# Linked Questions

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### Most harmful heuristic?

What's the most harmful heuristic (towards proper mathematics education), you've seen taught/accidentally taught/were taught? When did handwaving inhibit proper learning?
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### Why do we teach calculus students the derivative as a limit?

I'm not teaching calculus right now, but I talk to someone who does, and the question that came up is why emphasize the $h \to 0$ definition of a derivative to calculus students? Something a teacher ...
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### Examples of math hoaxes/interesting jokes published on April Fool's day?

What are examples of math hoaxes/interesting jokes published on April Fool's day? For a start P=NP.
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### When does Cantor-Bernstein hold?

The Cantor-Bernstein theorem in the category of sets (A injects in B, B injects in A => A, B equivalent) holds in other categories such as vector spaces, compact metric spaces, Noetherian topological ...
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### Elementary / Interesting proofs of the Nullstellensatz

Is there an easy proof of the Nullstellensatz that avoids the standard Noether-normalization techniques? One proof I know proves first the 'weak' Nullstellensatz which ensures that maximal ideals ...
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### Is the analysis as taught in universities in fact the analysis of definable numbers?

Ten years ago when I studied in the university I had no idea about definable numbers, but I came to this concept myself. My thoughts were as follows: All numbers are divided into two classes: those ...
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### Why are powers of $\exp(\pi\sqrt{163})$ almost integers?

I've been prodded to ask a question expanding this one on Ramanujan's constant $R=\exp(\pi\sqrt{163})$. Recall that $R$ is very close to an integer; specifically $R=262537412640768744 - \epsilon$ ...
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### Cohomology and fundamental classes

Let X be a real orientable compact differentiable manifold. Is the (co)homology of X generated by the fundamental classes of oriented subvarieties? And if not, what is known about the subgroup ...
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I am asking for a way to compute the rank of the 'join' of a bunch of subspaces whose pairwise intersections might be non-zero. So in the case n=2 this is just $\dim(A_1+A_2) = \dim(A_1) + \dim(A_2) - ... 4answers 6k views ### When is$L^2(X)$separable? I have never studied any measure theory, so apologise in advance, if my question is easy: Let$X$be a measure space. How can I decide whether$L^2(X)$is separable? In reality, I am interested in ... 7answers 1k views ### Extensional theorems mostly used intensionally Some theorems are stated and proved extensionally, but in practice are almost always used intensionally. Let me give an example to make this clear -- integration by parts:$$\int_a^b f(x)g'(x)ds = \... 5answers 3k views ### Projection of Borel set from$R^2$to$R^1$Hello This should be easy to prove but i have no idea how to do it: If$X \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$is borel then$f(X)$is borel where$f(x,y) = x$Thanks Tobias 4answers 3k views ### Cocomplete but not complete abelian category This is a duplicate of the following question to which I did not receive any answer: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/238247/complete-but-not-cocomplete-category Let$\mathfrak C$be an ... 1answer 3k views ### What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings? Let$K$be a field and$G$a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring$K[G]$is a domain if and only if$G$is a torsion-free group. A couple of good ... 2answers 2k views ### When is sin(r \pi) expressible in radicals for r rational? Perhaps this question will not be considered appropriate for MO - so be it. But hear me out before you dismiss it as completely elementary. As the question suggests, I would like to know when$\sin(...

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