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I don't mean questions about math as pertains to Judaism. I mean straight-up math questions, like anything you'd see on Math.SE.

The reason I feel this way is based on the Mishnah (Avos 3:18, translation follows Tosfos Yom Tov):

אמר ר׳ אלעזר חסמא קינים ופתחי נדה הן הן גופי הלכה תקופות וגמטריאות פרפראות לחכמה

R’ Elazar Chisma said, “Bird-offerings and windows of Niddos are the body of Halacha; mathematics and geometry are appetizers for wisdom.”

Why is it so important? As Rabbeinu Yonah writes on this Mishnah:

מפני שיש בהם חשבונות רבים וחכמת החשבון מחדדת את האדם:

For they have many calculations, and the wisdom of mathematics sharpens a person.

Presumably he means that one should learn math, etc. in order to sharpen his mind, which he can then apply to Torah.

So it's a tremendous mitzvah to learn math, then! Why shouldn't it be allowed on-site?


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    There is a non-Purim-Torah aspect to this question. It's really quite hard to define where the Rambam draws the line between Torah and other knowledge. – Micha Berger Mar 11 at 17:13

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