Looking for a proof different from the standard proof(s) of a result

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### Link between the hairy ball theorem and the fundamental theorem of algebra

I read in the book "Concepts of modern mathematics" by Ian Stewart that it was possible to proof the fundamental theorem of algebra using the hairy ball theorem (complete reference to the page is in ...

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### Evaluating an integral using real methods

This is a bit of recreational integration. The following, rather attractive integral is quite straightforward via residues:
$$\int_0^1 x^{-x}(1-x)^{x-1}\sin \pi x\,\mathrm{d}x=\frac{\pi}{e}$$
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### Another proof of the comparison principle for PDEs by the theory of viscosity solutions

In my research I study (fully) nonlinear PDEs with fractional derivatives. For an analysis of these, I use the theory of viscosity solutions.
So I am now at the end of my tether becasuse I can not ...

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### Undecidability of the existential theory

Do you know if I can find the proof that the existential theory of $\mathbb{Z}$ with the structure of addition , divisibility and the relation $(\exists s \in \mathbb{Z})m=np^s$ is undecidable, ...

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### Is there a fixed integer $x>1$ satisfing ${\sigma}^{k}(x)\equiv 0\pmod{x}$ for all positive integers $k$?

This question related to this question from SE. I'm interested to know if there exists an integer $x>1$ that satisfies $${\sigma}^{k}(x)\equiv 0\pmod{x}$$
for all positive integers $k$.
Note. ...

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### Does the following $ C^{*} $-algebraic result have a purely algebraic proof?

While studying the proof of Bott periodicity for operator $ K $-theory in this set of notes, I learned this fact:
Theorem. Let $ A $ and $ B $ be $ C^{*} $-algebras. Let $ f,g: A \to B $ be $ * ...

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### Subfields of $\mathbb{Q}\bigl(\sqrt[n]{a}\bigr)$ for $a>0$

This is related to a question on Math Stack Exchange.
Given a rational number $a>0$ and an $n\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $x^n - a$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$, it is known that every subfield of ...

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### How to prove that two univariate polynomials are always algebraically dependent?

How to prove that two univariate polynomials(over any field) are always algebraically dependent? Also, how to prove the generalization of this question i.e if number of polynomials are more than ...

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### Conceptual algebraic proof that Grassmannian is closed in Plucker embedding

I'm planning lectures for my intro algebraic geometry course, and I noted something awkward that is coming up. We're starting projective varieties soon. Of course, we'll prove that projective maps are ...

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### seek another proof of a result in Fourier analysis

It was proved on page 26 of this note the following result:
Let $\xi$ be an algebraic number that is not a root of unity, then there exists an $n_0\geq 0$ with the property that ...

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### Gabber's proof of Br' = Br for quasiprojective schemes

In a note by deJong showing the cohomological and ordinary Brauer groups coincide for separated quasicompact schemes with ample line bundle, it is mentioned that Gabber had an unpublished proof of the ...

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### A few standard results (on metrizability and relative separation strength) without Choice?

I've been going back over some results from Munkres's Topology, and I'm curious about some things. (I originally posted this on M.SE, but I think it is probably a better fit here.)
I know that Choice ...

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### Stronger theorem not resulting from proof analysis

Suppose that we proved $\varphi$ from a theory $T$. Often we ask whether or not we could have proved $\varphi$ with a weaker theory, to find out we usually analyze the proof and try to figure out ...

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### Alternative proof for counting problem in graphs

Let $G$ and $H$ be graphs, let $\vec H$ be a fixed orientation of $H$.
Denote by $D(G,\vec H)$ the number of orientations of $G$ that contain a copy of $\vec H$ and denote by $D'(G,H)$ the number of ...

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### Instances where an existence result precedes the constructive version

The basic motivation here is to encourage and inspire - via examples - the pursuit of alternate proofs of existing results that might be more accessible and intuitive by cataloging success stories. ...

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### What is the protocol for making modifications to someone else's proof to prove something slightly stronger?

I have a need to modify Erdős' proof of the Sylvester-Schur Theorem to prove something stronger. See my working document at http://math.rudytoody.us/ or http://math.rudytoody.us/OppermannTheorem.pdf
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### What are some proofs of Godel's Theorem which are *essentially different* from the original proof?

I am looking for examples of proofs of Godel's (First) Incompleteness Theorem which are essentially different from (Rosser's improvement of) Godel's original proof.
This is partly inspired by ...

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### Riemann mapping theorem for homeomorphisms

How do you prove to any two simply-connected domains in the plane are homeomorphic without using the Riemann mapping theorem? An elementary proof would be nice.

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### The Hexagonal Property of Pascal's Triangle

Any hexagon in Pascal's triangle, whose vertices are 6 binomial coefficients surrounding any entry, has the property that:
the product of non-adjacent vertices is constant.
the greatest common ...

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### Synthetic Proof for Ratio of Volumes of Concentric Spheres?

Let $B^n(r)$ be the $n$-ball of radius $r$. A standard (easy) problem for first year calculus students is the following.
$(1)$ Show that $$ \lim_{n\to \infty} ...

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### Non-trivial consequences of Baer's theorem and Lucchini's theorem in subnormality theory

There are a couple of beautiful results in finite group theory that look trivial, at least on a first glance, but require non-trivial facts to prove. I am basically interested in whether these results ...

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### Different way to view action of fundamental group on higher homotopy groups

There are a couple of ways to define an action of $\pi_1(X)$ on $\pi_n(X)$. When $n = 1$, there is the natural action via conjugation of loops. However, the picture seems to blur a bit when looking at ...

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### Alternative proof of unique factorization for ideals in a Dedekind ring

I'm writing some commutative algebra notes, but I'm facing a difficulty in organizing the order of the topics. I'd like to have the topics about factorization before speaking of integral closure. This ...

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### Quick proof of the fact that the ring of integers of Q(\zeta_n) is Z[\zeta_n]?

I cannot find a good reference for the proof that the ring of integers in a cyclotomic field $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_n)$ is $\mathbb{Z}[\zeta_n]$. The proof I usually find does an induction on the number of ...