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Reference for mathematics of statistical mechanics

I'm looking for materials (books, articles, etc) which focus ONLY on the mathematics of statistical mechanics (as I have no background in physics). The materials may have some simple explanations or ...
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Resources for theory of distributions (generalized functions) for physicists

I am looking for tutorials, articles or books containing theory of distributions in context of mathematical physics. Please suggest.
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Is it physics that leads to development of maths or is it maths that leads to the development of physics? [on hold]

Like calculus(which is maths) was discovered from physics. Are there theories in which maths leads to the discovery of new physics theories? So is it physics that lead to development of maths or its ...
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Why Newton wanted lines to be generated by continued motion of points rather than by apposition of parts?

The following passage has been extracted from the Newton's (John Stewart's English translated version) "Sir Issac Newton's two Treatises: Of the Quadrature of Curves, and Analysis by equations of an ...
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String theory from a mathematical point of view

I have a great interest in the area of string theory, but since I am more focused on mathematics, I was wondering if there is any book out there that covers mathematical aspects of string theory. I ...
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What does it mean for a physical quantity if its mixed second partial derivatives are not equal?

This goes for every problem (either in electromagnetism or fluid dynamics) that has to do with vector fields. Say we have a fluid flowing in a closed circular pipe (or an electromagnetic field, the ...
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Representation theory and physics [closed]

I am taking next semester my 4th algebra class which will be somewhat about representation theory. I would like to do something in representation theory that has some physical application in it and is ...
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Formula relating sum of values of a function to its integral

I came across the above formula in some quantum mechanics lecture notes explaining the Casimir effect. Anyone seen it before if so could you please tell me its 'name'. B refers to the Bernoulli ...
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Do negative numbers have any physical meaning?

So, mindlessly wandering off into space, thinking about quantum and how cool physics is, I came to a realization that... well.. negative numbers to me make 0 sense. You have either something, or not ...
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Pointwise and uniform convergence. Examples from physics

I am a first-year mathematical student, and from a mathematical perspective I understand the difference between pointwise and uniform convergence of sequences and series of functions. However, I have ...
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Aplications of algebraic topology/pure mathematics in nuclear fusion

I am planning on working on an independent research class this fall at a community college. My instructor wants to focus it around pure mathematics/topology/homotopy. I think she has done a phd in ...
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Crash course on algebraic geometry with view to applications in physics

Could you please recommend any good texts on algebraic geometry (just over the complex numbers rather than arbitrary fields) and on complex geometry including Kahler manifolds that could serve as an ...
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Subject is Maths that would complement Physics? [closed]

Suppose Math has 5 sub parts- Analysis: Analysis, Complex Analysis, Measure theory and integration,Functional Analysis Algebra: Group Theory, Vectors space-rings-modules, Galois, Algebra Number ...
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If a theory of everything exists, is it necessarily unique?

There is a lot of interesting debate over whether a "theory of everything" (ToE) is allowed to exist in the mathematical sense, see Does Gödel preclude a workable ToE?, Final Theory in Physics: a ...
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Mathematics needed for string theory [duplicate]

I'm interested in cutting edge string theory studied by research physicist. I'm wonder what mathematics is needed and how far am I in terms of mathematics background needed and how much more ...
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How to learn the wavelet transform?

Is there any good literature if I want to learn the wavelet transform? Especially my project is related with marine electromagnetism?
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How can area be a vector?

My professor told me recently that Area is a vector. A Google search gave me the following definition for a vector: Noun: A quantity having direction as well as magnitude, esp. as determining ...
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Can pure mathematics alone give proofs in science [closed]

I reasoned in my last post that because of science's nature of induction and falsifiability, it is impossible to give a theorem in science, unlike in mathematics. It is because even when a scientific ...
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Numerically summing a divergent series [duplicate]

Say I have a closed form expression for a divergent series and I can calculate as many terms in it as I want. What options have I got to obtain a meaningful result for this divergent series?
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Trajectories piecewise smooth?

In my studies of calculus and real analysis I have found the proofs of several theorems, commonly used in physics, such as those concerning the conservativity of fields, for example like If ...
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Dirac delta function equation intuition and proof [duplicate]

What is the intuition and where should I find proof of this equation (do not know what its name is). It is used to derive Gauss law from Newton equation. $${\nabla \cdot \Bigg ( ...
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Is it possible to have infinite combinations in reality?

On a yoghurt advert, the voiceover claimed that you have infinite combinations with it. However, given that there is a finite amount of matter, is it possible to have infinite combinations with the ...
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What happened with Hilbert's sixth problem (the axiomatization of physics) after Gödel's work?

I'll write the question but I'm not fully confident of the premises I'm making here. I'm sorry if my proposal is too silly. Hilbert's sixth problem consisted roughly about finding axioms for physics ...
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Convert discrete sum to principal integral

I'm studying IQHE beginning with Laughlin's famous gauge argument. I referred to his Nobel Lecture, in which he mentioned a paper that enlightened him. It is Phys.Rev.B.23.5632(1981) which talked ...
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What is the math knowledge necessary for starting Quantum Mechanics?

Could someone experienced in the field tell me what the minimal math knowledge one must obtain in order to grasp the introductory Quantum Mechanics book/course? I do have math knowledge but I must ...
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Is it possible to express continuous growth without using transcendental numbers? [closed]

Continuous growth is typically expressed using some variant on $A = Pe^{rt}$, I understand where $e$ comes from in general, it is the amount something grows in a given time interval, when continuously ...
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What really are perturbation expansions?

I'm unsure if this question belongs here or at Math.SE, but since I've got to it by reading some articles about Physics I'm going to post it here anyway. In this particular article (Theoretical ...
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Calculating average quantities in kinetic theory

Consider a volume $V$ with $5$ particles each of mass $m$ at positions $\mathbf{q}_i=(x_i,y_i,z_i) \in V$ and with velocities $\mathbf{v}_i=(u_i,v_i,w_i)$. The speeds of the particles are between $0$ ...
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The grand partition function of non interacting hamiltonians

In the case of non interacting particles I know we can write the Hamiltonian as $$H(\mathbf{q}_1,\dots,\mathbf{p}_1,\dots)=\sum_{i=1}^N h(\mathbf{q}_i,\mathbf{p}_i)$$ but I am having trouble ...
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Poisson bracket in 4d phase space

In phase space determined by $(q_i,p_i)$ the Poisson bracket of two functions f and g is $$\{f,g\}=\sum_{i=1}^N\frac{\partial f}{\partial q_i}\frac{\partial g}{\partial p_i}-\frac{\partial g}{\partial ...
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Infinite series of derivatives of position when starting from rest

Suppose you have an object with zero for the value of all the derivatives of position. In order to get the object moving you would need to increase the value of the velocity from zero to some finite ...
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Number of microstates compatible with two boxes

From my notes I have: From one point of view there are many more microstates compatible with the LHS than the RHS, in fact the relation between the number of microstates is ...
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How many digits of Pi are required in physics? [closed]

In other words: which physics experiment requires to know Pi with the highest precision?
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Can I take the partial derivative of the Lagrangian with respect to a constant?

I've got a system where I know that the derivative of one of the generalized coordinates is constant. So to find the Hamiltonian of the system I need to take the partial derivative with respect to ...
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Why are three parameters required to express rotation in 3 dimension?

We know that in spherical coordinates angle $\theta$ and $\phi$ (two angles)are enough to express three dimensional rotation of matrix. But to express rotation mathematically as a transformation ...
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Best books for mathematical background?

What are the best textbooks to read for the mathematical background you need for modern physics, such as, string theory? Some subjects off the top of my head that probably need covering: ...
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Tensor Operators

Motivation. I was recently reviewing the section 3.10 in Sakurai's quantum mechanics in which he discusses tensor operators, and I was left desiring a more mathematically general/precise discussion. ...
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Every Galilean transformation can be written as the composition of rotation, translation, and uniform motion

Having heard many good things about Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, I picked it up and started going through it. While I think I understand all of the definitions he makes, the ...
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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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Hilbert's sixth problem (current answers neglect the fact that $C_{U} \subseteq U $ ) [duplicate]

(current answers neglect the fact that the set of all concepts( $C_{U}$) is a subset of U as all of them are physically encoded( symbolically represented by the physical events themselves(brains, ...
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Mathematics for Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What math should I study if I want to get a basic understanding of quantum mechanics and especially to be able to use the Schrodinger's equation.
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Requirements prior to Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What are the requirements in physics and mathematics that somebody must have in order to start learning Quantum Mechanics by himself?
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Intuitive meaning of the exponential form of an unitary operator in Quantum Mechanics

I'm an undergraduate student in Chemistry currently studying quantum mechanics and I have a problem with unitary transformations. Here in my book, it is stated that Every unitary operator ...
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Dual of the TDSE

Quite a quick and hopefully simple question. The TDSE takes the form $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\lvert\psi\rangle}{\partial t}=H\lvert\psi\rangle$$ and so if we take the dual of this to find the time ...
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Can quaternion math be used to model spacetime?

Quaternions are commonly used to model 4 dimensional systems where the quaternion consists of a real 3 dimensional vector and an imaginary scalar. So on the surface Quaternions seem well suited to ...
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Justifying the use of real numbers for measuring length

I am not sure if this is the most appropriate place to post this but here goes nothing: Assume we were trying to come up with system of numbers $S$ to model our intuition of length. We want $S$ to ...
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Which cardinality of infinities are subtracted in the renormalisation of quantum field theory?

In quantum field theory, e.g. in quantum electrodynamics, renormalisation is used to make sense of an infinite number of virtual particles. This, crudely, involves the subtraction of infinities. But ...
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Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?

Suppose I have a caliper that is infinitely precise. Also suppose that this caliper returns not a number, but rather whether the precise length is rational or irrational. If I were to use this ...
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Gauge invariance and non-commuting second derivatives

I'm currently doing a homework assignment in relativistic quantum mechanics, and one of the problems involves proving the gauge invariance of a particular lagrangian. The problem is really quite ...
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Calculating the electric field of an infinite flat 2D sheet of charge

I was trying to calculate the electric field of an infinite flat sheet of charge. I considered the sheet to be the plane $z=0$ and the position where the electric field is calculated to be ...