Mathematical intuition is the instinctive impression regarding mathematical ideas which originate naturally without regard to formal mathematical proofs. It may or may not stem from a cognitive rational process.

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Is there a notion in mathematics saying that, in a sense, all finite dimensions are actually infinite dimensional?

So then every ordered pair or triplet and so on would be actually represented by an infinite sequence of numbers, and what we think of as 3 dimensions would mean that the point has an infinite number ...
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Steady state state distributions.

I am looking for a less "proofy" explanation of how a finite, irreducible, aperiodic Markov chain has a unique steady state $\pi$. No need define terms or include proofs of Bezout's lemma or number ...
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Gradient points in the direction of greatest change

Can anyone provide me with an alternative, possibly more intuitive proof of this proposition? I'm confused with where $cos\theta$ has come from?
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Non- intuitive connected space.

There exist knowing examples of connected spaces such that its picture is a counter intuitive for us?. I mean a topology on a set who makes see the space as connected (no connected) but it is no ...
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Why does taking completions make number fields simpler?

I'm currently taking a course on Local Fields, and the local-theoretic picture seems to be significantly simpler than that of number fields. For example, If $K$ is a finite extension of $\mathbb ...
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Intuitive understanding of the uniqueness of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic.

Basically I am trying to understand why Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic (FTA) exists, i.e why a natural number cannot be factored primely in two or more different ways. There are two proofs given ...
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Motivation and examples for ramification

I started learning algebraic number theory, but it seems like all the sources I had are too abstract, giving me difficulty understanding the concept and tripping me up frequently. For today it is ...
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How to find the multiplicity of weight in a Verma module?

In particular, let $\mathfrak g$ be the semisimple Lie algebra of type $A_{2}$ et let $\alpha,\beta$ be its simple roots. How can the multiplicity of weight $-2\alpha -3\beta$ be calculated in the ...
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Geometric Interpretation of Antiderivative?

Could someone please give me a geometric interpretation of the above theorem?
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Geometric interpretation of Cauchy-Goursat Theorem?

This theorem seems almost magical. The algebraic derivation doesn't really provide any insight into why it works. So could someone give me a geometric interpretation of it? This: Geometrical ...
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Geometric interpretation of analyticity?

Suppose the real valued functions $u(x,y)$ and $v(x,y)$ are continuous and have continuous first order partial derivatives in a domain $D$. If $u$ and $v$ satisfy the Cauchy Riemann equations at ...
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Self-studying Russell's Paradox

I'm self-studying and having trouble wrapping my head around Russell's paradox, even after looking here. I'd really appreciate a more intuitive explanation of the concept before I move on to ...
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Intuitive understanding of path integral formula

I have learned a general formula for a path/line integral $$ \int_a^b f\left(\mathbf{r}(t)\right) \|\mathbf{r}'(t)\|\ dt \tag{1} $$ and I'm trying to better understand it. Specifically, I'm ...
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Proof and interpretation of $\mathbb{E}[\mathbb{E}[X \mid Y, Z] \mid Z] = \mathbb{E}[X \mid Z]$

First, I understand that $\mathbb{E}[X] = \mathbb{E}[\mathbb{E}[X \mid Y]]$, but how to prove that $$\mathbb{E}[\mathbb{E}[X \mid Y, Z] \mid Z] = \mathbb{E}[X \mid Z]?$$ Second, for ...
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Why is $x$ restricted this way? (limits of functions)

Here is a corollary from Ross' Elementary Analysis: Why is $x$ restricted this way?
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What does continuity *in general* mean?

I am looking from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipschitz_continuity Continuously differentiable $\subseteq$ Lipschitz continuous $\subseteq$ α-Hölder continuous $\subseteq$ uniformly continuous ...
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Why is conic isomorphic to $\mathbb{P(C^2)}$?

Given a quadratic form $C(x)=x_1 ^2+x_2 ^2 + x_3^2$ in $\mathbb{C}[x_1,x_2,x_3],$ we have a conic $$C=\{C(x)=0\} = \{[x_1:x_2:x_3]: x_1 ^2+x_2 ^2 + x_3^2 = 0\}$$ in $\mathbb{P(C^3)}$, given in ...
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Why is an open interval needed in this definition? (definition of a limit of a function)

Here's a part of the definition Ross' Elementary Analysis states for limits of a function: 20.3 Definition (a) For $a\in\mathbb R$ and a function $f$ we write $\lim_{x\to a} f(x)=L$ provided ...
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Two plus two equals four when earth has one moon?

As is well known, we have the least intuitive of basic operations, the 'implication' or '=>'. Consider 'A => B'. Most beginners get stumped on the vacuous truth, that implication could be true even ...
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Quick Question on a Proof of Artin-Wedderburn Theorem

Question [Edited]: [See below.] Are the isomorphisms in $(1)$ and $(2)$ (additive) group homomorphisms? If I'm right, $\text{End}_R(M)$ is a ring, but ...
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Intuition behind sum of multiplication arithmetic sequence

Maybe this is a stupid question but please guide and enlighten me patiently. I have just known something fact that quite shocking me. Let start from this simple fact $$\sum_{k=1}^n ...
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Smallest open, dense, G-invariant subset of a metric space

Let $X$ be a metric space and $G$ be a topological group acting continuously on $X$. Let $ \mathcal S $ be the set of open, dense and $G$-invariant subsets of $X$. I need to take inverse limit (of ...
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How to visualize $ \mathcal P \ ( \ \mathcal P \ ( \ \mathbb R ^2 \ ) ) $?

So,$ \ \mathcal P \ ( \ \mathbb R ^2 \ ) $ , the power set of the set of all ordered pairs of real numbers, contains every imaginable (2D) function, black and white image and text as per its ...
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Role of determinant of the matrix of any Homology group.

I was thinking about the proof of the Lefschetz's Fixed point theorem and the ingeniuty of the Hopf's Trace formula, i.e. associating the trace of the matrix for deciding about the fixed points. Now ...
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Developing intuition for the modulus of continuity $\omega$?

I am currently in a course which is going through rigorous definitions of continuity, convergence, integrals, etc. I am trying to develop an intuition in understanding the modulus of continuity, ...
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If f(x)dx is a rectangle with height f(x) and width dx, what is f(z)dz in complex analysis

I am trying to intuitively understand the multiplication $f(z)dz$ in complex analysis. For instance, $f(x)dx$, we are all aware, is a rectangle with height $f(x)$ and width $dx$ so its multiplication ...
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Find $T_\mathrm{id}\left(\mathrm{Diff}(S^1)\right)$

We established on last tutorial that $T_\mathrm{id}(\mathrm{Diff}(S^1))$ are vector fields on $S^1$. I'd be grateful for any explanation (formal or intuitive) standing behind this answer.
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F(A ∩ B) ⊆ F(A) ∩ F(B) laymen translation?

I am suppose to prove the above statement but i have got diffculty understanding it in the first place. Could anyone help me translate it into laymen language?
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Looking for intuïtive explanation why contour integral of $\frac{dz}{z} $equals $2\pi i$ in complex analysis

$$\oint \frac{dz}z = 2\pi i$$ I've seen the derivation of it using the parametrisation. Since this result is used all the time in my complex analysis course, i'd like to understand this ...
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Extensions Fields and Zeros of Polynomials

I've just digested the proof for Kronecker's theorem that states every polynomial $f(x)$ over a field $F$ has a zero in an extension field of $F$, mainly, the factor ring of polynomials ...
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Building intuition in group theory

I'm finding it hard to translate abstract results of group theory into something that intuitively makes sense. Putting this into a concrete example: if $f:G\to H$, $Im(G)$, is a subgroup of $H$? Is ...
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Significance of homology groups of a topological space

I am studying homology groups of topological spaces. In books I have found that the $n$th homology group counts the number of "$n$-dimensional holes" which exist in that space. If I consider homology ...
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Intuitive understanding of relationship between unit vectors and position vector

On Wolfram Mathworld they give a unit vector in the $\textbf{x}_n $ direction as: $$ \hat{\textbf{x}_n} \equiv \dfrac{\frac{\partial \textbf{r}}{\partial x_n}}{\lvert \frac{\partial ...
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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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Intuition behind a certain limit.

We want to find $\displaystyle\lim_{\theta\to\frac{\pi}{2}} b_1-a_1$, we are given $c=1$ and that $\cdot=90^{\circ}$ This is my solution; $$\begin{equation}\sin \theta=\frac{b_1}{a_1} \iff b_1=a_1 ...
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Is it possible to gain intuition into these trig compound angle formulas - and in general, final year high school math?

Does anyone have any insight into the trig sum and difference formulas? The formulas in themselves are very elegant, but I don't really like the proofs that have been given, even the geometric proofs. ...
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I don't understand the definition of a base of a metric space

Definition: A collection {$v_n$} of subsets is said to be a base for X if for every x $\in$ $X$ and every open set $G$ $\subset$ $X$, such that x $\in$ $G$ we have x $\in$ {$V_n$} $\subset$ $G$ for ...
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A Base of a metric space intuition

From what I have read online and from what I have read in Rudin, a collection of open sets $\lbrace$$V_{n}$$\rbrace$ is said to be a base for a metric space $X$ if every open set in $X$ can be ...
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Intuitive Understanding of the First Isomorphism Theorem

I've been reading some things about an intuitive understanding of the first isomorphism theorem, and there's just one more part that I do not understand. Specifically, the first isomorphism theorem ...
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Understanding what $P - P \log(P)$ means for an event of probability $P$

Let $(\Omega, \Sigma, \mathbb{P})$ be a probability space, $X$ be a random variable, and $E \in \Sigma$ be an event with $\mathbb{P}(E) = P$. Then $P - P \log(P) \in [0, 1]$, for all $P \in (0, 1]$, ...
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What is the motivation to build measure theory?

I started reading about measure theory on wikipedia, and downloaded some PDFs, but they all start defining things that I can understand, but can't imagine the motivation to define these things. ...
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Intuition for problem involving binomial random variable

Question: The below algebraic solution is simple enough. But is there a way to "see" the answer using a clever trick or intuition? Given the algebraic solution, I feel like there should be. I just ...
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Find the time interval between oscillations of SHM.

Parts i) and ii) I can solve. But for part iii) I can't do, as I don't know which equation describes the SHM motion? Is it $y=0.5sin(1.2t)$ or $y=0.5cos(1.2t)$ or $x=0.5sin(1.2t)+2.5$? I thought ...
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Why do some mathematical ideas seem counter-intuitive?

Suppose you play the following game: There's a certain buy-in, and at every turn you flip a coin. If anytime you flip a tail, you lose the game and leave with your winnings. If you flip a head on the ...
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Motivation for Definition of Measurable Function

I'm having trouble understanding why a function is defined as "measurable" if the preimage of every measurable set is measurable. I see the parallel to the definition of continuity, and the latter ...
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Why does the order not matter? Partial D

When taking partial derivatives, why does the order not matter as long as the function is continuous? Any proof, intuitive or rigorous?
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Physical significance of the fact that the cardinality of the real number line is the same as a finite interval of the real number line

It is known that the cardinality of the real number line is the same as a finite interval of the real number line. Is there a physical meaning of this apparently conter-intuitive statement?
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Matrix exponentiation intuition.

What does $x^A$ intuitively mean if $x \in \mathbb{C}$ and $A$ is any matrix? Also, what if we had $x$ being a matrix too? Last but not least, what happens if we have a complex $x$ raised to a ...
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general mean value theorem

Can anyone give me the intuitive explanation of the general mean value theorem stated in my notes as under: Let $f:U\rightarrow \mathbb R$ and $U\subseteq \mathbb R^n$ and let $f$ is differentiable ...
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Intuition for Euler's Partition Theorem

Euler's Partition Theorem states the following: Every number has as many integer partitions into odd parts as into distinct parts. I played around with small examples (I wrote out the partitions ...