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comment What is the average of no numbers?
Adding 1 to every number should shift the mean by 1 (i.e., make it 1 instead of 0). But $1 + \mathbb{R} = \mathbb{R}$.
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comment What is the average of no numbers?
How is NaN an improper result to show to a user? "undefined" or "N/A" would just be different versions of NaN. Why invent two types of the same object?
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comment What is the average of no numbers?
But think about the second paragraph. What if you add 1 to every number between $-\infty$ and $\infty$?
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answered Is “$a + 0i$” in every way equal to just “$a$”?
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revised Probability that shuffled deck contains no two consecutive cards of the same suit
use Python 3 compliant code
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comment How are mathematicians taught to write with such an expository style?
In my case, for my introductory course that was the first real mathematics course (involving proofs), I had a grader who would mark us down if our proofs were correct but not written well (no complete sentences, using $\forall$ instead of "for all", leaving out steps, etc.).
Jun
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comment How were 'old-school' mathematics graphics created?
@Amzoti maybe you should add an answer with some of the better images. All I have is a low quality black and white scan of one of the books given to me by my professor. Does the intro or back of the book mention how the drawings were done?
Jun
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comment How were 'old-school' mathematics graphics created?
@Amzoti I found it. It is actually a series of books by Abraham and Shaw. I can't find any references to verify this (which is why this isn't an answer), but my professor who introduced me to this told us that one of the authors was a mathematician and one was an artist. The books are a very good visual introduction to the theory of dynamic systems. I highly recommend them.
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comment Computer Programs for Pure Mathematicians
You probably mean LaTeX, not TeX. Most mathematicians do not know how to use raw TeX.
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comment How were 'old-school' mathematics graphics created?
There is an entire book on dynamic systems that is just a bunch of hand-drawn graphs of dynamic systems. I can't remember what it is called, though.
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comment Is there a(n elementary) function whose derivative we cannot integrate?
Actually, I've implemented the transcendental algorithm from Bronstein's book (in SymPy). The algebra is not something I would expect a calculus student to understand (but maybe I am just more cynical). And I found most of the algorithm to be tedious degree bound calculation and considerations of lots of different cases.
Jun
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comment Is there a(n elementary) function whose derivative we cannot integrate?
Maybe complex is a better word than complicated.
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comment Is there a(n elementary) function whose derivative we cannot integrate?
That's true, but it's not special to the Risch algorithm. Virtually every algorithm in algebra has this restriction. It boils down to simple things like the fact that $ax^n$ is degree $n$ in $x$ only if $a\neq0$. And note how zero equivalence computability in the constant field is fundamental to the correctness of very basic algorithms like the division algorithm and Gaussian elimination.
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answered Is there a(n elementary) function whose derivative we cannot integrate?
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