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K-theory product trivial on $K^1$ due to stability?

Let $K^0$ be the topological complex vector bundle $K$-theory functor. On the one hand, we have that the product on $K^0(\Sigma X)$ vanishes by a Mayer-Vietoris argument. On the other hand, we define ...
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Vector bundle, nonexistence of Euclidean metric

Milnor-Stasheff "Characteristic classes" problem 2-C says: Any vector bundle over a paracompact base space can be given a Euclidean metric in other words, if $\pi : E \rightarrow B$ is a vector ...
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Are tensor products of vector bundles “well-behaved”?

Do the "nice" properties of the tensor product of vector spaces always extend to tensor products of vector bundles? I'm working through Milnor-Stasheff and recently had to prove that the tensor ...
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Characteristic Class with arbitrary coefficient

I'm looking for some "natural definition" for characteristic class with arbitrary coefficient. For example, the chern class satisfies four conditions and Stiefel-Whitney class satisfies three ...
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Tensor product of real line bundles is trivial as a map $\mathbb{R}P^\infty\to\mathbb{R}P^\infty\times\mathbb{R}P^\infty\to\mathbb{R}P^\infty$

The tensor product of a real line bundle with itself is trivial, as is easily seen by looking at the transition functions or checking the Stiefel-Whitney class. Real line bundles are classified by the ...
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The long exact sequence in reduced K-theory. How to glue together the short ones?

I'm trying to filling the details about the construction of the long exact sequence in K-theory. I'm using the notation of Hatcher's book (pages 52-53). here is a related question, even thought it's ...
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“Visual” interpretation of the Bott Periodicity for complex vector bundles

I've just read the Bott Periodicity proof (complex case) in Hatcher book about K-theory. At first it seems that using this theorem I could conclude that every complex vector bundles over $S^{2n+1}$ ...
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Euler class of quotient bundle of real projective space

Let $\gamma$ be the real tautological line bundle over the real projective space $\mathbb{R}P^n$, $V$ be the trivial bundle of rank $n+1$, and $Q$ be the quotient bundle $V/\gamma$. What is the Euler ...
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Characteristic classes not defined on vector bundles

If you read the definition on Wikipedia, you'll see that they allow characteristic classes to be defined on general principal $G$-bundles (vector bundles being subsumed in this general case by looking ...
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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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pullback is injective on picard groups?

Let $E \rightarrow X$ be a rank two holomorphic vector bundle over a complex manifold $X$. I was recently asked on exam to prove an assertion that I believe boils down to showing that the pullback map ...
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Reduction of structure group of real vector bundles

I'm trying to show that the structure group of real vector bundles can be reduced to the orthogonal group. This is an exercise in Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Bott and Tu. The book ...
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Definition of Normal Bundle

I'm reading Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Bott and Tu. I reached the point where the book defines the normal bundle of a submanifold and uses the tubular neighborhood theorem. I can't ...
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Total space of vector bundle deformation retracts onto 0-section of base space

I'm trying to prove the following: Total space of vector bundle deformation retracts onto 0-section of base space. Books seem to take this fact for granted. I checked Bott Tu and Hatcher. Online ...
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Sections of the dual bundle of a smooth vector bundle

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $E,F,G$ smooth vector bundles over $M$. Denote the global sections by $\Gamma(.)$. In this question, it is proven that the canonical map ...
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Two books defined two Chern(Euler) classes yet differed by a negative sign, what's wrong?

In the book 'Principles of Algebraic Geometry' P141 and the book 'Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology' P72-73, they defined the Chern(Euler) classes of line bundles using the patching data ...
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Is the tangent bundle of an oriented surface plus a trivial bundle trivial?

Let $\Sigma$ be an oriented closed surface and $E$ be the direct sum of $T\Sigma$ with a trivial line bundle. Is $E$ a trivial rank $3$ vector bundle? For genus $0$ and $1$ the answer is yes since ...
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Universal bundles and classificant maps.

We have this theorem: Let $\xi=(E,p,X)$ be a vector fiber bundle with rank($\xi)=n$. We can find a map $f: X \rightarrow Gr_n(\mathbb{C}^{\infty})$ such that $\xi=f^*(\gamma_n)$. I denote with ...
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introductory reference for Hopf Fibrations

I am looking for a good introductory treatment of Hopf Fibrations and I am wondering whether there is a popular, well regarded, accessible book. ( I should probably say that I am just starting to ...
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Classification of flat complex line bundles

I'm having a contradiction with two different classifications of flat complex line bundles over a manifold $X$. Suppose for simplicity that $H^2(X;\mathbb Z) = 0 = H^1(X;\mathbb C)$. Then the only ...
This is exercise 12.4 in Characteristic Classes by Milnor and Stasheff. The essential content of the exercise is to show that $w_2(TM)=0$, where $M$ is a closed, oriented 3-manifold, $TM$ its tangent ...