[OS X TeX] Latex symbol for "define equal"

Martin Berggren martin.berggren at cs.umu.se
Tue Aug 21 14:58:46 CEST 2018

Regarding the difference between a theorem and a definition: In the words of my thesis advisor: You cannot argue with a definition. (It should be said with a french accent!) A definition can be nice, practical, useful, or impractical, unnecessary, confusing, and so on, but it cannot be true or false. A theorem, however, is true.

Cheers,

> On 21 Aug 2018, at 14:48, Markus Klyver <markusklyver at hotmail.com> wrote:
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> Depends, literature tends to use the definitions interchangeably depending on what aspect is important to subject.
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>> On 21 Aug 2018, at 13:47, Markus Klyver <markusklyver at hotmail.com <mailto:markusklyver at hotmail.com>> wrote:
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>> The thing is that you can have several different definitions, all equivalent.  Consider the definition "a matrix A \in \mathbb R^{n \times n} is invertiable iff A have a multiplicative inverse". It turns out that this is equivalent to a lot of things, among det(A) !=0, A having full rang, A having n linearindependent eigenvectors, Ax=0 only having the trivial solution, Ax=b having a solution (which is unique) for every right-hand-side b, etc.
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> I would save that this is a theorem, not a definition. I think of a definition as a “macro”; that is,  giving a short name to a mathematical property. Example: a matrix A is called positive semidefinite when x^T Ax \geq 0 for all vectors x. The point is that you in each instances when the name is used, it can be replaced by its definition.
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