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### Math paper authors' order

It seems in writing math papers collaborators put their names in the alphabetical order of their last name. Is this a universal accepted norm? I could not find a place putting this down formally.

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### What recent programmes to alter highly-entrenched mathematical terminology have succeeded, and under what conditions do they tend to succeed or fail?

I think we all occasionally come across terminology that we'd like to see supplanted (e.g. by something more systematic). What I'd like to know is, under what circumstances is it reasonable to believe ...

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### Is the empty graph a tree?

This is a boring, technical question that I stumbled upon while making a contribution to Sage. I would still like to hear a constructive answer so hopefully the question does not get closed.
The ...

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### Collaboration or acknowledgment?

This post is a sequel of: When should a supervisor be a co-author?
This time the topic is about the interaction between two professional mathematicians (in particular junior-senior, but not ...

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### What is due diligence when translating a paper?

EDIT: Part of the community has decided on a less catchy and more representative title
than "Socially acceptable plagiarism (with regards to translation)". Let's run with that for a while. GRP.10.27 ...

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### A symbol to denote the set of prime numbers ?

It strikes me that there is no widely accepted symbol to denote the set of usual prime numbers in $\mathbb{N}$.
Look:
$$\zeta(s)=\prod_{p\in \mathrm{?}}\frac{1}{(1-p^{-s})}$$
Wouldn't it be nicer ...

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### Can a corollary follow a conjecture?

It is typical to find a corollary that following theorems, but is it right to use the word corollary for a statement following a conjecture, where the statement is true only if the unproven conjecture ...

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### How to find a problem ??? [closed]

Hi All,
To do math, of course every one always finds some interesting problems and then try to solve them and then publish them as articles. In particular, in doing PhD, thesis advisors normally give ...

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### What is a canonical set of representatives in $GL(n,F)$ for the vertices in the Bruhat Tits building?

$F$ is a non archimedean field here. To be more precise, I would actually prefer a set of representative in $B(F)$ for the discrete space $B(F) / B(o)Z(F)$?
This can be phrased also as question about ...

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### Naming ambiguity in constructive pointwise natural transformations and whiskering

In the HoTT Book, the choice is made to talk about whiskering, rather than horizontal composition, because horizontal composition is ambiguous and only defined up to paths. Naturally, there is left ...

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### Name convention for the composition of the preimage of a function and the function itself

Hi, given a function $f:X \rightarrow Y$, not necessarily invertible, is there a conventional name for the function $$g_f := f^{-1} \circ f:X \rightarrow \mathcal{P}(X),$$ where $\mathcal{P}(X)$ ...

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### Applied Math author order

In applied math it seems to be more common to list authors according to their contribution rather than alphabetically. This being the case, in the instance where there are more than 2 authors, I was ...