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Remembering Taylor series

Could anyone suggest a good way of memorizing Taylor series for common functions? I have tried to remember them but never seem to be able to commit them to permanent memory.
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Journals of math history?

In a related question to this one, in what journals do math historians publish their article in? Brian M. Scott provided a link to Judy Grabiner's, who is a math historian, home page and it seems that ...
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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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Who is a Math Historian?

In the context of classes, it is very often that discussion on the history of mathematics arises, whether it'd be on who should a lemma be attributed to or a certain event that occurred during the ...
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What is the prerequisite knowledge for learning Galois theory?

What is the prerequisite knowledge for learning Galois theory? I don't know what a ring is.
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Knuth's up-arrow notation - Is there practical use for the numbers involved?

From Wikipedia, Knuth's up-arrow notation begins at exponentiation and continues through the hyperoperations: $a \uparrow b = a^b$ $a \uparrow\uparrow b = {\ ^{b}a} = ...
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How does one give a mathematical talk?

Sometime tomorrow morning I will be presenting a mathematics talk on something related to commutative algebra. The people present there will probably be two mathematicians (an algebraic geometer and a ...
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Reverse mathematics in undergraduate program

This might be different from colleges to colleges, but anyway: Is reverse mathematics covered in usual undergraduate math programs? If so, how far is it covered? Just a curious question, as ...
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When is something “obvious”?

I try to be a good student but I often find it hard to know when something is "obvious" and when it isn't. Obviously (excuse the pun) I understand that it is specific to the level at which the writer ...
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On Reflexive Banach Spaces

My Functional Analysis lecturer gave me a topic for my assignment, the title is "On Reflexive Banach Spaces". I am a looking for several good references to start my work, that is why I brought this ...
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Should one understand a proof of every important theorem in a field of mathematics to research?

I guess not. However, I think I have to understand proofs of some of them, if not all of them. So what is the criterion, if any? What kind of theorem whose proof I can get away with? EDIT For ...
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How to read equations and expressions out loud? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a definitive guide to speaking mathematics? This may be an incredibly stupid question, but I was wondering how would one pronounce simple mathematical equations ...
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How do you explain paradoxes to non-mathematicians?

For example, how do you explain why the perimeter of this staircase does not converge to $\sqrt2$? Or, why isn't $\sqrt{(-1)(-1)}=\sqrt{-1}\sqrt{-1}$? I would say, the reason is simply because they ...
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Intuition on characters of topological groups

I am coming to the end of a series of lecture notes on representations of $S_n$ and $GL(V)$. Near the end, it attempts to introduce the notion of the "character of a topological group", but doesn't ...
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How to get a more intuitive/and motivated understanding of a solution?

Math is a deductive science, that one starts from basic premises to prove more complicated results. From doing questions and reading solutions (at least at the elementary level eg: Olympiad ...
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How to present a paper?

I am going to present several papers to an audience. I have read through all the papers and have a clear idea about them. But this is the first time I have ever presented papers, and I am guessing ...
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What if your research paper got rejected with few comments given on paper?

I often wonder what if your research paper got rejected? Is it fair enough to resubmit that paper in the same journal? Is there any possibility of publication of that paper in any journal? Thanks
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Good text suggest to abstract algebra and point set topology as well as metric space, or you may consider as introductory to topology

I am going to take courses about those topic. i want some text which is suitable for beginner and with some difficult example or questions.
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How to cite preprints from arXiv?

Obviously when writing a math research paper it is good to cite one's references. However, with the advent of arXiv, oftentimes a paper is only available on arXiv while is awaits the long process of ...
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Creative Thinking Questions?

Math is often intimidating to the average man due to its complex appearance. To show that math requires creative thinking, not just memorization, I was wondering if anyone had any math problems that ...
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Nonlinear Programming and Linear Programming

Why would a nonlinear programming solver come p with a different solution than a linear programming solver if all the constraints are linear? Isn't a linear programming solver basically a "subset" of ...
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Pen, pencils and paper to write math [closed]

The question is inspired by this thread on MO. My father is a mathematician, so I remember seeing very nice pens all around. When I started to do math by myself I've realized how important can be a ...
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What is a Number Theorist

I often find myself facing this problem when asked by non-mathematicians about what I do. When the answer, "I'm a mathematician," doesn't suffice and I have to reply that I am a number theorist, I do ...
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Meaning of the Soul Theorem

The Soul Theorem states that in every complete, connected riemannian manifold $M$ with $\mathrm{sec}(M)\geq 0$, there exists compact, totally convex, totally geodesic submanifold $S$ such that $M$ is ...
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Why is unique ergodicity important or interesting?

I have a very simple motivational question: why do we care if a measure-preserving transformation is uniquely ergodic or not? I can appreciate that being ergodic means that a system can't really be ...
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undergraduate math vs graduate math

It's really a mild, soft question. So far, I am an undergrad student, contemplating on several majors. What will be the major difference if I become a math major and go to a graduate school to study ...
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Variety vs. Manifold

In the ambit of differential geometry the aim is to study smooth manifolds. Why the objects studied in algebraic geometry are called algebraic varieties and not for example algebraic manifolds? I am ...
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Isomorphisms that have names (Or: Base-less isomorphisms)

The answer to this question of mine provided me with the fact that every isomorphism $$ \phi: K^{n} \rightarrow V, $$ where $V$ is an arbitrary vector space of finite dimension $n$ over the field ...
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Fuzzy logical and integer programming

Is there any way of formulating linear/non-linear programming problems in terms of YES, NO, and MAYBE instead of just $0-1$ programming?
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Highest gain mathematical activity

I have this odd dream that online resources like this can serve as a virtual thesis advisor for future mathematicians who are teaching themselves. Here's another question along these lines. You can do ...
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Averages and Team

I have a question: Suppose $5$ players each score an average of $10$ points per game. Then collectively, do they score on average $50$ points per game? So player 1 scores an average of 10 points ...
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Question on mathematical writing

I am now writing my graduate thesis, it includes some basics mathematical theorems/propositions. I got a trouble in writing, more concretely, I do not know when can I state a mathematical claim as a ...
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Examples of mathematical induction

What are the best examples of mathematical induction available at the secondary-school level---totally elementary---that do not involve expressions of the form $\bullet+\cdots\cdots\cdots+\bullet$ ...
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Can the Bourbaki series be used profitably by undergraduates?

Can the Bourbaki series be used profitably by undergraduates and high school students?Are we the target audience? I came across the N.Bourbaki texts while surfing the internet(I have not had the ...
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What remains in a student's mind

I'm a first year graduate student of mathematics and I have an important question. I like studying math and when I attend, a course I try to study in the best way possible, with different textbooks ...
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What would be a good outdoor maths puzzle for children?

I have to find an interesting activity for some 11-year-olds moving to high school this year. It is supposed to take about 30-45 minutes, and I thought of having a mathematical theme. I can make a ...
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Stacks in arithmetic geometry [closed]

Stacks, of varying kinds, appear in algebraic geometry whenever we have moduli problems, most famously the stacks of (marked) curves. But these seem to be to be very geometric in motivation, so I was ...
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Main branches of mathematics [closed]

Can anybody please show me the main branches and subbranches of mathematics and the statistical sciences in a hierarchical form? I am not a mathematician and often in my research I see a lot of new ...
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Extracurricular ideas for UK GCSE level maths student

My daughter is 15 years old and enjoys her maths classes (perhaps only because her maths homework takes her the least amount of time). Until now I have managed to introduce her to subject matter ...
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How much connection is there between Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Topology?

How much connection is there between Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Topology? I am looking for general highlights, not complex details.
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How to deal with the temporary nature of my knowledge?

I'm a self-learner trying to learn Math while enrolled in a wrong major (Humanities). I have gone through the many amazing questions and answers here (& elsewhere, including Prof. Tao's blogs) ...
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How come in statistics there is very little justification for the formulas used and proofs are almost nonexistent [closed]

I don't understand why people accept certain formulas in statistics without a mathematical proof style argument. You see this a lot in statistics textbooks and unfortunately this spills over with the ...
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Why are modular lattices important?

A lattice $(L,\leq)$ is said to be modular when $$(\forall a,b\in L) x \leq b \implies x \vee (a \wedge b) = (x \vee a) \wedge b,$$ where $\vee$ is the join operation, and $\wedge$ is the meet ...
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What is good about simple Lie algebras?

Recently I've been reading Naive Lie Theory by John Stillwell. In the book our aim usually concerns finding whether Lie algebras or Lie groups are simple. I wonder what beautiful properties does a ...
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The Importance Of Good Teachers and Guidance In the Academics

I'm a first year student for a math degree. I'm very curious on how good students overcome their bad teachers in the journey of learning and grasping the courses material fully, all in the pressure of ...
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Is the study of algebraic curve is techniquely equal to the advanced division of analytic geometry, if not, what is the difference?

Is the study of algebraic curve is techniquely equal to the advanced division of analytic geometry, if not, what is the difference? And what is other branch of advanced analytic geometry called? in ...
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What is the utility in writing pdfs in terms of their kernel?

Consider the normal distribution. We know that $$p(x| \mu, \sigma^2) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \sigma^{2}}} e^{-\frac{(x-\mu)^{2}}{2 \sigma^{2}}} $$ The kernel is $$ p(x| \mu, \sigma^{2}) \propto ...
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What did Gauss think about infinity?

I have someone who is begging for a conversation with me about infinity. He thinks that Cantor got it wrong, and suggested to me that Gauss did not really believe in infinity, and would not have ...
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Where to begin with foundations of mathematics

I would like to know more about the foundations of mathematics, but I can't really figure out where it all starts. If I look in a book on axiomatic set theory, then it seems to be assumed that one ...
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Independent undergraduate research — what to do?

I hope this question is within the scope of this website. I am currently a rising senior, and need to decide on a topic for my independent undergraduate research/thesis. I was hoping to get some ...