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Professor of Mathematics at UCLA

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revised Can we unify addition and multiplication into one binary operation? To what extent can we find universal binary operations?
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comment Can we unify addition and multiplication into one binary operation? To what extent can we find universal binary operations?
One has to be careful because it is not necessarily the case that $k \mapsto A_k$ is injective.
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comment Can we unify addition and multiplication into one binary operation? To what extent can we find universal binary operations?
I (very belatedly) corrected the post to remove this inconsistency.
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revised Results true in a dimension and false for higher dimensions
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answered Results true in a dimension and false for higher dimensions
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answered Results true in a dimension and false for higher dimensions
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comment Largest eigenvalue of the sum of hermitian matricies
If a continuous function $f: X \to {\bf R}$ on a connected domain $X$ attains the values $a$ and $b$, then it also attains all intermediate values between $a$ and $b$. (In the case when $X$ is path-connected, which is the case here, this version of the intermediate value theorem can be derived from the classical one, but it can be proven directly without much difficulty from basic point-set topology.)
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comment Group structure on an arbitrary completely regular topological space that makes $(x,y)\mapsto xy^{-1}$ continuous at $(1,1)$
Not if the identity 1 is specified in advance: the set $\{1\} \cup \{ 1 + \frac{1}{n}: n \in {\bf N}\}$ with the usual topology is a counterexample. (The problem here is that all the neighbourhoods of the identity are both infinite and cofinite, and in an infinite group the product of two cofinite sets is necessarily the whole group.) To extend this example to the case where 1 is not specified in advance, one needs a space where every point has a neighbourhood in which all smaller neighbourhoods have complements of strictly smaller cardinality.
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revised Largest eigenvalue of the sum of hermitian matricies
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answered Largest eigenvalue of the sum of hermitian matricies
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comment Largest eigenvalue of the sum of hermitian matricies
Special case of mathoverflow.net/questions/4224/eigenvalues-of-matrix-sums