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In a proof of the Borsuk-Ulam theorem I've encuntered the notion of a PL mapping between two n-spheres. Does anyone know what it means?

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PL stands for "piecewise linear". Roughly, it means a map which can be decomposed as a piecewise linear map with respect to suitable triangulations of source andtarget. For a more precise description, see the wikipedia entry, or these lecture notes of Jacob Lurie. (Note that is probably implicit in the discussion you are reading that the $n$-spheres are given their standard PL structures.)

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Thanks a lot, you saved my day! – user36773 Aug 7 '12 at 11:58

A PL mapping is a piecewise linear map.

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