The process of studying mathematics without formal instruction. _Don't_ use this tag just because you were self-studying when you came across the mathematical question you're asking; it is only for when the fact that you're self-studying is what your question is _about_.

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Path to Basics in Algebraic Geometry from HS Algebra and Calculus?

In this question, Why study Algebraic Geometry?, Javier Álvarez, develops a succint but encompassing description of algebraic geometry and its spread across different areas of mathematics. Indeed, it ...
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Book on the Rigorous Foundations of Mathematics- Logic and Set Theory

I am asking for a book that develops the foundations of mathematics, up to the basic analysis (functions, real numbers etc.) in a very rigorous way, similar to Hilbert's program. Having read this ...
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History of the theory of equations: John Colson

This is an EDIT version of my original question: Recently I've been interested in the history of the Theory of Equations. The thing is that I learned about this mathematician named John Colson, he ...
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Math blogs, pros and cons for writers?

I regularly read blogs by three mathematicians, and occasionally run into others. Definitely they help me a lot studying mathematics. But now I am more interested in the writers' perspective, and I ...
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Grasping mathematics

First, I'm not trying to make this sound like a "poor-me" story. I understand fully that every decision I've made leading to this is my fault. I am genuinely looking for advice. So, I am a high ...
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Do equal bases imply equal powers?

$$x^a = x^b \Rightarrow a =b$$ So, this is a concept I used in multiple math problems and they often turn out right. The thing is, today my math teacher told me that this is not necessarily true. ...
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Relearning from the basics to Calculus and beyond.

Assume someone has very limited knowledge of math. (low level high school, 5-6 years ago) How would they learn from the basics of algebra, geometry and trigonometry to a solid foundation for calculus ...
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What are the prerequisites for stochastic calculus?

I am not a math student, and only kind of picking up something whenever I need it. After emerged in the field of machine learning, probability, measure theory and functional analysis seem to be quite ...
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Introduction to ring theory?

I've been teaching myself algebra these couple of months. I already went through the basics of group (Lagrange, action, class equation, Cauchy and Sylow theorems etc.) And I already have some linear ...
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How to Self-Study Higher Math Without Solutions

I've been lurking on this site for several months, and as someone studying higher mathematics independently (i.e., outside of a college/institutional setting), this forum has probably been the best ...
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IMO programs of different nations?

We in Albania have a good team in the IMO, and this year I will probably be part of it. Since Albania does not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programmes of other ...
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Suggest an Antique Math Book worth reading?

I'm not a math wizard, but I recently started reading through a few math books to prepare myself for some upcoming classes and I'm starting to really get into it. Then I noticed a few antique math ...
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A linear operator commuting with all such operators is a scalar multiple of the identity.

The question is from Axler's "Linear Algebra Done Right", which I'm using for self-study. We are given a linear operator $T$ over a finite dimensional vector space $V$. We have to show that $T$ is a ...
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Why is cross product only defined in 3 and 7 dimensions? [duplicate]

Why $3$ and $7$? I know from some reading that Hurwitz's Theorem explains this, but can someone help me build some intuition behind this or perhaps provide a simpler explanation? It still seems ...
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How do I teach university level mathematics to myself? [closed]

So here I go, I have enrolled myself in maths major this year but due to less marks in SSC I couldn't secure admission in a good university so I have to take admission wherever I could get with my ...
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Careers in Math

I am a highschool 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 ...
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Baby Rudin: Advice

I am working through the first chapter of Principles of Mathematical Analysis and I am wondering how many of the twenty exercise problems I should do. I think the first ten are very to moderately ...
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Which is better strategy to learn and read books, traditionally one by one OR re-read carefully on perfect books

(Just focus on how to learn and master the stuff pretty well, not involve the aspect of courses or exam) Because recently I always feel that the time and energy are pretty limited, I want to try ...
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Show that these two numbers have the same number of digits

I want to show that for $n>0$, $2^n$ and $2^n + 1$ have the same number of digits. What I did was I found that the formula for the number of digits of a number $x$ is $\left ...
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How to do well on Math Olympiads

I'm a high school student who really likes maths and I'm quite good at school. I want to start training maths by myself but I think I need some guidelines. I want to do well on IMO but I don't know ...
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Is 'Algebraic Number Theory' the study of the theory of algebraic numbers, or is it the study of the theory of numbers from an algebraic viewpoint?

Asked differently: Is Algebraic Number Theory the study of the theory of algebraic numbers? Or is it Number Theory from an algebraic viewpoint? Or is it both? I know I can just find a wiki article ...
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Learning schemes

Could someone suggest me how to learn some basic theory of schemes? I have two books from algebraic geometry, namely "Diophantine Geometry" from Hindry and Silverman and "Algebraic geometry and ...
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How to self study Linear Algebra

I have no idea if this question is appropriate for this forum, but I hope you guys can overlook the fact that I asked it on a wrong forum (if I did) and still help me answer it (of course, if this is ...
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Yoneda Lemma Exercises

Can you please suggest some (relatively simple) exercises to practice the use of the Yoneda Lemma? Harder exercises are welcome too, but I would like to start with simpler ones. The answers to this ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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How to fill my mathematical gaps?

To do the story short, I became interested in mathematics in a serious way like two years ago, I'm currently in graduate school, but the problem is that my mathematical background is not as good as ...
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Why is a square root not a linear transformation?

The question says: Prove that the function $f(x)=\sqrt{x}$ is not a linear transformation (particularly $\sqrt{1+x^2}≠1+x$) I think that this is because the exponent of $\sqrt{x}$ is $1/2$, ...
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Self studying math, how can I learn the most?

I am currently studying Pre-Calculus on my own. I have a few texts I am working with but feel like I could learning a lot more than I am. When people typically ask these kind of questions the common ...
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Being mathematically critical: how should a student approach statements that appear to be obvious?

Very occasionally, I will read or hear a theorem, and think: isn't that obvious? Not in a contemptuous "I can immediately see how to prove this" way, but rather in a "I would have thought this was ...
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What's the motivation of the definition of primary ideals?

$$xy\in\mathfrak q\:\Rightarrow\:\text{either $x\in\mathfrak q$ or $y^n\in\mathfrak q$ for some $n\gt0$}.$$ Primary ideals can be regard as the generalization of prime ideals and radical. But ...
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How to improve mathematical creativity?

To introduce myself: I'm an undergraduate mathematics student in Germany. Currently I'm studying in the second semester and until now I'm doing well, but I still got the feeling that my ability to ...
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How to stay productive while you are studying math? [closed]

Not sure that this question is a good fit for this site, but I will try. When I am working through a chapter of a mathematical book first two hours are normally very productive (easily remember ...
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Am I reading Bott - Tu right?

Summary: I'm finding Bott - Tu to be too brief and terse. I constantly have to look elsewhere to fill in details. This is not time-efficient. Am I missing something? If not - what other books do ...
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Difference between continuity and uniform continuity

I understand the geometric differences between continuity and uniform continuity, but I don't quite see how the differences between those two are apparent from their definitions. For example, my book ...
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Sources for mathematics outside the mathematics world

In this question I would like to ask you about material showing the uses (or occurrences) of mathematics in the everyday world. The aim is to encourage with it a group of young undergraduate ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Strategy for reading math books, is it better to prove the theorems yourself or just read them?

Context: I'm self-studying some mid to upper level undergraduate math subjects. For example, right now I'm reading Munkres' Topology book. Usually, the approach I use is to go through the book in ...
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What should a math graduate know? [closed]

There are a lot of undergraduate courses out there and most of them agree on certain things, with regard to the subjects covered. Courses that include mathematics (engineering, physics, etc) are ...
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Computation of $\operatorname{Tor}_1$ and $\operatorname{Ext}^1$

Can you please give some examples of computation of the derived functors $\operatorname{Tor}_1$ and $\operatorname{Ext}^1$ for some simple cases, say $R=\mathbb{Z}$ or $R=\mathbb{Z}[G]$ for some ...
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How to Self-Study Mathematical Methods?

Edit: Ok, user Chinny84 made comment that truly helps narrow the focus of my question. Basically, I'm asking for a self-study course of Mathematical Methods. Thanks to his recommendation I ...
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Looking for an easy lightning introduction to Hilbert spaces and Banach spaces

I'm co-organizing a reading seminar on Higson and Roe's Analytic K-homology. Most participants are graduate students and faculty, but there are a number of undergraduates who might like to ...
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Multivariable Calculus books similar to “Advanced Calculus of Several Variables” by C.H. Edwards

I am currently trying to teach myself multivariable calculus using C.H. Edwards' "Advanced Calculus of Several Variables", but the text unfortunately doesn't have very many problems with solutions. ...
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Making up for wasted high school years - where should I begin?

I realize this question is long and quite personal but any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm a senior high school student. I've learnt maths at precalculus level. I have had little exposure to ...
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How can I pick up analysis quickly?

I have a 2-3 week recess from university for winter break. In this time, I would like to learn analysis, starting with Walter Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis, and then, if at all possible, ...
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Is Aluffi's book a good second text for Algebra?

I have been trying to relearn parts of algebra (mostly module theory and (advanced)linear algebra) from Lang, which, frankly, is not going too well. Now, I have managed to get my hands on 'Aluffi - ...
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Learning Abstract Algebra for a graduate degree

I would like to do a graduate degree in mathematics, and I have a full year before I will be able to do so (for personal reasons). I mainly have my weekends available to study. I am interested in ...
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How to begin self study of Mathematics?

I'm aware that this question has been asked several times, but I have specific questions hence why I'm asking again. I began to appreciate the beauty of mathematics when I glossed over the ...
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Is there a closed form expression for $\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )} \mathrm{d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$?

I have been trying to evaluate the integral: $$\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )}\mathrm {d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$$ I know of course that the integral equals ...
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Preparing for Mathematics Olympiad

I am preparing for Mathematics Olympiad , can any one suggest me some books to prepare for olympiad ? The topics that usually come up involve: congruence modulo $n$, inequalities , number system, ...
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Are there any memorization techniques that exist for math students?

I just watched this video on Ted.com entitled: Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do and it got me thinking about memory from a programmers perspective, and since programming and mathematics ...