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Does the derivative of log have a Dirac delta term?

Dirac writes down the following formula on page 61 of his "Principles of quantum mechanics": $\frac{d}{dx}\log x = \frac{1}{x} -i\pi\delta(x)$, see http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1947pqm..book.....D ...
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What is “Seetapun Enigma”?

A friend of mine just asked me this very question. While I had some training in combinatorics, I have never heard of the "Seetapun Enigma", which, supposedly, is related to the Ramsey's theorem. A ...
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Variable-centric logical foundation of calculus

Since calculus originated long before our modern function concept, much of our language of calculus still focuses on variables and their interrelationships rather than explicitly on functions. For ...
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“Probabilistic ultrafilters?”

A naive question. Let $S$ be a set and let $[0,1]^S$ the set of functions from $S$ to the closed interval $[0,1]$. Suppose given some function $P \colon [0,1]^S \to [0,1]$ satisfying the following ...
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Logical equivalences for FTA

I hope this isn't a stupid question... It's well known that (in the presence of various other axioms), Euclid's Postulate 5 ('parallel axiom') is equivalent to the Pythagorean Theorem. That is, ...
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Infinite games: are they well defined?

It is just my curiosity about this question where we have an infinite game and (according to the answers) winning strategies for both players. I am familiar with terminating games only, and I am ...