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The Integral that Stumped Feynman?

In "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!," Nobel-prize winning Physicist Richard Feynman said that he challenged his colleagues to give him an integral that they could evaluate with only complex methods ...
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Good book for self study of functional analysis

I am a EE grad. student who has had one undergraduate course in real analysis (which was pretty much the only pure math course that I have ever done). I would like to do a self study of some basic ...
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References for the multivariable calculus

Due to my ignorance, I find that most of the references for mathematical analysis (real analysis or advanced calculus) I have read do not talk much about the "multivariate calculus". After dealing ...
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Online resources for learning Mathematics [closed]

Not sure if this is the place for it, but there are similar posts for podcasts and blogs, so I'll post this one. I'd be interested in seeing a list of online resources for mathematics learning. As ...
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Where to begin with foundations of mathematics

I would like to know more about the foundations of mathematics, but I can't really figure out where it all starts. If I look in a book on axiomatic set theory, then it seems to be assumed that one ...
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Alternative construction of the tensor product (or: pass this secret)

The paper Tensor products and bimorphisms by B. Banachewski and E. Nelson studies tensor products (defined by classifying bimorphisms) in concrete categories. It is quite interesting that their main ...
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Single Variable Calculus Reference Recommendations

This question is a generalization of the common question asking for calculus references. It is here to abstract away the repetition, and give a canonical resource for calculus references. I'm ...
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Treatise on non-elementary integrable functions

All of us mathematicians after some time (and trial-and-error, of course) we are able to guess with reasonable accuracy whether or not a given function is elementary integrable (test yourself: ...
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Characterization of integers which has a $2$-adic square root

Does anyone know an "elementary" proof of the following theorem? Let $k \neq 0$ be a rational integer. Then $k$ admits a square root in $\mathbb{Z}_2$ if $k = 4^a (8b+1)$ for some $a \in \mathbb{N}$, ...
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How many $N$ digits binary numbers can be formed where $0$ is not repeated

How many $N$ digits binary numbers can be formed where $0$ is not repeated. Note - first digit can be $0$. I am more interested on the thought process to solve such problems, and not just the answer. ...
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Good Book On Combinatorics

What is your recommendation for an in-depth introductory combinatoric book? A book that doesn't just tell you about the multiplication principle, but rather shows the whole logic behind the questions ...
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Complex Analysis Book

I want a really good book on Complex Analysis, for a good understanding of theory. There are many complex variable books that are only a list of identities and integrals and I hate it. For example, I ...
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Best Book For Differential Equations?

I know this is a subjective question, but I need some opinions on a very good book for learning differential equations. Ideally it should have a variety of problems with worked solutions and be ...
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Book about technical and academic writing

I'm in the process of writing my Master's Thesis on automata theory. The writing must be in English which isn't my mother tongue. So the question is, given that this is my first time long (hundred ...
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Constructing a subset not in $\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{R})$ explicitly

While reading David Williams's "Probability with Martingales", the following statement caught my fancy: Every subset of $\mathbb{R}$ which we meet in everyday use is an element of Borel ...
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Introductory book on Topology [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: choosing a topology text best book for topology? What book would you recommend for an undergraduate wanting to learn the basics of topology? I've come across several ...
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Books that every student “needs” to go through

I'm still a student, but the same books keep getting named by my tutors (Rudin, Royden). I've read Baby Rudin and begun Royden though I'm unsure if there are other books that I "should" be working on ...
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What are the issues in modern set theory?

This is spurred by the comments to my answer here. I'm unfamiliar with set theory beyond Cohen's proof of the independence of the continuum hypothesis from ZFC. In particular, I haven't witnessed ...
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Learning Roadmap for Algebraic Topology

I am now considering about studying algebraic topology. There are a lot of books about it, and I want to choose the most comprehensive book among them. I have a solid background in Abstract Algebra, ...
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Good 1st PDE book for self study

What is a good PDE book suitable for self study? I'm looking for a book that doesn't require much prerequisite knowledge beyond undergraduate-level analysis. My goal is to understand basic ...
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Reference for general-topology

Though there are several posts discussing the reference books for topology, for example best book for topology. But as far as I looked up to, all of them are for the purpose of learning topology or ...
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Geometry Book Recommendation?

Can someone recommend a good basic book on Geometry? Let me be more specific on what I am looking for. I'd like a book that starts with Euclid's definitions and postulates and goes on from there to ...
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Good First Course in real analysis book for self study

Does anybody know of a good book in real analysis for self study for a beginner? What about Analysis 1 by Terence Tao?
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Good problem book on Abstract Algebra

I am currently self-studying abstract algebra from Artin. In that background, I am looking for a problem book in a spirit somewhat similar to Problems in Mathematical Analysis by AMS so that I have a ...
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How can I prove my conjecture for the coefficients in $t(x)=\log(1+\exp(x)) $?

I'm considering the transfer-function $$ t(x) = \log(1 + \exp(x)) $$ and find the beginning of the power series (simply using Pari/GP) as $$ t(x) = \log(2) + 1/2 x + 1/8 x^2 – 1/192 x^4 + 1/2880 x^6 - ...
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probability textbooks

Has anyone compiled a moderately comprehensive list on the web or elsewhere of textbooks on probability For students who have not been introduced to the subject before That introduce both discrete ...
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There is no norm in $C^\infty ([a,b])$, which makes it a Banach space.

Does anyone knows a reference, which proves the following: Let $a,b\in \mathbb{R}$ with $a<b$. There is no norm in the space $C^\infty([a,b])$, which makes it a Banach space.
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What is a good book to learn number theory?

What would be a good book to learn basic number theory? If possible a book which also has a collection of practice problems? Thanks.
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Multivariable Calculus Book Reference

I am looking for a multivariable calculus book that is really physics oriented. Anyone know of any? EDIT: My wife is looking to brush up on multivariable at the same time she needs to brush up on ...
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Good books on Math History

I'm trying to find good books on the history of mathematics, dating as far back as possible. There was a similar question here Good books on Philosophy of Mathematics, but mostly pertaining to ...
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Defining a manifold without reference to the reals

The standard definition I've seen for a manifold is basically that it's something that's locally the same as $\mathbb{R}^n$, without the metric structure normally associated with $\mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Book recommendation on plane Euclidean geometry

I consider myself relatively good at math, though I don't know it at a high level (yet). One of my problems is that I'm not very comfortable with geometry, unlike algebra, or to restate, I'm much more ...
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A Book for abstract Algebra

I am self learning abstract algebra. I am using the book Algebra by Serge Lang. The book has different definitions for some algebraic structures. (For example, according to that book rings are defined ...
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What are the theorems in mathematics which can be proved using completely different ideas?

I would like to know about theorems which can give different proofs using completely different techniques. Motivation: When I read from the book Proof from the Book, I saw there were many ...
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Reference for Algebraic Geometry

I tried to learn Algbraic Geometry through some texts, but by Commutative Algebra, I left the subject; many books give definitions and theorems in Commutative algebra, but do not explain why it is ...
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Is there an explicit isomorphism between $L^\infty[0,1]$ and $\ell^\infty$?

Is there an explicit isomorphism between $L^\infty[0,1]$ and $\ell^\infty$? In some sense, this is a follow-up to my answer to this question where the non-isomorphism between the spaces $L^r$ ...
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What are or where can I find style guidelines for writing math?

I am a scientist writing my first manuscript with a substantial amount of mathematical methodological documentation. I am using LaTeX, but this is not my question. I would like to find a list of ...
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Any good Graduate Level linear algebra textbook for practice/problem solving?

I am looking for good graduate linear algebra books that contain practice problems with solutions (which is better) or hints to solve the problems. By the way, two graduate courses I am gonna take are ...
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Why does the Hilbert curve fill the whole square?

I have never seen a formal definition of the Hilbert curve, much less a careful analysis of why it fills the whole square. The Wikipedia and Mathworld articles are typically handwavy. I suppose the ...
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Good introductory books on homological algebra

Which books would you recommend, for self-studying homological algebra, to a beginning graduate (or advanced undergraduate) student who has background in ring theory, modules, basic commutative ...
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Is the Galois group associated to a random polynomial solvable with probability 0?

Choose a random polynomial $P\in\mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree $n$ and coefficients $\leq n$ and $\geq-n$. Let $r_1,\ldots,r_n$ be the roots of $P$ and consider ...
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ArcTan(2) a rational multiple of $\pi$?

Consider a $2 \times 1$ rectangle split by a diagonal. Then the two angles at a corner are ArcTan(2) and ArcTan(1/2), which are about $63.4^\circ$ and $26.6^\circ$. Of course the sum of these angles ...
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Reference for combinatorial game theory.

What is a good reference material for elementary combinatorial game theory? By combinatorial game theory I mean chiefly the study of zero-sum, deterministic two-player games (perhaps even more ...
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Divergent series and $p$-adics

If we naïvely apply the formula $$\sum_0^\infty a^i = {1\over 1-a}$$ when $a=2$, we get the silly-seeming claim that $1+2+4+\ldots = -1$. But in the 2-adic integers, this formula is correct. Surely ...
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Can the principle of explosion be removed from constructive logic?

Classical logic has the theorem ($p\wedge\lnot p)\rightarrow q$, which I will call EFQ ("ex falso quodlibet"). Constructive logic often has the principle built in, in the form of an axiom ...
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Looking for a Calculus Textbook

I want to start signal processing and I need a book that satisfies my mathematical requirements: I am in the third grade of high school and I don't know any useful thing about limit, differential, ... ...
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Order of cyclic groups and the Euler phi function

According to Wikipedia, a cyclic number (in group theory) is one which is coprime to its Euler phi function and is the necessary and sufficient condition for any group of that order to be cyclic. Why ...
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Fun but serious mathematics books to gift advanced undergraduates.

I am looking for fun, interesting mathematics textbooks which would make good studious holiday gifts for advanced mathematics undergraduates or beginning graduate students. They should be serious but ...
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What is a good book for learning math from the ground up?

I am wondering which books are recommended for learning math from the ground up-- from rather basic math to advanced math (middle school -> graduate school). I am about to finish my masters of ...