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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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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Choice of $q$ in Baby Rudin's Example 1.1

First, my apologies if this has already been asked/answered. I wasn't able to find this question via search. My question comes from Rudin's "Princicples of Mathematical Analysis," or "Baby Rudin," ...
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Good abstract algebra books for self study

Last semester I picked up an algebra course at my university, which unfortunately was scheduled during my exams of my major (I'm a computer science major). So I had to self study the material, ...
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Do you prove all theorems whilst studying?

When you come across a new theorem, do you always try to prove it first before reading the proof within the text? I'm a CS undergrad with a bit of an interest in maths. I've not gone very far in my ...
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Calculus book recommendations (for complete beginner)

Well I have not started calculus yet but I am really keen to. I would love if you suggest some books. Points to be noted: I really don't like the way textbooks are written so please no "textbooks" ...
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Too old to start math

I'm sorry if this question goes against the meta for posting questions - I attached all the "beware, this is a soft-question" tags I could. This is a question I've been asking myself now for some ...
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How to effectively study math?

Maybe this is too general for here, but I am having a lot of difficulty studying math. Just got out of the military and I guess I am not use to this yet but when I run into a problem I have trouble ...
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Expanding problem solving skill

I have a great passion for Math but my lack in problem solving skill always keeps me away from the "good stuff". I always wanted to be better at Math and one of the things I figured out was to keep ...
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Studying for the Putnam Exam

This is a question about studying for the Putnam examination (and, secondarily, other high-difficulty proof-based math competitions like the IMO). It is not about the history of the competition, the ...
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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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Best Sets of Lecture Notes and Articles

Let me start by apologizing if there is another thread on math.se that subsumes this. I was updating my answer to the question here during which I made the claim that "I spend a lot of time sifting ...
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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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How to start with mathematics? [closed]

I fell in love with mathematics a bit too late when I've already taken decisions regarding my future, career-wise. Now I would like to learn math on my own but I'm a bit confused as where to start. My ...
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General question on relation between infinite series and complex numbers

This is a strictly preliminary question. I hope to elicit some discussion/s which will lead to a more acceptable form for the question on this site. I'm trying to understand how the study of the ...
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On “familiarity” (or How to avoid “going down the Math Rabbit Hole”?)

Anyone trying to learn mathematics on his/her own has had the experience of "going down the Math Rabbit Hole". For example, suppose you come across the novel term vector space, and want to learn more ...
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Game theory - self study

I want to self study game theory. Which math-related qualifications should I have? And can you recommend any books? Where do I have to begin?
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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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Learning path to the proof of the Weil Conjectures and étale topology

Assume you are an algebraic geometry advanced student who has mastered Hartshorne's book supplemented on the arithmetic side by the introduction of Lorenzini - "An Invitation to Arithmetic Geometry" ...
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What's the best way to measure mathematical ability?

Very soft question I admit, but it's something that's been bothering me for a while. I've been thinking that being self taught has the problem of accreditation. You can't evaluate a mathematician ...
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Preparing For University and Advanced Mathematics

I am currently a college student, computer programming, who has developed an intense passion for mathematics. Following my graduation I wish to pursue a University degree in mathematics, the September ...
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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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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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Importance of the zero free region of Riemann zeta function

I have heard that for improving the error term in the Prime Number Theorem, we need better and better estimates on the zero free region. I have also heard that the best possible error term comes from ...
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What all maths do I need to know to become good at machine learning.

I am a computer science engineer and I took a couple of maths classes in my first year they were on Fourier series(not transform) partial differential equations, vector calculus, infinite series ...
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Looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations

I'm looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations. Let me clarify. By logically coherent, I don't mean proofs of the limit laws, uniqueness theorems etc. By ...
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Natural Deduction and Identity

In Logic and Structure, p. 99, Van Dalen gives a brief summary of the rules for predicate logic involving identity. Now, I would like to think of myself as quite proficient in terms of constructing ...
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Generating sequences using the linear congruential generator

I came across the linear congruential generator on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator I gather that for a particular choice of the modulus, multiplier and ...
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Proof Verification - Every sequence in $\Bbb R$ contains a monotone sub-sequence

Came across the following exercise in Bartle's Elements of Real Analysis. This is the solution I came up with. Would be grateful if someone could verify it for me and maybe suggest better/alternate ...
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Help proving exercise on sequences in Bartle's Elements

Self learning Analysis and found the following exercise in Bartle's Elements of Real Analysis: Let $X = (x_n)$ be a sequence of strictly positive real numbers such that $\lim \left({\frac {x_{n ...
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A good way to retain mathematical understanding?

What is a good way to remember math concepts/definitions and commit them to long term memory? Background: In my current situation, I'm at an undergraduate institution where I have to take a lot of ...
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Math Major: How to read textbooks in better style or method ? And how to select best books?

I'm a bachelor student of Math major. The question is about the better way to select and read maths text- or non-text- books, without considering the course and exam. (Because we follow the lecture ...
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I almost quit self-studying mathematics, but should I continue?

Before I move on to the main idea of this post, I need to tell you some background information about myself. Hopefully, it proves useful for you in giving me advice. I'm a 16 year old high school ...
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Complex analysis is more “real” than real analysis

In physics, in the past, complex numbers were used only to remember or simplify formulas and computations. But after the birth of quantum physics, they found that a thing as real as "matter" itself ...
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I want to get good at math, any good book suggestions?

I have never been good at math. In my senior year I failed algebra 2 in the first semester because the teacher would refuse to show me how to solve problems saying that it's my fault for not paying ...
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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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Books, Video lectures, other resources to Teach Yourself Analysis

So my limited mathematics education has been especially ignorant of analysis. In this vein, I'd like to teach myself some of the introductory basics. I'm intrigued by sources that might contain ...
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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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Strategy to improve own knowledge in certain topics?

My background is physicist/engineer, and at university we studied only particular topics in mathematics. Some of the courses were never used and faded away with time, and I need to refresh the ...
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Good Number Theory books to start with?

I'm in Grade 11. I'm interested in elementary number theory and would like properly study it. I'm not intending to enter any competitions.
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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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Weak topologies and weak convergence - Looking for feedbacks

I am currently trying to get exactly what the weak and the weak* topologies are, in particular in connection to the concept of weak convergence in measure, however I am not completely sure on what I ...
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What's the best way to teach oneself both Category Theory & Model Theory?

I've done a bit of reading around both Category Theory & Model Theory (CT & MT) as a novice in each field. I'm interested in how they might combine, particularly when applied to Algebra. [So ...
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Use of determinants

I have been teaching myself maths (primarily calculus) throughout this and last year, and was stumped with the use of determinants. In the math textbooks I have, they simply show how to compute a ...
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Rigorous Text in Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra

So I'm wanting a solid math book for Christmas. I have a solid background in Calculus and am currently working through baby Rudin. I really want a rigorous book dealing with multivariable calculus ...
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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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Beginning of Romance

I am a 17-year old student in India, in the standard 12th grade. Recently, I found the fascination in mathematics, and I am eager to dig in further. Currently, the only textbooks I have are the ones ...
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Good Textbooks for Real Analysis and Topology.

I'm currently in my 3rd year of my undergrad in Mathematics and moving onto my 4th year next year. I took a course in Real Analysis I, but the professor was very confusing and we didn't use a textbook ...
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Self-teaching myself math from pre-calc and beyond.

Going to be starting grade 12 (pre-calculus) shortly and looking to get ahead. I would like to try some more rigorous stuff on my own and have a couple questions. Ideally I would like to be prepared ...
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Is this study plan sufficiently general, or overly specialized? [closed]

My current study plan is in order below. I will be completing these textbooks in this order one at a time. I have been told that I don't have textbooks in my plan that approach topology in a general ...
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Arithmetic mean is less than geometric mean (Spivak Calculus 3rd Chapter 2 Problem 22)

If $a_1, \ldots, a_n \ge 0$, the arithmetic mean $$A_n={a_1 + \cdots + a_n \over n}$$ and the geometric mean $$G_n = \sqrt[n]{a_1 \cdots a_n}$$ satisfy $G_n \le A_n$. As a first step to prove this ...