Spice the Bird
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Examples where it's useful to know that a mathematical object belongs to some family of objects
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Showing that a certain number is equal to some infinite sum of numbers using power series. For example, showing that $\ln(2)=1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\cdots$ or $e=2+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3!}+\cdots$.

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Fundamental problems whose solution seems completely out of reach
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An obvious problem in algebraic topology would be the computation of the homotopy groups of spheres.

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Why study simplicial homotopy groups?
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So this entire discussion is in Goerss and Jardine's "Simplicial homotopy theory" and also in May's "Simplicial objects in algebraic topology". Also Curtis' papers and monographs are very nice and ...

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When and where did the term "module" enter commutative algebra?
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From the website Chris Dionne mentioned in the comments: MODULE. A JSTOR search found the English term in E. T. Bell’s “Successive Generalizations in the Theory of Numbers,” American Mathematical ...

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The concept of duality
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One "duality principle" that occurs in category theory is that of Isbel Duality. My feeling is (feel free to correct me if I am wrong) is that this encapsulates stone duality, Gelfand duality, and the ...

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Why is the classifying space of the natural numbers homotopy equivalent to the circle?
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I am not sure if this is the type of direct proof that you are looking for, but here it goes. I will start with a more general theorem: Let $M$ be a CANCELABLE monoid, and $K$ be the left adjoint to ...

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Does pi contain 1000 consecutive zeroes (in base 10)?
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I do not know what kind of effect this has on your question, but it might be a good thing to look at in this context. In 1995, a formula for the $n$-th digit of $\pi$ written in hexadecimal was found. ...

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Can skeleta simplify category theory?
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While I agree with the above answers, I know of some situations where it might be good to take a skeleton (or something like it). This has to do with large categories which are essentially small. You ...

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Are there examples of non-orientable manifolds in nature?
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a mobius strip roller coaster. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6bius_Loop_roller_coaster

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Best online mathematics videos?
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Stoney Brook math videos: http://www.math.sunysb.edu/Videos/dfest/ http://www.math.sunysb.edu/html/videos.shtml

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What is the best way to study Rational Homotopy Theory
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Here are some video lectures that John Morgan gave at Stony Brook http://www.math.sunysb.edu/Videos/dfest/ This also has many other nice mathematical videos.

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Are integers real?
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The answer to this question depends on the type of set theory that you are working in, and the way you decide to code the integers and real numbers inside set theory. For instance in material set ...

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Expressing Galois actions on fundamental groups explicitly
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I'm not precicely sure what you are looking for, but the following references I think are relevant. The Grothendieck Theory of Dessins d'Enfants (London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series) LMs ...

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Does each "prod-simplicial" regular cell complex come from a unique rooted tree?
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Here I will sketch a proof, leaving many of the details out. The proof will be by induction on the number of edges of the rooted tree, which is the same as the dimension of the PS-complex (prod-...

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Classifying space of large category?
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Their is a notion of a category that is homotopicaly small. These categories have a nerve that is well defined up to homotopy. The notion is as follows: Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a large category. It is ...

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Examples of Simplicial Groupoids in Nature
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Any time you have a topological groupoid, you have a simplicial groupoid since geometric realization preserves finite limits. Although this seems like a rather trivial remark this allows for one to ...

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Geometric intuition for limits
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This answer is sort of an analogy, I am not quite sure how to make it precise. Further, It addresses that part of the question about a fiber product being anything from an intersection to a product (...

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Classes of metric spaces with additional structure
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Another class of metric spaces that are of interest are length spaces. Roughly speaking, these are spaces in which you can measure the length of paths. The distance is then the inf of all lengths ...

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The main theorems of category theory and their applications
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This is that a small category may be regarded as a simplicial set with unique inner horn fillers.

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