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Feb
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comment Infinitesimals - what's the intuition?
@quiaochu The most specific posing of this question would still be quite quite vauge. At once, I am interested in the theory of calculus and the philosophical conundrum of the measurable and unmeasurable. Would this perhaps be an appropriate time to read up on measure theory?
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Feb
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comment Infinitesimals - what's the intuition?
@ross Indeed, that was a very informative read, and appropriate for these purposes too, being as this was a more philosophical question.
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accepted Infinitesimals - what's the intuition?
Feb
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comment Infinitesimals - what's the intuition?
Well it's not terribly rigorously motivated, so it may not wet your mathematicial appetite so. Of late, infinitesimals have sprung up in several settings. I wonder if perhaps they are related? In a conversation with a mathematician friend, I asked how the uniform distribution can have non-zero mass for any point on a real interval, he explained that it would be appropriate to consider each point as if it were an infinitesimal. Currently, I'm devising a differential equation of motion for a simulated robot and wasn't sure at which time a force was applied.
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asked Infinitesimals - what's the intuition?
Jan
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asked Reasoning about Lie theory and the Exponential Map
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comment What does $b_i|b_{i+1}$ mean in this context?
Ahhh. Thanks very much. That makes perfect sense. I assume this is standard notation, perhaps in algebra or number theory?
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asked What does $b_i|b_{i+1}$ mean in this context?
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comment Topological space definition in terms of open-sets
Thanks very much all. Things are making sense now. @adrian I was referring to convergence in a metric space.
Dec
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comment Topological space definition in terms of open-sets
Sorry, I just deleted that to make the question more clear. What I'm current confused about is whether an arbitrary set can be defined as "open" without satisfying other properties such as convergence?
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asked Topological space definition in terms of open-sets
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awarded  Student
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asked Big-oh for function of two variables