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### Have historians of the classical period responded to C. K. Raju's critique?

C. K. Raju has some criticisms of the traditional take on Euclid in particular and Western history in general. Have modern historians of the classical period responded to his critique?
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### Did Joseph Fourier ever make a pure mathematical mistake?

Cited by "Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason" John David Kadvany, 2001: It is remarkable that the nineteenth century was a time of error for mathematics: not trivial oversights or amateur ...
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### When did Euler find his formula for $\zeta(2n)$

Does anybody know when Euler found his famous formula $$\zeta(2n)=\frac{(-1)^{n-1}(2\pi)^{2n}B_{2n}}{2(2n)!}?$$
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### Simple Proof of the Euler Identity $\exp{i\theta}=\cos{\theta}+i\sin{\theta}$

my question is too simple. We know all that if we define the exponential function on $\mathbb{C}$ then we define the real part and imaginary part of $\exp{it}$ as $\cos{t}$ and $\sin{t}$. So if we ...
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### How mathematics would be different if the first derivations, conjectures and theorems would be others? [on hold]

I've realised that mathematics is nothing else that an implication of some assumptions (plus the assumptions themselves, of course). We have axioms and we derive new "things", new rules, ideas, ...
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### Why is matrix multiplication called 'multiplication' if it is non-commutative?

This question begins with the assumption that matrix multiplication was termed 'multiplication' as a form of comparison/parallel to multiplication of integers and real numbers. Why was matrix ...
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### Why weren't “degrees” replaced with a more intuitive angle measure?

$\bf History$ It is speculated that the seemingly arbitrary number $360$ used to indicate a full revolution in degrees was chosen because the Babylonians counted in base $60$ and $60 \times 6 = 360$. ...
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### Origin of Almost Perfect Numbers

Let $N$ be a positive integer. $N$ is called a perfect number if the sum of its positive divisors denoted by $\sigma(N)=2N$. For example $6$ is a perfect number since: $\sigma(N)=1+2+3+6=12=2(6)$. ...
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### What did Newton and Leibniz actually discover?

Most popular sources credit Newton and Leibniz with the creation and the discovery of calculus. However there are many things that are normally regarded as a part of calculus (such as the notion of a ...
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### Why has the Perfect cuboid problem not been solved yet?

Why hasn't Perfect Cuboid Problem been solved yet, whereas (possibly) more nontrivial ones such as FLT and Sphere packing have been solved? I understand that calling some problems more nontrivial ...
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### Why do people use “it is easy to prove”?

Math is not generally what I am doing, but I have to read some literature and articles in dynamic systems and complexity theory. What I noticed is that authors tend to use (quite frequently) the ...
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### Who introduced the notation $\lesssim$?
Who in history introduced the notation $X\lesssim Y$ for meaning $X\leq CY$ for some constant $C$? I've seen this notation in modern literature in PDE a lot. (See for instance the notation section of ...