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### Could RH be a consequence of some kind of central limit theorem? [on hold]

In the last issue of "Pour la Science" (French edition of Scientific American), there is an article about random geometry on the sphere where the authors invoke the central limit theorem to explain ...

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### Understanding Mathematics [on hold]

I don't feel like I understand mathematics until I have an idea of how it was discovered or derived because otherwise it doesn't make sense and it takes along time to do that does that happen to ...

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### Why do people use “formal calculation” to describe informal calculations?

Many times, I see the word formal being used to describe a calculation that is not rigorous. I would think that such calculations should rather be termed informal than formal. What is the explanation ...

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### Formulating Kunen's inconsistency and Reinhardt cardinals in term of category theory

It is known that one can formulate certain large cardinal axioms (e.g. Vopenka's principle--see Mike Shulman's answer to Harry Gindi's mathoverflow question "Reasons to believe Vopenka's ...

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### Define “Mathematics Colloquium”?

I'm now a member of my department's colloquium committee. Our task is to make a great colloquium series. I thought that the first step would be to come up with an appropriate definition of ...

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### Intuition behind the definition of quantum groups

Being far from the field of quantum groups, I have nevertheless made in the past several (unsuccessful) attempts to understand their definition and basic properties. The goal of this post is to try to ...

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**1**answer

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### Are reduced residue systems relative primorials an active area of research? If not, why not?

As a math amateur, I am finding the study reduced residue systems relative a primorial a very interesting way to understand the distribution of primes. For example, it is fascinating to me that it is ...

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### random category theory

This question is in some sense dual to the one asked in Is there an introduction to probability theory from a structuralist/categorical perspective? since contrary to the OP who asks for references ...

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**0**answers

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### When is it appropriate to name something a 'fundamental lemma'? [closed]

The term 'fundamental lemma' refers to many results in mathematics. I don't know too many results referred to by that name, but I am familiar with, for example, the 'fundamental lemma of sieve theory' ...

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### Mathematical difference between entropy and energy

I have a rather soft question. Let's assume that we consider the heat equation posed in $S^1$:
$$
\partial_t u=\partial_x^2u.
$$
It is well known that if we define the functionals
$$
...

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484 views

### Understanding Faltings's Theorem

I am soon to become a graduate student and so I started a personal project; I want to understand Faltings's proof of the Mordell conjecture.
I want to get into arithmetic geometry (since I always ...

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votes

**1**answer

255 views

### What's the minimum amount of knowledge to start doing research? [closed]

There are cases in which you have too much knowledge of something to do anything interesting ,and cases in which a lack of experience with a problem (and the prejudices about it) helps someone solve ...

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**1**answer

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### “Thin film evolution” (Reference request)

Ok this is my first$^*$ question on overflow, my apologies if this is not the right place to ask what follows!
I observed the following phenomenon: I put a (vitamin) tablet into water, then after a ...

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### “Epicycles” (Ptolemy style) in math theory?

By analogy:
The epicycles of Ptolemy explained the known facts in the sun system and in this sense were not "wrong". But they distracted from a better insight. From another viewpoint, everything fell ...

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**0**answers

251 views

### Have topographs been studied before?

This is my first post on MO so I hope this question is suitable. I have quite a few definitions which I will need to state before my questions at the end of this post. Please let me know if anything ...

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votes

**6**answers

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### number theory which is close to analysis

I have basic training in Fourier and Harmonic analysis. And wanting to enter and work in area of number theory(and which is of some interest for current researcher) which is close to analysis.
...

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votes

**1**answer

157 views

### Two equivalent descriptions of a physical system yielding a non-trivial mathematical formula

First I would like to admit that this question may not be entirely appropriate for this site, but I will give it a go none the less.
One often hears stories about how string dualities lead to highly ...

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### Which way for reading the proofs?

I am a master student in mathematics. For me a large part of doing mathematics is thinking about, reading and verifying the proof of theorems that I find them in my field of study. I can do this ...

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### Uninteresting questions with interesting answers [closed]

What are best examples of questions in mathematics that are not interesting until one knows the answers, whose answers themselves are what is interesting?
The thing that prompts me to post this is ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Are linearizations of involutive PDEs locally solvable?

A possibly soft question for you guys and gals. Say a system of analytic PDEs has been completed to involution (in the sense that it's geometric symbol has a Pommaret basis, or has vanishing ...

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votes

**0**answers

109 views

### seminar about the strong multiplicity one for the Selberg class

Very recently, a seminar took place in Seoul with Haseo Ki as an invited speaker to talk about the strong multiplicity one theorem for the whole Selberg class that he did manage to prove. I would like ...

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vote

**1**answer

1k views

### Famous examples of PhD advisors younger than their student [closed]

What are the most famous examples of PhD advisors in mathematics, younger than their student?
(if possible put the date of birth and/or the difference in age).

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vote

**1**answer

165 views

### soft copy of Ottmar loos's book on “symmetric spaces”

Is anyone in posssesion of the Ottmar Loos's old books on "Symmetric Spaces" . I have consulted Ottmar Loos himself as well as other experts like Prof.Parameshwaran Shankaran about the book. In their ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Explicit Solution of Bessel Process

I am trying to write an find an explicit solution (Bessel process) of following SDE:
for $S\ge 0$,
$df(S)=\mu dt+\sqrt{1+\alpha f(S)}dW_t$, $\alpha>0$, and $1+\alpha f(S)\ge 0$ and $W_t$ is the ...

**1**

vote

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### How the exceptional simple Lie groups/ algebras were first discovered and by whom?

I am wondering whether exceptional simple Lie groups/ algebras were first discovered in order to obtain a complete list of such objects, or they appeared as answers to completely different questions.
...

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### Parodies of abstruse mathematical writing

Perhaps under the influence of a recent question
on perverse sheaves,
in conjunction with the impending $\pi$-day (3/14/15 at 9:26:53),
I recalled a long-ago parody of abstruse mathematical language
...

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### algorithm to find a new point of small height in a number field extension

By the height of an algebraic number $\alpha$, I mean the absolute, logarithmic (additive) Weil height $h(\alpha)$; e.g. $h(2^{1/n}) = (\log 2)/n.$
If $K$ is a number field, let $\delta(K)$ denote ...

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246 views

### Use of an appendix in a long paper

I am writing a long paper (around 100 pages). I would consider 50 pages of it interesting in that it solves a problem of some significance in my field and contains an number of difficult ideas in the ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

83 views

### Looking for a natural definition of certain polynomials associated with skew Young diagrams

Consider a connected skew Young diagram in the English notation and then rotate it counterclockwise by $\pi/4$. This rotation can be avoided by simply replacing "rows" by "diagonals" in the below, but ...

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vote

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### More recently published comprehensive reference on inequalities in the spirit of Hardy-Littlewood-Pólya

Is there a comprehensive reference book on inequalities in the
spirit of the one written by G.H. Hardy, J.E. Littlewood, and G. Pólya(*), but more up-to-date (i.e., published in more recent years and ...

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**2**answers

1k views

### Philosophical arguments in defense (or against) large cardinals

The question is essentially what is asked in the title. I split it into two parts
(A) (Arguments supporting the existence of large cardinals) What are the main philosophical arguments in defense ...

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vote

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549 views

### Numbers greater than Skewes's whose existence can be found in number theoretic proofs

Skewes has proved (without assuming RH) that $\pi(x)<Li(x)$ is violated below $e^{e^{e^{e^{7.705}}}}$ which is clearly a very large number.I was wondering if somewhere else some greater number than ...

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vote

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### Convention on Clifford Product

When studying the Clifford Algebra associated to some $(V,Q)$, one finds two basic identities differing by a sign:
$vv=Q(v)$ (see, for instance, Wikipedia)
$vv=-Q(v)$ (see, for instance, MathWorld ...

**1**

vote

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### “For sufficiently large” vs. “For all sufficiently large” [closed]

A purely grammatical question: Do people generally prefer:
"For sufficiently large x,..." or
"For all sufficiently large x,..."
or not care? Or might you use either according to context? The meaning ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Yang-Mills Functional and Energy

I have a question about the meaning of Yang-Mills Functional.
It is stated everywhere that the Yang-Mills Functional is a measure of energy. But the formal definition of the Yang-Mills Functional is:
...

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votes

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770 views

### Publication in proceedings

Why and how publishing a paper in proceedings?
What are the difference with a "classical" journal?
What's the list of the main proceedings in which one can publish?
Do proceedings papers (never, ...

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### How do small central extensions drop the dimension of a faithful representation?

Apologies in advance that this is a very soft question. I might be talking complete nonsense. But I hope I am talking about something that has even been studied...
I am interested in the phenomenon ...

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### Different styles of writing/reading articles

Recently, I discovered a rather unexpected thing. We are writing an article in collaboration and we permanently have some discussions about how to write, in which order, how to organize material etc.
...

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vote

**0**answers

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### Intuitive Approach to Sheaf and Cech Cohomology [closed]

Sheaf and Cech cohomology $H^*(X,\mathcal{F})$ (which give the same result when applied to good enough topological spaces) are a useful generalisation of the concepts of de Rham and Dolbeault ...

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**2**answers

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### Applications of cohomology to probability and statistics

Are there interesting/useful applications of cohomology (and homological algebra in general) to probability and statistics, or information theory?
By "interesting/useful", I mean "not merely ...

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votes

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### Need examples of homotopy orbit and fixed points

I am no expert in equivariant homotopy theory. Let's say, I am planing to give a talk on homotopy fixed points and orbits. My audience will be graduate students who are doing algebraic topology or ...

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vote

**1**answer

257 views

### How to decide whether the journal is pure or applied?

I am a beginner in research and have draft ready for my first article. I have a little confusion about the pure and applied journal in Mathematics. My work belongs to pure mathematics(I think). And ...

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**0**answers

566 views

### How to approach the stigma of not having a math degree? [closed]

I am a faculty member in a department that is not mathematics, but is highly-ranked in my field. I greatly enjoy working with mathematicians, and have had a number of successful collaborations.
...

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votes

**1**answer

468 views

### Mathematics of Computer science and AI [closed]

Computer science and Artificial Intelligence have been fertile grounds for research for decades, not only for Engineers but particularly for Mathematicians. What kinds of Mathematics have emerged ...

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votes

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### Reference request: a guide through quantum probability

Could you point out a comprehensive reference book (or more than one, if it is the case) on Quantum Probability that introduces the subject and then gradually builds up to the edges of contemporary ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Heuristics for 2-morphisms of (algebraic) stacks

For topological spaces and simplicial sets one can consider each pair of parallel morphisms $f,g:X\rightrightarrows Y$ as equipped with a set of 2-morphisms given by homotopies $H:f\simeq g$ (let's ...

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**2**answers

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### Physicist trying to understand modern mathematics

I'm a physicist trying to gain a deep understanding of mathematics that is required for my work.I intend to specialize in string theory which is a very math intensive branch of theoretical physics ...

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votes

**2**answers

484 views

### Popular books written by great mathematicians [closed]

I read:
H. Poincare. Value of science
F. Klein. Development of Mathematics in the 19th Century
J.E. Littlewood. A Mathematicians Miscellany
G.H. Hardy. A Mathematician’s Apology
R. Courant, ...

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**2**answers

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### Surveys of the items of Erdős' “toolbox”

Could you point out some survey papers and monographs that highlight the kernel of tricks, techniques, and tools that Paul Erdős employed the most in his research work (in particular in graph theory, ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Reference for exercises with solutions for affine Lie algebras

I am doing self-study of affine Lie algebras, and while I have all recommended reference material, I find it hard to prepare for the exam.
It was quite easy to study finite-dimensional simple Lie ...