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by Quaternia
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 379
Views: 273957

Re: Math Books

I'm looking for a good book on number theory that is approachable to someone who took calculus and linear algebra 6 years ago, forgot most of it, and hasn't really studied anything math related since them I think "A Friendly Introduction to Number Theory" by Silverman might be a good plac...
by Quaternia
Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Does category theory have any real world applications?
Replies: 5
Views: 2092

Re: Does category theory have any real world applications?

Yep. Some of the cutting edge algorithms in linguistics, I think in automated translation more precisely, now use category theory.
I don't know the details because I've never studied linguistics, but several friends of mine worked in that field, so that's where I gleaned the info.
by Quaternia
Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with proofs!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1492

Re: Help with proofs!!

2 hours is not excessive for a hard problem from my experience; most assignments I've been given contains at least one such question. If every single problem assigned is taking you 2 hours, and there's lots of problems assigned, then that would be a warning sign. At the end of the day, make sure it'...
by Quaternia
Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: This is what bothers me about predicate logic
Replies: 15
Views: 3691

Re: This is what bothers me about predicate logic

So if variables in predicate logic represent relations then what do predicate logic formulas with only one variable represent. Variables in predicate logic do not represent relations. Relations represent relations. First order logic is termed a logic of relations because it's based on the notion of...
by Quaternia
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: This is what bothers me about predicate logic
Replies: 15
Views: 3691

Re: This is what bothers me about predicate logic

To make things simple lets just say a variable represents one word. You can use predicate logic to "translate" natural languages into logic. Yes, this is very hard to define because natural languages are tricky things. Welcome to computational linguistics. You can use predicate logic to M...
by Quaternia
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PhD in hand
Replies: 43
Views: 6106

Re: PhD in hand

skeptical scientist wrote:I'm doing a postdoc in New Zealand.

Nice! I met some people from there in logic. They have a strong program there from what they said. Will you continue to do work in logic?
by Quaternia
Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PhD in hand
Replies: 43
Views: 6106

Re: PhD in hand

Woooo! Congrats! Party time! ^^
by Quaternia
Sun May 15, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 379
Views: 273957

Re: Math Books

Kolmogorov wrote a three-volume book with Aleksandrov and Lavrent'ev, where they especially emphasize Soviet contributions to mathematics (Mathematics: It's Content, Methods, and Meaning), but it has by far more math than biography. (It was translated and re-edited by Dover as a one-volume book in E...
by Quaternia
Sun May 15, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: If you learned statistics would you never buy insurance?
Replies: 92
Views: 10620

Re: If you learned statistics would you never buy insurance?

Practically speaking, the risk of getting in an accident per hour of driving goes down every hour you successfully drive and don't crash I'm pretty sure that if you drive nonstop for 48h your risks of getting in an accident increase :D Say you drive for 8 hours straight. Then an hour break will low...
by Quaternia
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Tarski's World
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

Re: Tarski's World

I saw a demo of that program about a year ago in my logic class. It looks a bit like a chessboard and you place objects onto it. The rest is summed up here: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/site/1575864843.shtml Edit with more detail: If I remember correctly, you have a chess-like board where y...
by Quaternia
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 34473

Re: 0888: Heaven

This one was gold. Best one in a while imo
by Quaternia
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Which order to learn math topics in?
Replies: 24
Views: 16373

Re: Which order to learn math topics in?

Just something that might interest you, in a lot of math books at the university level they have a tech tree for the material presented, especially when it's a survey book about a new field or something that bridges a couple of fields. So really if Khan Academy has the high school tech tree covered,...
by Quaternia
Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: infinite group extensions

Alright, thanks for clarifying! I took a look at my university's library: nothingness. There's two antique books, one of which is in French (luckily I'm fluent), but they were before this major theorem/breakthrough and their methods involve heavy duty analysis and probability theory. This, on the ot...
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: infinite group extensions

I'm just giving a handwavey idea of why the statement in the talk might be true, this isn't in any way my area of expertise. Ok. By this you mean, Varopoulos' Theorem? Or is this method we are using explicitly stated in the statement for the talk? (in an equivalent form that I'm not "seeing&qu...
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 36122

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Just because you know calculus or java or whatever doesn't mean you can't still let loose and have fun with the standard fair of the net and humanity, and probably even mock and improve upon it. As others said this is a well made version of the joke. I don't claim intellectual high ground. I just d...
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 17659

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

f i n i t e -> infinite
Combined with this:
DavidSpencer wrote:r e a l -> imaginary

I expect serious damage to m a t h threads XD
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: infinite group extensions

First off, thanks a lot for having spent so much of you.r time explaining this to me! That's partly because things I'm saying aren't entirely true I'm just talking in 'morals'. Nothing below constitutes a proof in any way, you'll have to read the paper for that. You have given me a detailed method, ...
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: infinite group extensions

The more I think about this, the less I understand... I believe the idea is that if the group has such elements, then any generating set must also But we have only shown that these elements cannot create e and have infinite order; why is this sufficient to declare that they must be in a generating s...
by Quaternia
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

Thanks! Do you have some reference for this? Of course I take your word for it, but I'm still a bit shaky as to why this works. DavCrav made up a nice list, I'll check those out when I head to the library today. Edit: something is going wrong here. The subject is supposed to be Fiinite group extensi...
by Quaternia
Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

Actually I'm wrong on that, what you'd need is that e is not a nontrivial combination of the 3 of them So to combine your statements: you want to have three elements, all of infinite order, such that there are no nontrivial combinations of the 3 of them that equal e. Hum let's see if I can work out...
by Quaternia
Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

To show that a group isn't a finite extension of Z or Z^2 (e is easy.. is it finite?), you could a) find 3 'independent elements' with infinite order (independent in that none of them lie in the subgroup generated by the other I'm sorry for my ignorance, but could you explain the reasons why this w...
by Quaternia
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

First off: thanks to all who answered! That there are two contradictory definition is... unfortunate. I should provide the context, then, and perhaps someone will be able to clarify... I am trying to understand the statement of Varopoulos' solution to Kesten's Conjecture. Here is a related link: htt...
by Quaternia
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

Okay, that makes more sense. Thank you both! ^_^ Related question: How would one go about proving something does not have a finite group extension from Z, for example? To prove that it does, you construct such an extension; but to prove that one cannot construct such an extension...? There might be ...
by Quaternia
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Re: Finite group extensions

Hum... okay, thank you very much.
Just to make sure I'm on the same page: a field extension is called finite iff the vector space on the field extension is of finite dimension, right?
I'm a bit at a loss as to how these two notions of finite extensions are related.
by Quaternia
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite group extensions
Replies: 37
Views: 3854

Finite group extensions

Could anyone explain to me what a finite group extension is?
I'm familiar with finite field extensions, but I don't see how to similarly define a finite group extension.
by Quaternia
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should I study math?
Replies: 22
Views: 4571

Re: Should I study math?

Others have pretty much said it all already, so I just wanted to give an example. I have a friend who's in mathematical logic, namely category theory. Now, that didn't look remotely applicable to anything other than pure math problems to me, but then he explained that his research is in computationa...
by Quaternia
Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should I study math?
Replies: 22
Views: 4571

Re: Should I study math?

I have read Hardy's A mathematician's apology and I was somewhat discouraged (I realise it's quite old but still). He wrote this in 1940. Hitler was carving up Europe. Mussolini was in power in Italy and Fascists controlled Spain. His extremely close friend, Srinivasa Ramanujan, had died. This had ...
by Quaternia
Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 34960

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

That's something I'd have expected Black Hat Guy to say... o.O
by Quaternia
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483791

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Too sugary? Maybe in the icing. But I find the pastry is usually bread-like in supermarket eclairs. Ouch, that's gross =( Yeah you really want to have an éclair when it's fresh. After that it feels like you're chewing on a car tire covered in chocolate. You can find the pastry done properly in some...
by Quaternia
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where is the Any key?
Replies: 54
Views: 7030

Re: Where is the Any key?

These are not the keys you are looking for.
by Quaternia
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483791

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

I have the habit of singing softly when I walk alone. This one time, I was walking back from college and I was singing "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden. That's an awesome song. Haters gonna hate. I think you just had an allergic reaction to their bad music tastes = P I had to stop to get some...
by Quaternia
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483791

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

So... where to begin... Friend getting cancer? Not fun. Friend getting huge operation today for cancer? Not fun. Buuuut it did go well so that's something... He's so young too, it's just really a Rant @ Life moment. On top of that I have to sort out a moronic argument between friends about the most ...
by Quaternia
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 388084

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

And if I can't hear you that close, then it's because we're doing 90 and that's not a Moped but a Dark Eldar Reaver and we've got bigger problems. Picturing that totally made my day :D Depends what kind of vehicle is being driven, though; trucks and such have a larger blind spot. On the subject of ...
by Quaternia
Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firearms the Poll
Replies: 85
Views: 9796

Re: Firearms the Poll

Which is.. again.. why there is no distinction between drawing a weapon and firing the weapon. I really agree with your analysis of that situation in general, but what about when you're in a car, or in your house? Personal anecdotes: a friend's grandma was in her car at night at a gas station in a ...
by Quaternia
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 46977

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

It has no relevance because we are aware that the military can legally strip away your rights as a human being. We don't need to be reminded. And frankly, I don't think many of us care. The problem being that it is hard to change something that isn't illegal in a country where both major parties su...
by Quaternia
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 46977

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

Dream wrote:Do you have anything to add beyond "he doesn't deserve to be treated like a human being"?

dedwrekka is not saying he deserves to be treated this way, just that the law technically allows it.
by Quaternia
Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Re: Depleted Uranium

I think some of the worry was towards the people manipulating the munitions too, since they are the ones next to the rounds for a very long time. The radiation is very little, but there was fear that protracted exposure to low levels of radiation would lead to bad things. Source: "Armes Sales, ...
by Quaternia
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 46977

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Thanks for clarifying.

Sorry for having been so confusing, and thanks for having stuck with it.

*edit: that should be Soviet Bill of Right, not "Russian" Bill of Right, in my post above. It was supposed to extend to all citizens, not just ethnic Russians*
by Quaternia
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 46977

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

However, you still aren't addressing the claim that the public laws of various Western nations prohibit the particular type of treatment to which Manning has been subjected. You're just saying that they've been guilty of comparable abuses in other situations. I will concede the point that Western n...
by Quaternia
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning tortured
Replies: 429
Views: 46977

Re: Bradley Manning tortured

Compare: if I contend that many women are not attracted to men, then pointing to a woman who is is not a counterclaim You point to a fallacy in numbers: "many" requires more than a single counterexample. My argument reaches all the countries involved in the Afghan War, as well as Russia a...

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