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### What is Chern-Simons theory expected to assign to a point?

Let $G$ be a compact, connected, (simply connected?) Lie group and let $k \in H^4(BG, \mathbb{Z})$ be a cohomology class. Witten showed, at a physical level of rigor, that this data determines a ...

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votes

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### Conjecture of a subset of Wang tile which might be decidable

From the two papers proving the undecidability of Wang tile in 1966 by Berger and in 1971 by RM Robinson, the tiles used in proving undecidability has a general common feature:
The left color and ...

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votes

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### Which region in the plane with a given area has the most domino tilings?

I just finished teaching a class in combinatorics in which I included a fairly easy upper bound on the number of domino tilings of a region in the plane as a function of its area. So this led to ...

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votes

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423 views

### What keeps asymptotic Goldbach's conjecture out of reach of current technology?

Despite the rather recent progress in prime number theory (see the proof of the ternary Goldbach conjecture by H.A. Helfgott, and the striking result of Yitang Zhang improved by Tao, Maynard and ...

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votes

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### practical algorithms for np complete problems

Inspired by:
Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size
And the practicality of this topic (solving tessellation on a lattice):
coloring in lattice
Computational ...

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votes

**1**answer

505 views

### Paul Erdős: Determine or estimate the number of maximal triangle-free graphs on n vertices

Among the collections of the open problems of Paul Erdős on the website of
Professor Fan Chung, there is one called "number of triangle-free graphs".
...

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votes

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### Objections to and arguments for the simplicity of all Riemann zeros

It seems to be that the simplicity of all the zeros is quite widely accepted as a working hypotheses, and it is known that a positive proportion are as such.
Titchmarsh explains in the last chapter ...

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votes

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### An integral related to the Euler Gamma function

The question is from the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.7115 (A curious formula related to the Euler Gamma function, by Bakir Farhi): is it possible to express the integral
$$\eta=2\int\limits_0^1 ...

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votes

**1**answer

146 views

### Real analytic ergodic diffeomorphisms of the two sphere

Does there exists a real analytic area preserving ergodic diffeomorphism on $S^2$?
(Possibly by perturbing a rotation in the real-analytic topology?)

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votes

**1**answer

427 views

### Ramanujan's problem 754 still open?

In addition to the MO question The Ramanujan Problems. , I would like to ask the following.
Problem 754 from the list of the Ramanujan's problems ( ...

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votes

**0**answers

145 views

### Convergence in $L^2$ of iterated expectations

Take a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P})$ and random variable $X \in L^2(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P})$.
Define the iterated expectations of X as follows: $X_0 = X$, and, ...

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votes

**1**answer

278 views

### An infinite, amenable, finitely presentable group with no non-trivial finite quotients

My question is a simple one: is there a group with the properties in the title?
In the absence of the 'finitely presentable' hypothesis, an example is provided by Juschenko--Monod's construction of a ...

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votes

**2**answers

840 views

### A group-theoretic perspective on Frankl's union closed problem

Here is a group theoretic phrasing of a special case of the union closed conjecture:
Question: Given a finite group $G$, is there an element of prime power order which is contained in at most half ...

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**0**answers

379 views

### An open problem in convex geometry

Is it possible to find four norms $\| \cdot\|_k$ $( 1 \leq k \leq 4)$ on the plane such that a three-dimensional normed space containing four subspaces isometric to these normed planes does not exist? ...

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votes

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702 views

### Floors of rationals to powers: Infinite number of primes?

Let $r=a/b$ be a rational number in lowest terms, larger than $1$,
and not an integer (so $b > 1$).
Q. Does the sequence
$$ \lfloor r \rfloor, \lfloor r^2 \rfloor, \lfloor r^3 \rfloor,
...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Interactions of number theoretic conjectures and other fields of mathematics

There are many interesting open conjectures in number theory. My question is not about partial results or possible ways to prove them. It is about their interactions with the other fields of ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Any results towards the irrationality of the sum of reciprocals of perfect numbers? [closed]

This question is a follow up to my comment to Sum of the reciprocal of perfect numbers. I would like to know which results have been published about the possible irrationality of the sum of ...

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votes

**1**answer

570 views

### A Question on 1, 2 ,3 Conjecture

1, 2, 3 conjecture is well-known:
If $G$ is a simple graph which is not $K_2$ then one can assign a number among $1, 2, 3$ to every edge such that if we label each vertex with the sum of the numbers ...

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votes

**4**answers

438 views

### A Special Pair of Models for ZFC (New Version)

Are there two models $M$ and $N$ for $\text{ZFC}$ such that:
(1) $M\subseteq N$
(2) $\aleph_{1}^{N}=\aleph_{1}^{M}$
(3) $\aleph_{2}^{N}=\aleph_{\omega +1}^{M}$
Update: According to Peter's useful ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

517 views

### A Hot Betting On HOD

Remark: This question is based on an open question at the end of a paper by Hamkins, Kirmayer, and Perlmutter: "Generalizations of the Kunen Inconistency".
$HOD$ as an inner model of $ZFC$ lies ...

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votes

**0**answers

71 views

### A challenging non homogenous fractional inequality

I have posted this question on Stackexchange but it has received no answer so far. It is a challenging generalization of several difficult inequalities, where none of the usual methods used in ...

**18**

votes

**0**answers

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### Decidability of equality of elementary expressions

In the following definition the term expression is to be understood as a finite tree built from formal symbols without any predefined meaning assigned to them.
Define the set $\mathcal{E}$ of ...

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votes

**2**answers

377 views

### Is the Steiner ratio Gilbert–Pollak conjecture still open?

Gilbert-Pollak conjecture on the Steiner ratio: Consider a set $P$ of $n$ points on the euclidean plane. A shortest
network interconnecting $P$ must be a tree, which is called a Steiner minimum ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

688 views

### Is $\varliminf_{n \rightarrow +\infty} |n \sin n| = 0$ correct, where $n$ is an integer?

Is it true that $\varliminf_{n \rightarrow +\infty} |n \sin n| = 0$, where $n$
runs over the integers?
The existence of the limes inferior follows from Dirichlet's approximation theorem,
but the ...

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votes

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626 views

### Product of exponents of prime factorization

Let $p(n)$ be the product of the exponents of the prime factorization of $n$. For example,
$$p(5184) = p(2^6 3^4) = 24 \;,$$
$$p(65536) = p(2^{16}) = 16 \;.$$
Define $P(n)$ as the number of iterations ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### What are the divisors of $2n^2 - \sigma_{1}(n^2)$ for composite $n$?

What are the divisors of $2n^2 - \sigma_{1}(n^2)$ for composite $n$?
Here, $\sigma_{1}$ is the classical sum-of-divisors function. For example, $\sigma_{1}(3^2) = 1 + 3 + {3^2} = 13$.
(The function ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

189 views

### Can six square numbers be simultaneously represented in a single sum of consecutive odd numbers? [closed]

I had some free time from my work to do a little exploration regarding the existence (or non existence) of perfect cuboids. A solution is represented by the set of Diophantine equations:
$a^2 + b^2 = ...

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votes

**0**answers

303 views

### Graphs with graphic imbalance sequences

Let $G$ be simple undirected graph and $e=uv\in E(G)$.
The imbalance of the edge $e$ is the value $imb(e)=|d(u)-d(v)|$.
Let $M_{G}$ denotes the imbalance sequence (or more correctly, multiset of ...

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votes

**1**answer

209 views

### Passing C through a slot

Question: Given a closed curve C, what will be the (bounds on) dimension of the interval it will pass through?
i.e. which are the necessary and sufficient conditions for a planar compact set C to ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Tarski Monster group with prime 5

Does the Tarski Monster group with prime 5 exist? I know that for 2 and 3, the group does not exist, but what about 5?

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votes

**0**answers

433 views

### Do the banded operators check the invariant subspace problem?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the algebra of bounded operators.
Invariant subspace problem: Let $T \in B(H)$. Is there a non-trivial closed $T$-invariant ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### Equiprojective polyhedra

Seeing Garabed Gulbenkian's question (which was inspired by Joel Hamkins' question), reminds me of an analogous problem which I believe remains open,
and which some might find intriguing.
Define an ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

487 views

### Tiling the square with rectangles of small diagonals

For a given integer $k\ge3$, tile the unit square with $k$ rectangles so that the longest of the rectangles' diagonals be as short as possible. Call such a tiling optimal. The solutions are obvious in ...

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votes

**1**answer

429 views

### Integer-distance sets

Let $S$ be a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$; I am especially interested in $d=2$.
Say that $S$ is an integer-distance set if every pair of points in $S$ is separated
by an integer Euclidean distance.
...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

401 views

### Small quadrilaterals containing a given convex region

It is easy to prove that
(*) Every convex planar set of area 1 is contained in a quadrilateral of area 2.
It is also easy to see that statement (*) remains true if the constant 2 is replaced with a ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Set-theoretic reformulation of the invariant subspace problem

The invariant subspace problem (ISP) for Hilbert spaces asks whether every bounded linear operator $A$ on $l^2$ (with complex scalars) must have a closed invariant subspace other than $\{0\}$ and ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

415 views

### A question about the Axiom of Choice

Let AC denote the Axiom of Choice. Let PP denote the so-called "Partition Principle" which states that "If S is a non-empty set and T is a non-empty set of pairwise disjoint subsets
of S, then S can ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Open Problems in Algebraic Topology and Homotopy Theory

Some time ago (I see it was initially written before 1999?) Mark Hovey assembled a list of open problems in algebraic topology. The list can be found here. Some of the problems I know about have been ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

492 views

### A conjecture by Euler about $8n+3$

Euler's conjecture: For any positive integer $n$, $8n+3$ can be represented as a sum
$$8n+3=(2k-1)^2+2p,$$
where $k$ is a positive integer, and $p$ is a prime.
I want to know whether there has been ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

168 views

### Counting factors: is this approach in the literature on multiperfect numbers?

Does the following approach (or something near it) exist in the number theory
literature?
I will provide some motivation for $\omega(p^n - 1)$ as $n \rightarrow \infty$
and for this question. First, ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

231 views

### Are there only finitely many maximal subfactors of a fixed finite index ?

A subfactor $N \subset M $ is maximal if it admits no non-trivial intermediate subfactors $N \subset P \subset M $.
Question: are there only finitely many maximal subfactors of a fixed finite ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

290 views

### Needle probing for a convex body

Suppose there is an unknown closed convex body $K$ of
volume vol$(K) = V$ inside the
unit cube $[-\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}]^d$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$.
You are permitted to probe with a (one-dimensional)
...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Distinctive property of the primes 17 and 19?

Consider the question whether it is true that a prime number $p$ divides
$1^1+2^2+3^3+....+(p-1)^{p-1}$ if and only if $p \in \{17,19\}$.
For the obvious heuristic reasons, for large $n$ one would ...

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vote

**2**answers

265 views

### A conjecture on closed discrete subset

I am struggling with this old problem, which is also posted here:
Let $X$ satisfy countable chain condition(abbreviated as CCC) and $X$ has a regular $G_\delta$-diagonal. Then the cardinality of ...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Surfaces filled densely by a geodesic

Which smooth, closed surfaces $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ have no
single geodesic $\gamma$ that fills $S$ densely?
Say a geodesic $\gamma$ "fills $S$ densely" if the closure of the set of points
...

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votes

**10**answers

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### Open problems in PDEs, dynamical systems, mathematical physics

(This question might not be appropriate for this site. If so, I apologize in advance. I would have posted to mathstack, but I'm looking for advice from active researchers.)
I am an undergrad in math ...

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vote

**1**answer

483 views

### Collatz conjecture— finite state machine transducer construction, origination?

wikipedia has an entry on the Collatz conjecture with a section on As an abstract machine that computes in base two. this apparently describes a construction of a FSM transducer computing sequential ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Is it true that every f.g. infinite simple group has exponential growth?

Is it true that every finitely generated infinite simple group has
exponential (word-)growth?
Remark: As Mark Sapir has pointed out, the question whether
every finitely generated group of ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

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### Is there any o-minimal expansion of the real field with functions of growth higher than exponential?

Let $\bar{\mathbb{R}}$ be the structure of the real field, that is $(\mathbb{R},0,1,+,-,*,<)$ . We say that a function $f$ is of growth higher than exponential if for all $N\in \mathbb{N}$ there ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### An open problem on general topology

There is an open problem in this paper: Classes defined by stars and neighbourhood assignments by van Mill and others.
Problem 4.8. Is a regular (Tychonoff) star compact space metrizable if it has a ...