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### Concavity of $\det^{1/n}$ over $HPD_n$.

One of my beloved theorems in matrix analysis is the fact that the map $H\mapsto (\det H)^{1/n}$, defined over the convex cone $HPD_n$ of Hermitian positive definite matrices, is concave. This is ...
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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 ...
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### Example of a Grothendieck pretopology satisfying a weak saturation condition

Recall that a singleton Grothendieck pretopology (henceforth 'singleton pretopology') on a category $C$ is a collection of maps $J$ containing the isomorphisms, closed under composition and stable ...
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### Can a module be an extension in two really different ways?

(Edit: I've realized that there was an error in my reasoning when I was convincing myself that these two formulations are equivalent. Hailong has given a beautiful affirmative answer to my first ...
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### Nonmetrizable uniformities with metrizable topologies

I'm looking for such pathological examples of uniform spaces which are not metrizable, but whose underlying topology is metrizable. Willard in his General Topology text constructs such a uniformity ...
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### Example of smooth, proper but non-projective curve over an affine, connected base?

Would someone please give an example of a smooth, proper but non-projective curve $C/S$, where $S$ is affine and connected? I believe that whatever your example, $C/S$ must have genus $1$, admit no ...
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### Weakly initial sets - examples and nonexamples

A weakly initial set in a category C is a set of objects I of C such that every object a of C has at least one arrow from an object contained in I. The question is then, does Fields have a weakly ...
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### Canonical geometric examples

The proofs without words post has some great entries. I'm interested in a similar concept: examples where a problem in math or physics is accompanied by a geometric figure that illuminates some key ...
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### Is a compactly generated Hausdorff space functionally Hausdorff?

Question is the title. I suspect the answer is no, without some further conditions (clearly, normal is sufficient). Pointers to counterexamples would be appreciated, but not necessary.
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### Geometric explanation of an orbit space: Integer action on the affine line

Let $k$ be a field of char $0$ and let $\mathbb{Z}$ act on $\mathbb{A}^1_k$ by the action induced by $G\to\mathrm{Aut}_k(k[X]), n\mapsto X+n$. It is rather easy to show that the orbit space ...
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### Jokes in the sense of Littlewood: examples? [closed]

First, let me make it clear that I do not mean jokes of the "abelian grape" variety. I take my cue from the following passage in A Mathematician's Miscellany by J.E. Littlewood (Methuen 1953, p. 79): ...
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### Ringed and locally ringed spaces

A pair $(X,O_X)$ is a ringed space if $X$ is a topological space and $O_X$ is a sheaf of rings. If every stalk $O_{X,x}$ is a local ring, then we say that $(X,O_X)$ is a locally ringed space. In the ...
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### Riemannian surfaces with an explicit distance function?

I'm looking for explicit examples of Riemannian surfaces (two-dimensional Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$) for which the distance function d(x,y) can be given explicitly in terms of local coordinates of ...
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### What is your favorite isomorphism? [closed]

The other day I was trying to figure out how to explain why isomorphisms are important. I pulled Boyer's A History of Mathematics off the bookshelf and was surprised to find that isomorphism isn't ...
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### description of functions of conditionally negative type on a group

Recall that a kernel conditionaly of negative type on a set $X$ is a map $\psi:X\times X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ with the following properties: 1) $\psi(x,x)=0$ 2) $\psi(y,x)=\psi(x,y)$ 3) for any ...
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### What category without initial object do you care about?

Recently I have been listening to some constructions that have been designed to accommodate categories without an initial object. The speaker has given some idea of a category or two that he cares ...
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### Explicit computations using the Haar measure

This question is somewhat related to my previous one on Grassmanians. The few times I've encountered the Haar measure in the course of my mathematical education, it's always been used in a very ...
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### Natural examples of finite dimensional spaces with interesting 2-type

Riemann surfaces provide interesting examples of 1-types - interesting as they have roles in diverse areas. However, apart from 2-dimensional lens spaces, I can't readily bring to mind natural ...
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### Is $\mathbb{A}²$ the universal smooth scheme which is a finite cover of $\mathbb{A}²/μ₂$?

One very handy (counter)example I often think about is the scheme $Spec(k[a,b,c]/(ab-c^2))$ (where $k$ is a field), which you may also know as $Spec(k[x^2,xy,y^2])$, as $\mathbb A^2/\mu_2$, or as the ...
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### On proving that a certain set is not empty by proving that it is actually large

It happens occasionally that one can prove that a given set is not empty by proving that it is actually large. The word "large" here may refer to different properties. For example, one can prove that ...
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### Explicit elements of $K((x))((y)) \setminus K((x,y))$

In an answer to the popular question on common false beliefs in mathematics Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics. I mentioned that many people conflate the two different kinds of formal ...
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### Examples of Super-polynomial time algorithmic/induction proofs?

In combinatorics, one can sometimes get an algorithmic proof, which loosely has the following form: -The proof moves through stages -An invariant is shown to hold by induction from previous stages ...
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### Comodule exercises desired

This Question is inspired by a Quote of Moore's "There are two ‘evil’ influences at work here: 1. we are toilet trained with algebras not coalgebras 2. some of us are addicted to manifolds and so ...
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### Can we have A={A} ?

Does there exist a set $A$ such that $A=\{A\}$ ? Edit(Peter LL): Such sets are called Quine atoms. Naive set theory By Paul Richard Halmos On page three, the same question is asked. Using the ...
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### Eta-products and modular elliptic curves

Recently the elliptic curve $E:y^2+y=x^3-x^2$ of conductor $11$ (which appears in my answer) became my favourite elliptic over $\bf Q$ because the associated modular form  ...
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### Vector spaces without natural bases

Does anyone know any nice examples of vector spaces without a basis that is in some sense "natural". To clarify what I mean, suppose we look at $\mathbb{R}^2$. We define $\mathbb{R}^2$ as pairs of ...
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### Intuitions/connections/examples for “eigen-*”

There are many concepts in mathematics that begin with the German word "eigen": eigenvector, eigenvalue, eigenspace, eigenstate, eigenfunction, eigensystem etc. (to name just the most important (?) ...
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### Example of a quasitopological group with discontinuous power map

A quasitopological group is a group $G$ with topology such that multiplication $G\times G\rightarrow G$ is continuous in each variable (i.e. all translations are continuous) and inversion ...
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### Applications of compactness

Similar to this question: Applications of connectedness I want to collect applications of compactedness. E.g.: compact + discrete => finite, which can be used to prove the finiteness of the ...
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### What are your favorite finite non-commutative rings?

When you are checking a conjecture or working through a proof, it is nice to have a collection of examples on hand. There are many convenient examples of commutative rings, both finite and infinite, ...
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### Applications of connectedness

In an «advanced calculus» course, I am talking tomorrow about connectedness (in the context of metric spaces, including notably the real line). What are nice examples of applications of the idea ...
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### Must finite groups with isomorphic commutators and quotients be isomorphic?

Let G and H be finite groups. Let G' = [G,G] and H' = [H,H] be the corresponding derived groups (commutator subgroups) of G and H. I am looking for an example where G' is isomorphic to H' and G/G' is ...
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### The harmonic (series) beetle: live illustrations of mathematical theorems

In my analysis class I use the following problem to illustrate the divergence of the harmonic series (consider this as a hint for solving it). Exercise. A beetle creeps along a 1-meter infinitely ...
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### An example of a space which is locally relatively contractible but not contractible?

A space $X$ is called locally contractible it it has a basis of neighbourhoods which are themselves contractible spaces. CW complexes and manifolds are locally contractible. On the other hand, the ...
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### Fundamental group of the line with the double origin.

In the simplest cases, the fundamental group serves as a measure of the number of 2-dimensional "holes" in a space. It is interesting to know whether they capture the following type of "hole". This ...
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### Examples of non-abelian groups arising in nature without any natural action

It's said that most groups arise through their actions. For instance, Galois groups arise in Galois theory as automorphisms of field extensions. Linear groups arise as automorphisms of vector spaces, ...
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### Gaining intuition for how submodules behave

I'm studying elementary commutative algebra this semester, largely following Atiyah-MacDonald. I often find myself in a situation where I'm interested in whether some property of an R-module M is ...
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### Non-real constants

Constants are usually real numbers e.g. e, pi, gamma etc. Can you give examples of special constants that are not real? e.g. complex or p-adic constants. A real number in base10 can be viewed as the ...
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### Sequence that converge if they have an accumulation point

I am looking for classes of sequence, that converge iff they contain a converging sub-sequence. The basic example of such sequences are monotone sequences of real numbers. A more interesting ...
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### What is an example of a non-regular, totally path-disconnected Hausdorff space?

I need this for a counterexample: the multiplication in the fundamental group $\pi_1(\Sigma X_+)$, when it is equipped with the topology inherited from $\Omega \Sigma X_+$, fails to be continuous for ...
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### Example for deterministic function with unbounded total variation and bounded quadratic variation

It is well known that e.g. $sin(1/x)$ is of unbounded total variation (in the interval [0,1] assuming $f(0)=0$). (Preliminary numerical tests suggest that) it is also of unbounded quadratic variation. ...
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### Algebras over the little disks operad

Hello, The so-called "recognition principle" of Boardman-Vogt and May leaves me unsatisfied. My problem is the following: The "recognition principle" says that every "group-like" algebra over the ...
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### Example of a smooth morphism where you can't lift a map from a nilpotent thickening?

Definition. A locally finitely presented morphism of schemes $f\colon X\to Y$ is smooth (resp. unramified, resp. étale) if for any affine scheme $T$, any closed subscheme $T_0$ defined by a square ...
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### What can you do with a compact moduli space?

So sometime ago in my math education I discovered that many mathematicians were interested in moduli problems. Not long after I got the sense that when mathematicians ran across a non compact moduli ...
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### Examples of Banach spaces and their duals

There are many representation theorems which state that the dual space of a Banach space $X$ has a particularly concrete form. For example, if $X = C([0,1],\mathbb R)$ is the space of real-valued ...
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### Krull rings and determinantal invariants

During another attempt to come to grips with Hillman's excellent book Algebraic Invariants of Links, I am having difficulty figuring out why Krull rings are the setting for Chapter 3- the natural ...
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### Request: A Serre fibration that is not a Dold fibration

A Serre fibration has the homotopy lifting property with respect to the maps $[0,1]^n \times \{0\} \to [0,1]^{n+1}$. A Dold fibration $E \to B$ has the weak covering homotopy property: lifts with ...
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### Good example of a non-continuous function all of whose partial derivatives exist

What's a good example to illustrate the fact that a function all of whose partial derivatives exist may not be continuous?