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### Nulhomotopic map from $S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{C} - \{0\}$

Hullo, I am aware that the inclusion map $i : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{C} - \{0\}$ is not nulhomotopic since there is a retraction from $\mathbb{C} - \{0\}$ to $S^1$ making the induced homomorphism ...
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### A question on Kronecker Index

I am reading A book by Milnor (Lectures on characteristic classes) and I can across this section on Stiefel-Whitney numbers (page 16) and he uses the Kronecker index but never defines it (He says to ...
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### Homeomorphism - transforming mug into donut

I read that a map is 'visually' a homeomorphism if you don't have to fold or tear the object. Thus, I was wondering what the problem with folding is? I guess that in this statement they don't assume ...
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### Path Homotopy in a Topological Annulus

Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ be simple, closed curves in $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that $C_1$ lies in the region bounded by $C_2$, and the origin $O$ lies in the region bounded by $C_1$. Define an annulus $A$ as the ...
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### Finding simple homotopy type

I have an excercise that I kind of dislike: Given $T-\{p,q\}$ where $T = S^1 \times S^1$ and $p,q \in T$ two different points, I am supposed to find a simple homotopy equivalent space by ...
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### Fundamental group of two tori with a circle ($S^1✕${$x_0$}) identified

Compute the fundamental group of the space obtained from two tori $S^1✕S^1$ by identifying a circle $S^1✕${$x_0$} in one torus with the corresponding circle $S^1✕${$x_0$} in the other. Using van ...
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### Construction of a covering space as a fibre bundle

In a direct proof of the equivalence of categories between the covering maps $p:(\hat X, \hat x) \rightarrow (X,x)$ of a topological space $(X,x)$ for sufficiently beautiful $X$ and the ...
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### Wedge sum of spheres [closed]

Let's $X$ be a CW-complex. If $X^{(n)}$ is the n-skeleton of $X$ and $\Lambda_n$ is a set of index. How could I prove that $X^{(n)}/X^{(n-1)}=\bigvee_{\alpha \in \Lambda_n} S^n_{\alpha}$? Thank you ...
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### Obtaining Wirtinger presentation using van Kampen theorem

Hatcher's Algebraic Topology, section 1.2, problem #22 describes an algorithm for computing the Wirtinger presentation of the complement of a smooth or piecewise linear knot K in $\mathbb{R}^3$: ...
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### Extension of a homeomorphism

Let X and Y Hausdorff normal topological spaces, and let N,M dense subspaces of X,Y, respectivaly. Let f a homeomorphism between N and M. Is true that exists an continuos extension F (between X and ...
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### inverse of stiefel-whitney class of product bundles

Let $\xi_1,\cdots,\xi_n$ be vector bundles over $M$. Let $\omega$ be the Stiefel-Whitney class and $\bar\omega$ be the inverse. By an exercise in Milnor's book,  w(\Pi_{j=1}^a ...
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### A condition for a covering map to be regular

We said that a path-connected covering map $p:E \rightarrow X$ is regular if: $\forall e \in p^{-1}(x_0): p_{\sharp} \pi_1(E,e)$ is a norm subgroup of $\pi_1(X,x_0)$. or equivalently: If closed ...
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### Gluing oriented manifold along boundaries

Let $M_1$ and $M_2$ be oriented manifolds with boundaries. Suppose they have homeomorphic boundaries. I want to glue $M_1$ and $M_2$ along the boundaries via some homeomorphism. To ensure that the ...
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### Fundamental group of the complement of an eight shape

What is $\pi_1(\mathbb{R}^3 \setminus (S^1 \vee S^1))$? I would say that the space deformation retracts to a sphere $S^2$ surrounding the missing eight with two sticks stuck in the two loops of the ...
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### Is the pullback of two covering spaces $\tilde X$ and $\hat X$ a covering space?

Suppose we have two covering spaces $p:\tilde X \rightarrow X$ and $q:\hat X \rightarrow X$ of the same space. Is the pullback $\tilde X \times_X \hat X$ also a covering space of $X$? If yes, what ...
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### Questions about simplex and affine space

For the sake of completeness, I would like to give you some concepts before asking the questions: For every simplex $S=<<x^{0},x^{1},...,x^{k}>>$ in $\Bbb R^{n}$, denote by $H_s$, the ...
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### Constructing a surjection from fundamental group of a mapping cone to Hawaiian Earring to $\prod_\infty \mathbb{Z} / \oplus_\infty \mathbb{Z}$

If X is the subspace of $\mathbb{R}$ consisting of 1, 1/2, ... together with its limit point 0, C is the mapping cone of the quotient map $SX \rightarrow \sum X =$ (the Hawaiian Earring) which ...
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### Is the suspension of a countable collection of points in $\mathbb{R}$ a countable collection of circles?

I am extremely new to topology and taking an algebraic topology course, and I need some help understanding the behavior of suspensions. The problem I am working on asks about the suspension of the ...
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### Any relations between the weak topology on a Banach Space and the weak topology on CW complexes?

I'm learning about CW complexes, which we'll say are topological spaces $X$ that admit a filtration $\emptyset \subset X^0 \subset X^1 \subset \cdots \subset X^n \subset \cdots$, with $X=\bigcup X^n$, ...
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### Converse to the Jordan-Brouwer separation theorem

By the Jordan curve theorem, if $C \subset S^2$ is (the image of) a simple closed curve, then $S^2 \setminus C$ has precisely two connected components. This statement admits the following "converse". ...
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### Homology group of 3-fold sum of projective planes

I want to calculate the homology group of the 3-fold sum of projective planes defined by the labelling scheme $aabbcc$. For this I will use the following corollary from Munkres: Corollary 75.2: Let ...
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### Klein bottle as two Möbius strips.

I read that glueing together two Möbius strips along their edges creates a surface that is equivalent to the so-called Klein bottle. The Möbius strip comes in two versions that are mirrored ...
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### A sufficient condition for the composition of covering maps to be a covering map

Let $q:X \rightarrow Y$ and $r:Y \rightarrow Z$ be covering maps and $p= r \circ q$. If $r^{-1}(z)$ is finite for all $z \in Z$, then $p$ is a covering map. Now I found the following proof: ...
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### Cardinality of fibres of covering maps of connected spaces

If I have a covering map $p:E \rightarrow B$ and some connected set $U$, that is evenly covered, then $p^{-1}(U)$ as a partition into slices is unique. Now, if I assume that $B$ is connected, then I ...
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### Motivation for the proof of the associativity of multiplication of equivalence classes of paths

After having defined the equivalence classes of paths in a topological space in chapter two of the book A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology, William S. Massey proves the lemma The multiplication ...
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### Cover a sphere by two closed subsets not containing a closed self-antipodal connected subset?

Question (Fulton's Algebraic Topology, A First Course, Problem 4.40) Suppose the sphere $S^2=A\cup B$ where $A,B\subseteq S^2$ are two closed subsets of $S^2$. Is it true that either $A$ or $B$ must ...
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### What is the induced functor of covering spaces to covering groupoids?

I'm reading May's book, 'A Concise Course in Algebraic Topology' and I'm confused about what he means by the induced functor from a covering space. First, here are some helpful/relevant definitions. ...
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### The nature of isomorphism between fundamental groups with different base points

New to algebraic topology. Munkres (Topology, 2 ed.) in the last paragraph on page 332 says that "If $X$ is path-connected, all the groups $\pi_1(X,x)$ are isomorphic, so it is tempting to try to ...
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### Embedding a space in its cone

Let $X$ be a topological space, and $C(X)= (X \times [0 ,1])/(X \times {1} )$, define $f\colon X \to C(X)$ as $f(x)=[x,t]$ for some fixed $t$ s.t $\ 0\leq t <1$. I have to show this is a ...
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### Homology and topological propeties

i have this theorem with it's proof but i don't understand the last part They use this proposition: My question is Why $\varphi^c\cap U_i$ is closed and pairwise disjoint ? where ...
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### Compact subspace of a covering space

I've been working through Massey's A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology and I've gotten stuck on the following exercise (V.8.4): Let $X$ be a regular topological space, and $(\tilde{X}, p)$ a ...
Let $\Sigma$ be the doubled torus (a compact oriented) surface of genus 2) and let $T$ be the torus. Suppose $f: \Sigma \rightarrow T$. Prove that $f$ is not a local homeomorphism. Attempt at ...