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votes

**35**answers

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### Books you would like to read (if somebody would just write them…)

I think that the title is self-explanatory but I'm thinking about mathematical subjects that have not received a full treatment in book form or if they have, they could benefit from a different ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

204 views

### Historical developement of analysis and partial differential equations (especially in the 20th century)

What are some comprehensive surveys or monographs that describe (in
enough technical detail) the historical development of the various
subareas of analysis and partial differential equations?
...

**66**

votes

**48**answers

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### Important formulas in Combinatorics

Motivation:
The poster for the conference celebrating Noga Alon's 60th birthday, fifteen formulas describing some of Alon's work are presented. (See this post, for the poster, and cash prizes offered ...

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votes

**12**answers

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### What math institutes offer research in pairs/research in teams?

Some math institutes offer programs in which a small number of researchers are enabled to meet at the institute for a week or more. A list seemed as if it could be useful.

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votes

**12**answers

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### Essays and thoughts on mathematics

Many distinguished mathematicians, at some point of their career,
collected their thoughts on mathematics (its aesthetic, purposes,
methods, etc.) and on the work of a mathematician in written ...

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votes

**12**answers

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### Proposals for polymath projects

Background
Polymath projects are a form of open Internet collaboration aimed towards a major mathematical goal, usually to settle a major mathematical problem. This is a concept introduced in 2009 by ...

**30**

votes

**28**answers

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### Most intriguing mathematical epigraphs

Good epigraphs may attract more readers. Sometimes it is necessary.
Usually epigraphs are interesting but not intriguing.
To pick up an epigraph is some kind of nearly mathematical problem: it ...

**56**

votes

**22**answers

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### Examples of major theorems with very hard proofs that have NOT dramatically improved over time

This question complement a previous MO question: Examples of theorems with proofs that have dramatically improved over time.
I am looking for a list of
Major theorems in mathematics whose proofs ...

**72**

votes

**39**answers

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### Experimental Mathematics

I would like to ask about examples where experimentation by computers have led to major mathematical advances.
A new look
Now as the question is five years old and there are certainly more examples ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

199 views

### Best way to find recent papers in a special field of mathematics?

My subjects of interest are Geometry of Banach spaces, renorming theory and fixed point theory. When I want to find recent papers in these fields of mathematics, mostly, I search name of paper, say, ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

173 views

### On Bailey–Borwein–Plouffe formula for irrational numbers

A BBP-type formula for an irrational number $\alpha$ in the integer base $b\geq 2$ is a formula in the form $\alpha=\Sigma_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{b^k}\frac{p(k)}{q(k)}$ ($p, q$ are polynomials in ...

**232**

votes

**72**answers

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### Video lectures of mathematics courses available online for free

It can be difficult to learn mathematics on your own from textbooks, and I often wish universities videotaped their mathematics courses and distributed them for free online. Fortunately, some ...

**114**

votes

**33**answers

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### Best Algebraic Geometry text book? (other than Hartshorne)

I think (almost) everyone agrees that Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry is still the best.
Then what might be the 2nd best?
It can be a book, preprint, online lecture note, webpage, etc.
One suggestion ...

**55**

votes

**55**answers

10k views

### Books you would like to see translated into English.

I have recently been told of a proposal to produce an English translation
of Landau's Handbuch der Lehre von der Verteilung der Primzahlen, and
this prompts me to ask a more general question:
...

**103**

votes

**40**answers

30k views

### Most interesting mathematics mistake?

Some mistakes in mathematics made by extremely smart and famous people can eventually lead to interesting developments and theorems, e.g. Poincaré's 3d sphere characterization or the search to prove ...

**113**

votes

**58**answers

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### What are your favorite instructional counterexamples?

Related: question #879, Most interesting mathematics mistake. But the intent of this question is more pedagogical.
In many branches of mathematics, it seems to me that a good counterexample can be ...

**18**

votes

**13**answers

2k views

### An example of a proof that is explanatory but not beautiful? (or vice versa)

This question has a philosophical bent, but hopefully it will evoke straightforward, mathematical answers that would be appropriate for this list (like my earlier question about beautiful proofs ...

**48**

votes

**41**answers

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### Examples of theorems with proofs that have dramatically improved over time

I am looking for examples of theorems that may have originally had a clunky, or rather technical, or in some way non-illuminating proof, but that eventually came to have a proof that people consider ...

**16**

votes

**5**answers

818 views

### What are examples when the equality of some invariants is good enough in algebraic topology?

As far as my understanding goes, most of the tools of algebraic topology (homotopy groups, homology groups, cup product, cohomology operations, Hopf invariant, signature, characteristic classes, knot ...

**64**

votes

**66**answers

10k views

### Old books still used

It's a commonplace to state that while other sciences (like biology) may always need the newest books, we mathematicians also use to use older books. While this is a qualitative remark, I would like ...

**30**

votes

**14**answers

7k views

### Examples of using physical intuition to solve math problems

For the purposes of this question let a "physical intuition" be an intuition
that is derived from your everyday experience of physical reality. Your
intuitions about how the spin of a ball affects ...

**69**

votes

**22**answers

6k views

### Special rational numbers that appear as answers to natural questions

Motivation:
Many interesting irrational numbers (or numbers believed to be irrational) appear as answers to natural questions in mathematics. Famous examples are $e$, $\pi$, $\log 2$, $\zeta(3)$ etc. ...

**136**

votes

**134**answers

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### Fundamental Examples

It is not unusual that a single example or a very few shape an entire mathematical discipline. Can you give examples for such examples? (One example, or few, per post, please)
I'd love to learn about ...

**96**

votes

**17**answers

23k views

### Mathematical software wish list

Like many other mathematicians I use mathematical software like SAGE, GAP, Polymake, and of course $\LaTeX$ extensively. When I chat with colleagues about such software tools, very often someone has ...

**38**

votes

**2**answers

2k views

### Advice for PhD Supervisors

My first PhD student is having his viva tomorrow. Hence, I began contemplating a bit about the whole process of supervising. One thing I realized is that while there seems to be plenty of advice for ...

**72**

votes

**52**answers

22k views

### Which popular games are the most mathematical?

I consider a game to be mathematical if there is interesting mathematics (to a mathematician) involved in
the game's structure,
optimal strategies,
practical strategies,
analysis of the game ...

**160**

votes

**41**answers

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### A single paper everyone should read? [closed]

Different people like different things in math, but sometimes you stand in awe before a beautiful and simple, but not universally known, result that you want to share with any of your colleagues.
Do ...

**68**

votes

**35**answers

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### Theorems with unexpected conclusions [closed]

I am interested in theorems with unexpected conclusions. I don't mean
an unintuitive result (like the existence of a space-filling curve), but
rather a result whose conclusion seems disconnected from ...

**496**

votes

**200**answers

126k views

### Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics

The first thing to say is that this is not the same as the question about interesting mathematical mistakes. I am interested about the type of false beliefs that many intelligent people have while ...

**7**

votes

**6**answers

4k views

### Examples of naturally occurring Quadratic forms or quadrics.

I am always fascinated when a quadratic form (or a quadric) arises naturally. I have
some elementary examples, but most of all, I want to learn more examples. I hope this question isn't considered too ...

**90**

votes

**94**answers

11k views

### What would you want to see at the Museum of Mathematics?

EDIT (30 Nov 2012): MoMath is opening in a couple of weeks, so this seems like it might be a good time for any last-minute additions to this question before I vote to close my own question as "no ...

**52**

votes

**15**answers

7k views

### Contest problems with connections to deeper mathematics

I already posted this on math.stackexchange, but I'm also posting it here because I think that it might get more and better answers here! Hope this is okay.
We all know that problems from, for ...

**34**

votes

**2**answers

3k views

### Open problems/questions in representation theory and around?

What are open problems in representation theory?
What are the sources (books/papers/sites) discussing this?
Any kinds of problems/questions are welcome - big/small, vague/concrete.
Some estimation ...

**141**

votes

**67**answers

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### Awfully sophisticated proof for simple facts [closed]

It is sometimes the case that one can produce proofs of simple facts that are of disproportionate sophistication which, however, do not involve any circularity. For example, (I think) I gave an ...

**64**

votes

**16**answers

7k views

### What makes four dimensions special?

Do you know properties which distinguish four-dimensional spaces among the others?
What makes four-dimensional topological manifolds special?
What makes four-dimensional differentiable manifolds ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

166 views

### Noncommutative analogs of classical Banach geometric properties

The scale of Schatten-von Neumann classes is noncommutatitve analog of classical $\ell_p$-spaces. A lot of researchers devoted their lives to study Banach geometric structure of these spaces. ...

**131**

votes

**72**answers

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### Your favorite surprising connections in Mathematics

There are certain things in mathematics that have caused me a pleasant surprise -- when some part of mathematics is brought to bear in a fundamental way on another, where the connection between the ...

**15**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### Rhombus tilings with more than three directions

The point of this question is to construct a list of references on the following subject: Fix vectors $v_1$, $v_2$, ..., $v_g$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$, all lying in a half plane in that cyclic order. I am ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

764 views

### Survey papers on the role played by PDE in mathematics

There are already several questions on MathOverflow that inquire about the many diverse relationships between PDE and several other 'areas' of mathematics (e.g., algebraic and differential geometry ...

**115**

votes

**26**answers

27k views

### Examples of unexpected mathematical images

I try to generate a lot of examples in my research to get a better feel for what I am doing. Sometimes, I generate a plot, or a figure, that really surprises me, and makes my research take an ...

**100**

votes

**40**answers

11k views

### Generalizing a problem to make it easier

One of the many articles on the Tricki that was planned but has never been written was about making it easier to solve a problem by generalizing it (which initially seems paradoxical because if you ...

**45**

votes

**37**answers

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### Results true in a dimension and false for higher dimensions

Some theorems are true in vector spaces or in manifolds for a given dimension $n$ but become false in higher dimensions.
Here are two examples:
A positive polynomial not reaching its minimum. ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

116 views

### What other axioms for set theory can be written in the form: “If mathematical structures $X$ and $Y$ are equipotent, then they're isomorphic”?

The "injective continuum function hypothesis" (ICF) is the following statement.
ICF (Version 0). For all cardinal numbers $\kappa$ and $\nu$, we have $2^\kappa = 2^\nu \rightarrow \kappa = \nu.$
...

**207**

votes

**67**answers

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### Proofs without words

Can you give examples of proofs without words? In particular, can you give examples of proofs without words for non-trivial results?
(One could ask if this is of interest to mathematicians, and I ...

**20**

votes

**25**answers

6k views

### Is there an image for you that epitomizes mathematics? [closed]

Can you think of an image, whether technical or nontechnical, available for viewing online that says a lot about what you think mathematics or a particular field of mathematics is all about?
For ...

**137**

votes

**27**answers

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### What are some reasonable-sounding statements that are independent of ZFC?

Every now and then, somebody will tell me about a question. When I start thinking about it, they say, "actually, it's undecidable in ZFC."
For example, suppose A is an abelian group such that every ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

388 views

### $C^{*}$ algebras which do not admit nontrivial idempotent morphism

In this question which I flag it as a community wiki, I search for a big list of $C^{*}$ algebras(and a big list of criterions) which do not admit a non trivial idempotent $C^{*}-$morphism.
I ...

**93**

votes

**69**answers

15k views

### Most helpful math resources on the web

What are really helpful math resources out there on the web?
Please don't only post a link but a short description of what it does and why it is helpful.
Please only one resource per answer and let ...

**8**

votes

**9**answers

830 views

### Statements reliant on conjectures

There are lots of statements that have been conditionally proved on the assumption that the Riemann Hypothesis is true.
What other conjectures have a large number of proven consequences?

**40**

votes

**24**answers

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### The concept of Duality

I have been thinking for sometime about asking this question, but because I did not want to have two "big-list" questions open at the same time, I did not ask this one. Now its time has come.
...