Questions that are about research in mathematics, or about the job of a research mathematician, without being mathematical problems or statements in the strictest sense. In other words, questions that can be answered without making computations or applying theorems and axioms.

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Easy one for all of you but this years vintage Cabernet depends on me getting this right! [on hold]

Hi I need help working out how to make a stock solution of tartaric acid such that 0.5ml of the SS will equate to a 1g/l addition to 100ml of wine. Please help! Could you please show working too. ...
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Early examples of problems that are easier in high dimension

In many areas of mathematics, there are problems that admit a natural formulation in any dimension. It often happens that such a problem is easier to solve in dimension $n>k$ as compared to ...
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Why do we study symplectic geometry? [on hold]

What is the motivation behind studying smooth manifolds with a non-degenerate closed two-form? The subject certainly originated from physics, but is there a deeper reason for why it is still an ...
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Anyone else here believe entangled particles create mini wormholes? [on hold]

The properties of their interactions are a little too similar to ignore. Entangled objects ability to align regardless of distance. Their ability to align seemingly even before the other is viewed. ...
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Referencing your own research paper on a conference board? [closed]

Is it considered poor etiquette to refer a viewer to a research paper while looking at a conference poster? The paper could be placed on the same table so it is readily accessible.
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Adapting arguments and plagiarism

I'm currently working on my PhD thesis. I have several suggested problems to work on, some of them are very similar to some problems that my advisor have worked before and published already, either in ...
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How to learn concepts of Functional Analysis which are common in PDE

I am a master student and working in PDE area. I am trying to gain deep understanding of some of the concepts in functional analysis which are common tools in PDE research, such as weak*-topology, ...
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Do Peano curves provide a counterargument to Grothendieck's critique?

This question arose in the context of an earlier question on Grothendieck's critique of the traditional foundations of topology. Can the paper Group Invariant Peano Curves by Cannon and Thurston be ...
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Connection between solution for Schrödinger equation and solution for heat equation

It's known, that if you write imaginary unit into a heat equation you'll get time-dependent Schrödinger equation. Recently one guy discovered a connection between solutions for these two equations ...
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What does the square root sign tells us in the wave equation? [closed]

I have been reading the paper on wave equations, and I have some confusion in notations. Consider the initial value problem(IVP)(Wave equation): $\frac{\partial ^2 u } {\partial t^2}(x,t) = ...
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Undergraduate ODE textbook following Rota

I imagine many people are familiar with the extremely entertaining article "Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Before I Started Teaching Differential Equations" by Gian-Carlo Rota. (If you're not, do ...
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Errata in EGA, collected

There is an extensive list of EGA's errata on the books themselves, but my question is whether new errata, that is those found by various mathematicians after the publication, are collected somewhere. ...
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How do you mentor undergraduate research?

Lets say you had an undergraduate who wanted to do some advanced work and some research, possibly for a thesis, or things like that. There are two slightly more specific groups of questions I have ...
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Famous results about the value of a given limit assuming it exists

Chebyshev got famous showing that if the limit $l:=\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x)}{x/\log x}$ exists, then necessarily $l=1$, constituting a major breakthrough towards a proof of the famous prime ...
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Applications of functional analysis beyond analysis(towards algebra, geometry, number theory…) [closed]

So far, We have seen the applications of functional analysis in PDE, probability and many areas in applied mathematics. On the other hand, methods of algebraic topology are introduced to functional ...
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First few research papers [closed]

I was planning on posting this on academia.stackexchange, but I want an answer from mathematicians who've dealt with a similar issue when they were beginning graduate students. If this site doesn't ...
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Multiplicative infinitesimals in q-analogs?

Risking to be downvoted, here is a very lightweight question. In various fields - say, algebraic geometry, nonstandard analysis, synthetic differential geometry - infinitely small quantities, i. e. ...
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Expert, Intuitive, Organizing Analogies

In learning a new area it is very helpful to have high-level intuitive analogies that keep track of the various parts of an important argument or strategy. Experts have a store of such things, and ...
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How many papers are posted a year? [closed]

How many pure math papers are published a year? I vaguely remember seeing a figure of 10,000 but that might be old, and I may be wrong.
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Norm-averaging reference request

(Apology in advance for the broadness of this question) I recently came across a relatively simple application where I needed to "balance" the "spreaded-out-ness" of a function with the "peaked-ness" ...
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What advantage humans have over computers in mathematics?

Now that AlphaGo has just beaten Lee Sedol in Go and Deep Blue has beaten Garry Kasparov in chess in 1997, I wonder what advantage humans have over computers in mathematics? More specifically, are ...
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What is the motivation behind inner model theory?

Inner model theory aims to construct canonical inner models which captures as much of V as possible, which now is formulated more concretely as to build (fine structural) mice that contain many large ...
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What does “game theory” cover and how should it be called?

There seems to be a huge discrepancy in what people refer to when they speak of "game theory". I tend to think of it as including, among other things: Combinatorial game theory dealing with certain ...
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Applications of the Cayley-Hamilton theorem

The Cayley-Hamilton theorem is usually presented in standard undergraduate courses in linear algebra as an important result. Recall that it says that any square matrix is a "root" of its own ...
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Unexpected applications of transcendental number theory?

In the last pages of "Equations Différentielles à points singuliers réguliers", Deligne provides a proof, attributed to Brieskorn, of the so-called local monodromy theorem (on the quasi-unipotence of ...
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When do you use “s” apostrophe to refer to authors ($e.g.$ of inequalities)? [closed]

I remarked that there does not seem to be a general rule whether one should use or not an "s" apostrophe for inequalities For example, we can encounter Hölder's inequality, but Minkowski or Sobolev ...
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What's Reeb's take on naive integers?

Georges Reeb's "claim Q" is the statement that "naive integers don't fill up $\mathbb{N}$". To anyone familiar with model theory this could easily be interpreted as the existence of nonstandard models ...
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About the “semi-classical” view of Prof. Weaver and Prof. Feferman [closed]

In the thread "Is platonism regarding arithmetic consistent with the multiverse view in set theory?", Prof. Hamkins writes: The view you are suggesting is something close to what is held by ...
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Use of infinitude of primes in the Green-Tao theorem [closed]

In a video I watched last night on nuking mathematical mosquitos, Matt Parker gave the following proof of the infinitude of primes: suppose there are finitely many primes. The Green-Tao theorem says ...
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Have Grothendieck's notes in Montpellier already been investigated?

Grothendieck, who passed away on November 13, 2014, left a huge amount (around 20.000 sheets) of personal notes in the University of Montpellier that he thought he was the only one to be able to ...
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Can we do better than zero padding of FFT?

My background is in signal processing, and never took any course related to functional analysis or even advanced algebra. But I have a strong conviction (may be wrong) that we may be do better then ...
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Hard maths on viXra? [closed]

A few years ago a nice paper surveyed the differences in quality between papers submitted to arXiv and those submitted to arXiv's rough cousin, viXra. However, that paper was about generic ...
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Can one make high-level proofs about chess positions?

I realize this question is risky (as the title and the tags indicate), but hopefully I can make it acceptable. If not, and the question cannot be salvaged, I'm sorry and ready to delete it or accept ...
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What is the mathematical significance of the IHES logo?

The logo of the IHES http://www.ihes.fr/jsp/site/Portal.jsp (upper left) is lovely, but what exactly does represent mathematically? (There's a slightly larger version at ...
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The metric gives the optimal element in a class

In geometry there is plenty of examples in which the following happens: Some elements are considered equivalent, in some topological or algebraic sense We take the quotient The metric is usually not ...
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Why do people say DG-algebras behave badly in positive characteristic?

It seems to be a common wisdom in derived algebraic geometry that commutative DG-algebras are not, in general, a good model for derived rings, with the stated reason that they behave badly in positive ...
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Everyday, real-life applications of mathematical concepts, and human intuition vs mathematical analysis [closed]

I'm working on an educational project about the applications of reasonably 'lofty', high-ish-level mathematical concepts in the real world. I've already scoured these links (1) (2) (3) after ...
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Pronunciation of ¡ (inverted exclamation mark, historically used for subfactorial)

For anyone who uses ¡ (inverted exclamation mark) in a mathematical context, how do you pronounce it? Background: I have privately been using ¡ in a couple of notations for a while, and am ...
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Greatly expanded new edition of a Bourbaki chapter on algebra?

Recently I discovered by accident that Bourbaki issued in 2012 a radically expanded version of their 1958 Chapter 8 Modules et anneaux semi-simples (like other chapters, initially in French) within ...
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What is the modern consensus on the difficulty of infinitesimals?

At a related thread at MSE an expert in reverse mathematics noted that "As the modern consensus is that only nonstandard models have infinitesimals, it will be quite challenging to give a concrete ...
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Geometric Characterization of Martingales

Recently I've read a paraphrasing from Ito saying that he sometimes thinks of martingales as Geodesics in a very large dimensional manifold. My question is, is there any research studying this idea? ...
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How to cite authors from any country correctly?

It has always seemed to me that the Mathematical Community gives a high importance to the act of properly citing an author (Do not write Erdos! It's Erdős. Cauchy must be read as in French, not as in ...
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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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Is there a reason for different nomenclature on Calculus of Variations?

While sightseeing aspects of Calculus of Variations, the following fact elludes me: there is a plethora of new definitions which seem redundant to me. This phenomenom happens, of course, with other ...
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When do Theorems (or Algorithms or Methods) Become Celebrated? [closed]

I recently noticed that certain theorems (e.g. Tutte's 1-factor theorem or, Edmond's Blossom algorithm) are attributed celebrated. A quick search on the internet yields further examples: ...
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What are the advantages of the more abstract approaches to nonstandard analysis?

This question does not concern the comparative merits of standard (SA) and nonstandard (NSA) analysis but rather a comparison of different approaches to NSA. What are the concrete advantages of the ...
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Algebraic K-theory of a ring.

I started to learn some algebraic $K$-theory and its relation to geometric topology problems. My question is : What is the list of rings such that all their algebraic $K$-theory groups are known ? I ...
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Historical refererences for Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity

Does anyone know a good reference to understand the historical background of Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity? I know the backgound for the modern commutative-algebra approach (using free graded ...
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Bibliographic request concerning an article by Bernstein and Robinson

Concerning the article "Bernstein, Allen R.; Robinson, Abraham. Solution of an invariant subspace problem of K. T. Smith and P. R. Halmos. Pacific J. Math. 16 1966 421-431" I am interested in finding ...
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About presenting hard proofs in seminar [closed]

I am in a study seminar with my advisor. By the nature of the seminar, sometimes we have to go into details of hard proofs instead of waving our hands like in an ordinary seminar. My question is: How ...