# Questions tagged [math-communication]

Communicating mathematics to peers, to students, to the general public. For mathematics of communication (channels etc.) use it.information-theory

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### Do mathematicians rely on senses other than vision and hearing?

The senses of vision and hearing are commonly recognized as being important for the study of mathematics, with fields like geometry and topology relying heavily on vision, while algebra and number ...

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### How to indicate when another author has done nothing significant

Context: I am currently working on a rather important paper for my career, in the sense that it is a culmination of the past 5 years of (post Ph.D.) research. I started this particular article with 3 ...

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### How about a statement without proof?

Consider a statement without proof in a paper, with the following assumptions:
it is unknown,
it is unused in the paper,
it is not written as a theorem (or proposition, or lemma…), but just a free ...

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### How would you have answered Richard Feynman's challenge?

Reading the autobiography of Richard Feynman, I struck upon the following paragraphs, in which Feynman recall when, as a student of the Princeton physics department, he used to challenge the students ...

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### Lunch seminars for PhD students

The problem that I would like to ask about is metamathematical, but I hope the question is appropriate.
I would like to know if there exist mathematical departments that run a regular seminar for all ...

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### Asymptotics of holonomic recurrences and the Birkhoff-Trjitzinsky method

While reading about asymptotics of holonomic recurrences, I had the following impressions that are related to the divulgation of the theory:
I don't know what is the current status of the divulgation ...

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### Interesting topics for (very) short talks [closed]

Part of the requirements for my Honours is that I record a short 4-7 minute digital talk, which is then distributed to all the other students and staff at my university’s mathematics department. The ...

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### What are some good practices which help researchers to contextualize their research?

From talks and lectures to paper writing, when researchers communicate their research, it is often very important to motivate the reader with some background information about that topic. Some of this ...

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### Online events during the quarantine

With many places on earth subjected to quarantine and large gathering prohibited, there are announcements of online seminars and talks open to people around the world. The talks can be conducted via ...

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### Atlas-like websites on specific areas of mathematics

In this post, we look for the existing atlas-like websites providing well-presented classifications or database about some specific areas of mathematics. Here are some examples:
GroupNames: https://...

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### Software and ideas for workshops and conferences with long-distance participants

Conferences and workshops are often great - getting together and being together is an ideal setting for doing research and learning things. However, there are various reasons to encourage the ...

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### Specific versus general in titles of papers [closed]

It may not be possible to use mathoverflow in the way I'm hoping to, but my question is this:
Should the title of a research paper in mathematics be as accurate and specific as possible (at the cost ...

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### Design principles for good undergraduate textbooks to enhance student understanding

I am writing an ODEs textbook for second year students and I would like to get inspirations on general good designs on undergraduate textbooks taught in the first two years (i.e. calculus, linear ...

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### Would you like a subject class for semigroup theory on the arXiv?

After contacting the arxiv recently about possibly adding semigroup theory as a subject class, they suggested I canvas the research community to establish whether such a subject class would be used ...

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### Explaining the main ideas of proof before giving details

I'll be the first to admit that this is a risky question to try to get away with on math overflow, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway.
Roughly speaking, the question is this: Is it good to try to ...

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### Online Interactive mathematics games for mathematicians or mathematicians-to-be!

I am aware that this is not a research level mathematics question. Also, it would not have a single answer (if any) and yet, I hoping that it will be considered as a community wiki question worthy of ...

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### What to do if someone doesn't want to publish a result? [closed]

Unfortunately, there are many unpublished results that should be published or at least made available online. For different reasons, the author might not want to publish it. The result can also fall ...

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### Paper, open source English translation [closed]

Please suggest a paper that should be translated into English and posted on arXiv.
A few existing suggestions on MO are
Die 5-fach transitiven Gruppen von Mathieu, Witt (DOI)
Die Monodromie der ...

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### Most intriguing mathematical epigraphs

Good epigraphs may attract more readers. Sometimes it is necessary.
Usually epigraphs are interesting but not intriguing.
To pick up an epigraph is some kind of nearly mathematical problem: it ...

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### Should we post on arXiv only papers in publishable shape (or very close)?

Question: Should we post on arXiv only papers in publishable shape (or very close)?
This question should be distinguished from the following:
Should one post a paper on the arXiv if it is not ...

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### The unpublished papers in reference to the published papers

Sometimes it happens that a published paper refers to an unpublished paper for a result used.
In this case, if we want to check this result by ourselves, we need to access to this unpublished paper.
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### Describe the desired features of a "Mathematics Colloquium"?

I'm now a member of my department's colloquium committee. Our task is to make a great colloquium series. I thought that the first step would be to come up with an appropriate definition of "...

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### Is the ISC kaput [closed]

The very useful Inverse Symbolic Calculator is showing me this
What's up? multiple choice
(a) No, it's fine at that address: idiot Edgar did something wrong...
(b) It is off-line at that ...

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### How does the work of a pure mathematician impact society? [closed]

First, I will explain my situation.
In my University most of the careers are doing videos to explain what we do and try to attract more people to our careers.
I am in a really bad position, because ...

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### Where to look for corrections of papers?

When I start reading a paper, is there some easy way to find a list of corrections for that paper?
For example, it happens occasionally that some result of a paper turns out to be wrong, or at least ...

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### What does a mathematician expect from mathematics education? [closed]

Consider that my question is not a personal and/or subjective question. Perhaps, you have hired a mathematics educator in your department and you are interested in finding a way to communicate with ...

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### How would you cite a result that it is not quite correct, but whose proof contains some useful ideas

There is a paper that was published 15 years ago; one of the theorems in it is wrong in general. A few years ago some people told the author that this theorem is wrong as stated, but yet a partial ...

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### Means of Promoting Mathematics in Young Countries!

We all know mathematics is life, this question is for Mankind. It's mathoverflow here when some parts of the world we have mathunderflow! I think we can do something through ideas. A similar ...

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### Mathematical habits of thought and action which would be of use to non-mathematicians

Once again I come to MO for help with something I'm writing for the public.
Which habits of mathematicians -- aspects of the way we approach problems, the way we argue, the way we function as a ...

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### Good ways to engage in mathematics outreach?

Greetings all, I have often heard that it would be good if we as a community did more in the way of mathematics outreach: more to explain what it is we do to the community at large, more to expose ...

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### Tools for long-distance collaboration

Background
In general, I am aware of four and a half methods of long-distance collaboration:
Telephone (including voice-chat, VOIP, etc.; anything that is voice based)
Text chat (chat room, IM, ...

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### Most memorable titles

Given the vast number of new papers / preprints that hit the internet everyday, one factor that may help papers stand out for a broader, though possibly more casual, audience is their title. This view ...

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### Thinking and Explaining

How big a gap is there between how you think about mathematics and what you say to others? Do you say what you're thinking? Please give either personal examples of how your thoughts and words differ, ...

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### Journals for undergraduates

Are there math journals that are aimed for undergraduates? I don't mean here journals where students can publish their papers, but journals that publish introductory articles that an undergraduate can ...

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### Refereeing a Paper [closed]

I've refereed at least a dozen papers in my (short) career so far and I still find the process completely baffling. I'm wondering what is actually expected and what people tend to do...
Some things ...

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### Non-English language Mathematical podcasts/audio

Following on from this question, does anyone know of any good quality non-English language mathematical podcasts? I'm particularly interested in anything relating to the history of mathematics.
I'm ...

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### Are there other nice math books close to the style of Tristan Needham?

I've been very positively impressed by Tristan Needham's book "Visual Complex Analysis", a very original and atypical mathematics book which is more oriented to helping intuition and insight than to ...

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### Presenting a paper: Do's and Don'ts?

I was wondering what would be the best way to present your paper at a conference, if your paper is selected for "short communication", lasting for about 15 minutes?
Should you concentrate on the main ...

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### What is the difference between the biconditional iff. and equality = ?

Hello,
I've been used to writing logical transformations using equality, but the other day it struck me that perhaps I should be using the biconditional $\iff$?
So my question is:
What is the ...

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### How to know if somebody else is also working on your problem?

Once you have spotted a mathematical problem that (presumably) fits your degree of expertise, whether you are a phd student or an established professor, you have to deal with the following non ...

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### Why are the Dynkin diagrams E6, E7 and E8 always drawn the way they are drawn?

The Dynkin diagrams of type ADE are ubiquitous in mathematics as solutions of various classification problems. The diagram E6 is usually drawn by five dots in a row with a sixth dot above the third, ...

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### Is a free alternative to MathSciNet possible?

How could a free (i.e. free content) alternative for MathSciNet and Zentralblatt be created?
Comments
Some mathematicians have stopped writing reviews for MathSciNet because they feel their output ...

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### Which math paper maximizes the ratio (importance)/(length)?

My vote would be Milnor's 7-page paper "On manifolds homeomorphic to the 7-sphere", in Vol. 64 of Annals of Math. For those who have not read it, he explicitly constructs smooth 7-manifolds which are ...

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### On the proofs (and disproofs) of Riemann Hypothesis [closed]

As anyone who follows the arxiv, I notice every now and then "proofs" and "disproofs" of Riemann Hypothesis. I looked on several such articles, and it seemed to me quite nonsense, but I didn't make ...

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### Is it best to run or walk in the rain? [closed]

According to the Norwegian meterological institute, the answer is that it is best to run. According to Mythbusters (quoted in the comments to that article), the answer is that it is best to walk.
My ...

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### Beamer hints and tips [closed]

I deleted a rant from this question because I felt it detracted from the given answer to the specific question. However, beamer is the "new kid on the block" in terms of giving talks (not that new!) ...

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### What's so great about blackboards? [closed]

Many mathematicians seem to think that the only way to give a mathematics talk is by using chalk on a blackboard. To some, even using a whiteboard is heresy. And we Don't Talk About Computers.
I'd ...

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### Blackboard rendering of math fonts

I learned most of my math font rendering from watching others (for example, I draw ζ terribly). In most cases it is passable, but I'm often uncomfortable using fonts like Fraktur on the board. ...

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### Tools for collaborative paper-writing

I personally use a revision control system (git) to manage my own paper writing, back things up, and synchronize between different machines. However, I've found most programmer's revision control ...

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### Errata database?

Some authors do a really great job by collecting errors and comments to their books and putting a list on their websites. I wonder if there is some (perhaps wiki-style) website where errata are ...