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Bounding the number of orthogonal Latin squares from above

As is usual, let $N(n)$ denote the maximum size of a set of mutually orthogonal Latin squares of order $n$. I am wondering what results hold that bound $N(n)$ from above; the only ones I can think of ...
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A question of the Schrodinger Semigroup --By B. Simon

The question comes from the paper: B. Simon, Schrodinger Semigroups, Bull. A.M.S., (1982) Vol. 7 (3). On the Theorem C.1.2(subsolution estimate) of the paper, it says that: If $Hu=0$, where $H=-\...
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List of modern points of view simplifying or clarifying classical topics

There are many modern mathematical achievements which greatly clarify or (and) simplify classical important topics. I believe a list of such achievements, among other benefits, would be a big help for ...
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Short papers for undergraduate course on reading scholarly math

(I know this is perhaps only tangentially related to mathematics research, but I'm hoping it is worthy of consideration as a community wiki question.) Today, I was reminded of the existence of this ...
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What is the interface between functional analysis and algebraic geometry?

This is a very open ended curiosity of mine and I would be grateful to hear any comments in this direction. In particular I am interested in functional analysis/algebraic geometry books/papers ...
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Inverse problem of Chern Classes

For my graduate (master) thesis I am studying the theory of Chern Classes. As a possible personal development the only sensible idea I have so far, and which I frankly think is impossible, is to work ...
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Great mathematics books by pre-modern authors

Last summer, I read Euclid's Elements, and it was an eye-opening experience; I had assumed that three thousand years' difference would make the notation incomprehensible and the reasoning alien, but ...
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Approachable French Masters

It has been my general desire for a few years to acquire the basics in other European languages for the purpose of reading some of the classics in their original language, in a similar vein to this ...
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Readings for an honors liberal art math course

Our university has an Honors section of our "liberal arts mathematics" course. Typically 10-20 students enroll each Fall, with most of them extremely bright, but lacking the interest and/or ...
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Reading Material on Couplings

Does anybody have suggestions on what to read to learn more about couplings pertaining to statistics? I'm working on a research project on Poisson approximations and am looking to perform a coupling ...
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Is there any book explaining in detail the book “Basic Number Theory” by André Weil as Dirichlet did to “Disquisitiones Arithmeticae” by Gauss?

Is there any book explaining in detail the book "Basic Number Theory" by Andre Weil as Dirichlet did to "Disquisitiones Arithmeticae"? This is because I have read the two books mentioned above and I ...
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How do I approach Optimal Control?

Other than learning basic calculus, I don't really have an advanced background. I was curious to learn about Optimal Control (the theory that involves, bang-bang, Potryagin's Maximum Principle etc.) ...
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Do you read the masters?

I often hear the advice, "Read the masters" (i.e., read old, classic texts by great mathematicians). But frankly, I have hardly ever followed it. What I am wondering is, is this a principle that ...
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Most helpful math resources on the web

What are really helpful math resources out there on the web? Please don't only post a link but a short description of what it does and why it is helpful. Please only one resource per answer and let ...
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Handling arXiv feeds to avoid duplicates

I subscribe to feeds from the arXiv Front for a number of subject areas, using Google Reader. This is great, but there is one problem: when a new preprint is listed in several subject categories, it ...
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Reading list for basic differential geometry?

I'd like to ask if people can point me towards good books or notes to learn some basic differential geometry. I work in representation theory mostly and have found that sometimes my background is ...
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A reading list for topological quantum field theory?

Can you suggest a reading list, or at least a few papers that you think would be useful, for a beginner in topological quantum field theory? I know what the curvature of a connection is, know basic ...