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Convex Hulls vs Shrink Wrap

I was recently explaining to a friend what the convex hull of a set of points is using the analogy of an elastic band around a set of nails hammered into a board. I was about to say that we can ...
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(Mathematical) Applications of Quantum Group

What are some mathematical applications of Quantum Groups? I have tried researching and found that it is used to find solutions to Yang-Baxter equation. Any other applications? Thanks a lot.
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Transitioning from Statistics to Pure Math at the PhD level

I was not sure if I should even post this question at this site because it is not directly related to mathematics, but rather, careers in mathematics. First of all, I have a B.S. in pure math. ...
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Have Changes in Applications Made Linear Algebra More Central/Urgent?

In the days when my father taught civil engineering (some decades ago), mathematical applications seemed to be mainly "scientific." (This was the "space age.) Hence the most important branch of ...
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homology groups, physical interpretation

One can roughly interpret Betti numbers as the number of n-dimensional holes of our space. Is there a reasonable interpretation for torsion coefficients? Moreover, for 'physical' applications, are ...
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Where to post a Calculus review guide?

I created a PDF document (using LaTeX) in which I wrote relevant review materials and Calculus problems for Calculus 1, 2, and 3. Is there an appropriate forum where I could try to post this to ...
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Problem solving strategy?

This question has always bothered me, and I've never had a maths coach to guide me along the way and show me what to do next. Nevertheless, I did make top 50 nationally in my national mathematics ...
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Category of metric spaces versus category of non-empty spaces

Denote by $\mathbf{Met}$ the category of metric spaces with metric maps as morphisms. A function $(X,d)\xrightarrow{\ f\ }(X',d')$ is called metric if for every pair of points $x,y\in X$ we have ...
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Name for a body that can be completely described using its silhouettes

I'm shooting blind over here because I have no background in this field of mathematics. I assume that if you have a body (in $\mathbb{R}^3$), you can call it convex if any segment from one point ...
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Let $\Phi$ denote the statement that $\mathrm{GCH}$ holds, and that no inaccessible cardinals exist. Is $\Phi$ limiting?

By an "inner model," let us mean a transitive subclass of the universe satisfying $\mathrm{ZFC}.$ Given that, here's an (intentionally) vague definition. Definition. Call a set of axioms $\Phi$ in ...
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How to balance learning and researching as a new PhD student?

As a new PhD student, how to balance learning and researching? I am in Australia and here we don't have any course in PhD period. I know I need to learn something about my programme, but sometimes ...
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Is it easier to publish in certain areas of mathematics?

I was wondering whether there are areas of mathematics that it is easier to publish in than in others. The reason I'm asking this question is not because I would then want to do research there, but ...
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Is there a way to figure out the minimum number of participants or maximum number of rounds in my tournament style?

I just finished hosting a Euchre tournament at work that was meant to get people to meet other people in the company. This is the third time I've hosted this type of tournament. The first two times, ...
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Was the Weierstrass function constructed or discovered?

Reading Halmos' I want to be a mathematician, he mentions a continuous function without a tangent. Naturally, I was curious to see how such a function could possibly exist, and I imagined it to be ...
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Earliest precursor to category theory

In the Historical notes section of the Wikipedia article on category theory, it is mentioned that in 1942-1945, Samuel Eilenberg and Saunders Mac Lane, in the course of their work in algebraic ...
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Transitioning to Higher Level Mathematics

I am just finishing grade 12 pre-calculus at my school and have strong interest in math. The problem is, it seems some important elements of higher level math are not in my schools curriculum that are ...
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Soft Question: Inequalities like this

I am studying signed and complex measure and at a point in a proof the following lemma is being used: Lemma. If $z_1,...,z_n$ are complex numbers, then there exists a subset $S\subset\{1,2,...,n\}$ ...
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start studying advanced topics in number theory

I am a first year undergrad and have had elementary course in Number Theory which includes only basic introductory topics like: divisibility,gcd-lcm,primes,congruences, number theoretic functions etc. ...
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How can math students (not instructors) improve studying by Learning through Testing?

I hit upon Alex K. Chen's answer on What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners" follow? which links to this New York Times article To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test . ...
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definition of determinant in Artin

In Artin, the discussion on determinant starts from the standard recursive expansion by minors. Artin defines determinant as a function $\delta$ from a square matrix to a real number. Then Artin lists ...
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Soft question : First year student and confused

I hope I won't tire the fellow mathematicians with this question but I am very, very confused... I am a first year undergraduate student of Mathematics. I can't say I am a prodigy, maybe having an ...
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Relationship between paradoxes in logic and geometry/topology

Though I've been reading for years, this is my first question here. Believe it or not, I've tried the search feature- apologies if this is a duplicate. The main point of this post can be summarized ...
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Mathematics felt by Srinivasa Ramanujan

At the moment I am reading the book Ramanujan's Papers by B.J. Venkatachala, V. Vinay and C.S. Yogananda; when clarifying some doubt with a professor, he told me that Srinivasa Ramanujan used Galois ...
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Examples of good phone interview quetions.

My school asked me to prepare some students for maths questions in a phone interview. But this is my first time doing this kind of job and I never had this kind of interview myself so I am a little ...
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Generic Points to the Italians

When I first learned algebraic geometry, I naturally wiki-ed the subject and there was a line there that said the old school Italians used the notion "generic points without any precise definition." ...
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Why are 'Groups' and 'Rings' in Algebra called so ? and other nomenclature questions

I have always wondered why are the following concepts/objects in Mathematics named so : 1.) Group 2.) Ring 3.) Exterior derivative (in differential geometry) 4.) Interior multiplication (in ...
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How does the fundamental theorem of algebra follow from Weierstrass’s theorem.

Could anyone please explain to me how the fundamental theorem of algebra follows from Weierstrass’s theorem (Bolzano Weierstrass)?
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The importance of generating series

What follows is a very nebulous question. I just seek for some help in understanding a "technique" which has proven itself very powerful. I noticed that very often generating series appear in ...
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How much are mathematics driven by applications?

At some point this provocative question came to my mind: Are mathematics mostly driven by applications? I am taking into account some of the comments made to my original question so I want to ...
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Soft question: why are there non-smooth manifolds?

Topologists are often very good at explaining the geometric intuition behind certain results and programs of research. For instance, the particular interest in 4 manifolds is often explained by ...
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Why is the Euclidean metric called the prime at infinity?

I've been studying p-adic analysis recently and after a bit of searching on the web, I haven't found an answer as to why the Euclidean metric is referred to as the 'prime at infinity', and given the ...
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Is there any equivalence between the category of schemes over $\mathbb R$ and the category real manifolds

The equivalence of the category of smooth projective curves over $\mathbb C$ and the category of compact Riemann surfaces is, I believe, well documented. For example, it is mentioned on the wiki page: ...
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time management and studying maths

I am an undergraduate student in maths and lately I have been having lots of thoughts on how best one should learn maths (probably unwisely). I am going to restrict myself to the topic of 'time ...
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Mind Maps for teaching Mathematics

Has anyone used Mind Maps to teach advanced mathematical topics? If so, how did it work, was it useful or a waste of time? Thanks for any insights. Regards -A
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Recommendation textbooks on D-module

I am going to take part in a seminar on D-module and applications, the textbooks that will be used are : D-modules, Perverse Sheaves, and Representation Theory, and A Primer of Algebraic D-Modules ...
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Divisibility notation history

I'm writing a paper project for school about divisibility, so I'd like to include a bit of history about that subject. I'm mostly interested in notation of $|$ sign used in past, but everything else ...
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How did Target figure out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did?

First of all I do not have a mathematics degree only a B.S. in finance so please take that into account when writing an answer. Generally what type of mathematics is involved here? And specifically ...
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$\max_{y} \min_{x} f(x,y)$ as motif for exploring mathematics

It's been several years since my undergraduate math days, and I would like to spend a bit of time refreshing and then tackling a few things I never completely mastered. Rather than proceeding topic ...
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Status of videos from the Arf-Kervaire invariant problem conference at MSRI

This is not a real maths question (math-related though). A couple of years ago Mike Hill, Mike Hopkins and Doug Ravenel solved the Arf-Kervaire invariant problem. There was a conference at the MSRI ...
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Interesting applications of the cofinite topology?

Background: I'm doing some expository writing on intuitionistic logic and I have been toying with the idea of demonstrating its applicability via models where the denotations are taken from a Heyting ...
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logic lectures on youtube

Currently I am reading Logic an Structure by Dirk van Dalen (2008). As I am missing some basics I try to find related lectures on youtube. I frequently watch MIT, Stanford, and University of ...
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What's so special about binomial coefficients that someone decided to organize them in a triangle?

I know that binomial coefficients are related to figurate numbers (which were studied by Greeks a loooong time ago, because of its connections to geometry). I also understand how the Pascal's triangle ...
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Undergraduate Schools for the Mathematically Inclined

I'm a rising senior and working on generating a list of colleges to apply to, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria are mutually exclusive. Are there any schools ...
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Etiquette for proper usage of Greek letters and other notation

I've progressed to the "output" point in my mathematics career and have run into a slightly embarrassing problem while writing a paper. Clearly, certain Greek letters are suitable for some situations ...
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In what order should I study?

I would like to study the basic fundamentals of mathematics from the beginning and move on from there as my understanding of the subject is lacking. In what order should I study? Arithmetic ...
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Attemping Qualifying Exam Problems — and failing

My question is concerning learning strategy. I can solve the majority of the exercises in a typical graduate mathematics textbook like, say, Dummit/Foote's Abstract Algebra. To supplement my education ...
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Any comments on Lax's “Calculus with Applications, 2e”

There's a new calculus book titled Calculus with Applications by Peter Lax (2nd edition of an old one). I really liked his linear algebra and functional analysis books, and I was wondering if this ...
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Why not defining a measure as a function on functions?

A measure $\mu$ is a function to $\left[0,\infty\right]$ on the sets belonging to a $\sigma$-algebra. Then for integrable functions $f$ the integral $\int fd\mu$ comes in, having nice properties ...
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Abstract algebraic geometry vs complex algebraic geometry

Sorry in advance if my question is not precise enough. I'm currently trying to study algebraic geometry on my own. I've started by trying to read Harsthorne and Liu's book. And i found it very ...
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Sufficient conditions for closed infinite pasting lemma

It's well known that the pasting lemma for infinitely many closed sets is false. It's reasonably easy to cook up examples such that for $X = \bigcup X_i$ with $X_i$ closed in $X$ such that $\left. ...