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Where can I buy Napier's Bones/Rods? [closed]

I'm not sure this is the best place to ask, but it is math related. Where can I purchase Napier's Bones (rods)? I've been searching around the web and I haven't really been able to find anywhere that ...
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covering all the points on a real number line [closed]

So my question is really simple (and may be a bit naive): The claim is "I can cover all the points in a region from their x, y projections by locating a grid in which they lie in and recursively ...
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What is the status of the Gauss Circle Problem?

For $r > 0$, let $L(r) = \# \{ (x,y) \in \mathbb{Z}^2 \ | \ x^2 + y^2 \leq r^2\}$ be the number of lattice points lying on or inside the standard circle of radius $r$. It is easy to see that $L(r) ...
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Classification of indecomposable inclusions $(H \subset G)$ with $G$ decomposable

Definition: A group $G$ is indecomposable if: $G = G_1 \times G_2 \Rightarrow \exists i \ G_i = 1$. We can generalize the notion of indecomposable from groups to inclusion of groups as ...
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The Jones-Sato-Wada-Wiens polynomial for prime numbers and differential calculus?

After works of Davis, Matijasevic, Putman and Robinson between 1960 and 1970, we know that every recursively enumerable set of numbers can be represented by a polynomial. In particular, it's the case ...
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What is about nonassociative geometry?

At the end of a conference given by Alain Connes in 2000 (here is a video in French), a member of the audience asked a question. I transcribed and translated it for you below: Audience: You showed ...
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What is the definition of continuity of set-valued functions?

According to the wiki of Kakutani's fixed-point theorem, A set-valued mapping $\varphi$ from a topological space $X$ into a powerset $\wp(Y)$ called upper semi-continuous if for every open set $W ...
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Other applications of the 'increment' approach

I would like to hear about other instances of the so-called 'increments' approach, first used by Roth to prove that a subset of $\mathbb{N}$ of positive upper density contained infinitely many ...
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When are maps between topological spaces homotopic?

I wanted to ask if there is any known mehod to quantify 'how many' homotopy classes of maps there are between two given topological spaces $X$, $Y$ (CW-complexes, say). So far I had the following ...
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Filters and intersection of two binary relations

Let $\mathfrak{F}$ is the complete lattice of filters (including the improper filter) on some set, ordered inverse to set-theoretic inclusion. I will denote $\left\langle f \right\rangle \mathcal{X} ...
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Question about product topology

Suppose $S\subset\mathbb{R}$ is dense without interior point, and for every open interval $I,J\subset\mathbb{R}$, $I\cap S$ is homeomorphic to $J\cap S$. Is $S\times S$ homeomorphic to $S$? By Luzin ...
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Elementary question about Isotopy (in the definition of a Teichmuller space)

Disclaimer - I don't have much experience in topology/complex geometry, so I apologize if what I'm asking is too elementary for this site. Let $S$ be some orientable surface obtained by removing ...
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On the cardinality of perfect spaces with the countable chain condition

QUESTION: Does every regular perfect space with the countable chain condition have cardinality bounded above by the continuum? Is this at least true for perfectly normal ccc spaces? Recall that a ...
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Topological characterisation for a (closed irreducible) hyperbolic 3-manifold

Is there a topological characterisation of what a (closed irreducible) hyperbolic 3-manifold is? I don't know any Riemannian geometry and still want to understand what an exceptional Dehn surgery is. ...
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Fibration in the 3 torus.

The Hopf fibration $S^1\rightarrow S^3\rightarrow S^2$ gives a decomposition of $S^3$ into 2-tori and to circles, so that the tori are foliated by circles of slope 1. If you take the region between ...
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Is the homeomorphism class of a connected open set of C determined by its fundamental group?

Let $U,U'\subseteq\mathbf{C}$ be two connected open sets such that $\pi_1(U)\simeq\pi_1(U')$. Q: Does this imply that $U$ is homeomorphic to $U'$? In the case where the $\pi_1$'s are trivial then ...
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Embedding Theorem for topological spaces, and in general

There are many examples throughout mathematics of abstracting the formal properties of a "familiar" structure, but then having a theorem stating that all models of the abstract axioms embed into one ...
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Does there exist a space X whose suspension is homotopy equivalent to [0,1] rel ends but where X is not contractible?

As pointed out by David White in when mapping cone is contractible there exists an acyclic CW-complex $X$ which is not contractible but whose suspension is contractible. Namely, let $a$ and $b$ be ...
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Can a composition with itself of a universal self-map be non-universal?

I have formulated (and published) the notion of a universal map (and of a universal morphism), and the problems below, in the early 1960-ies. DEFINITION   A continuous map   $u: ...
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Picturing a Certain Torus and Klein Bottle

The other day I was explaining orientability to someone and we were walking through some of the statements about orientability on the Wikipedia page on the topic. While I was able to satisfy his ...
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Showing a filter with a certain property on the power set of $\mathbb{Z}$ is a one point filter

Let $\mathcal{P}_0(X)$ the Power set of $X$ without the empty set and let $\dot{x}:=\{A\subseteq X: x \in A\}$ the one point filter generated by $x$. Furtermore let $$ \mathcal{A} := \{ f \in ...
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Finitely Generated Commutative Z-algebra.

Let $R$ be a commutative, finitely generated $\mathbb{Z}$-algebra, then the nil radical is equal to the Jacobson radical. I am not able to make much traction on this, nor can I find this result in ...
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Angle Maximizing the Distance of a Projectile

It is well-known that to maximize the horizontal distance traveled by a projectile fired from the ground at a given speed, one should fire it at a $45^\circ$ angle. What's less-known, though not too ...
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Finding a good ordering of $\mathbb{Q}$

Oftentimes in density arguments we let $\{x_n\}$ be a dense sequence and this is sufficient to imply the desired result. From a research question I am working on I have simplified the ...
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Approximating rational generating functions

Suppose we have a initial segment $x_1,\ldots,x_N$ (for reasonably large $N$) of a sequence of natural numbers $(x_i)$. We have reason to believe the generating function $\sum_{i=0}^\infty x_iX^i$ is ...
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Are there such numbers?

Maybe better to ask for help on this question here: Are there eight numbers $0< x_{1},\ldots,x_{4},y_{1},\ldots,y_{4}<1$, such that $$ ...
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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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P-adic Weierstrass Lemma for several variables

The p-adic Weiestrass lemma asserts that a power series $f(z)$ with coefficients in the ring of integers of a local field can be factored as $π^n·u(z)·p(z)$ where u(z) is a unit in the ring of power ...
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Are period domains ever contractible

Which simply-connected period domains are contractible? Examples. Siegel upper-half space? Poincare upper-half plane? Universal cover of a Shimura variety? Are these contractible?
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Name convention for the composition of the preimage of a function and the function itself

Hi, given a function $f:X \rightarrow Y$, not necessarily invertible, is there a conventional name for the function $$g_f := f^{-1} \circ f:X \rightarrow \mathcal{P}(X),$$ where $\mathcal{P}(X)$ ...
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Interesting applications (in pure mathematics) of first-year calculus

What interesting applications are there for theorems or other results studied in first-year calculus courses? A good example for such an application would be using a calculus theorem to prove a ...
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Identity involving Fresnel integrals

In the paper E. Mehlum, Appell and the apple (nonlinear splines in space), Technical Report No. 1676 (1981), Central institute for industrial research, Oslo (reproduced in the book Mathematical ...
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Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{Z}$ with Fürstenberg Topology

The Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{N}$ as a discrete space has been extensively studied and can be represented using ultrafilters. Consider $X=(\mathbb{Z},\mathcal{T})$, where $\mathcal{T}$ ...
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Limit with theorem of dominated convergence

Let $f\in L^{2,s}(\mathbb{R}^3)=\bigg\lbrace u\bigg|\int_{\mathbb{R}^3}dx\,|u(x)|^2(1+|x|^2)^s<\infty\bigg\rbrace$ ($s>\frac{1}{2}$) I have to calculate this limit $$\lim_{|x-y|\to ...
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Average weighted value of a linear functional over increasing bounded subsets of Z^n

Say you're working within the finite-dimensional free Z-module $\mathbb{Z}^n$, and you want to impose a "norm" on this module. By a "norm" I mean a function $\|·\|: \mathbb{Z}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ which ...
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Continuous functions on path-connected subsets

Let $X$ be a topological space, and $PX$ the space of all paths on $X$. Then let $G\subset X$ be a path-connected subset and $p\in G$ a point. Let $\sigma:G\rightarrow PX$ be a continuous function ...
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Possible to find a set of log-concave functions with log-concave sums?

While the set of log-convex functions is closed under addition, the set of log-concave functions is not. Yet if $f$ is log-concave, $\ln(k f) = \ln(k)+\ln(f)$, with $k \in \mathbb{R}^+$ constant, is ...
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sections of tensor product bundle ( tensor product of two vector bundles ) [closed]

Suppose we have a smooth manifold M and E--->M is a vector bundle. A connection on E is a linear map from the set of all smooth section on E into the set of smooth sections of the tensor product of E ...
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How to define an “anisotropic vector” for a given object?

Dear experts, I am looking for a way to define an "alignment vector" (or anisotropy or orientation vector?) for a given geometrical object. I am not sure how to put this into correct technical terms, ...
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functions satisfying “one-one iff onto”

Hello Everybody. I need some more examples for the following really interesting phenomenon: A function from the class ... is one-one iff it is onto. Some ...
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Spectral synthesis for central functions on locally compact groups

There is a large literature on harmonic analysis on locally compact group, that I am just beginning to discover. However I have not seen so far anything that emphasizes the central functions on $G$. A ...
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symmetry of generationg function of PDE

We know that for finding the solutions of PDE equations, one of methods is "reduction of PDE", . For nonlinear equation $v_t=(v^{-4/3}v_x)_x+\lambda v$ how can we compute the generators of Lie ...
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Is there a closed form expression/series expansion for $\int_{\epsilon-i\infty}^{\epsilon+i\infty} e^{az+b^2z^2}\Gamma(z)\Gamma(1-z)dz$ ?

I've been trying to find a closed form expression/series expansion for the following integral without success: $$F(a,b)=\int_{\epsilon-i\infty}^{\epsilon+i\infty} ...
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Covering maps in real life that can be demonstrated to students

Edit: I've really enjoyed everyone's examples (especially the pictures!), but I was mostly looking for a general theorem. For instance, a similar statement to mine is, Can the mapping cylinder of ...
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Limit of a function in a weighted Sobolev space

I have a function $f(x)$ in the space $H^{2,-s}(\mathbb{R}^3)$; have this limit sense $$\lim_{|x-y|\to 0} f(x)$$ ? ($y$ is a fixed point) If i have $f$ in $H^2$ I can say that $$\lim_{|x-y|\to 0} ...
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Lipshitz Constant of the convex extension of a submodular function

The title says it all :) Given a submodular function (take the rank function of a matroid, for a concrete example) $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, we can extend it to a convex function ...
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Extension divergence-free, curl-converging vector field

Hi. Consider a smooth open Set $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ and a bounded sequence of vector fields $(u_n)_n \in L^2(\Omega)$ having $0$ divergence. I know how to extend this sequence to the whole ...
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Homotopy Equivalences and Induced Correspondences between Fibre Bundles

Suppose that $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy equivalence of manifolds. Given a manifold $F$, the pullback construction for $f$ yields a correspondence between isomorphism classes of fibre bundles ...
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How to specify a finite group up to inner automorphism?

I want some finite set of data to which I can canoically associate a "group up to inner automorphism", and which can be constructed canoically from a "group up to inner automorphism". I have a few ...
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A uniformity with a countable base is a pseudometric uniformity.

I need a proof for this proposition: If a uniformity $\mathfrak U$ on $X$ has a countable fundamental system of entourages, then it can be defined by a pseudometric on $X$. which is the ...