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Visualizing Lie algebra of SO(3)

Let $SO(3)$ be the Lie group of 3D rotations. Rotation about z-axis by an angle $\phi$ is represented in standard basis by this matrix: $$ \begin{pmatrix} \cos \phi & -\sin\phi & 0 \\ ...
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Proof - Inverse of linear function is linear

This is my first proof related to linear functions. It refers to the linear-algebra-$\textit{linear}$ (not the calculus-$\textit{linear}$). Please comment. Theorem The inverse of a linear bijection ...
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What is a geometric structure?

Every elementary book on abstract algebra usually begins with giving a definition of algebraic structures; generally speaking one or several functions on cartesian product of a point-set to the set. ...
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Any other mathematicians like Galois in recent history?

Any other mathematicians like Galois in recent history ? For "someone like Galois", I mean someone who developed a completely new theory all by himself, solved a big problem and the theory has big ...
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Proof Techniques ( Soft Question )

I've been googling around for books of methods of mathematical proofing, and I haven't had much luck finding anything reputable in book form. I do recall running by a few in a university library ( I ...
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Reference request for undergraduate complex analysis.

I am a second year student studying electrical engineering. I self-study pure mathematics and want to pursue a career as a mathematician. What are some prerequisites for studying complex analysis? ...
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how to fairly select a leader

I recently came across a rather practical problem: A large group (around 30 people) wanted to elect a new leader (someone who is not part of the group) of 4 possible candidates. Each of the ...
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What is the motivation for quaternions?

I know imaginary numbers solve $x^2 +1=0$, but what is the motivation for quaternions?
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Problem book for abstract linear algebra

Kindly suggest a good book for abstract linear algebra other than finite dimensional vector space by P R Halmos
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Why non-measurable sets exist?

What Is the reason behind the fact that $\Bbb R$ is not a complete measure space? Is it only due to the cardinality of $\Bbb R$? Or other structures on $\Bbb R$ also play a role? Can one make every ...
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Thinking About Fractional Ideals Geometrically

So algebraic geometry gives one a way of thinking about about rings geometrically. Like prime ideals correspond to points in the spectrum of a ring, maximal ideals are closed points and so on. This ...
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Theorems with one-line proofs [closed]

Inspired by this very concise answer, which proves that $$\sin^2(\theta)+\cos^2(\theta) \equiv 1 $$ as follows: $f(\theta)=\cos^2\theta+\sin^2\theta \quad;$ then it's simple to see that ...
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Fields - Proof that every multiple of zero equals zero

This is one of my first proofs about fields. Please feed back and criticise in every way (including style and details). Let $(F, +, \cdot)$ be a field. Non-trivially, $\textit{associativity}$ implies ...
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Beautiful, simple proofs worthy of writing on this beautiful glass door [closed]

What are some of the more beautiful proofs you know? I am measuring beauty in two dimensions -- first, how conceptually elegant is it and second, how aesthetically pleasing is it. Context: I work ...
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Proof that group is commutative if every element is its inverse (feedback wanted)

This is one of my first proofs about groups. Please feed back and criticise in every way (including style & language). Axiom names (see Wikipedia) are italicised. $e$ denotes the identity element. ...
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Is Infinity Needed in Maths? Does Infinity Actually Exist? [closed]

I'm asking this question as I have been having an on going online debate with a friend of mine. I claimed that Infinity does in fact exist in Maths and in Reality, as there's a whole plethora of ...
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How much set theory is necessary for serious logic?

I'm currently studying logic at my university and I have been trying to squeeze in as much set theory on the side as possible. Considering that I am spending quite a lot of time studying set theory ...
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Groups - Prove that every element equals inverse of inverse of element

This is my first proof about groups. Please feed back and criticise in every way (including style & language). Axiom names (see Wikipedia) are italicised. We use $^{-1}$ to denote inverse ...
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On the usage of words instead of numbers to denote numbers

[To the best of my knowledge, I did not find any previous question that deals with this issue. I hope it is not a duplicate.] I have a problem with the way in which mathematicians sometime use ...
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What cardinals do we actually need?

I recently heard of a great variant of set theory called "Pocket Set Theory" in which the only two cardinalities are that of $\mathbb N$ and that of $\mathbb R$ (and the latter is a proper class). ...
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Book on calculus of several variables.

I'm an undergraduate student in mathematics and want to study Calculus of several variables currently this semester which involves the use of analysis, vector spaces and linear transformations. Can ...
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Self studying higher mathematics?

I'm fairly well-versed in calculus but I would like to explore beyond calculus. I have looked into the basics of some topics in higher mathematics such as group theory and abstract algebra and they ...
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How should I self-study calculus?

So I already took Pre-Calc, and ended up with a B both semesters. I am an incoming senior in high school. My special-ed case manager won't let me take it because she doesn't want to see me panic ...
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Tangent bundle of the 2-sphere

I'm reading through Tu's Introduction to manifolds and today I learned about tangent bundles and vector bundles. I was surprised to learn that $TS^2$, tangent bundle of the 2-sphere, isn't trivial ...
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Why the whole theory about differentiable manifolds is based on open sets?

I only have studied basic topology, which means i haven't studied any about differentiable manifolds. I just skimmed pages on wikipedia. Here is a simple illustration on a basic situation. Let $E$ ...
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High dimensional vector space references

Is there any good text book or review papers that introduce high dimensional vector spaces and its peculiarities as compared to generic/low-dimensional vector spaces? For example, high dimensional ...
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Why do we study representations of groups but not fields?

Groups are great objects to work with as we all know. With surprisingly little structure, we can say fairly general things. However groups can be difficult to manage and so we look to representations ...
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Chains of Field Extension

To deal with compass-and-straightedge construction, solvability of algebraic function and integration of real/complex function, we consider the chains of field extension. More precisely, let ...
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Relation between $|H \lor K|$ , $|H|$ and $|K|$

Let $H$ and $K$ be subgroups of a finite group , then we know that the subgroup generated by $H \cup K$ i.e. $H \lor K$ is the smallest subgroup containing both $H$ and $K$ , then how can we relate ...
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Do you paragraph a proof?

When writing out a proof of moderate length, i.e. a proof taking less than or equal to 5 A4 papers and with normal spacing (please avoid asking the criterion for "normal"), do you tend to paragraph it ...
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General question about undergrad math classes? [closed]

I'm currently in Real Analysis 2, and while I'm doing pretty well, it's just so much time and effort to finish all the problem sets and do well on the exams. I only have a few math classes left for ...
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Specifying types of variables in pure mathematics and applied mathematics

In pure mathematics, we can write such as "an integer $a$ ..." to specify that $a$ is a given integer or $a$ runs through the ring of integers. But in contexts where mathematics is applied ...
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Entrance exam preparation suggestions.

I will be giving my Entrance Exam for (MS in Computer Science) and this is the Syllabus. Syllabus Screenshot : http://i.imgur.com/9KUDCt3.png I am worried about the maths and reasoning part. It's ...
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Quantifier problems of equations in physics [closed]

Equations in physics are often written without quantifiers. For instance, from time to time we can see the equation $$E = mc^2$$ is casually written down. To assert that static energy equals mass ...
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Interpretation of a statistical formula involving the ratios of sample and population

Kind of an odd question, but, is this a standard equation for stats? I can't figure out for the life of me what it looks like. $\left(\frac{\text{Sample Of A}}{\text{Population Of ...
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Understanding Dynkin Diagrams - any organising ideas - are they now adequately understood?

Some 30 or so years ago JH Conway posed a question about the ubiquity of the Dynkin Diagram - not necessarily in public, but I heard him ask it. I think it was in the context of "what would be ...
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Do journals that published a proof of an important theorem $T$ publish another proof of $T$?

I want to know whether or not a journal that published a proof $P$ of an important theorem $T$ is still open to accept another proof $P'$ of $T$ such that $P'$ is greatly simpler than $P$, assuming, ...
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Is it important to study plane algebraic curves before read Fulton's book

I'm studying Fulton's algebraic curves book and I would like to know how important study plane algebraic geometry before read Fulton's book. Example of books on this subject: Algebraic Curves - ...
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What are the differences between mathematics courses taken by engineering majors and by math majors? [closed]

I am curious to know what are the differences between mathematics taken by engineering students and by math majors. Let's say in terms of the approach, depth and in the topics covered. And even within ...
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Is calling a linear-equation a linear-function, misnomer or completely wrong?

From my college life, I remember many professors used to call a linear-equation a linear-function, however: A standard definition of linear function (or linear map) is: $$f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y),$$ ...
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Why is the powerset axiom more acceptable than the axiom of choice?

The key step in Zermelo's proof of the well ordering theorem is to use $\text{AC}$ to simultaneously choose the next elelment for all possible partial chains in prospective well orderings, but that ...
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Geometric interpretation of complex path integral

Let's say that we want to make sense of integrating a function $f: \mathbb{C}\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ over some path $\gamma$. I can imagine two reasonable ways of doing it. First, there's the way ...
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Degrees of separation between famous mathematicians

I was recently doing some reading on Wikipedia, and I noticed that if you go far enough though Isaac Newton's notable students' students' students. . . (and so on), eventually one was Augustus De ...
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Intuitive explanation for $\zeta (2)=\frac{\pi^2}{6}$ [duplicate]

Using $f(x)=x^2$ Fourier' series, the proof for $\zeta (2)=\frac{\pi^2}{6}$ is pretty straight forward. I'm wondering if there is a more intuitive explanation for the equality, one that a layman could ...
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The art of solving exercise problems [closed]

I do not know whether this question appears to be off topic or not. But I really want to know, how to be well versed in solving exercise problems prescribed at the end of each section. I understand ...
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Mathematical literature to lose yourself in

H.M. Edwards in the preface to his book on the Riemann Zeta Function, summarises his philosophy on learning Mathematics: ...I have tried to say to students of mathematics that they should read the ...
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Mathematics - The big picture

My knowledge in math sums up to several university level courses and a lot of self-study. Sometimes it feels like Mathematics is a huge subject with a lot of different areas which some of them ...
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Is there a name to this equation: $(y - a|x|^b)^2 + (cx)^2 = d$?

While doing a survey of the various equations that generate the universal love symbol, a heart curve, I find that many fit into this parametrised form: $$(y - a|x|^b)^2 + (cx)^2 = d $$ Where   ...
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How does research in math differ from research in statistics?

I'm at a crossroads where I'm considering switching my major from electrical engineering to math, because quite frankly, I'm just not getting enough math to satisfy my passion from engineering. While ...
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I need help finding a rigorous Pre-calculus textbook

I dislike modern textbooks; their cookie-cutter approach and appearance, over reliance on breaking things down into little boxes, the general spoon-feeding they engender and most of all the poor ...