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Questions about symmetry, in group theory, geometry or elsewhere in mathematics. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetry

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ODE system and Lie symmetries

The ODE system (see below), where $F$ is a given function together the algebraic condition (SYM) imply that $$\boxed{y(t)=k-x(t)} \tag{*}$$ for some $k$ constant. The result that $y$ is a translation ...
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Symmetric Icon Fractals

I have always been fascinated by fractals. But most of all I like the Symmetric Icon fractals. There is a nice book about these fractals, written by Michael Field, called Symmetry in Chaos. I'm ...
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Symbols to represent each distinct symmetry of polyhedra

Is there a pictorial or symbolic way to represent each distinct symmetry of a polyhedron?
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Is there a classical analog of Bloch's theorem?

In quantum mechanics, having a spatially periodic Hamiltonian imposes a lot of structure on solutions of Schrodinger's equation (e.g. band structure), primarily due to Bloch's theorem. In perfect ...
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Is the space of rigid Riemannian metrics convex?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. Let $g_1,g_2$ be two rigid Riemannian metrics on it. (i.e with no isometries except the identity). Is it true that every convex combination of $g_1,g_2$ is also rigid? ...
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Solution of wave equation

I posted this question for the first time on Physics Stack Exchange more than one year ago. The question was closed as off topic. Even if I reworked the question no one considered the possibility ro ...
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Maximum overlap of two convex bodies

Let $\Delta_n=\big\{(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n): \sum_i x_i \leq 1, x_i \geq 0\big\}$ denote an n-dimensional simplex. I am trying to find an $y \in \mathbb{R}^n$ such that the $y-$shifted negative simplex ...
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Joint pdf of N > 1 i.i.d. random variables isotropic if and only if they are centered gaussian?

Are centered Gaussian densities given by $$f_X(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)}$$ the unique densities such that the joint pdf of $N > 1$ independent and identically ...
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Idempotents and symmetries of Zn

[Soft question out of curiosity] While reading about idempotents of a ring, I used $\mathbb Z_n$ as a convenient example. In visualizing the ring's structure, I was intrigued by strange symmetries ...
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An isomorphism between the full tetrahedral symmetry group and the cubic rotation group?

I know that the full symmetry group of the tetrahedron and the rotation group of the cube are both isomorphic to $S_4$. But I want to show a direct, visual isomorphism. I tried looking at a ...
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Fractals vs. “neatness” / order

I've seen a lot of high level videos on fractals, etc, and how they might apply to the real world. So a tree is branches with branches with branches, and our blood vessels branch and then branch ...
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What are the non-vanishing directions of $A_{a(b} B_{cd)} - B_{a(b} A_{cd)}$? ($A$ and $B$ symmetric tensors)

Question Consider two symmetric tensors $A_{ab}=A_{ba},\, B_{ab}=B_{ba}$ which are generally of full rank (non-degenerate, all eigenvalues non-zero but of general sign) and their tensor product under ...
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Difference of general symmetric function that is non decreasing in its arguments

For a symmetric function $C(x,y)$ and $a,b,c,d \in [0,1]$ with $b\ge a$, $d \ge c$ and further, C(x,y) is non-decreasing in $x,y$. Then, does it hold that: $$C(b,d) -C(a,d) -C(b,c) + C(a,c) \ge 0$$ ...
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Classification of Differential Equations

I know that there is a theory of integrating (partial) differential equation by finding its symmetries (which form a Lie group) and making corresponding transformation of the domain. I also know ...
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Is this Fractal New?

I developed some equations relating to symmetry. When used recursively, they produce what I believe is a fractal of symmetries. The fractal is procedurally generated like a snowflake or a gasket, ...
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Take a set $X \in \mathbb{R}^2$ of nonzero measure $\mu(X) \neq 0$. I am attempting to design a set that has the following symmetries (continuous or discrete) $1.$ Scale symmetry $2.$ Rotation ...
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Basic questions regarding group theory and symmetry in practice

I have for some months been interested in group theory. I was very fascinated by the level of abstraction I first met when working with groups. Another aspect that has fascinated me lately is symmetry....
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Make one cube out of 8 little cubes

As part of a puzzle, you have to stack 8 little $1\times 1\times 1$-cubes so that they form one big $2\times 2\times 2$-cube. Now I want to check all possible solution to the puzzle and therefor I'm ...
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Spherical functions which are invariant under a finite rotation group

Is there a nice, clean reference which lists a basis in terms of (linear combinations of) spherical harmonics for the $L^2$ space of functions defined on the sphere $\mathbb{S}^2$ which are invariant ...
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Metrizability of space of unitary operators on Hilbert space

Let $\mathbb{H}$ be a (complex) Hilbert space. Define $\mathbb{P}$ as a projective space over $\mathbb{H}$, i.e. $\mathbb{P}=\left(\mathbb{H}\setminus\{0\}\right)/\sim$, where $f\sim g$ iff there ...
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Easiest way to prove a congruency

Let's take ABCD a convex quadrilateral, such that the diagonals AC and BD are perpendicular, and the angles ABC and CDA are equal. What is the easiest way to prove that the triangles ABC and CDA are ...
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Symmetry in graphs of polynomials

I am learning graph skectching. Its well known that quadratic polynomials over reals are symmetric about their minima/maxima. But today I discovered an interesting result that Cubic polynomials are ...
Why is $J_n$ not symmetric, for $n\notin\mathbb Z$, while Bessel's equation is still symmetric?
Bessel's equation, $$x^2y''+xy'+(x^2-n^2)y=0,$$ has even parity, regardless of the value of $n$. So a solution of this equation must be even or odd. However, the Bessel functions $J_n$, which are ...