true for “almost all real numbers”? [closed]

Over the years, I remember hearing of a lot of proofs of properties that applied to "almost all real numbers", that is the exceptions to the rules had measure zero. But I can't remember many of them. ...
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What was the first bit of mathematics that made you realize that math is beautiful? (For children's book)

I'm a children's book writer and illustrator, and I want to to create a book for young readers that exposes the beauty of Mathematics. I recently read Paul Lockhart's essay "The Mathematician's ...
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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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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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What are some easy-to-remember prime numbers?

This is a question without much mathematical value, but since I don't immediately see an answer on Google I thought I'd ask anyway ... I'm looking for some largeish (> 10,000) easy-to-remember primes, ...
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Suggestion for Math Movies

I am interested in Math movies which inspire and motivate. I know about A Beautiful Mind, Good Will Hunting, and Pi. Are there any others someone can suggest?
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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 apparent patterns that eventually fail

Often, when I try to describe mathematics to the layman, I find myself struggling to convince them of the importance and consequence of 'proof'. I receive responses like: "surely if the Collatz ...
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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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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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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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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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proofs without using symbols/notations

I am looking for a big list of mathematical proofs which only use pure text, without introducing symbols and extra notations.
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Martin Gardener's best books?

Martin Gardener wrote a lot of books, just to name a few Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers Mathematics, Magic and Mystery Alex's Adventures in Numberland Entertaining Mathematical ...
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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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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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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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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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theorem applicable in real function and not in complex function apart from MVT

please quote a theorem which is applicable to real valued functions and not to complex valued functions apart from MVT and ROLLES Theorem along with example
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Examples of mathematical results discovered “late”

What are examples of mathematical results that were discovered surprisingly late in history? Maybe the result is a straightforward corollary of an established theorem, or maybe it's just so simple ...
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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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Other interesting consequences of $d=163$?

Question: Any other interesting consequences of $d=163$ having class number $h(-d)=1$ aside from the list below? Let $\tau = \tfrac{1+\sqrt{-163}}{2}$. We have (see notes at end of list), ...
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Good books on Philosophy of Mathematics

Where can I learn more about the implications, meta discussions, history and the foundations of mathematics? Is Russell's Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy a good start?
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Good books on Math History

I'm trying to find good books on the history of mathematics, dating as far back as possible. There was a similar question here Good books on Philosophy of Mathematics, but mostly pertaining to ...
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Best book ever on Galois theory (and differential galois theory) [closed]

Which is the single best book for Galois theory (that includes differential Galois theory) that everyone who loves pure Mathematics should read?
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How To Present Algebraic Topology To Non-Mathematicians?

I am writing my master thesis in algebraic topology (fundamental groups) and as a system in my school students must write about one page about their theses explaining for non mathematicians the ...
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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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Different methods to compute $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2}$

As I have heard people did not trust Euler when he first discovered the formula $$\zeta(2)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2}=\frac{\pi^2}{6}.$$ However, Euler was Euler and he gave other proofs. I ...
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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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Real life applications of Topology

The other day I and my friend were having an argument. He was saying that there is no real life application of Topology at all whatsoever. I want to disprove him, so posting the question here What ...
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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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Math books tips and tricks for University students [closed]

Best mathematics tips and tricks books. Methods to solve problems
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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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Isoperimetric inequality, isodiametric inequality, hyperplane conjecture… what are the inequalities of this kind known or conjectured?

Question: Which inequalities similar to the famous isoperimetric inequality is known? conjectured? I recently learned about some inequalities which are all similar to the famous isoperimetric ...
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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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Your favourite application of the Baire Category Theorem

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Baire Category Theorem is supposedly quite powerful. Whether that is true or not, it's my favourite theorem (so far) and I'd love to see some applications ...
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“Where” exactly are complex numbers used “in the real world”?

I've always enjoyed solving problems in the complex world during my undergrad. However, I've always wondered where are they used and for what? In my domain (computer science) I've rarely seen it be ...