# Questions tagged [intuition]

Questions asking for the intuition behind some definition, conjecture, proof etc. In other words, questions designed to improve or to acquire understanding on a conceptual or intuitive level, as opposed to on a technical or formal level. When asking such a question it can be helpful to include a rough description of ones understanding of the subject at hand (on a technical level).

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### What intuitive meaning “determinant” of a divergency (divergent integral, series, germ, pole or a singularity) can have?

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### Intuition/elegant reason for why Langevin diffusion converges to $\exp(-U)$?

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### Is the solution to the Fredholm integral equation of the first kind a continuous analogue of Cramer's rule for matrix equations?

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### Understanding the higher stack of perfect complexes

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### Line graphs called “graph derivatives”: any intuition?

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### Intuition behind the geometry of n-ball and n-cube in non-Euclidean space

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### Morphisms between compact quantum groups

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### How should you explain parallel transport to undergraduates?

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### Is an interpretation mathematics (fit for publication)?

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### What intuitive meaning “determinant” of a divergency (divergent integral or series) can have? [closed]

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### Can be this “handwaving” idea about “counting” reals somehow put on solid ground?

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### Intuitive explanation why “shadow operator” $\frac D{e^D-1}$ connects logarithms with trigonometric functions?

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### Intuition on constrained optimisation

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### Interpretation of polar derivative and apolar polynomials

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### Examples of back of envelope calculations leading to good intuition?

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### Geometric meaning of second tangent bundle, or of microsquares in SDG

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### What concept does covariance formalise?

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### What is the Levi-Civita connection trying to describe?

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### Dyadic models in number theory and “spillover”

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### Dimension of the moduli stack of vector bundles over a curve

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### Why should I look at the resolvent formalism and think it is a useful tool for spectral theory?

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### Why can one compute the sum of divisors of $n$ without factoring $n$?

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### Why are root data a natural candidate for classifying connected reductive groups?

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### Intuition behind choosing a specific test function

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### Intuition for categorical fibrations?

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### Brouwer's fixed point theorem and the one-point topology [closed]

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### Interpretation around conjugacy classes in group theory [closed]

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### Intuition behind stability and instability in model theory

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### Intuition about ordinal fixed points $\alpha = \aleph_\alpha$

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### Interpretation of the word Random [closed]

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### Why is the Vandermonde determinant harmonic?

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### Geometric meaning of Todd classes for non-tangent bundles

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### Grothendieck categories and their morphisms

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### Interpretation of the action in classical mechanics

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### Intuition for the McGerty-Nevins compactification of quiver varieties

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### Seeing what gets Harvey Friedman's “tangible incompleteness” principles into large cardinal territory

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### Intuition behind the local limit theorem in hyperbolic groups

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### Geometric intuition behind this chain homotopy

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### Geometric intuition for Mather's cube theorem

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### Geometric interpretation of sections $H^0(\Theta_X, X)$ of the Tangent sheaf over curve

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### Geometric interpretation for uniformly elliptic pde of 2 second order

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### Building intuition in algebraic number theory [closed]

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### Is there any deep philosophy or intuition behind the similarity between $\pi/4$ and $e^{-\gamma}$?

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### How should I think about concrete functors and in particular about concrete isomorphism?

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### Deligne's Mixed Hodge Theory

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### Tricks for getting a creative idea [closed]

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### What does the torsion-free condition for a connection mean in terms of its horizontal bundle?

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### Imagining linear maps between finite fields

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### Additive and multiplicative convolution deeply related in modular forms

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