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### Characteristic classes for quaternionic bundles

In a nutshell, the derivation of the Stiefel-Whitney and Chern classes for a (let's say) closed space $X$ is as follows: For $k = {\mathbb{R}}$ or $\mathbb{C}$, any $k$-line bundle $\xi \to X$ is the ...
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### A Question About Notation (Homology with Local Coefficients)

I am currently reading A J Berrick’s An Approach to Algebraic K-Theory, and I am stuck at one of the propositions there because he does not define homology with local coefficients. Proposition: ...
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### Relations of Characteristic classes: Chern, Stiefel-Whitney, Pontryagin, Euler, Wu class. [closed]

We have a quite some characteristic classes: Chern class, Stiefel-Whitney class, Pontryagin class, Euler class, Wu class, etc. I wonder whether some math experts can use simple words and basic ...
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### Direct limit of $CW$ complex and infinite Stiefel manifold

Let $V_{n}(\mathbb{R}^k)$ be the Stiefel manifold of ortogonal $n$-frames in $\mathbb{R}^k$ and $G$ a compact Lie group. A classifyng space for group $G$ is a connected topological space $BG$, ...
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### What is the geometric meaning of powers of the first Stiefel-Whitney class?

If $M$ is an $n$-dimensional manifold, I know $\\w_1^n(M)$ is a Stiefel-Whitney number of the manifold, but what does its vanishing geometrically mean? More generally, does the Stiefel-Whitney height ...
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### Visualize Fourth Homotopy Group of $S^2$

I know $\pi_4(S^2)$ is $\mathbb{Z}_2$. However, I don't know how to visualize it. For example, it is well known that $\pi_3(S^2)=\mathbb{Z}$ can be understood by Hopf Fibration. Elements in ...
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### How to classify principal bundles over a 2 dimensional surface?

I just want to how much people know about this at the moment? I thought this is elementary and may be of execrise level, but a quick google search showed serious papers written on this subject (like ...
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### How did Chern pictured the first Chern number?

The first Chern number $\cal C$ is known to be related to various physical objects. Gauge fields are known as connections of some principle bundles. In particular, principle $U(1)$ bundle is said to ...
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### Understanding the trivialisation of a normal bundle

I've been looking for a definition of "trivialisation of normal bundle". I think I understand what a vector bundle, fibre bundle and a local trivialisation of either is. I also know what a tangent ...
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### Which spheres are fiber bundles?

The Hopf fibration is a fiber bundle with total space $S^3$, and there are similar constructions for $S^7$ and $S^{15}$. Are there any other ways to regard a sphere as a nontrivial fiber bundle? My ...