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At what point does working memory and IQ become a problem when trying to follow a lecture?

It may be one of the most uncomfortable questions one can ask themselves, but after being a math student for six years (currently in my first year as a PhD student), this question seems to become more ...
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Is writing an expository paper helpful for math PhD admission?

I'm applying for math PhD programs this year. I'm a junior at UCB, and I've taken standard grad math courses such as algebraic geometry in the last year. This year I'm taking grad seminars and topics ...
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I need some help understand statement formalization, specially the necessary and sufficient conditions. Example above, the official solution differs [closed]

I'm studyng logic of statements, and i'm having some trouble understanding how to identify when its a sufficient condition and when its a necessary condition. I'm my uni notes it says for example that ...
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Must I co-author with supervisors as an undergraduate?

I'm a final-year undergraduate student in the U.K. As part of my undergraduate research, I proved a long-standing conjecture in graph theory. I have now written a detailed proof of the result, which ...
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How to choose very good journals in mathematics

I am a junior researcher working in Mathematics. My manuscript was accepted into the Journal of Statistical Physics, where I am the sole author. When I submitted the paper, I considered it a very good ...
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Is it common to email researchers to "sell" your work?

I recently read a paper with a research direction similar to mine. The paper builds an extension for a class of models that is very similar to the one I've been developing, but the paper doesn't ...
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Sending email to two supervisors

I found an open postdoc position which is a project with two supervisors. I sent an inquiry email to one of supervisors 5 days ago about the position, but I have not received a reply from her yet. Is ...
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An application of the (100/e)% rule applied to postdocs: moving on from an academic career, perhaps

Motivation: There's a nice rule from mathematics that states that, when making some types of decisions, one can sample the first (100/e)% of the things available to get a feel for what is out there, ...
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Is the barrier to entry for mathematics research increasing, and is it at risk of becoming less accessible in the future?

Asking as a complete layman that does not have a background in math: Is there a concern that there will be a point in the future where the barrier to entry of math (due to how far it's progressed) ...
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Does Australia and New Zealand have year round application system for PhD program in Mathematics?

I have completed my masters in mathematics from a institute in Asia. I will apply to Australia and New Zealand for PhD program in mathematics. I wanted to know if Australia and New Zealand has a year ...
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As a new Ph.D. student (mathematical statistics) how should I read papers for research?

My question is about how to best read mathematics papers for research. I just passed the last qualifying exam as a Ph.D. student in mathematics (studying statistics) and I'm reaching the point where ...
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Help with becoming overly obsessive (about mathematics)

TLDR: I love mathematics but can't find a way to study/do research without becoming unhealthily obsessive. Any tips on how not to think about mathematics all the time, on how to manage intrusive ...
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Math PhD Application with non-math undergrad [closed]

I want to apply a Math PhD program but my undergrad major is engineering. Currently, I am attending MS math program. My GPA is near 4.0 and all coursework (except a upper undergrad course) are ...
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Prospective math PHD student currently majoring in CS

I'm a computer science major at a prestigious university. I've consistently achieved top grades in all my courses and have developed a strong interest in mathematics. I've completed a year-long ...
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PhD in mathematics with a BSc in Physics

I want to apply for a PhD in mathematics in the United States, I did my BSc. in Physics at one of the best universities in my country, where I enjoyed studying the mathematics behind physics theories, ...
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How should a manuscript "cut in parts" be evaluated?

This concerns some mathematics papers submitted for review. Essentially, I have received requests from two different journals asking me to referee papers, which are parts 2 and 3 of a sequence; ...
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A very difficult situation: my coauthor "scooped" my proof and theorem in a joint work

I am working in a field of math and have written some papers, some published, some not. I have one small paper finished in 2021, which I forgot to send for publication. At the moment, I am co-...
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Goals for getting into top Mathematics PhD from a Master's

My situation is fairly rare from what I can gather (at least in the U.S), so I just wanted to see if I could get some input from people who know much more than I do. I just finished my Bachelor's in ...
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Best practices for citing a reference you've found an error in

I am writing a mathematics paper and citing a particular reference in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal. It turns out that the result I reference is ultimately correct, but the proof has an error ...
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Path from humanities undergrad to math PhD

This is out of left field. I have recently been realizing that, since my favorite classes are math, my best friends have all been future mathematicians, and I love nothing more than thinking about ...
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Does Germany have year round application system for PhD program in Mathematics? [duplicate]

I have completed my masters in mathematics from a institute in Asia. I will apply to Germany for PhD program in mathematics. I wanted to know if Germany has a year round application system where I ...
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Potential PhD advisor may lack qualifications

I am an applied mathematics student and recently finished my MSc. During my second year of the bachelors I had many personal problems and was at risk of losing the entire year. To avoid this delay, I ...
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Will I be treated differently from funded students if I attend graduate school without full funding?

I am told, by both a professor at my US undergraduate school and here at Stack Academia (for example, at Implications of being accepted without funding to a computer science PhD in the United States?),...
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To what extent should homework sets be changed in a math course, semester to semester?

I've curious as to the extent that materials should be refreshed between semesters, changing the contexts and updating numbers to avoid students passing on solutions from previous semesters of the ...
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How critical is memory in achieving proficiency at Master's and PhD levels in mathematics?

I'm keen to discuss how significant memory is in excelling in higher-level mathematics, particularly at the Master's and PhD levels. I have found that I sometimes have trouble remembering certain ...
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How appreciated is "Part III" in the US?

I will complete an MSc in physics, including a thesis, this year. I have received an offer for a 9 month taught math master's course at Cambridge called Part III, although I don't yet have a funding ...
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What is the acceptable similarity in a mathematics PhD dissertation when checking by Turnitin?

I have checked the originality of my PhD thesis in mathematics using Turnitin. The similarity was 31%. Is this percentage acceptable by most committees?
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I have stack-exchanged through my undergrad math program. Am I likely to succeed in mathematics PhD programs?

I'm currently a third-year mathematics student at a top-20 private research university in the US (though mostly known for the humanities). We have a small undergraduate mathematics department, but we ...
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What to do in my gap year to transition from a US pure math undergraduate to an applied math masters in France?

I'm an international student who finished my undergraduate degree at a top-20 US university last December (double-majoring in math and comparative literature) and currently staying in my home country. ...
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Updating an already submitted graduate school application

I submitted a graduate school application last week for a Math PhD program at a well-known university in the US. They asked me to submit a PDF list of all the courses that I have taken. I uploaded a ...
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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences? [closed]

From Wikipedia: (emphasis added) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_careerism Academic careerism is the tendency of academics (professors specifically and intellectuals generally) to pursue their ...
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Degrees path for AI and ML Research (eventually) – Math vs. Computer Science? [closed]

I hope this is the right place for my question; I've been searching online and hit a bit of a roadblock, so I thought I'd seek some help. I'm in my late 20s, and I've got a chance to start fresh from ...
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Disadvantage of having only accepted papers but no published papers while applying for a postdoc position

Is there any disadvantage of having only accepted papers but no published papers while applying for a postdoc position? All my papers are in arxiv, where the names of journals where my papers will ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

I have been offered a great PhD student position in information theory and machine learning, but in my heart i want to pursue a PhD in pure mathematics, hence I am debating with myself whether or not ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

I hope this is not to much rambling, but there is a concrete question in the end. I really like being a mathematician. I like the constant learning, I like working on problems at research-level and I ...
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When is it worthwhile to report academic misconduct of a referee?

Sometimes academics become aware of misconduct of other academics. Reporting it can backfire if it comes off as petty squabbling to senior people. It’s also not clear that reporting misconduct often ...
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How can one make a persuasive argument using numerics? [closed]

I am currently a physics undergraduate, but I will be pursuing a physics PhD next fall. One part of the current research I am doing is to build up evidence for a mathematical "if and only if"...
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Pages and lines in a paper. What does the reviewer mean?

Recently the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly informed me that I should revise my paper according to suggestions of the reviewers. The problem is that the second reviewer suggests something ...
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Skills Difference between Theoretical Physicists and Mathematicians

As I am preparing to start my PhD in theoretical physics, I have come to the realization that the more math you know (as a physics person), the better. But, I also realized that my physics brain is ...
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From topology to biomolecular topology [closed]

Recently I came across an article about biomolecular topology. I want to know how can a topologist (who has no prior knowledge in biology) do research in biomolecular topology? Like what courses in ...
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Pure math courses for mathematical biology? [closed]

For research at the PhD level and beyond in mathematical biology, what math courses come in handy (beyond calculus, ODE, statistics and probability and linear algebra)? I know it heavily depends on ...
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University is killing my passion [for mathematics]

In high school, before having begun with a degree in mathematics, I derived pleasure from studying [mathematics]. At that time, I was naturally looking forward to university, since it meant no more ...
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How does one research (pure) mathematics in a more inclusive manner?

Motivation I don't want my mathematical research to be limited by me being a monoglot, Western, white, and a man; and I'm sure there are other limitations. Diversity is essential. The Question How ...
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Does more knowledge enhance your chance of doing better and 'original' research (in mathematics)?

NOTE: I had asked this question in here, in my edit, but since it is irrelevant to that question, I moved it here as it is a separate question... I chose to study bulky books instead of attending ...
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What do I do on my summer vacation with an interest in mathematics?

I am a second year college student majoring in mathematics. The summer vacation is coming up and lasts for three months. I am thinking of studying something during this vacation that is specific to ...
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Second teaching letter vs. letter from a co-advisor from a secondary department for a math positions in LAC

When applying for tenure-track positions in mathematics at SLACs, one typically includes one recommendation letter from the math advisor and another as a math teaching letter. However, for the third ...
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Is it acceptable to not give someone credit in a math thesis for minor guidance?

This question is related to this question. If I write a thesis and encounter a small problem that I can't resolve on my own, maybe because I didn't sleep well this day, and someone, like my mother or ...
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How to find a co-author for a paper I can’t complete?

I am writing a mathematical paper, and I have been able to complete 2/3 of the paper’s main proof. However, I have been stuck with the last third for more weeks than I can count, and I am getting to ...
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How to get out of the situation where one needs better grades to enter a degree program and to get better grades, one needs to enter a degree program?

Does anyone know how and where to apply for a Master's degree in the European/North-American regions as someone with poor UG grades? For a number of reasons, I was able to score only a meagre 2.5/4.0 ...
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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...

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