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8:09 PM
@Danu Thanks for that suggestion. I am a little rusty on my point set topology, but as far as I can tell, that's how a textbook should be presented. Actually, theorem-definition-proof isn't so bad if it is preceded by motivation, preferably examples, and discourse about the applicability of the following definition to the greater theory.
 
@0celo7 Uh...I'm pretty sure that the existence/uniqueness for such linear second-order ODEs is not purely local, but I hate DE theory, so I can't help you.
 
@ACuriousMind I'm having an epistemological crisis, don't mind me
 
@Danu do you know happen to know of a textbook like that for group theory?
 
8:26 PM
$\hbar$ is given in units $J \cdot s = kg \cdot m^2 \cdot s^2 \cdot s$ correct? @0celo7 then $\frac{\hbar}{Mc} = s^4$? Zee says this is a length..
$Mc$ is a momentum
 
what
what are the units of energy
energy is work, which is force x distance
force is mass x acceleration
or is he doing natural units
 
@0celo7 I need you
 
why
Is Michelle trying to get you to go to Michigan
 
In fact I need anyone in here who currently runs OSX or any Unix based OS
@0celo7 No, why?
I don't have money to go there
 
@BernardMeurer not relevant
 
8:31 PM
@0celo7 Yes, relevant
 
oh my bad it was $s^{-2}$ not $s^2$
 
you need some lengths in there, dude
 
@0celo7 I'm working on face detection software, and I'm trying to make a guess of nose location based only on the rectangle detected as face area
@0celo7 It works for my face
 
just look up Joule on wiki
 
but I need someone else to try it and see if it'll work
 
8:32 PM
so $\frac{kg\cdot m^2}{s} \cdot \frac{s}{kg\cdot m} = m$
ya checks out. i still dont understand uncertainty principle though. something about if two variables don't commute then they can't be determined simultaneously or something
 
why do you need that for Zee?
it's a GR book
 
@BernardMeurer I would ask "why are you doing that?", but I'm a bit afraid of the answer
You're probably trying to train your Linux potatos to latch onto human faces and then interface with their brains through the nose
4
 
oh god
I didn't think of that
 
@ACuriousMind Will you help me? :D
I have no clue if it'll run on Windows, probably not
it should work on OSX
 
@0celo7 he uses it in defining natural units. i dislike the idea of taking things for granted but you're right it's primarily a GR book so i don't need to learn it
 
8:36 PM
@BernardMeurer Can only offer you Windows, I'm afraid
 
> To see how, note that Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle tells us that $\hbar$ 􏳊 divided by the momentum Mc is a length.
Uhhh
 
@ACuriousMind Let's try that then, gimme a sec
 
That has nothing to do with Heisenberg
 
@0celo7 I'm fine with it but it does introduce a constant that wasn't in newtonian mechanics that we use in determining a natural unit for length.
 
@ACuriousMind Do you know how to run something from the command line in Windows?
 
8:41 PM
@ACuriousMind What the heck is $\Bbb R^\infty$
 
@BernardMeurer Does it involve more than navigating to the directory the exe is in and typing its name?
I remember I did that once for a Python script @ChrisWhite created that took command line arguments
@0celo7 Either $\prod_{i\in\mathbb{N}}\mathbb{R}$ or $\bigoplus_{i\in\mathbb{N}}\mathbb{R}$.
 
please explain both?
 
One is the product, the other the coproduct/direct sum.
 
@ACuriousMind Yep, quick 101:
1. Open powershell (it's fancier than CMD)
2. navigate to the directory using 'cd DIRNAME'
3. run 'ls' to make sure you're where the file is (will list all files in current dir)
4. run the executable with .\FILENAME, e.g '.\face_detection'
 
@ACuriousMind I can read, too
 
8:43 PM
@0celo7 Can you test it too?
It requires a webcam btw
 
@0celo7 Well, what is there to explain? If you know the definition of product/direct sum, you know what these objects are.
 
No, I have a Jew nose. I'll throw off your measurement.
 
@0celo7 Plox halp
 
@BernardMeurer ::sad trombone:: I don't have one of those
 
If the potatoes can't target jews I'll be called racist
 
8:44 PM
@ACuriousMind Ok, I don't know what they mean then
What product
 
@ACuriousMind Balls, thanks though!
 
@0celo7 Product of vector spaces
 
@BernardMeurer I'm not a Jew, I just have a Jewish nose.
@ACuriousMind Huh, never heard of that.
 
@0celo7 I can't tell whether you're serious
 
I've always thought $V\times W$ and $V\oplus W$ are the same
 
8:45 PM
Ah, they are, for finitely many spaces
 
@0celo7 That doesn't make my point any less valid
 
aw dang they're closing already
 
@ACuriousMind Ok, well, my definition of $\times$ is that of $\oplus$.
I never have to take the infinite product of vector spaces
 
i'll continue at home.
 
@0celo7 Plox halp
 
8:47 PM
@0celo7 $\prod_{i\in I} V_i$ is the space where an element is given by a list of elements $v_i)_{i\in I}$ of the $V_i$. $\bigoplus$ is the same, except that all but finitely many of the $v_i$ are required to be zero.
 
@ACuriousMind I know that.
Oh, that probably pisses you off
I mean I know that, but don't know why it's true
 
It's...a definition
 
Who came up with that
 
Well, this is the "right" definition because these objects fulfill the universal property of the product resp. the coproduct
 
No category pls
What property would that be
 
8:54 PM
@0celo7 How you get maps on the $\prod$ resp. $\bigoplus$ from maps on the $V_i$. The product comes with projections $\pi_i$ onto the $V_i$, the coproduct with inclusions $\iota_i : V_i\to\bigoplus_i V_i$. the universal property of the product is now that given maps $f_i : W\to V_i$ there is a unique map $f:W\to \prod_i V_i$ such that $\pi_i\circ f = f_i$. The u.p. of the coproduct is that for $g_i : V_i\to W$ there is $g: \bigoplus_i V_i\to W$ with $g\circ \iota_i = g_i$.
 
9:06 PM
@WilliamBulmer No, Thurston is quite unique (and hyper-famous in mathematical circles).
 
@ACuriousMind O.O
Is that supposed to make sense?
 
@Danu That's disappointing. Maybe more people would get into theoretical math if more textbooks were written that way.
Instead of the Gavage Method (TM) of teaching mathematics
 
Why is more people into pure math a good thing?
@ACuriousMind Hmm
I see
 
@0celo7 Yes. Maybe it makes more sense in words: The product is a thing where you can project out the factors, and where giving maps into the factors determines a map into the product. The direct sum is a thing where you know how the summands embed into it, and where giving maps from the summands determines a map from the sum.
 
@ACuriousMind Yes, that's how I interpret that mess, too.
 
9:15 PM
It's a good thing for all those who would love to study theoretical math, but can't stomach the way its presented
 
Good to know.
@WilliamBulmer How many people like that are there?
 
I mean, I learned more about Galois theory by just studying polynomial roots myself than I ever did attempting to read Garling
 
You were probably not ready for that book
 
@Ocelo that's a good question. How would we know unless we all stopped teaching mathematical concepts as if they emerged fully formed from the forheads of mathematical gods?
Oh, I am ready. I just don't like reading it
And so, I stop doing it
 
@ACuriousMind Is there a way to massage a connection out of a symplectic form?
 
9:21 PM
@Ocelo7 snark aside, I don't think this is a matter of opinion. There is research that supports certain forms of pedagogy over others (on average)
 
@0celo7 Only if the cohomology class of $\omega$ is integral, then the symplectic form becomes the curvature of a U(1)-connection on a complex line bundle.
(That's essentially due to the integral of the curvature being the first Chern class and the Chern class being a class in integral cohomology, I think)
 
@ACuriousMind I don't know what that means, but I meant a connection on $TM$.
 
@0celo7 That I don't know anything about
 
Why is the integral of the Chern class an integer, anyway
 
But the connection I just described is in fact one of the steps in geometric quantization
 
9:27 PM
What IS an opinion of mine (well, more like a hypothesis), is that the math community has inadvertently set up a filter that self-selects. More often than not, people who study pure math can learn with the definition-theorem-proof method of pedagogy. Then, those same people become mathematicians, and continue to perpetuate that pedagogy. People who fall by the wayside are considered "bad at math" but in reality, they just can't learn very well using the theorem-definition-proof method.
 
So?
 
@WilliamBulmer I still think your sense of... capability of speaking for everyone else when it comes to learning mathematics is... well, just plain wrong.
 
@Danu Read the literature on education
 
@WilliamBulmer Okay, if you really claim this then produce me some research that says this (I'm pretty sure nothing has been done to show something as specific as you claim)
@WilliamBulmer You give me a paper that proves what you say, then.
(I don't think it exists)
Burden of proof is on you, clearly
 
I don't see what's wrong with that format
What other format is there that isn't complete ass when you have to go back and look for a theorem/proof
 
9:29 PM
I like the format, too. I find dry texts not... amazing but they can be great.
 
Are we talking about books that have no commentary?
 
@Danu Let's be specific. What are you asking me to prove? That students, on average, learn better when provided with examples and motivation, rather than just being force fed definitions and rules?
Also, I hate the word "prove." Let's say demonstrate
 
he wants you to prove any of your claims
He does not buy any of what you're saying
@WilliamBulmer what?
 
@WilliamBulmer No, that "broad perspective" in mathematics textbooks produces measurably more "learning" (how will you even measure this?) than pure Definition-Theorem-Proof style
 
Let him answer.
 
9:32 PM
And yes, you're making claims this specific so I want a result this specific.
 
@Sᴋᴜʟʟᴘᴇᴛʀᴏʟ Can't wait to see how many dead flies there are now
 
@Danu Well, presumably "broad perspective" in mathematics is a corollary to "students learn more efficiently when presented with examples and motivation", no?
 
@WilliamBulmer No.
 
@Danu why not?
 
9:33 PM
This conversation is not long for this world
 
Examples and motivations are not at all at odds with the Definition-Theorem-Proof style, and I don't see why you think it is.
 
@WilliamBulmer Ah, never mind it; I shouldn't engage in this anyways.
You win ;)
 
Called it
:D
 
@Danu No, I am perfectly willing to be proven wrong
 
I'm not willing to spend my time on this any longer
 
9:34 PM
cya later
 
I'm sorry for trying to call you out
 
I have no ego in this.
 
I shouldn't have gotten involved again :P
 
@ACuriousMind Agreed, Defn.-Theorem-Proof is essential, but doesn't exclude examples&motivation which might help
 
@Danu What are you apologising for?
 
9:35 PM
@WilliamBulmer Wasting both of our times
Now I will really stop---I'm not responding about this specific topic any more.
 
@Danu got it
 
By the way, @WilliamBulmer I found Vinberg's book on algebra pretty decent
 
@Danu Thanks
 
It's the definition-theorem-proof style you hate, but the Russian school of textbooks is a bit different from others
Maybe you prefer it
 
Eww, Russian
 
9:36 PM
There are some "physical" examples
 
Maybe I should have been more specific
I probably should have used what I initially called it--Bourbaki style
 
Bourbaki is something very different from just def-thm-proof
 
How so @Danu
 
Have you read one of those books?
 
No
I have not had a reason
 
Bourbaki is well-known for strong preference for abstraction and generality
 
Yes, I know that.
 
Well, there you go.
 
that's bourbaki style
 
9:40 PM
I know nothing about algebra, so this will look horrible to me no matter what style
 
All math books are about rigor :D
(hopefully haha)
 
Rigor is important
 
I think I'm losing hair
 
9:42 PM
Also important
 
@BernardMeurer what is it that you need help with
 
@Danu, I know you don't want to talk about it, my wife and sister are teachers. I will ask them what the literature specifically says
 
Teachers?
 
I made those statements based off of conversations with them
 
@WilliamBulmer Your more generic claim is not very interesting. Applying it to something as specific as you claim to is wrong, in my mind. (damnit, I oughta stop replying)
 
9:45 PM
(I know some teachers don't know what the scientific method is. My wife and sister do, so I trust their assessment)
@Danu Well, we can talk about it, if you want. As I said, I have no ego in this, and I don't mind being proven wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with calling me out
Just know that if you do want me to follow up (which it sounds like you don't), it likely won't be today
 
unzip it anywhere
run from commandline
the face_detect file
 
what what what
 
> get virus
 
I don't know how to do any of that
@Danu Also this
You murder calculators for a living, you cannot be trusted
 
@Danu The code's on github
I just wanted to save myself (and him) from having to compile code again
 
9:51 PM
did you get Michelle to do it
 
@0celo7 She's at work rn
 
Implying she actually works lol
why do you think she got a butt lift
 
@0celo7 Just help me out man
 
chill
I'm doing a proof
will help you when I'm done
 
@0celo7 Alrighty
I read "doing a prof" and was very proud for a moment there
 
10:00 PM
@BernardMeurer I have not met any sexy profs yet
all the grad students are chinese dudes, so no luck there either
 
@0celo7 Lame
There's a cute grad student in maths there
 
Where
 
lol
Lemme check my history, i found her a while ago
 
There is a cute grad student from Stanford who collaborates with us
But she's convinced I'm my prof's cousin (???), so no luck there
 
@Danu From the little I have read of Vinberg, it seems like a pretty good textbook. Thanks. Maybe I AM wrong, and have simply sampled the wrong textbooks. Is this representative of the Russian School of Textbooks style?
 
10:06 PM
@0celo7 Is she blonde, with a slightly large nose and blue eyes?
 
Sure
 
I can't find a picture but that's how I remember the person
 
@0celo7 what
 
@BernardMeurer Asian
 
10:07 PM
@0celo7 Not who I'm thinking about
Can't find this girl in my history goddamit
 
@ACuriousMind Her English isn't perfect, and something got lost in translation once
It's been a running joke
Only she doesn't know it's a joke
 
Why should that matter?
 
What?
@BernardMeurer You were creeping on a girl from my school?
 
Being your prof's cousin.
 
@0celo7 No, I was looking for something and I ended up there, and I saw her so I kept her in a tab to make fun of you later but eventually I closed that tab
and forgot to make fun of you
 
10:11 PM
@skillpatrol It's an Asian thing
 
Explain
 
@BernardMeurer Why were you going to make fun of me?
@skillpatrol It brings dishonor.
 
@0celo7 AHA!
 
I'm stuck on a Riemannian geometry proof. I hate my life
 
Dude I'm good at this
 
10:12 PM
What about her
 
She's not asian
She's a physics graduate student though
 
Oh, she's never at work then
Not very studious
 
why what
and how is that making fun of me
should I try to get her number or something
 
Why isn't she studious
 
10:14 PM
she's not Asian, clearly
 
It's not, I no longer remember how I was going to use her to make fun of you
AH
lol
@0celo7 If you didn't have a girlfriend who's as weird as you already I'd say go for it
but that being the case, stick to what you've got
 
Hey...
 
Shut up and listen
 
10:15 PM
Can't, in the library
 
@Danu Meh, not the best conductor
Specially for that piece
 
True, but it's not so easy to find shit on youtube
 
meh
 
(in Germany)
 
@Danu I have the complete symphonies conducted by Haitink in lossless if you want
 
10:17 PM
@Danu It's pretty easy to find shit on YouTube. It's finding the good stuff that's hard :P
 
that sounds nice
 
@Danu Literally
 
are we talking about PIRACY
 
@0celo7 Nope, I'll sell him my USED CD for 0,01 BRL
 
Pretty sure that's piracy
 
10:18 PM
which is 0.002 EUR
technically I am but reselling a product
 
I wonder if this is a typo.
@BernardMeurer Still stuck on this proof, hold up
 
@0celo7 Alrighty
 
Well, I am going home. I hope I didn't stir the pot too much. Have a good night, everyone.
 
cya later
 
10:44 PM
@Danu interesting choice
 
@ACuriousMind I doubt you'll want to look at a Riemannian geometry proof, right?
 
10:56 PM
@BernardMeurer still stuck holy crap
I don't see how that's relevant
 
Man, my google drive is sooo much slower than Dropbox
Perhaps it depends on the device?
 
This has got to be a bad joke. After intense searching I'm about six or seven reference levels deep into spinor papers and I finally find one that says that the existence of Majorana spinors can be deduced from general group theoretical arguments
It then gives the reference [5] and then says it will deduce their existence by explicit computation
I look into the references section, and there is no [5]
Also, two to four papers seem to have been grouped here under the same label anyway, and still there's [6] twice instead of [5], totalling four papers. Who the hell thought this would be a good way to label references?
 
Ouch!
 
11:11 PM
@ACuriousMind That's physics
@ACuriousMind Please, Riemannian geometry, your favorite
 
No, not now
 
Can't you see he's busy?
 
I've already read two of the possible candidates for [5], this is not yet a dead end
 
Happy hunting :P
 
@skillpatrol He can take his mind off of it with this proof
Which, to be fair, I have been stuck on for months.
I have a feeling the proof is just wrong.
 
user223506
11:16 PM
hello!
 
I know about 7 Riemannian geometry books, and this is the only one which proves it like this.
 
Hmmm, the prof actually is here at my university. I could go and ask him whether he remembers what the correct reference for a paper he wrote 33 years ago is... :D
 
:O
What are the chances :P
 
I can follow Milnor's proof, which is the same as do Carmo
I can also follow the Lee-Lee-Petersen proof
And the Jost proof
Are there any more Riemannian geometry books?
Walschap
Kobayashi-Nomizu
 
11:22 PM
What's so important about following this proof?
 
If this proof is correct, it's very elegant
But it makes zero sense to me, and seems quite wrong.
Yes, I drew a picture
 
:-)
proof without words
 
Aha...it appears the answer lies in Tits
lol
 
Time to dust off the ol' Kobayashi
 
11:30 PM
Don't let your dust allergies get in the way
 
oh god soldering forms
@ACuriousMind help
No, they use a proof similar to Lee, but it's harder to follow
 
Damn. The book by Tits has what I want, but it is just tables of facts, no proofs and no specific references -.-
 

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