Questions tagged [advice]

This tag is for questions requesting advice (e.g. on a suitable publishing venue, presentation strategy, career move, ethical dilemma). It should be used in conjunction with a more specific tag, such as [tag:journals], [tag:teaching], [tag:career], or [tag:ethics].

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Advice: What topics to study now in analytic number Theory( And if there are video lectures( Open Online course) / Course notes available on website)

I am a person living in a 3rd world country and completed my masters in mathematics in July 2020. Then I began to study some additional topics in Pure Mathematics as I was applying for Ph.D. abroad( ...
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I want to enter graduate school in pure math. Is doing REU in “mathematical modeling” a good idea? Is it essential skill to learn?

(please let me know if this question is not suitable here) Hello! I'm an undergraduate rising senior majoring in mathematics and it seems that I got rejected by REU that is held in my university over ...
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Soft Question: Asking for advice: how to study math? [closed]

(I am aware that some people might frown on this question, but I had no place to ask; this will definitely be voted to be closed in SE. I apologize in advance.) I am currently a 1st year grad student ...
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Applying Phd directly after undergraduate [closed]

I'm a math undergraduate and I'm about to finish my second year at UCL. It's time to consider my graduate school, and I have some questions about it. In the UK, many universities provide math PhD ...
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How to structure a proof by induction in a maths research paper?

I am 16 years old at the time of writing (so I have no supervisors to seek advice from) and I have written a mathematics research paper, which I plan on submitting to a journal for publication. I ...
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What qualities and achievements can outweigh bad grades? [closed]

I will try to formulate my question so that the answer is not opinion-based. My question: Considering a undergraduate math student planning to pursue a PhD program, what qualities and achievements can ...
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How difficult will it be to start doing research in pure mathematics in the near future? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student in mathematics (complex differential and Kahler Geometry) and the other day I had a thought about the difficulty of starting to do research. This is my first post here ...
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Need advice or assistance for son who is in prison. His interest is scattering theory

The letter below is written by my son. I have been sending him text books and looking for answers on the internet to keep his interest up. He has progressed so far on his own and now he needs ...
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Referring to computer software in a paper

I'm performing a calculation of the Smith normal form of an integral matrix based on the SageMath worksheet. Is it sufficient in the paper to say something like ``Using a software package like ...
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Is it possible to jump ship to mathematics?

A few years back, I did an undergrad double major in math and physics, and afterwards went to a top-tier university to work on a physics Ph.D. Around about my third year of the Ph.D., I started to ...
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Recommendations on PhD programs in Europe on number theory

I am a Master student of math in the UK, and I would like to do a PhD in number theory, preferably the algebraic side of it. Given that I am in the UK, I would probably prefer staying here or going to ...
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Advice for researchers outside academia

Perhaps some personal background is relevant to this question. A couple of years ago, I graduated with a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from a good Dutch university. Even though I obtained ...
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Engineering mathematics course and the order of the teaching of its topics

I am going to teach a course names "Engineering Mathematics" and the topics in it, are: Fourier series and integrals; including the motivation and computational aspects and their ...
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Publishing undergraduate research

Sorry if something like this has already been asked, I searched but I couldn't find anything similar to my question. I'm a senior undergraduate and currently doing my senior thesis. My senior thesis ...
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Kashiwara-Schapira Trilogy

I’m going to start reading Kashiwara-Shapira’s trilogy Categories and Sheaves, Sheaves on Manifolds, and Perverse Sheaves with someone soon. Flipping through the table of contents for Sheaves on ...
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Note rejected from arXiv: what to do next?

Short version: A note of mine was rejected by the arXiv moderation (something I didn't even know was possible) on account of being “unrefereeable”. The moderation process provides absolutely no ...
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Pros and cons of specializing in an esoteric research area

If a mathematician specializes in a popular research area, then there are many job positions available, but at the same time, many competitors who are willing to get such job positions. For an ...
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What are some problems for research in functional analysis that can possibly be solved by someone with basic knowledge of the subject? [closed]

I wanted to know are there any problems in Functional Analysis (FA) that can possibly be successfully tackled by someone like me who does not have any expertise in this area but is only familiar with ...
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What kind of work experience should be included in a math CV?

I am applying to numerous PhD programs in number theory for admission next Fall and I want to have a CV prepared, in part because I want to attach a CV to emails I send out to professors at some of my ...
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Why doesn't mathematics collapse even though humans quite often make mistakes in their proofs?

To begin with, I am aware of these questions, which seems to be related: How do I fix someone's published error?, Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics, When have we lost a body of ...
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Tricks for getting a creative idea [closed]

Caveat: I fear that people will criticize me for asking this potentially inappropriate question here, but I guess that the community here is quite unique in the ability of potentially answering my ...
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Is the field of q-series 'dead'? [closed]

I had a discussion with my advisor about what am I interested as my future research direction and I said it is special functions and q-series. He laughed and said that the topic is essentially dead ...
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Doubts related Shifting from Pure to Applied math [closed]

I am a second year (Pure) Math and (Theoretical) Physics undergraduate in India. I want to do a masters in Applied/Computational Science or Math, for which I have apply after next 7 months. I have ...
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Publishing a Simple Paper as an Undergraduate

First off I apologize if this question does not belong here, I would be happy to hear about any better locations to post this on. I am a (first year) undergraduate mathematics student, and I recently ...
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What are examples of books which teach the practice of mathematics?

One may classify the types of mathematics books written for students into two groups: books which merely teach mathematics (i.e., they present theorems and proofs, ready-made, as it were) and those ...
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What programming language should a professional mathematician know? [closed]

More and more I am becoming convinced that one should know at least one programming language very well as a mathematician of this century. Is my conviction justified, or not applicable? If I am right,...
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How practical is it to change research areas within math after a PhD? [closed]

The title says most of it really. How constrained are you in an academic career based on the topic of your PhD thesis? Is it plausible for someome to be researching in an area of math vastly different ...
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Where to find “Families of curves on a surface of general type” (MR0457450)?

I am currently doing some research on surfaces of general type and I need some results from Bogomolov's paper: Bogomolov, F. A. Families of curves on a surface of general type. Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR ...
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What are problems at the center of geometric topology of 2 dimensions? [closed]

I am working on Geometric Topology in 2 dimensions but I don't know which problems are important and make many connections between different areas. I hope Mathematicians can give me some ideas? Thank ...
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I am seeking advice for a general audience expository journal [duplicate]

Prefatory note: This be off-topic for this site and, if so, I apologize and seek direction. I am seeking advice for a general audience expository journal to submit my article, “An Application of a ...
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Research-only permanent positions worldwide

Most academic jobs involve some amount of teaching. Post-docs generally do not, but they are only short-term positions. Question: in which countries can one obtain a research-only permanent ...
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Advice on research ideas on Non Linear Dynamics [closed]

I am interested in Non Linear Dynamics. I am just a beginner to this research area in the sense that I am starting to read the research papers. My aim is to make my project to a research paper. But ...
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A general question on comparison of integrals and a specific problem

When working on an applied math topic, I have come across the following general problem. Let $f(x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$ be a real function of $n$ real variables $x_1, x_2, ..., x_n$ which is ...
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Etiquette of publishing folklore results

I am wondering what is the etiquette of publishing a "folklore" result? Though special cases of the result are well-known, the proof is not readily available in any reference text or paper I've seen....
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Result About Zeta Function Worth Publication? [closed]

Over the past two years at my high school a friend and myself have been working on a paper about the Riemann Hypothesis. In this paper we derive several definitions of the zeta function from the ...
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When a journal doesn't give your work a fair chance [closed]

There is no way around the fact that determinations about the relative contributions of papers and journal acceptances will always be highly subjective. In addition, editors and referees are busy ...
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A new result on the Diophantine equation $x^3 + y^3 +z^3 = 3$ [closed]

The above Diophantine equation is unknown to have any further integer solutions other than $(x, y, z) = (1, 1, 1)$ and $(4, 4, -5)$. I am a prospective undergraduate mathematics student in Zimbabwe ...
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Arithmetical results to help study arithmetic geometry?

I'm very keen to deepen my understanding of arithmetic and diophantine problems. In the past I studied some algebraic, analytic and sieve based number theory. Recently I've been reading Weil - Basic ...
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Asking for Advices for Choosing a Ph.D thesis problem (in PDE area)

I'm a first year phd student in Germany. I've started my phd study one year ago and I'm currently confused about the topic I've chosen. The program is in the area of PDEs, and actually I didn't learn ...
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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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Research and exposition: how does writing “basic” books affect your “serious” research work?

I can see the benefit of writing a mathematical monograph: you revise and organize your own work and recollect the key ideas of your own research. But this applies only to books aimed at researchers ...
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Where to find (personal) motivation [closed]

I think it would be appropriate to make this question CW... It is likely that this question will not survive here on MO for long, but I do hope that the community gives it a chance. I also hope to ...
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Design slides for presentation (conference talk) [closed]

Question: What are approved guidelines for design good slides for a conference talk, especially with focus on mathematics? I'm aware of the following, general best practices for holding a ...
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Advice for pure-math Phd students [closed]

Pursuing a Phd in pure math can be a daunting task. A number of students who begin a Phd in pure math don't complete it, and there are high-quality dissertations and those which are not so high ...
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How can an extremely mathematically talented young person be helped to fulfill his/her potential?

Obviously, this question is not a research level mathematics question at all. But, I've just met an extremely mathematically talented $11$ years old student and I don't know how I can help him. For ...
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How difficult will it be for me to switch fields (details below) after my Ph.D. in pure mathematics?

I'm a first year postdoctoral researcher, working in pure areas of Riemann surfaces and differential geometry, after just finishing my Ph.D. in 2013. Recently I've also started taking interest in ...
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Preparing for Set Theory Research

Is reading Jech's text on Set Theory too little, just enough, or overkill to prepare oneself to do independent research in set theory? This would be my first attempt at doing independent research ...
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State of research in moduli space of flat connections

I am a recent PhD student trying to settle into a research topic. Even though I have a current project I am working on, I am not particularly enjoying it and would like to switch. Before braving the ...
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Research topics restricted to students at top universities?

Hello everybody. I am a Ph.D student in North America looking for advice about my prospective research area. My supervisor works in a research area, let's say area A, so as soon as I was accepted as ...
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Is it possible to get another math PhD

My undergrad being in a field other than mathematics (and not in the US), I couldn't get into the Princeton/Harvard/MIT tier of universities for my math PhD. I settled for a lesser program and got my ...