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Visualizing the Partition numbers (suggestions for visualization techniques)

So Ken Ono says that the partition numbers behave like fractals, in which case I'd like to try to find an appropriately illuminating way of visualizing them. But I'm sort of stuck at the moment, so ...
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Visualizing a Calabi Yau

I would like to understand how I can visualize the quintic threefold $$ z_1^5 + z_2^5 + z_3^5 + z_4^5 +z_5^5 - 5\psi z_1z_2z_3z_4z_5 = 0$$ For a similar problem, Hanson proposes the following: ...
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Is there a way to visualize a group?

Is there a way to picture a group in ones head? I want to "see" the difference between abelian and non-abelian group. And if $f$ is a group homomorphism, is there a way to see that $\ker(f)=1\...
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An Auto-Generated Cartography of Mathematical Theories: Has it been done already?

While looking for a way to visualize the logical structure of mathematical theories a graph-like depiction came to my mind, where propositions are represented by vertices. An edge goes from ...
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Visualizing the domain of the square root

I would like to show someone the domain of the complex square root function (the 2-sheeted riemann surface). Is there a good interactive visualization software for this? I would like some sort of ...
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How to visualize cotangent spaces.

I was wondering how to intuitively and visually understand dual vector spaces and one-forms. So my question is (1), how to visualize cotangent spaces and (2), how to intuitively understand them? My ...
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How to visualise Bollobas' 1965 theorem?

Theorem $[n]=\{1,\ldots,n\}$. Let $\lbrace (R_i, S_i), i \in I \rbrace, R_i, S_i \subset [n]$ be such that $R_i \cap S_i = \emptyset, R_i \cap S_j \ne \emptyset (i \ne j)$. Then $$\sum_{i \in I} \...
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Visualizations of ordinal numbers

I find this picture of the ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$ rather hard to grasp: I wonder if the following might be a more compelling way to visualize ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$: ...
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Visualization of immersed submanifold

I am trying to visualize the difference between immersed submanifold and embedded submanifold. At first, I thought that, for example, if I can embed manifold $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ and if my friend can ...
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Stellating the Octahedron

I have a few related questions and I'd be happy to get some help with any one of them. Is the stellation of a polyhedron generally a 'messy' affair that involves trimming away portions of the ...
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What methods are known to visualize patterns in the set of real roots of quadratic equations?

I came across a previous awesome question about the visualization of the distribution of polynomial roots and tried to do a simpler version applied to the set of real roots of quadratic equations $ax^...
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Visualising surface integrals

For a current problem I am working on, I have run into angular surface integrals, i.e. the differential solid angle $\text{d}\Omega$. Specifically the surface integrals are defined by \begin{equation}...
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Visualization of the fact that the integers defining lens spaces must be coprime

This is related to this question I asked: Visualization of Lens Spaces and is also related to this question by @Earthliŋ: Why are the integers appearing in lens spaces coprime? I understand the ...
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Why are inter arrival times in the continuous version of discrete-time Markov chains always exponentially distributed?

I am curious whether there exist continuous time Markov processes for which the times between jumping times (which I call inter arrival times) are not exponentially distributed, but have some other ...
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Is this a legit way to visualize complex functions?

I am doing laplace transform in a class and I hate how there seems to be no graphical support when things are transformed to laplace domain i.e. nobody cares what they look like in laplace domain But ...
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Visualize normal subgroup, normalizer, cosets.

A few important aspects of the relationship $H \lhd N_G(H) \le G$ are highlighted in Figure 7.31. First, the size of $N_G(H)$ is some multiple of |H|, and the size of G is some multiple of $N_G(H)$, ...
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Power-set in Hypercube: historical background of indexing each term like Hasse Diagram?

My instructor wants references about the indexation over the hypercube, related question here, he does not believe that I was the first who used it -- [update] thanks to a comment, the name is Hasse ...
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Looking for proof-without-words of Bezout's identity

I'm looking for a "proof-without-words" of Bezout's identity (for integers). Does anyone know of one?
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Imagining four or higher dimensions and the difference to imagining three dimensions

I’m very interested in how people envision four or higher dimensions. And I’m especially interested in how geometers and topologists who actually work in four dimensions do. Now I know of the video ...
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Visualizing and manipulating 4-dimensional data with 3D technology

It is possible to visualize 3 dimensional data (like a scatter plot) by projecting it on a 2 dimensional screen in a way that allows to interact with it in an intuitive way. Is it possible to ...
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Illustrations of a line and a curve intersecting for complex field

Are there nice illustrations on the Net of say $y=a·x+b$ and $y=x^2$ intersecting where x and y are complex? I'm thinking of the amplitude of y being depicted as height above the complex plane with ...
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Hopf map visualization (animation request)

Let $\phi:D^3\to S^2$ be the composition $D^3\to S^3\to S^2$, the first map being the quotient by the boundary and the second map being the Hopf map. Then: $$f_t:x\mapsto(1-t)x+t\phi(x)$$ is a ...
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Are there useful visual representations of magmas?

In group theory we have Cayley graphs. Are there analogous or anyway useful visual representations of magma structures? I am unsure about how to construct a graph representing, for instance, a free ...
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Visual explanation of taylor polynomials

I've just been trying to understand taylor polynomials more intuitively from a visual perspective. But as soon as the terms start using second derivatives, it becomes unclear. 1, Some thought's I've ...
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Representing and Visualising Concrete Groups

What are some interesting and attractive ways to visualise specific Groups? Like: The Rubik's Cube, A set of Permutation Matrices, And.. What else?
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Ideals in a ring as geometric objects?

I am interested in learing about the possibility of (one-sided) ideals in a ring being repreented geometrically. In other words, about their status as geometric objects (after all, they can be dealt ...
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What type of diagram could this be?

Some years ago, I saw a diagram somewhat like this somewhere on Wikipedia. I remember that it was supposedly used in some branch of mathematics. Unfortunately, neither Google Image nor trawling ...
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Hyperplane in a complex vector space

This is my first question on MSE, I'm sorry if there already exists similar questions, I couldn't manage to find it. My friend, who studies Physics, asked me about the meaning of "functional" so I ...
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Visualising algebraic topology

I'm new to algebraic topology and although I can follow the arguments it would be nice to be able to visualise important concepts like homology and excision. Can anyone recommend a book or other ...
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Is there a way to graphically show that a solution is the minimum or stationary solution to a functional?

I'm looking for the functional analogue to the visual representations of function optimization you most commonly see. To illustrate, if we have some function: $$ f(x) = (x-1)^2+1 $$ We can look at ...
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Visualizing Riemannian surface

Given a multi-valued complex function $f: z = x+\mathrm{i}\,y\rightarrow w=u+\mathrm{i}\,v$ with $x,y,u,v\in\mathbb{R}$, we know the image $\{f(z)\,|\,z\in\mathbb{C}\}$ is a Riemannian surface. How to ...
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Explaining Spin(3)

I’m going to discuss the action of Spin(3) on Euclidean vectors. This thing has several alternative names: “versors”/“rotation quaternions”, “quaternionic adjoint representation”, “quaternion action ...
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Visually apealing holologous transformation of a given contour

There is this problem which roughly says: You want to put a framed picture onto the wall with a cord to the picture frame. The cord is a single one, and both ends are attached to the frame. ...
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Help me to vizualise this falling ball on spinning Earth

The earth rotates. The ball falls in an latitude, not equator, let say in Germany. I am trying to understand how to express the ball in terms of the angular velocity on the planet. The constant ...
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How to sort a list of tuples?

I am neither a mathematician, nor a computer scientist, but I have the following problem, which I cannot solve myself. I have $k$ $i$-tuples $(x_1, x_2, …, x_i)$, where $x ∈ [0,1]$. I need to order ...
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Book 2 of Visual Complex Functions

I am having a lot of fun in reading Visual Complex Functions by prof Wegert. (it is a very interesting read and well-recommended by me). Inside it, he regularly let things be and postpone until part ...
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Parametric equations and specifications of a logarithmic triskelion (triple spiral)

There is a post in this forum that shows how to create an Archimedean triskelion: Parametric equations and specifications of a triskelion (triple spiral) ...
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Pictures of curves over finite fields with many points

At the manypoint page for $2^3$, genus=3, there is the note: "In his Harvard notes, Serre notes that a model of the Klein curve gives an example of a genus-3 curve with 24 points over $F_8$: $(x + y +...
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How can you picture Conditional Probability in 3D?

I already read this, and so wish to intuit 3 without relying on (only rearranging) the definition of Conditional Probability. I modified the following's source for concision. $1.$ Now look at $\...
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Recommendations on visualizing basic linear algebra

I am teaching linear algebra this semester, and I would really like to recommend my students some cool youtube videos visualizing some simple stuff like the span of a set of vectors, linear dependence,...
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Is there a program that receives as input your drawing of a curve and outputs a parametric curve tracing it (reasonably close)?

From what I know, B-Splines is the closest thing that we have to drawing curves and having them defined by the computer. I have some B-Spline code that does this interactively. However, those are a ...
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Visualizing the geometric product?

The exterior product between blades has a relatively clear geometric interpretation: it gives the result of "extending" one factor along the other, with the direction pointing along the first factor ...
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Parametrization of helicoid like surface for Faraday's law of induction of a solenoid?

I want to visualize with mayavi a possible surface for Faraday's law of induction in the electrodynamics of a solenoid. I.e. something like a helicoid with a smooth transition to a rectangular area, ...
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How do I evaluate this sum :$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^{n^3}$ and Is there a visual proof for it?

if $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^n = \frac1{1-z}, \quad z \in \mathbb{C},\; |z| < 1 .$$ then is there a way to deduce this sum:$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^{n^3}$$ from the above Identitie or any visual proof ...
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How to visualize orientation of 3d objects

The way I visualize orientations of $1$- and $2$-dimensional objects is by an ant walking along a path. For a $1$d object (like a line/ line segment/ etc), just place the ant on the line and confine ...
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Why the gradient of the r vector is the identity map, geometrically speaking?

When doing some simple quantum mechanics problem involving commutators, I forgot the result of this expression $$\left[\vec{r} ,\hat{p}\right]$$ Thus I then brute force it using the definition of ...
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I seek Visual illustrations of Concepts of Mathematics as animated videos for students of Higher Mathematics

There are some very good animated videos explaining concepts of mathematics on youtube, like videos of website " why U" but most of these deal with elementary mathematics. I am searching for videos ...
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Geometrical application of generation function for permutation

It is quite well known that the generation function for permutations is represented as $$(1+x)(1+x+x^2)\dots(1+x+x^2+x^3...+x^{n−1})$$ (See, e.g., question The generating function for permutations ...
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Different ways of visualizing a certain classes of single variable complex functions

Single variable complex functions of a real variable are ubiquitous in engineering contexts such as control engineering and signal processing, and visualizing them is of utmost importance in designing ...
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Intution, Figure. Negation of Continuity and Uniform Continuity (S.A. pp 117 T4.4.6)

Every time I need negation, I have to write out all the logical symbols to negate manually. I know how to determine these negations myself. But I want to compehend intuition or figure like http://...