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Dec
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comment Does anyone know about Ramanujan's method of solving the quartic?
The MacTutor History of Mathematics says that "Ramanujan was shown how to solve cubic equations in 1902 and he went on to find his own method to solve the quartic."
Nov
20
comment Show these sets are homeomorphic to eachother
The notation $x\in \Bbb R^2\setminus \{0\}$ implies that $x=(x_1,x_2)$. Hence $x$ in jflipp's comments is really the same as $(x,y)$ in the question.
Nov
15
comment Why isn't Mary a victim of the permutation?
You are really dividing by $1!4!4!$, since there are three groups of people to consider; Mary, female non-Marys, and male students.
Nov
5
answered Origin of the term `quermassintegral'.
Oct
2
comment Mathematical breakthroughs
@AnalysisIncarnate I don't see any objective way to determine what is a breakthrough, and what is of less importance. Even if you say that only the creation of a new field of mathematics qualifies, most fields people work in today did not exist two centuries ago.
Oct
1
comment Mathematical breakthroughs
This question is really too broad. A complete answer will include all major developments in all branches of mathematics during the last two centuries.
Oct
1
comment Geometry and land
@ErelSegalHalevi The geometric problem would be to estimate the area of an irregularly shaped figure. Egyptian surveyors were called harpedonaptai, or rope stretchers, and presumably no angle measurements would be involved.
Sep
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awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
answered Geometry and land
Sep
17
answered Is the Riemann sphere homeomorphic to $\overline{\mathbb{R}}\times\overline{\mathbb{R}}$?
Sep
8
comment Determinant - derivation of the general formula and its history
Note that there are several (equivalent) methods of defining and computing the determinant of a matrix. See this post, this post, and this post for some answers to your questions.
Sep
7
revised How to find out when the profit of a transaction will hit $500,000
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Aug
29
comment Spherical geometry as an example of non euclidean geometry
@Paprika To identify antipodal points is OK today, but would in ancient times violate the definition of a point ("that which has no part"). I agree that spherical and Euclidean geometry differ significantly, and that to bridge these differences you have to rework your definitions and foundations, which goes a long way of explaining why it took so long time.
Aug
28
comment Solve this number theory problem without plugging in
(1) If $a=0$, $b=-1$, $c=0$ then $ac<b^2$, making your statement false instead of true. (2) But if $a,b,c$ represent different integers, you cannot have both $a=0$ and $c=0$. (3) For the statement to be true, you must show that it holds for all choices of $a,b,c$. For the statement to be false, it is enough to fine one counterexample.
Aug
28
comment how to fairly select a leader
@HagenvonEitzen The natural extension would be to permit any convex combination of any set of votes that you are unable to decide between.
Aug
28
comment how to fairly select a leader
@flawr In your suggested method, note that there is no difference between distributing 2,1,0,0 points to the four candidates and distributing 3,2,1,1 points instead. What happens is that these voters are not able to punish their worst candidate as much as the other voters.
Aug
28
comment how to fairly select a leader
@flawr Assuming the Borda count method is used, this would be correct. A voter voting in this way is essentially saying: "I have no idea what to do about $d$, so I put $d$ in the middle and let the others decide where $d$ should end up."
Aug
28
comment how to fairly select a leader
The condition Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives in Arrow's theorem is very strong, and most election methods used in practice do not satisfy it.