# Tagged Questions

Questions that ask about some aspect of mathematical research or study which doesn't involve the actual mathematics. In general, soft questions can be answered without using mathematical reasoning.

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### Convex optimization solver taking oracles as objective function [closed]

Is there any solver for convex optimization in C++ (or some dedicated scheme while no solver is yet available) that could solve a convex optimization problem with objective function value given by an ...
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### Does anyone know of theorems/lemmas that are named after poets/authors/musicians? [closed]

This is a soft question, and if anybody knows of lemmas/theorems, that are used in mathematics, but are named in an unusual way. The lemmas/theorems could be named after poets/philosophers/musicians. ...
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### What makes the amenability of Thompsons group $F$ such a tricky problem?

An open problem that seems to get a lot of attention every once in a while is the amenability of Thompsons group $F$. The problem seems to generate both proofs and disproofs at a fairly high rate, ...
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### Degree of Map between Pseudomanifold

There are two different ways to define a degree of map. Let $M$, $N$ be smooth, and $M$ is compact, $N$ is connected. If $f\in C(M,N)$, we define $\deg f$ by smooth approximation. [Milnor/Topology ...
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### Proof of Faà di Bruno's formula with convolution identity

Faa di bruno's formula can be expressed as follows $$\frac{d^n}{dx^n}[f(g(x))] = \sum_{k=1}^{n}f^{(k)}(g(x)) B_{n,k}(g'(x),....,g^{(n-k+1)}(x))$$ On this Wikipedia page, there is a convolution ...
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### Synthetic vs. classical differential geometry

To provide context, I'm a differential geometry grad student from a physics background. I know some category theory (at the level of Simmons) and differential and Riemannian geometry (at the level of ...
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### How much algebraic geometry do I need to study complex geometry?

As one can deduce from the questions I have asked on MO, I'm interested in complex geometry. I am aware that there are many facets to the field, some of which I am more comfortable with than others. ...
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### Math books for advanced high school students

I'm working in a program for teaching a group of students selected in a Olympiad competition. The program is aimed to acquaint the students with the diverse aspects of higher mathematics in a way ...
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### Any reason I should join ResearchGate? [closed]

I am getting "invitations" to join ResearchGate. I am not a member of any other social network, as I consider it a waste of time. Are there good reasons for a mathematician to join ResearchGate? Can ...
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### Why higher category theory?

This is a soft question. I am an undergrad and is currently seriously considering the field of math I am going into in grad school. (perhaps a little bit late, but it's better late then never.) I ...
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### (Very) High dimensional manifolds

Usually one regards manifolds up to dimension 4 as a part of low dimensional topology. There are plenty of various results which work only in low dimensional topology; especially in dimension 4. ...
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### Why have mathematicians used differential equations to model nature instead of difference equations

Ever since Newton invented Calculus, mathematicians have been using differential equations to model natural phenomena. And they have been very successful in doing such. Yet, they could have been just ...
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### A. Markov's papers?

A. Markov published several papers on his chains, starting in 1906, so it is written, in the journal: (1) Извѣстія Физико-математического общества при Казанском университете I am surprised by the ...
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### What is the most useful non-existing object of your field?

When many proofs by contradiction end with "we have built an object with such, such and such properties, which does not exist", it seems relevant to give this object a name, even though (in fact ...
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### Semigroups with group like behavior

I'm trying to generalize some results done to groups to the semigroup case. I noticed that the results will not work with a general semigroup, I decided to try to extend the results to the inverse ...
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### What justification can you give for the fact that “most ODEs do not have an explicit solution”?

What justification can you give for the fact that "most ODEs do not have an explicit solution"?
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### Sites for seeking possible collaborations

As a material scientist, I have recently constructed algorithms for solving ground state of arbitrary cluster interactions models and prepared publications in the field of physics and material ...
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### ICM 2014 streaming video

Is there a possibility to watch ICM 2014 opening ceremony and the big talks online? I hope there is since it was possible for the previous meeting.
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### Salvaging Leibnizian formalism?

Can one justify Leibniz's formalism in a suitable algebraic or topological context? We have published some papers recently where we argue that Leibniz's formalism for the calculus wasn't ...
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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 ...