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How would you show that $\pi_n, n>1$ of the Klein bottle is the trivial group?

I was thinking Seifert-Van Kampen could be applicable?

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The universal cover of the Klein bottle is $\mathbb{R}^2$. You can use lifting criteria from covering space theory to show that the Klein bottle and its covering spaces have the same higher homotopy groups.

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So, then since $\pi_n(\mathbb{R}^2)=0$ for $n>1$, the result would follow, right? – gabriel Nov 15 '12 at 17:37
@gabriel That's right. – Joe Johnson 126 Nov 15 '12 at 18:26

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