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### Minimal surface in a ball

Assume a minimal surface $\Sigma$ has boundary on the unit sphere in the Euclidean space
and $r$ is the distance from $\Sigma$ to the center of the ball.
Is it true that
$$\mathop{\rm area} \Sigma\ge ...

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### Coiling Rope in a Box

What is the longest rope length L of radius r that can fit into a box?
The rope is a smooth curve with a tubular
neighborhood of radius r, such that the rope does not
self-penetrate. For an open ...

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vote

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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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### What are some of the big open problems in 3-manifold theory?

From what I understand, the geometrization theorem and its proof helped to settle a lot of outstanding questions about the geometry and topology of 3-manifolds, but there still seems to be quite a lot ...

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### Can we solve the FGF problem by finding an appropriate action?

If we can find an action of the free group $\mathbb{F}_2$ on a measure space $X$ such that the crossed product $M=L^∞(X)⋊\mathbb{F}_2$ is a ${\rm III}_1$ factor with core isomorphic to $L(\mathbb{F}_2)...

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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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### A variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry and a weak form of the Continuum Hypothesis in models where all sets of reals are Lebesgue measurable

Consider the following variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry, $\mathsf{AS}$, which will be denoted $A_{< 2^{\aleph_0}}$:
given any function $f$ from $\mathbb{R}$ into the families of of subsets ...

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### Pro-V topology on a free group

Let $W=G_p*G_q$, where $G_p$ and $G_q$ are pseudovarieties of
all finite $p$-groups and all finite $q$-groups respectively, with $p$ and $q$ fixed prime numbers. The pro-$W$ topology on a group $G$ is ...

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### Surfaces filled densely by a geodesic

Which smooth, closed surfaces $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ have no
single geodesic $\gamma$ that fills $S$ densely?
Say a geodesic $\gamma$ "fills $S$ densely" if the closure of the set of points
...

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votes

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### On attempting a proof for $r > 1$, if $M = {2^r}{b^2}$ is an even almost perfect number which is not a power of two

(Preamble: I first thought that this question might be more appropriate for MSE. However, I posted it here nonetheless in the hope that someone with that brilliant idea can help with answering my ...

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### Automorphisms of the L-function associated to an elliptic $\mathbb{Q}$-curve

Edited after Noam Elkies' comment: From what I understand (very few actually), there exist elliptic curves defined over some number fields $\mathbb{K}$ Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ which are isogenous to ...

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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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### 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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### Splitting Pythagorean triples

Can one partition the set of positive integers into finitely many Pythagorean-triple-free subsets? If so, what is the smallest number of such subsets? Taking a wild guess, I would
be least surprised ...

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votes

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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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votes

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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 the ...

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votes

**4**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

657 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

845 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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{$n$ odd}\end{cases}$...

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votes

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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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votes

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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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votes

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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".
http://www.math.ucsd.edu/~erdosproblems/erdos/...

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votes

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

229 views

### 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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votes

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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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votes

**3**answers

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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 $Q$...

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vote

**0**answers

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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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vote

**2**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

356 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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votes

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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 want ...

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votes

**1**answer

740 views

### 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 conjecture?...

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votes

**1**answer

762 views

### 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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votes

**2**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

325 views

### 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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vote

**0**answers

38 views

### 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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votes

**3**answers

644 views

### 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 $S\subseteq\...

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votes

**4**answers

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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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votes

**2**answers

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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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votes

**3**answers

206 views

### 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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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**5**answers

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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 $\...