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### Feynman learning technique

There is a learning technique by Richard Feynman, which is known as the "Feynman learning technique", and consists of four steps: Select a concept to learn. Teach it to a child (or maybe an ...
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### History of functions of bounded variation

I have read that Jordan first defined the concept of variation and studied functions of bounded variation, in his 1881 publication Sur la Serie de Fourier, as referenced here: https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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### Who discovered that the electromagnetic tensor is the curvature of a connection?

I can not identify clearly who was the first one to realize that the electromagnetic tensor is the curvature 2-form of a U(1)-connection. Looking at Weyl's work, it seems that he came pretty close to ...
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### When did "neighbourhood of a point" first appear in the history of Taylor series?

I am trying to track down at what point mathematicians started to use the terminology of expanding a function "around a point" or in the "neighbourhood of a point". Neither Taylor ...
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### History of prime distribution $\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x)}{x}=0$

Let $\pi(x)$ be the prime counting function. It is well-known that $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x)}{x}=0.$$ My question is who is the first person to prove this result? Did Eratosthenes prove this ...
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### Instances in which a term initially coined to reject a theory later became the widely accepted term for that very theory after it became the consensus

I'm looking for an instance other than that of the 'big bang' — a term coined by Fred Hoyle to reject the theory being referred to. The theory also later went on to become the consensus with the very ...
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### How was addition and multiplication of natural numbers defined before 1870 (Cantor and modern set theory)?

I know how to define addition and multiplication of natural numbers using set theory, but I think that before Cantor, mathematicians did not try to use set theory as a foundation for mathematics (I ...
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### Who was Burlet, the one from Burlet's theorem?

The Burlet's theorem is a result in Euclidean geometry, which can be formulated as follows: Theorem. Consider triangle $ABC$ with $\angle{C}=\gamma$. Let $P$ be the point where the incircle touches ...
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### How does Math look on Different Planets? [closed]

I have had this theory for a while - basic principles in math were likely known by early humans such as caveman (and possibly some level of understanding might even be possessed by animals). I think ...
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### Fossil evidence of common ancestor to Great Apes and Humans

Where can I find documentation of fossil findings about ancient human anscestors, even down to the point of believed divergence between great apes and humans? I heard a skeleton has been found earlier ...
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### What is the earliest documentation of counting and what was it used for?

Counting has been in observed in almost every culture across the world. I think it developed because it proved to be so useful for a range of tasks. I am wondering what the earliest use cases for it ...
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### The history of motivations [closed]

Most histories, that I've encountered, of mathematics about the 18th century and onward focus on a chronology of publications, results, definitions, and similar "pure" interests. However, I ...
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