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### 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 ...

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### Power series defined by Witt vectors / Teichmüller representatives of p-adics

Let $K$ be $\mathbb{Q}_p$ for some prime $p$ (or more generally an unramified extension $W(\mathbb{F}_q)$ of $\mathbb{Q}_p$). If $\xi \in K$, we can write it in a unique way in the form $\sum a_i ...

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### Lines in image; are they significant to prime numbers if so how?

Amateur math question. I was playing around generating some 2D images, and wondered what it would look like if placed $P_{i}$ dots on a circle with diameter of $i$ for increasing values of $i$, where ...

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### Distribution of digits of $pq$-adic idempotents (aka “automorphic numbers”)

Let $p$ and $q$ be distinct primes. By the ring of $pq$-adic integers I mean the ring $\mathbb{Z}_{pq} := \varprojlim \mathbb{Z}/(pq)^n\mathbb{Z}$ which is obviously isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_p ...

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### “Harmonacci” recurrence and identities for $\pi$

While playing with something totally irrelevant I stumbled upon the recurrence:
$$a_{n+1} = \frac{1}{a_n} + a_{n-1}$$
It turns out that given $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 1$,
$$lim \frac{a_{2n}}{a_{2n-1}} = ...

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### Experimental mathematics: how are floating point equations discovered/converted to exact equations?

the 2005 AMS article/survey on experimental mathematics[1] by Bailey/Borwein mentions many remarkable successes in the field including new formulas for $\pi$ that were discovered via the PSLQ ...

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### What is the theoretical interest of finding closed-form sols. of infinite series?

Hi,
I was reading this when I came across Gourevitch's conjecture.
My understanding is that solutions to these series are of practical interest. If one encounters such a series, being able to solve ...

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### buffon needle experiment [closed]

Hi, what are the "best" values for lenght of needle (l) and distance between paralles (d) for an accurate approximation of pi? Does it have to be l-d-1.0 or ld? Thanx

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### Interesting conjectures “discovered” by computers and proved by humans?

There are notable examples of computers "proving" results discovered by mathematicians, what about the opposite:
Are there interesting conjectures "discovered" by computers and proved by humans?
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### Does the set of happy numbers have a limiting density?

A positive integer $n$ is said to be happy if the sequence
$$n, s(n), s(s(n)), s(s(s(n))), \ldots$$
eventually reaches 1, where $s(n)$ denotes the sum of the squared digits of $n$.
For example, 7 is ...

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### Useful tricks in experimental mathematics

There are a few computational tricks which are useful in experimental mathematics.
These tricks are mostly very elementary and often only given as exercices in books.
A typical example is the ...

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### Why are Goldbach laggards biased towards $2 \mod 6$?

For even $n$,let $g(n)$ be the number of ways to write $n$ as a sum of two primes $n=p+q$ with $p \le q$. Define $a_k$ to be the largest $n$ with $g(n)=k$. I would bet money that no-one will disprove ...

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### What patterns have been measured in the graph of the number of two-prime-sum representations of even numbers?

There are remarkable patterns of density in the graph http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Goldbach-1000000.png plotting the number of representations of even numbers up to a million as ...

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### A determinant involving only cyclotomic factors

Let $\alpha:\mathbb Z\longrightarrow \mathbb Z$ be a quadratic polynomial taking only integral values on the integers and consider the sequence of square-matrices with coefficients
$x^{\alpha(i+j)}$ ...

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### Modular congruences related to sums of Catalan numbers

I am curious if somebody can be helpful concerning the following
experimental observation:
There exist two rational sequences $\alpha_0,\alpha_1,\dots$ and
$\beta_0,\beta_1,\dots$, both with values ...

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### When Have Numerology and Computational Experimentation Been Successful?

When has numerology been successfully used in math and science? The Monstrous Moonshine conjecture led to a Fields medal for Borcherds. Balmer's formula for hydrogen spectra led to the Bohr model of ...

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### Infinite product experimental mathematics question.

A while ago I threw the following at a numerical evaluator (in the present case I'm using wolfram alpha)
$\prod_{v=2}^{\infty} \sqrt[v(v-1)]{v} \approx 3.5174872559023696493997936\ldots$
Recently, ...

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### Experimental Mathematics

I would like to ask about examples where experimentation by computers have led to major mathematical advances.
Motivation
I am aware about a few such cases and I think it will be useful to gather ...