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Original proof of Taylor's theorem

There are numerous proofs for Taylor's theorem, but What's the original proof for Taylor's theorem (by Taylor?)? In Wikipedia it says: Taylor's theorem is named after the mathematician Brook ...
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Origin of the word Mathematics and in which condition it did come of?

From which word, Mathematics has come from? Just tried to know. Help me out to know that. Also let me know the literature-change of this term.
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Fields medalists who didn't study mathematics in college or university [closed]

I would like to know Fields medalists who didn't study mathematics in college or university if any. EDIT The question was put on hold as primarily opinion based. I guess they think "first rate ...
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Is there an English version of Johann Bernoulli's integral calculus lectures?

The name of lectures of integral calculus written by Johann or Jeans Bernoulli (he is called by both names as far as I know) might be " lecciones mathematicæ de calculo integral"; I must mention that, ...
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A Mathematical Tour of Budapest?

(This might be a better fit at the Travel site. If so, let me know and I'll flag it to have it migrated.) I'm planning on taking a brief trip to Budapest soon. Many hugely influential mathematicians ...
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Orthogonality properties in Newton's calculus.

In a lecture notes, there is written: Isaac Newton uses orthogonality properties to establish the principles of calculus. The definitions of derivative and integral for this author is based on ...
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L'Hôpital or L'Hospital? [duplicate]

This may be a stupid question but I just want clarification about the use of the name of this rule. Well, most of the time what I see is L'Hospital's Rule, like in Baby Rudin and many other places. ...
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Why there is no “Nobel Prize” in mathematics however it is one of the most important fields in sciences in the side of research?

Mathematics is really a field of inventions and research where we find interesting problems some of which we can solve and others which remain open. I'm sorry to ask this question because I see it ...
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Is there a name for set of numbers $\mathbb{Q} + i\mathbb{Q}$

Just out of curiosity is there a standard name for a set of numbers $\mathbb{Q} + i\mathbb{Q}$ where $\mathbb{Q}$ stands for set of rational numbers, $i$ your complex number.
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What was Gauss' 2nd Factorization Method?

Reading Jean-Luc Chabert's A History of Algorithms, I learned that Gauss, prompted by the poor state-of-the-art, designed two distinct methods for fast integer factorization. Chabert's book discusses ...
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how did Cardano obtain three solutions for cubic?

So, if I am not mistaken Complex numbers were discovered after Cardano's method. But from Cardano's Method on Wikipedia, it says to get the three solutions, we should use the root of unity. In that ...
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Gauss and $\int \frac{dn}{\log n}$

In [1], page 2, Edwards shows a tabuled table by Gauss, for $x$ (distinct and uniformly distributed values from $5\cdot 10^5$ to $3\cdot 10^6$), the count of primes$<x$, the symbol $\int ...
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Is there a purpose behind a function?

As I understand it, a function is a relation between two sets of numbers where as for every input value there is only assigned one output. Or for every $x$ there is only one $y$. What I don't ...
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A question regarding Grothendieck , topos and (adelic??) points

I am having a look at this conference by Bertrand Toen about Grothendieck's work. At 1:14:30 and after, Toen presents the new objects emerging from topos theory in algebraic geometry. He takes the ...
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Hieroglyphic from Herschel to Babbage?

John Herschel sent a letter to Charles Babbage in which he included this hieroglyphic with the message "Interpret it, it contains a great discovery". Personally I have no clue what it could mean. ...
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Historical Approach to $\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{e^{\alpha x} - e^{\beta x}}{x}$, without L'Hospital's Rule

I encountered this problem, amongst others, in the slightly older Calculus textbook Piskunov's Differential and Integral Calculus when I was working with a student: Calculate the limit $$ \lim_{x \to ...
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Emil Artin on visualization of matrices

Someone called my attention to the fact that Emil Artin made very important remarks on the visual representation of matrices in some of his books. Could anyone tell me which precise book that is? ...
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Logarithms and Taylor Series

Before Log Tables, how were they able to compute expressions such as $2^{2.221}$? I understand they could take a Taylor expansion of $\frac{1}{x}$, but how were they able to condense the expansion ...
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Demonstrative geometry around the world and its significance.

This is not exactly a mathematical question. I am from Pakistan; and over here students are taught a subject 'demonstrative geometry' (as a part of mathematics) from secondary level education. ...
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What is a space? Where does the word come from?

I was asked the question: "What is a space?". Wikipedia says it is a set with added structure, but then why don't we call a group a space, or a ring? The Princeton companion doesn't even have an entry ...
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The word “integral” in calculus unrelated to “integral” / “integer” in algebra?

I think that the word integral in calculus is nothing to do with integer or integer numbers. But why is integral is chosen for integration? In algebra, integral means related to integers, and this is ...
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Why do mathematicians use $\oplus$ instead of $+$?

What is the historical reason for using $\oplus$ instead of $+$ to denote operations that are generally thought of as addition? Similarly, why is $\otimes$ used instead of $\times$ (or just $\cdot$) ...
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A post for the rejected — influential papers that had trouble getting published

Having your paper rejected feels a lot like getting dumped. But while there are plenty of good ways to alleviate the pain of romantic rejection, there seem to be few outlets to alleviate intellectual ...
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What was the original motivation for matrix multiplication? [duplicate]

When I took linear algebra class in my freshman year, the multiplication operation for matrices was defined without any apparent motivation. Given an $m$-times-$n$ matrix $A$ and an $n$-times-$p$ ...
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Could Euclid have proven that multiplication of real numbers distributes over addition?

In Euclid's day, the modern notion of real number did not exist; Euclid did not believe that the length of a line segment was a quantity measurable by number. But he did think it made sense to talk ...
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Could Euclid have proven that real number multiplication is commutative?

In Euclid's day, the modern notion of real number did not exist; Euclid did not believe that the length of a line segment was a quantity measurable by number. But he did think it made sense to talk ...
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Books and sources concerning the mathematics of Leibniz and the feud with Newton

I am trying to find books and other sources concerning the mathematical history of Leibniz, including the controversy due to the independent discoveries of calculus by both Newton and Leibniz. I can't ...
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a maximum of 128 independent rules

Can anyone tell me what these 128 rules are in the following paragraph? Are they the rules dominating Conway's automaton or other kind of rules like the whole universe rules that could be summarized ...
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Where does the term “Ring” come from in Algebra? [duplicate]

Group and Field make some sense to me, but I can't see why the structures that are closed under two binary operations would indicate "ring".
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Impact factor Vs Rating of Maths journals

I have heard of a Maths journal having $A^*$, $A$, $B$ and $C$ rating, and have also heard of impact factor of $1.3$, $0.6, 0.33$, et-cetera. Can someone please clarify me on what these two actually ...
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Is our Arabic number system based on a geometric design counting corners? [duplicate]

The following writer asserts that our system of Arabic numerals is a geometric design where the number of corners corresponds to the number represented: My question is: Is our Arabic number system ...
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Why is the Gamma function off by 1 from the factorial? [duplicate]

Why didn't they define it as $$ \tilde \Gamma(x) = \int_0^\infty t^x e^{-t} \, dt ?$$ Then the definition would have two less characters than the standard definition of $\Gamma(x)$, and we would have ...
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Does “data” in Cauchy data come before or after the coinage of data in computer science

Is the usage of data as in Cauchy data (i.e. initial conditions) borrowed or came before the usage of data in computer science and do both usages mean roughly the same thing (data ~ information)?
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Proofs that relied on paradoxical sentences

Graham Priest's Logic of Paradox is a modification of classical logic where the principle of explosion does not hold, so that there are inconsistent theories which are not automatically trivial. ...
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History of inner products and texts on it?

Where does the inner product originate from, was it defined in term of the dual or was it defined from just two copies of the space? I.e $(*,*) : V \times V \rightarrow scalar $ or $(*,*) : V \times ...
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Solving quartic equation using substitution

We are learning a lot about the history of our famous mathematicians and this specific one is stumping me. They want us to solve a problem a specific way and I can't seem to figure out how to do it. ...
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Estimating the “size” of the mathematical research literature

The other day I was telling one of my friends that mathematics, as a living science, possesses quite an extensive research literature. How extensive then, she asked. Unfortunately, I didn't have ...
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Pythagorean theorem expressed without roots in an old Tamilian (Indian) statement

There's an old Tamil statement that predicts the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle to a reasonable level of accuracy considering it doesn't involve roots. This is how it goes: “Odum Neelam ...
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Euler and differentials

Did Euler have juxtaposition of $dx$ to $f'(x)$ to denote multiplication of a "very small quantity" to $f'(x)$ to obtain another "very small quantity" $dy$? This seems to imply that $\frac{dy}{dx}$ is ...
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What primes were “pending” at the time of Wiles's proof of FLT?

I would like to know what instances of Fermat's Last Theorem were pending at the time of Wiles's proof. More specifically: what families of irregular primes had been discarded as possible ...
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Why do people prefer cosine to sine when speaking of harmonic oscillation?

In almost all of the physics textbooks I have ever read, the author will write the oscillating function as $$x(t)=\cos\left(\omega t+\phi\right)$$ My question is that, is there any practical or ...
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History of convolution

Let $f, g\in L^{1}(\mathbb R),$ we may define the convolution of $f$ and $g$ as follows: $f\ast g(x)= \int_{\mathbb R} f(x-y)g(y) dy, (x\in \mathbb R).$ It is well known that it can be defined on ...
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Why are some branches of mathematics called 'theory' and others not?

We say: graph theory , group theory, number theory , set theory, what is definition of theory? We also say abstract algebra, real analysis, but why we do not say abstract algebra theory or real ...
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Question about the existence of points and lines.

Say we draw a point on a graph. If the point should not take up any area than how come we could see it. Say we graph $y=x^2$, we obviously could see it. However, because $y=x^2$ is a function made up ...
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Difference between infinitesimal motion and finite motion

I was reading an article about back ground of Killing's work by Thomas Hawkins from Historia mathematica 1980.In it Hawkin's says that,Killing was trying to generalise all types of space ...
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Origin of the Integral (Theory Behind It - How it came about)?

How exactly was the integral derived? Like similarly to how the difference quotient explains where the derivative came from, what can we use to explain the origins of the integral? Like how does ...
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Improving Mathmatical Skill [closed]

I am a student of computer science and engineering. My understanding of mathematics is not very good. I am getting very hard time studying subject that require a background on mathematics. So, I ...
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Alternative proof for the equality of two angles in an isosceles triangle.

From the answers of my previous question, I got an idea to prove equality of two angles in an isosceles triangle. In that question the equality of two angles in a right-angled-isosceles triangle was ...
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How values of the constants are derived mathematically? [closed]

As said by Jan regarding constant value $\pi$ ,Imagine you have a circle and you are able to measure its circumference "c". Then, you can also find out what its diameter "d" is. When you divide ...
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Right modules Vs Left modules.

I have been reading Frobenius Algebras, Volume 1 By Andrzej Skowroński, Kunio Yamagata. On page 18 I came across the following paragraph, and I founded interesting, I will quote it and then ask my ...