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Mathematical literature to lose yourself in

H.M. Edwards in the preface to his book on the Riemann Zeta Function, summarises his philosophy on learning Mathematics: ...I have tried to say to students of mathematics that they should read the ...
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Mathematical Intuition Behind Schizophrenic Numbers?

Schizophrenic numbers (A014824) are numbers whose square roots "look" like rational numbers. They were first discussed in 2004 by Darling in the Universal Book of Mathematics (page 282), and I ...
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The Best Strategy and Highest Possible Score for the “Threes!” Game.

[There's still the strategy to go. A suitably robust argument that establishes what is statistically the best strategy will be accepted.] Here's my description of the game: There's a $4\times 4$ ...
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1answer
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Is there any way to analyze an absurdly large exponent?

On a recent Giant Bombcast, someone wrote in and asked an absurd question (as is usual for this podcast). In short, the question was: Given a 1080p TV, how long would it take to view every ...
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154 views

What is the most awe-inspiring math equation you have come across [closed]

What is the favorite equation of your life? I know this might be a subjective question, and may be not-so-on-topic here, so if anyone decides to close this, could you link me somewhere I can ask this? ...
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0answers
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What are some cool projects that can be done in a high school math class?

I'm studying to be a secondary math teacher and will be starting student teaching next month (an algebra 2 class). It's difficult to find activities and projects that are actually informative and time ...
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Careers in Mathematics?

I am a college freshman, and I really like to have goals for my life, one of the big ones is my career of choice. Previously, I have always wanted to be a programmer, and I have written a lot of code. ...
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Why are the surreals considered “recreational” mathematics?

One of my college math professors once remarked to me that it was interesting that John Conway's two "biggest" contributions to math were both recreational: the Game of Life and the Surreals. No one, ...
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A problem for math lovers to count the digits

Today a classmate of mine asked a question which is based on counting. Question. Find a positive integer which when multiplied up to $N$ times will give numbers having the same digits but differently ...
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1answer
107 views

Are there mathematical blogs/websites which publish “pop-math”?

Are there mathematical blogs/websites which publish "pop-math" (that is, simple and nice articles on interesting topics aimed at ...
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42 views

Property With Specific Properties

I am thinking of making a game (for the mathematicians that study numbers) in which players try to construct a set with certain properties. Which properties satisfy the following: Formally, every ...
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159 views

Is there any surprising elementary probability problem that result in surprising solution like the Monty Hall problem?

For recreational purpose, i haven't seen a interesting elemetary probability question quite a while. Is there any surprising elementary probability problem that result in surprising solution like the ...
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Poems related to mathematics [closed]

I am supposed to be presenting a poem in my undergraduate math class, that relates to mathematics. The point of the presentation is to show the beauty of math , and the fun of it ,and also it will ...
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4answers
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Math games for car journeys

On long car journeys with kids we are all familiar with "I spy" or "Twenty questions". What math related games can one play on a car journey instead that are fun and offer similar variety?
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Math Behind the Dragon Illusion!

Dragon illusion has been one of the items presented in the 3rd "Gathering for Gardner". This video shows the illusion. What does it have to do with mathematics?
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Paul Erdős Joke.

I was watching the great documentary "$N$ is a Number" and in it Erdős tells a joke where he writes: PGOM LD AD LD CD Which means poor great old man, living dead, archeological discovery, legally ...
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2answers
229 views

What does it mean to be $0.9-$Dimension?

We can visualize $1\mathrm D$, $2\mathrm D$, $3\mathrm D$ and we can think of a higher $M-\mathrm {Dimension}$ where $M\in \mathbb N^+$as a vector. But I recently learned that there are non integer ...
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1answer
72 views

A persistent difference

Here's a fun math problem. I wasn't able to get it - am curious what you guys have to say. Pick a four-digit number whose digits are not all the same. From its digits form the smallest four-digit ...
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2answers
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Simple question that I can't solve [duplicate]

Here is a relatively simple question that I'm unable to solve :/ There are $10000$ closed lockers in a hallway. A man begins by opening all $10000$ lockers. Next, he closes every $2^{nd}$ locker. ...
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Literary statements that are false as mathematics

I recently wanted to use the title of the famous short story "Everything that Rises must Converge" in a poem of mine. However, the mathematician in me insisted on changing it to "Everything that ...
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1answer
53 views

What does $0^0$ equal? [duplicate]

What does $0^0$ equal and why? I would like to know the viewpoints of the math people here. Let's start a discussion!
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112 views

Rating changes and probability calculations for chess world championship

I have some interesting questions that have to do with the rating changes and calculations for the Anand-Carlsen world championship. Most of this has to do with solving a system of linear equations. ...
0
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1answer
97 views

Is it appropriate to use conjectures in contest?

Is it appropriate to use conjectures in math contest? I've been to fair amount of math contest and as far as I know the judges want a solid proof for every step take to make to solve the problem. But ...
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2answers
97 views

Topic on Proofs without words [closed]

There's a mathematical presentation to be done in college of 15 minutes! I've intended to show two proofs without words! Can you suggest me any two of them?
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1answer
138 views

Discrete mathematics for someone from a non-mathematical background

I have been a software programmer for over six years and I'm from a non-mathematical background. Though I had some limited exposure to discrete mathematics in my college years it didn't leave any ...
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7answers
190 views

Mathematical Games suitable for undergraduates

I am looking for mathematical games for an undergraduate `maths club' for interested students. I am thinking of things like topological tic-tac-toe and singularity chess. I have some funding for this ...
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12answers
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Can the golden ratio accurately be expressed in terms of e and $\pi$

I was playing around with numbers when I noticed that $\sqrt e$ was very somewhat close to $\phi$ And so, I took it upon myself to try to find a way to express the golden ratio in terms of the ...
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5answers
597 views

Is $3 \ge 1$ or is it just $3 > 1$?

Well, probably this might seem a really simple question (and it might be so too!), but off late me and my friends have been debating quite hard over this question. Is $3 \ge 1$ or is it just $3 ...
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2answers
290 views

Interesting Problems for NonMath Majors

Sometime in the upcoming future, I will be doing a presentation as a college alumni to a bunch of undergrads from an organization I was in college. I did a dual major in mathematics and computer ...
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14answers
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How to entertain a crowd with mathematics? [closed]

I am a high school student who follows a university level curriculum, and recently my teacher asked me to hold a short lecture to a crowd of about 100 people (mostly parents of my classmates and such, ...
3
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2answers
132 views

Recreational number theory problem

Suppose we have a positive integer $n$ that has exactly three distinct prime factors, say $p,q, r$. How can we find a formula for the number of positive integers $\leq n$ that are divisible by none of ...
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2answers
191 views

Wolves and chicks puzzle

This problem is from the handheld video game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I think the solution is very cool, but more than that, I want to know how to show that the minimum number of ...
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4answers
359 views

How to verify method used to solve integral was actually the fastest?

Is there any way to verify if the method I chose to integrate (by hand) was indeed fastest, or if there exists some better technique? Can a computer tell me or show me what the fastest method was, ...
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138answers
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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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3answers
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Why should Rubik's cube get attention from mathematicians?

I've seen a lot of math debate, calculations and other stuff related to Rubik's cube lately, but I don't really understand why is it important, why should anyone spend time asking and answering ...
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4answers
312 views

Number theory fun problem

Say $a,b > 2 $ are integers. Then we have that $2^a + 1$ is not divisible by $2^b - 1$. Any thoughts on how to tackle this problem???
2
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1answer
91 views

What is the difference in chance, based on foreknowledge of the resolution?

I'm working to understand the differences between Odds, Probability and Chance. I've come up with a hypothetical situation to show where I'm having a bit of an issue. Chad shuffles a standard deck ...
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2answers
592 views

Is there a collection of alternative mathematical notation? (Semi-soft Question)

I'm interested in alternative systems of notation for mathematics. I've often heard how mathematical notation is illogical, inconsistent, filled with grandfather clauses that serve no purpose, and ...
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0answers
112 views

Is there a way to determine how many solution does “ The hundred Fowls problems” have looking at the coefficients?

I was looking at the different versions of the hundred fowls problems. I came across the problem posed by Chinese mathematicians posed in 5th century,and then Indians in 9th, 10th centuries. Alcuin of ...
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3answers
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Topology: The Board Game

Edit: I've drawn up some different rules, a map and some cards for playing an actual version of the game. They're available at my personal website with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. ...
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2answers
190 views

Mathematical doodle games

Vi Hart's doodling videos and a 4 year old son interested in mazes has made me wonder: What are some interesting mathematical "doodling" diversions/games that satisfy the following criteria: 1) They ...
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8answers
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What would be a good outdoor maths puzzle for children?

I have to find an interesting activity for some 11-year-olds moving to high school this year. It is supposed to take about 30-45 minutes, and I thought of having a mathematical theme. I can make a ...
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2answers
339 views

Opinions on foundational math materials to teach 8th grade, 9th grade kids at a Summer Camp

I have been asked to teach mathematics/physics to a few 8th grade/9th grade kids for a summer camp. I have been thinking about it and I realized that I could go about it in two ways: One of the ways ...
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6answers
991 views

Math Jeopardy Answers and Questions (community wiki) [closed]

This question is just for fun, and should be community wiki, but I don't know how to set that here. Just as on Jeopardy, give an answer as the clue. Bonus points if the answer is in the Jeopardy ...
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1answer
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Measuring how monotonically “staircase-like” a set of values is

A bit of a bizarre question here -- I'm looking for assistance in generating a robust metric to measure how monotonically "step-wise" a series of values is. The set must not start or end at a specific ...
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0answers
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What is known about functions of type $f(n+1) = f(n)^ {f(n)}$?

Update : having looked at Knut's Double Arrow Notation ( Thank you DJC), it seems that this question is nothing more than a frivourless wondering that should be undertaken by whom ever wonders it, it ...
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3answers
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Which books would you recommend about Recreational Mathematics?

By this I mean books with math puzzles and problems similar to the ones you would find in mathematical olympiads.