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On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Setting up a Mathematical Institute of Refereeing?

This question is mainly focused on the field of mathematics, although it might make sense for other areas too. would setting up a Mathematical Institute of Refereeing be a good idea ? To explain ...
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Transition from university teaching career to curricular assessment type jobs?

I'm curious if anybody here has ever transitioned from a teaching-strong academic career to a curriculum assessment type job (in calculus, for example)? If so, what would you be able to say about that?...
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How did Milton Babitt teach math at Princeton and research math, without an undergraduate degree in math?

Even if Babbitt taught merely elementary calculus, don't universities hire someone with at least an undergraduate degree in math to teach it? I quote Schoenblog.com: Babbitt came to teach at ...
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Double blind peer review when paper cites author's GitHub repo for code

I and my coauthor wrote a paper and the project involved creating a (small) software library. Part of the novelty of the paper is the output of the code, which is a digital object not intended for by-...
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Getting into a US PhD programme for math after an Indian MS [closed]

I studied math as an undergrad in India, and after two years away from the field, have decided to come back to it. I am interested in learning more about pure mathematics, and am interested in the ...
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Universities in the USA for a PhD in topology/analysis? [closed]

What are some good universities in the USA for a PhD in topology/analysis? I have researched for them on the internet and was able to sort some top 11 universities. 1) University of California-...
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Should I ask for permission to write an expository post about someone else's research?

I am a math PhD student in North America about to enter my second year. Last week I attended a conference and was interested in a research presentation by a professor at another school. The ...
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What is the best age to go to school? [closed]

Einstein's best work was not till after he was 30 years old. Is it possible for some people to mentally develop later in life obtaining the ability to learn Math and other subjects easier than when ...
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What are these mathematical groups in U.S. universities?

I have just finished my bachelor degree and I will be entering a PhD program in mathematics. On the home page at my schools (and others) I have seen that there are various groups, composed of teachers ...
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Respected researchers giving imprecise or misleading explanations in casual conversations

I have attended quite a few large conferences in mathematics where experts from different fields participate. Naturally I talked to some people and asked them a very basic question: what they are ...
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Is there a way to improve my grade after graduation?

I graduated around 3 years ago with a degree, from a Russell Group university, in Mathematics. I had some mental health issues in my final term which essentially bombed my grade. Since I had no ...
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Why are operations research departments usually separate from mathematics departments?

The title says it all. When I look online, they are usually separate departments
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Most part of my result is as same as orginal version. Can I make a paper? [closed]

I am a PhD student in mathematics. Recently, I could extend some old result to higher dimensional. I want to make a paper. But I doubt that is a good result or not, because most part of my proof is ...
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Does publishing on Arxiv diminish chances of publishing in a journal/conference?

If I publish a paper on Arxiv, does it diminish my chances of getting published at a reputable peer reviewed journal? Does it diminish my chances of presenting my paper at a reputable conference?
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Showing research to professor who is not my advisor

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I am going to participate in a conference. I want to show my research to some great mathematcian who is a specialist in the area that I am working on. A friend of ...
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Do faculty at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc. only want to hire people from those universities? [duplicate]

This is what I have heard from someone who did his PhD at Princeton. Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, etc. are biased towards accepting candidates who got their degrees from those schools.
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How Important is the rank of a school in a certain specialty?

I am interested in applying for PhD programs in discrete mathematics, but one of the schools I'm looking at isn't included in the top 10 rankings of discrete math programs (at least not according to ...
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Which is the more competitive path to grad school for mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student studying mathematics at a well regarded university in the United States and am wondering which of these two (for the sake of simplicity, I recognize it's not so simple in ...
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Why do so many pure math PhD students in the USA drop out or leave academia, compared to applied mathematics PhDs in the USA? [closed]

I notice that many pure math PhD students, doing things like algebraic geometry or representation theory, drop out and enter industry and become software developers. The ones who finish their pure ...
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Is my adviser stalling or am I being plainly lazy?

So I am a master's degree student in math at a local university. I am very dissatisfied and surprised with the type of work that my adviser asked me to do. I am unsure if I have bad attitude towards ...
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Chinese Mathematics Education [closed]

I often wonder about Mathematics Education in China, particularly at the late high school and undergraduate level. In the US, a typical undergraduate math degree will include lower division: 1-2 ...
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Communicate Author or Publisher for asking detail?

I have trouble finding out an expression in a theorem (click here to the problem)of a paper by Yann Bugeaud (page 12) , and I tried to contact the author through his e-mail but he didn't reply (don't ...
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After posting in arxiv the author finds that proof technique in the paper has some similarity with some discussions in a math forum

Suppose in mathematics, someone writes a paper, uploads it to arxiv and afterwards he learns that the proof technique used in the paper has some similarity with some discussions in a math forum (e.g. ...
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(UK, mathematics) Making the most of a teaching job as an aspiring researcher

I finished my PhD a few years ago, and since then have been hopping from temporary job to temporary job every year. They've all been research-and-teaching jobs, which has been exactly what I wanted. I ...
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Which Universities admit CS graduates for their theoretical physics course? [closed]

Hello am currently an undergraduate student. My major is CSE. But I am very much interested to do my masters and then PhD in theoretical physics/mathematical physics. Is there any university that ...
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How are mathematicians paid to do research?

How are (pure) mathematicians paid to do research? Let's say my interests lie in the foundations of mathematics and I want to do research in that area. How am I going to get paid for that in the ...
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How is the mathematics academic job market outside of North America? [closed]

Most of the information online concerns academic positions in math at research-oriented US universities? In summary, it is extremely competitive. I'm just wondering, what's the situation at teaching-...
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Soft Question: Documentation of Important but Commonplace Calculations

I've noticed the following about some facts in probability and statistics (it is probably true more generally). Some results (formulas, for instance) may be moderately straightforward to derive and ...
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Found and corrected a mistake on someone's else paper — praxis?

3-4 months ago I found a big mistake in a theorem's proof of a paper that had just been published (stats/cs community). I immediately notified the authors, who claimed to be aware of the mistake but ...
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Citing a math theorem with errors

I apologize if this has already been asked; I can't find this exact question. Suppose author X writes a paper, and in this paper, they prove a result that is a very small part of their paper. However,...
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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Can an editor review manuscript without sending to reviewers?

I submitted my manuscript to a journal one month ago and the status is "with editor" up to now. As the editor of my paper is one of the leading scientists in the field of my research paper (...
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How can I learn to establish good research questions?

My problem is that I struggle with finding/posing questions that are worth researching. I think the reason is my lack of experience, but I am eager to learn and don't want to only rely on my ...
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What “soft-skills” does one need to succeed as a mathematician?

My question is about "soft-skills", i.e. knowing how to handle Latex, giving a speech or giving a lecture, or other knowledge that could be useful for a career in mathematics. Skills that (all) ...
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Does “required reviews completed” mean good news or bad?

I submitted by math paper to an Elsevier journal around 6 months ago. Today I logged into EES and saw that the status changed to "Required Reviews Completed" about 10 days ago. Is this good news or ...
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Will an undergraduate math or economics degree better position me for a top economics PhD program? [closed]

I'm currently a rising sophomore (just wrapped up my first year) at a top US university, and time has come for me to start taking decisions about major classes, now that I'm done with required ...
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Pursuing a PhD in applied math with a large amount of student debt [closed]

I'm 36 years old and work as systems administrator and lab instructor for a computer science department at a small liberal arts college. I'm also an adjunct math instructor for a community college. I ...
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Should a paper of exactly 15 pages be submitted to Transactions or Proceedings of the AMS?

I would like to submit a paper which is exactly 15 pages. The journal overview of Transactions of the AMS says: Papers of less than 15 printed pages that meet the above criteria should be submitted ...
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [closed]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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Fixing mistakes from math's thesis and put that to the Internet?

I wrote a bad master's thesis, got a work but now I'm unemployed. I would like to improve my probability to get a work and show that I can write a better thesis. How wise it is to rewrite the thesis ...
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Is it necessary to have a background in philosophy in order to get a position in logic in philosophy departments?

What the title asks. Apparently there are some professors in departments of philosophy working on logic or semantics (e.g. William Starr or Nino Cocchiarella [retired]). Does one need to know the "...
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Publishing someone's argument

What if this happens: Say I contacted a researcher R in my field about particular question I had. They answered the question in a private email to me. Their sketch of the argument was about 5 ...
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Finishing a PhD that I started abroad, in the USA?

I studied in Europe some times ago but didn't finish my PhD dissertation. Recently I finished it and I published in a math journal. I never studied in the USA, but I have been living and working there....
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How to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper?

The main purpose of this question is to collect some advices to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper (when there are two authors or more, it is easier since one is supposed to read what the ...
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How to proofread your own papers in computer science?​ [duplicate]

I find it extremely hard to spot my own little typos in papers—especially math typos. Though minor, I think these type of typos can be dangerous since they can confuse reviewers, and sometimes leave ...
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Struggling to present results from long papers in short time slots

Most of my work thus far comprises two rather long and detailed papers that rely on a common underlying framework. (I know this is not great for a young academic, but it is what it is right now.) ...
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Reviewing papers at a journal where your own work is currently submitted

As an editor, how appropriate do you think it is to send a referee request to an author who currently has a paper under review at the same journal (with you as the editor with final say on whether ...
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How can one's career as a reviewer be ended?

In this forum, I am reading this great question (What is required of a mathematics referee?) by a user with the name mathprofessor. There is an answer by a user with the name Buffy which starts with: ...
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What is required of a mathematics referee?

To review a paper that was submitted to a good journal, what am I required to do? Must I understand everything presented in the paper? Must I check the details and verify each argument/proof? Or is ...
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Doubting my PhD ability

Writing this from a temporary account. I am enrolled in a PhD program in math, and more and more often I am doubting my abilities in doing the program. I work, so it happens, de facto under two ...