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What does inner product actually mean?

What does inner product actually mean? So far most of the cases that I encounter seems to suggest that dot product is the only useful inner product. I mean most of the things that we discuss about ...
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(soft question) Kreyszig's Functional Analysis or Rudin's Real and complex analysis for an introduction into more advanced analysis?

I realise they are quite different in their approach and material covered, but they share the central stuff like normed/Banach/Hilbert spaces, Hahn-Banach theorem etc. Not really understanding what ...
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Connections between SDE and PDE

I have encountered a number of situations where the solution of a PDE and a certain expectation associated to a Markov process are equal. Two examples include: The heat equation $u_t = \Delta u$ ...
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Mathematical results that were generally accepted but later proven wrong?

I am giving a presentation on mathematical results that were widely accepted for a period of time and then later proven wrong, or vice versa. This talk is geared towards undergraduates who are likely ...
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Why real variable methods can take place of complex variable methods in harmonic analysis' research?

We know that one complex variable methods have been largely used in the early research of harmonic analysis. But, as is known to me, there is much difficulty when mathematicians attempt to generalize ...
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How do I decide what problems and how many problems to do when I try to self study?

I am a math major at a relatively small college with barely any choice of classes to choose from so I have to supplement my studying with a lot of self studying. I usually have no problem getting ...
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Basic Topology: Armstrong

I am currently reading basic topology by Armstrong and he references "thickening" a tree. I am not sure what this means. Can anyone briefly explain?
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What is the incorrect proof by Euler that $\pi = 0$ (or something like that)?

I seem to remember a proof by Euler, involving infinite series, which was really complex (for a maths hobbyist). I believe it was sent in a letter to someone, and that it ended up with $\pi = 0$ or ...
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Reference request regarding calculus exam

I'm currently a first year computer science student and I'm deeply interested in calculus . That being said, what we studied so far consists of: Cantor sets, sequences and a brief introduction to ...
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Maturity and Proficiency in calculus, linear algebra for successful research

Will the high level maturity and proficiency in basic calculus, linear algebra (both calculation and theorem aspects) be required or recommended as an important factor to be successful in mathematical ...
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Discovering the mathematical nature of Nature - Galileo's inclined plane experiment

In 1638 Galileo published Two New Sciences, in which he described his inclined plane experiment. He discovered that the acceleration of gravity was uniform, and could be modeled mathematically by the ...
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Problem about a bijective map from $\mathbb R^2 \rightarrow (0,1)$ [on hold]

Does there exist a bijective map from $\mathbb R^2 \rightarrow (0,1)$? What will be the mapping?
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Question about $e^x$

Let $ p(x)=1+x+x^2/2!+x^3/3!+....+x^n/n!$ where $n$ is a large positive integer.Can it be concluded that $\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty }e^x/p(x)=1$?
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What branch of analysis deals most with sequences and series?

I'm really interested in sequences and series (mainly series). What kind of math branch should I look more into? I understand that sequences and series mostly point toward analysis, but what ...
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Idea behind definitions in math

Maybe this is not such a great question for this site as it is a bit open ended, but I will ask it anyways. I was wondering if anyone has any insight into the motivation for quote unquote "major" ...
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Are all calculus textbooks “the same”?

I'm not satisfied with my calculus textbook,[1] and because of that I have searched for books by other authors. The problem is: all the books I have taken a look at are almost the same, even the ...
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calculus first impressions

I just did the first lecture on differentiation what the derivative is, and how is it calculated I didn't find it to be difficult at all it's just some forms of algebraic calculations when will ...
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Can a Power Series tell when to stop?

The naive description of the radius of convergence of a complex power series is as the largest radius so that the ball avoids poles and branch cuts. This makes sense in a world where analytic ...
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Other Useful Series Tests

So after taking calculus II, or maybe a first course in analysis, everyone learns a few series tests. They learn 1) Divergence Tests 2) Integral Test (from which we deduce things like $p$-series. ...
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What did mathematicians study as an undergraduate/graduate before modern mathematics such as modern algebra and analysis?

I am curious as to what mathematicians such as Leibnitz and Gauss and the Bernoulli's studied when they were students in university. I find it fascinating how we are taught calculus and abstract ...
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Proving arithmetical properties for non-natural numbers

Sorry if my question is dumb but here it is: I know how to prove all of the arithmetical properties such as $(a^{m})^{n}=a^{mn}$ and $a^{m}a^{n}=a^{m+n}$ and $a(b+c)=ab+ac$ etc. For numbers that ...
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Favourite proofs by induction?

I am searching for nice proofs by induction, that can be used to teach. I remember this example, that my analysis professor presented to us in first semester and I am searching for more such easily ...
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How to calculate row sums of a power of a matrix

Let $P $ be an $n\times n$ matrix whose row sums $=1$.Then how to calculate the row sums of $P^m$ where $m $ is a positive integer?
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Easiest Book to start Manifolds.

Ok, so here is the thing. I do not like analysis,Calculus or topology much, nor are they my strong point, but next week I have an exam on manifolds which I have a course First time in my life. I have ...
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A linear algebra textbook that is advanced enough as a prerequisite to read time series and econometric textbook?

A linear algebra textbook that is advanced and comprehensive enough as a prerequisite to read time series by Hamiliton and econometric by Hayashi? If possible, please also answer on which statistics ...
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What's the most abstract field of math? [on hold]

What's more abstract: category theory or model theory? Both seem to deal with abstracting math as much as you can.
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Have most popular(famous) mathematicians been determinists? [on hold]

From what I have seen, most mathematicians are/were hard determinists. Has someone done research on this topic? Later edit: The mathematicians which I've seen as hard determinists are the ...
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What actually happened to Cantor?

I saw this answer and its comments while browsing Math SE, and it made me tempted to ask: What actually happened to Cantor? Did he really, as it's usually claimed, be called blasphemous and ridiculed ...
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True but unprovable?

I would like to ask a question about Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems which I've had in the back of my head for some time. Since I'm a student working in a completely different area of maths (my usual ...
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How to make a sum vanish?

This is a very very basic question but I just cannot think of a way to tackle it for some reason. Say I have three numbers $a,b,c$ with the sum $a+b+c\neq1$. Now if I want to make this sum equal to 1 ...
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Is the book “Naive Set Theory” from P. R. Halmos still up-to-date?

My question is, if Halmos' book "Naive Set Theory" is still up-to-date concerning contemporary mathematics, that is, is it outdated or not? I really love the books so far, and while it's clear the ...
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What happens to a great mathematician's unpublished works when they die?

When a great mathematician dies, they often leave plenty of unpublished and incomplete works in their manuscripts. As we assumed that they were a really good mathematician, most of the ideas in these ...
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Pre-requisites and references for $K3$ surfaces

I would like to know the "roadmap" to study $K3$ surfaces. Perhaps, my background might be helpful: I am an undergraduate student, who knows the basics of Differential Geometry, Topology, Complex ...
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Guessing on the SATs, is it ever better to leave it blank than to guess?

On most SAT questions, there are 5 answers of which exactly one is correct and exactly four are wrong. If one answers correctly you get $1$ point. If you answer incorrectly, you receive $-\frac14$ ...
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Is abstract algebra (mostly?) restricted to $2$-ary operators?

This may be due to my own pure ignorance but it's my experience that all abstract algebra I've been introduced to, both in actual courses and in self-studies only exclusively deals with algebraic ...
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Does $A^i \cap A^j = \emptyset, $ if $ i \neq j$?

I'm doing a bit of set theory and, of course, I'm confused. How true is it that if we have a series of cartesian products of a set, say $A^n, n< \omega$, then it necessarily holds that $A^i \cap ...
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Value in retracing mathematicians' steps (specifically Galois)?

So I'd like to learn Galois Theory, which I am probably not "qualified" for in an ordinary sense (I've never done abstract algebra, and I'm just now learning linear algebra in my vector calculus ...
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Mathematicians' manual of style

I know that there are many styles to write citations and footnotes and that they are all equally good (as long as the reference is complete), but I would like to know if mathematicians follow some ...
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Mathematics only with physics? What about biology and chemistry?

In The Mathematical Mechanic, the author "reveals how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why results are true in ways ...
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What does a day in the life of a mathematician look like? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student trying to get into a graduate school for mathematics. Before I apply, however, I wanted to know what a typical day would look for people with PhD in math in various fields ...
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Friends and Enemies of Infinities [on hold]

Infinity is a dividing line in the community of mathematicians. There is a long standing contest between those who believe in rich theory of infinite mathematics and large infinite numbers and those ...
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Will computers one day start creating and proving math for us? [closed]

I suspect in the future we might be able to build computers that research math for us. And I also suspect they will probably be way more efficient at doing research than we are. I do think this ...
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Best way to learn material dealing with cosets, quotient groups and the isomorphism theorems

I'm self studying abstract algebra from Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote. I've been able to get through the first few chapters and do problems without any issue, until I hit the material on ...
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Why quotient space is needed?

I was wondering why quotient space is so important? Let say for vector space why quotient space is needed? Please explain!
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Normal distribution in nature

I applied for a job as a mathematician. In one of the test questions they asked the following: Why normal distribution is so common in nature? What do you think?
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Big list of books that focus on intuitive explanations [on hold]

Sometimes, it happens that I come across books that at times give some intuitive explanations of ideas and concepts. But now I would like to ask if you can make a list of books that focus on giving ...
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Resource Request- Good classifcation of shapes by number of vertices?

There are many websites that classify various aspects of mathematics. For example: Integral table, a huge list of integrals oeis.org/ www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php/Main_Page ...
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How can we explain the discrepancy between $\rightarrow$ (IF-THEN) and $\setminus$ (A-BUT-NOT-B)?

Let $\mathbb{B} = \{0,1\}$ denote the Boolean domain, ordered in the usual way. Then $\mathbb{B}$ is a lattice. It has a join operation $\vee$ that coincides with "OR," a meet operation $\wedge$ that ...
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Is Linear Algebra the foundation of Applied Mathematics?

I've lately taken an interest in foundations of my field. While there are many important areas that contribute to Applied Mathematics (diffeqs, probability & statistics, numerical methods, ...
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Quantifying infinitely large sums such as $\sum_{x\in\mathbb{R}^+} x$

I thought of this as a student in calculus years ago, and it may be a silly kind of question. I wondered if there were notions of different sizes of infinity a series might sum to, which then lead me ...