Why are the prime numbers distributed loggishly? a very nice heuristic argument
A nice group theory proof. I think it's a theorem by Galois. It was a homework exercise in first year algebra. The professor gave a very short proof using a minimality argument, and said he'd be intrigued if anyone managed to prove it without this sleight of hand. But I did! I don't remember the very short proof, unfortunately. Maybe I'll dream hard and dream it up.
A very nice topology proof. I like it because of an interesting lemma I proved along the way: if U is a connected open set in Rn and the boundary of U isn't connected, then the complement of U can't be connected. Also it has an interesting perspective on homotopies.
There are lots and lots of subfields of C that are isomorphic to R. Including some that intersect R only in the algebraic numbers.
No groups of order 720 are simple. Showing groups aren't simple is a kind of game: how can you see (or smell) your way through a numerological thicket? 720 is a hard number to prove this for, because A6 has order 360 and it's simple. So there's a big almost counter-example sitting like a large invisible lump in the logical thicket. You have to calculate your way around it without knowing where it is. I wanted to see if I could do it. I kept on posting proofs on usenet, and it was very embarassing, a group theorist would find an error. Math is a language you can talk and logic is the grammar of it. When I was studying math in college I'd make mistakes right after I came back from vacation, then I'd remember how to think in math and stop being wrong.
a program to triangulate compact connected 2-manifolds
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