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How to present calculus? Asking for some excellent intuitive referance.

$\text{Dear}$ mathematicians, amateurs, learners, students et al; I learned calculus when I was 13 years old, I was at the time able to evaluate some easy derivatives, integrals, some tricky limits ...
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University-level books focusing on intuition?

I help some students with difficulties in Mathematics and Physics (especially math, physics, and engineering majors). While in high school they usually don't study, or are not interested, etc., in ...
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Intuition analysis-deconstruction-reconstruction.

The following question is a refinement of this question, which caused a lot of people to give answers that were missing the point entirely, probably because the question was not clear. Being human, ...
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Books (and supporting material) that are useful in deconstructing one's intuition?

I recently came across the following problem from Paul Zeitz's book The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. Given the image below, can you find a way to connect corresponding blocks (i.e. A to A, B to ...
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What is known about doubly exponential series?

I've been exploring functions that have a general form: $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty{ a^{b^k} } \tag{1}$$ In particular, I'm now checking this equality, which seems to hold: $$2 \sum_{k=0}^\infty{ \left( ...
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Collection of Intuitive / Visual Derivations of Mathematical Concepts and Formulas

I find it difficult to simply memorize mathematical formulas in engineering without understanding what it means and what the result is like, but I realized that many mathematical relationships can be ...
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Wave-Particle Duality in PDE?

I am reading Arnold's Lectures on Partial Differential Equations. It is definitely a good book, yet sometimes I am a little bit confused. One theme of the first chapter seems to be From the ...
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How much topology for graph theory?

I am writing a thesis in the context of descriptive complexity in theoretical computer science and therefore need to study a little bit of graph theory. My background is not mathematics but computer ...
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Are any authors experimenting with including (formally meaningless) aids to human understanding in their mathematical writing?

Are any authors experimenting with including (formally meaningless) aids to human understanding in their mathematical writing? For instance, there's at least five ways to understand a function, ...
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Geometrical interpretation of a group action of $SU_2$ on $\mathbb S^3$

Background There're some nomenclatures from Michael Artin's Algebra to explain. 3-Sphere, or $\mathbb S^3$, is the locus of $x_0^2+x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2=1$, where $(x_0,x_1,x_2,x_3)\in\mathbb R^4$. ...
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mathematical maturity

So, I finished my undergrad with a degree in applied mathematics, but when reading some graduate level texts and/or papers, I often find myself struggling. I eventually get there, but I often feel ...
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Discreteness of eigenvalues for certain operators - can this approach be made rigorous?

I was idly thinking about why one might naïvely expect a discrete spectrum of eigenvalues for a linear operator $L$ when I dreamt up the following argument (which I expect isn't new instead - ...
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Whats the connection between functions with curl 0 and holomorphic functions

When I first saw the Cauchy-Riemann differential equations they remind me on the conditions for the curl of a function to be zero. Here some notation I will use: $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} = ...
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Rigour vs intuition

Researcher David Tall has written in chapter one of Advanced Mathematical Thinking that ...
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How did the ancients view *infinitesimals*?

With some category/topos theory we can now put infinitesimals on a rigorous ground, as in Bell's A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysis, where the author introduces $\epsilon$ satisfying \begin{equation} ...
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Hydra game and quantum superposition

Goodstein's theorem is not provable in Peano Arithmetic showed by Kirby and Harrington in 1982 [Wolfram Mathworld]. Any reference of a "quantum" hydra game where a head can remain in a state of ...
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Quotient-lifting properties

I borrowed this terminology from K. Conrad's article on series of subgroups, in which he discusses solvability of groups. This property of certain groups satisfies Let $N\triangleleft G$. Then ...
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Duality between $[G,G]$ and $Z(G)$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Center-commutator duality Let $G$ be a group. It seems that there is a certain duality between two of its normal subgroups, the commutator \begin{equation} ...
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What was Klein working on when he “replaces his Riemann surface by a metallic surface”?

I am reading The Value of Science by Poincare, and the following paragraph from Chapter I seems rather interesting: Look at Professor Klein: he is studying one of the most abstract questions of ...
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The definition of metric space,topological space

I have read some books in analysis,all of them define metric space,topological space or vector space directly,without any reason. Therefore, I want to know the background of the definition, the ...
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Ways to think about one-relator groups

What are some intuitive ways to think about one-relator groups? I am aware of the Freiheitsatz, and Bass-Serre theory. What I'm interested in are ways people who work extensively with one-relator ...
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Games with human edge [closed]

Which are some two- or one-player games, where humans far outperforms the best computer programs? And how does the relative edge scale with time allowed to think? (In time frame 1 sec to 8 hours per ...
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What is the intuition behind the proof of Abel-Ruffini theorem in abstract algebra?

Is there a way to explain this proof in Wikipedia without knowing the abstract algebra too much or deep function experience? In addition, I don't how the abstract algebra work even after I look at an ...
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Looking for an article on general principles of discrete mathematics

In his article 2 cultures Timothy Gowers states that the structure in combinatorics is there in the form of somewhat vague general statements that allow proofs to be condensed in the mind, and ...
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The only two rational values for cosine and their connection to the Kummer Rings

I am trying to learn about Kummer Rings, and in particular what makes $n=3,4,6$ so special. (That is the Gaussian and Eisenstein integers) The only $\theta\in [0,\frac{\pi}{2}]$ which are rational ...
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Demonstrating the value of abstracting away from elements/subsets to maps

Given a set $S$, here are 5 ways of thinking about elements of $S$, in increasing abstraction: an actual element, e.g. $s\in S$ an inclusion map, e.g. $i_s:\{s\}\hookrightarrow S$ an ...
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Schwarzian Derivative and One-Dimensional Dynamics - how are they connected?

During the summer, I did an REU where we focused primarily on one-dimensional dynamics and more specifically kneading theory. One thing that I was always confused about is why the Schwarzian ...