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Shortest closed curve to inspect a sphere

Let $S$ be a sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $C$ be a closed curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$ disjoint from and exterior to $S$ which has the property that every point $x$ on $S$ is visible to some point $y$ of ...
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Is it possible to dissect a disk into congruent pieces, so that a neighborhood of the origin is contained within a single piece?

Problem: is it possible to dissect the interior of a circle into a finite number of congruent pieces (mirror images are fine) such that some neighbourhood of the origin is contained in just one of ...
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On even almost perfect numbers other than powers of two

(Note: This question is an improved version of and has been cross-posted from this MSE post.) Let $\sigma(x)$ denote the sum of the divisors of $x$. If $\sigma(x) = 2x - 1$, then we call $x$ an ...
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problems from the scottish book

Which of the problems from the Scottish Book (pdf of English version) by Stefan Banach are still open? I know that one of the problems was solved by Per Enflo for which he got a live goose from ...
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If $N = qn^2$ is an odd perfect number, is it possible to have $q + 1 = \sigma(n)$?

The title says it all. Question If $N = qn^2$ is an odd perfect number with Euler prime $q$, is it possible to have $q + 1 = \sigma(n)$? Heuristic From the Descartes spoof, with quasi-Euler ...
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A long-lasting conjecture of Pólya & Szegő

There is a conjecture by Pólya & Szegő (~1950) which is as follows: "Of all $n$-gons of a fixed area, the regular $n$-gon minimizes the first Dirichlet eigenvalue." Surprisingly, this is still ...
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Is there a complex structure on the 6-sphere?

I don't know who first asked this question, but it's a question that I think many differential and complex geometers have tried to answer because it sounds so simple and fundamental. There are even a ...
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Is it true that every f.g. infinite simple group has exponential growth?

Is it true that every finitely generated infinite simple group has exponential (word-)growth? Remark: As Mark Sapir has pointed out, the question whether every finitely generated group of ...
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What polynomials biject from $\mathbb{N}^{2}$ to $\mathbb{N}$?

Perhaps there are none with integral coefficients; so let us admit rational coefficients. The map $(x, y) \mapsto x + \frac{1}{2}(x + y)(x + y + 1)$ is well known, and swapping $x$ and $y$ in the ...
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Some Questions on the Collatz conjecture

The set of all positive whole numbers is denoted by $\mathbb{N}_+$. Let $f\colon\ \mathbb{N}_+\to\mathbb{N}_+:n\mapsto \begin{cases}\frac{n}{2}&\text{$n$ even}\\3n+1&\text{$n$ ...
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Periodic Automorphism Towers

In Scott's classic textbook on Group Theory, he asks: Suppose that $G$ is a finite group. Is the sequence of isomorphism types of the groups $Aut^{(n)}(G)$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$ eventually periodic? ...
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In a Banach algebra, do ab and ba have almost the same exponential spectrum?

Let $A$ be a complex Banach algebra with identity 1. Define the exponential spectrum $e(x)$ of an element $x\in A$ by $$e(x)= \{\lambda\in\mathbb{C}: x-\lambda1 \notin G_1(A)\},$$ where $G_1(A)$ is ...
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Determine or estimate the number of maximal triangle-free graphs on $n$ vertices

Among the collections of the open problems of Paul Erdős on the website of Professor Fan Chung, there is one called "number of triangle-free graphs". ...
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Torsion-freeness of two groups with 2 generators and 3 relators and Kaplansky Zero Divisor Conjecture

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be the groups with the following presentations: $$G_1=\langle a,b \;|\; (ab)^2=a^{-1}ba^{-1}, (a^{-1}ba^{-1})^2=b^{-2}a, (ba^{-1})^2=a^{-2}b^2 \rangle,$$ $$G_2=\langle a,b \;|\; ...
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Second duals of Grothendieck spaces

The classical example of a Grothendieck space is $\ell_\infty$. It is also known that its even duals $\ell_\infty^{**}$, $\ell_\infty^{(4)}$, $\dots$ are Grothendieck spaces. (See, e.g., this note ...
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Local structure of rational varieties

I've been asked this question by a colleague who's not an algebraic geometer; we both feel that the answer should be "no", but I don't have a clue how to prove it. Here's the question: let $X$ be a ...
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A generalization of Frankl's conjecture?

Would it be reasonable to conjecture what follows : there is a real constant $c > 1/2$ such that, for every natural number $n$, if $X_{1}, \ldots , X_{n}$ is a union-stable family of distinct ...
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Open problems in Hopf algebras

I couldn't find a list of open problems in Hopf algebras. So my question is the following: In the theory of Hopf algebras, what are the (big) open problems? Any kind of problem/question will be ...
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level sets of multivariate polynomials

Let $p:\mathbb R^n \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a polynomial of degree at most $d$. Restrict $p$ to the unit cube $Q=[0,1]^n\subset\mathbb R^n$. We assume that $p$ has mean value zero on the unit cube ...
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What are some open problems in algebraic geometry?

What are the open big problems in algebraic geometry and vector bundles? More specifically, I would like to know what are interesting problems related to moduli spaces of vector bundles over ...
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The complexity of Max-K interval selection

I came up with the following problem, but do not know how to analyze it. Let $S$ be an ordered set of integers with size $n$ (i.e., $S=\{1,2,...,n\}$). An interval $INV(a,b)$ covers the elements in ...
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Looking for (information about) long diamonds

I was given an open problem as a birthday present recently. While I can probably handle spoilers at this point, what I really want are literature and other references. Also acceptable would be ...
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If $N = {q^k}{n^2}$ is an odd perfect number given in Eulerian form, is $n^2$ solitary?

(Note: A similar question was asked in MSE two months ago.) Let $\sigma(x)$ be the sum of the divisors of the natural number $x$, and denote the abundancy index $\sigma(x)/x$ by $I(x)$. Here is my ...
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A strengthening of Frankl's union-closed sets conjecture?

A Frankl family is a nonempty finite family $\mathcal F$ of nonempty finite sets such that $A,B\in\mathcal F\implies A\cup B\in\mathcal F.$ Define $d_\mathcal F(x)=|\{A\in\mathcal F:x\in A\}|$ and ...
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Polynomial bijection from $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$?

Is there any polynomial $f(x,y)\in{\mathbb Q}[x,y]{}\ $ such that $f:\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q} \rightarrow\mathbb{Q}$ is a bijection?
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Difficult examples for Frankl's union-closed conjecture

Frankl's well-known union-closed conjecture states that if F is a finite family of sets that is closed under taking unions (that is, if A and B belong to the family then so does $A\cup B$), then there ...
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What are some important but still unsolved problems in mathematical logic?

In the past, First order logic and its completeness and whether arithmetic is complete was a major unsolved issues in logic . All of these problems were solved by Godel. Later on, independence of ...
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Does every model of $I\Delta_0$ has an end extension to a model of $I\Delta_0+\Omega_1$?

Does every model of $I\Delta_0$ has an end extension to a model of $I\Delta_0+\Omega_1$? In End extensions of models of linearly bounded arithmetic paper the author said this problem is open. I ...
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Reconstruction Conjecture: Group theoretic formulation

As we read from wiki, informally, the reconstruction conjecture in graph theory says that graphs are determined uniquely by their subgraphs. Is there a group-theoretic formulation of this ...
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On cubic reciprocity for $x^3+y^3+z^3 = 996$?

I. The Diophantine equation, $$x^3+y^3+z^3 = 3w^3\tag1$$ with $x\geq y \geq z$ and $w=1$ has only two known solutions, namely $1,1,1$ and $4,4,-5$. Are there larger ones? As Noam Elkies points out ...
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Diagonal argument for even perfect numbers

Following this, let's define the notion of perfect sequence as follows: $(u_{i})_{i}$ is a perfect sequence if and only if it is the sequence of divisors of an even perfect number in increasing order ...
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What are some open problems regarding elliptic curves in finite fields?

I accept that my question seems so vague and broad, and I already looked into some similar questions in MO. But I would like to learn specifically about some open problems and conjectures regarding ...
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On a conjecture about Riemannian metric with positive sectional curvature [duplicate]

What is the last status of the following conjecture? Is it still open? What partial or similar results are known up to now? Conjecture: $S^2\times S^2$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive ...
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All compact surfaces $S\subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ are rigid?

Recently I've come across a lecture in differential geometry by Fernando Codá (in portuguese!) in which he stated that the following problem is (at least, up to 2014) open: Given ...
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Is the Manickam-Miklós-Singhi Conjecture solved? [closed]

This arXiv paper is claimed to contain a proof for the MMS conjecture. But it seems that this manuscript is not yet peer reviewed by other mathematicians. I personally tried to follow the paper, but ...
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Example of a compact Kähler manifold with non-finitely generated canonical ring?

A celebrated recent theorem of Birkar-Cascini-Hacon-McKernan and Siu says that the canonical ring $R(X)=\oplus_{m\geq 0}H^0(X,mK_X)$ of any smooth algebraic variety $X$ over $\mathbb{C}$ is a finitely ...
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Collecting sufficient conditions for Sorli's conjecture on odd perfect numbers [closed]

Sorli's conjecture predicts that, for an odd perfect number $N$ given in the Eulerian form $N = {q^k}{n^2}$ (where $q$ is prime with $\gcd(q, n) = 1$ and $q \equiv k \equiv 1 \pmod 4$), the condition ...
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Milnor's cartography problem

Let $\Omega$ be a round disc of radius $\alpha<\pi/2$ on the unit sphere $\mathbb{S}^2$. It is easy to construct a $(1,\tfrac{\alpha}{\sin\alpha})$-bi-Lipschitz map from $\Omega$ to the plane. Is ...
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Factorials in Pascals Triangle

Hi, I asked this question of Keith Conrad, and he suggested that I try posting here. One of my students observed that the only instances of factorials in the interior of Pascal's triangle are ...
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Midpoint geodesic polygon / Birkhoff curve shortening

I would like to know under what conditions the process of creating a midpoint piecewise geodesic polygon converges on a surface $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$. $S$ may be assumed smooth, closed, and ...
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Birkhoff conjecture about integrable billiards

There is a conjecture by Birkhoff which claims that for a simple closed $C^2$ plane curve $C$, if the billiard ball map is integrable then the curve is an ellipse. Integrability here might be ...
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Not especially famous, long-open problems which higher mathematics beginners can understand

This is a pair to Not especially famous, long-open problems which anyone can understand So this time I'm asking for open questions so easy to state for students of subjects such as undergraduate ...
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When is the norm of all positive operators on an ordered Banach space determined by their values on the positive cone?

I'm trying to investigate the interplay between the norm and cone of positive elements in ordered Banach spaces. In particular, I would like a nice characterization of when the norm of a positive ...
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Integer-distance sets

Let $S$ be a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$; I am especially interested in $d=2$. Say that $S$ is an integer-distance set if every pair of points in $S$ is separated by an integer Euclidean distance. ...
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A maximal element, where Schur gives a minimal element

Let me recall a result due to I. Schur, which I learnt from F. Goldberg's answer to my MO question Hadamard-like inequalites for positive definite symmetric matrices. If $H$ is a subgroup of $\frak ...
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Can we cover the unit square by these rectangles?

The following question was a research exercise (i.e. an open problem) in R. Graham, D.E. Knuth, and O. Patashnik, "Concrete Mathematics", 1988, chapter 1. It is easy to show that $$\sum_{1 \leq k } ...
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What is behind the Hodge conjecture? [duplicate]

My question is quite naive, and my knowledge limited on the subject. I heard lot of talks about Hodge conjecture. I wanted to ask about an intuitive way to figure out why we should care about Hodge ...
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Does $ZF$+$LM$+$A_{\lt2^{\aleph_0}}$ imply $\lnot$$WCH$?

In what follows, I will use the following acronyms: $AS$:= Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry $LM$:="Every set of reals is Lebesgue measurable." $WCH$:="every uncountable subset of $\mathbf R$ can be put ...
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Progress in Guy's “Unsolved problems in Number Theory”? [closed]

I often peruse through Guy's book whenever I'm not being boggled down by my research. It crossed my mind today if any of these "unsolved problems" have become indeed solved. I thought about doing a ...
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Gerstenhaber conjecture for free loop space

I- Is the following statement still a conjecture see this article ? Conjecture (?) Let $M$ be a simply connected compact oriented $d$-manifold (smooth), then $HH^{\ast}(C^{\ast}(M))$ the Hochschild ...