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Mayer-Vietoris implies Excision

Assume $H_n$ is a covariant homotopy functor on the category of locally compact Hausdorff spaces which has the Mayer-Vietoris property: whenever $X$ is the union of two closed subspaces $A$ and $B$ ...
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Finding the universal cover of a matrix group

Consider the group $G = \left\{\begin{pmatrix} a & b\\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}: a \in \mathbb{C}^{\times}, b \in \mathbb{C}\right\} \subset GL(2, \mathbb{C})$. How does one find the universal cover ...
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Fixed Points of a Reflection

This question is about problem 2.C.5 from Allen Hatcher's Topology. The statement of the problem is as follows: Let $M$ be a closed orientable surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ in such a way that ...
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Homotopy extension property vs. good pairs

I'm taking a course that uses the book "algebraic topology" by Allen Hatcher. I this book there are two different ways in which a pair (X,A) of a topological space X and a subspace A can be nice: They ...
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homology groups, physical interpretation

One can roughly interpret Betti numbers as the number of n-dimensional holes of our space. Is there a reasonable interpretation for torsion coefficients? Moreover, for 'physical' applications, are ...
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Ring structure in the Serre spectral sequence

I've tried to understand what's going on in Example 1.5 on page 27-28 in Hatcher's notes on spectral sequences. There is one part in the reasoning that I can't understand here. He writes down a table ...
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Is it ever true that $\Omega^n(\bigvee_I X)\simeq\bigvee_I\Omega^n X$?

I'm curious about the following: Given a countable index set $I$, is it ever true that $\Omega^n(\bigvee_I X)\simeq\bigvee_I\Omega^n X$? What would we have to assume about $X$ (if possible) to make it ...
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Hurewicz map factors through bordism homology

I've read in multiple sources that the hurewicz map $h \colon \pi_n(X) \to H_n(X)$ factors through oriented bordism homology. I'm particularly interested in the injectivity of the map $h \colon ...
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An equivalence between group cohomology and sheaf cohomology

I'm recently reading group cohomology from Serre's book local fields, and he uses there the following terminology $H^q(G,A)$ the q-th degree cohomology of G with coefficent in $A$. So i started to ...
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Is local homology group on a manifold a sheaf?

Let $X$ be a manifold of dimension $n$, and define $\mathcal{F}(U) = H_n(X,X-U)$. Then clearly $\mathcal{F}$ is a presheaf. I am thinking whether $\mathcal{F}$ is a sheaf. According to Lemma 3.27 in ...
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A space that deformation retracts into the cylinder and Möbius band doesn't embed in $\Bbb R^3$.

Consider the Möbius band, and take the middle circle in it (so that it deformation retracts onto it). Glue the upper boundary of a cylinder through it. This gives a space that deformation retracts ...
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Morse theory Vs degree theory

I have this paragraph from K.C. Chang Infinite dimensional Morse theory In comparison with degree theory, which has proved very useful in nonlinear analysis in proving existence and in ...
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Surgery presentations and gluing

It is well known that every closed oriented 3dimensional manifold can be obtained from a framed link in $S^3$. Let $M$ and $N$ be topological 3-manifolds with boundary such that boundaries $\partial ...
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Learning roadmap to Topological Quantum Field Theories from a mathematics perspective

I want to learn TQFT's and am looking for review articles or books. My mathematics knowledge is limited to one year of graduate course in Algebra (Groups,Rings,Fields,Categories, Modules and ...
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Existence of orientation-reversing automorphisms

Let $M$ be a connected orientable manifold (I don't really care about which category of manifolds we should work in). Since I read that there are nice manidolds without orientation-reversing ...
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Compute the induced map on $\mathbb{CP}^n$

Let $d>0$ and $f:\mathbb{C}^{n+1}\rightarrow \mathbb{C}^{n+1}$ be given by $f(z_0,...,z_n)=(z_0^d,...,z_n^d)$. Let $F:\mathbb{CP}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{CP}^n$ be the induced map by $f$. Compute ...
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How to kill homotopy groups using framed cobordism

Let $M$ be an orientable manifold (with or without boundary), $N$ a framed submanifold in the interior of $M$ and assume (if necessary) that $\dim N<(\dim M)/2$. If some low-dimensional homotopy ...
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Eilenberg-Moore Spectral Sequence for Homology with Coefficients in the Integers

I am trying to learn about the Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence to compute homology and cohomology. I have been using Hatcher's book on spectral sequences and also McCleary's "A User's Guide to ...
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Lefschetz duality for non-compact relative manifolds

I'd like to use the formulation of Lefschetz duality stated here, but I can't seem to find a reference for this particular version of it, and it doesn't seem quite right to me. The exact statement in ...
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Homotopy type vs. weak homotopy type, and repercussions for EG

This is another basic question. I'm aware that weak homotopy equivalence is strictly weaker than homotopy equivalence. For one thing, there is a weak homotopy equivalence from $S^1$ to a four-point ...
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Serre Fibration long exact sequence

I want to know if there exists something like the long exact sequence on the following case: Let $p : E\rightarrow B$ a continuous surjective map such that there exists an open dense subset $U$ of ...
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Cohomology of covering space

Let $B$ be a base space and $E$ be a covering space of $B$ what is the relation between $H^2(B,\mathbb{Z})$ and $H^2(E,\mathbb{Z})$.?
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Difficulty of exercises in several books

Since I am teaching myself, I have no idea of the difficulties of exercises in many books. I want to know whether I am not understanding the content of these books if I cannot easily solve the ...
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Characterising singular homology among a more general class of cosimplicial spaces

Is there a way to characterise (up to isomorphism) the simplicial spaces $F: \Delta \to \underline{\text{Top}}$ with $F( \underline{n}) \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ compact and $F(\underline{0})$ a ...
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Leray spectral sequence for complexes

Let $f:X\rightarrow S$ be a morphism of schemes. Let $0\rightarrow C_1 \rightarrow C_2 \rightarrow C_3 \rightarrow 0$ be an exact sequence of Abelian sheaves on $X$. Is there a general procedure to ...
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Show that $f$ is a homeomorphism of $X$ onto $f(X)$

I am having trouble on the following question. Some help would be much appreciated. Let $X$ be a Hausdorff space and let $f: X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ be a proper injective continuous function. ...
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How to visualize Homology groups?

I've been studying Algebraic Topology recently (Hatcher). I have always been very good at Topology, since I am chiefly a visual type of person. I've found that most things in Topology can be thought ...
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Artin Algebraic Topology

I am reading algebraic topology by Artin, and he gives the following definition. Let $X$ be a topological space. We define a homomorphism $sd_X: S_p(X) \to S_p(X)$ by induction. If $T: \Delta_0 \to ...
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Homological definition of orientation at a boundary point?

For a topological manifold $M^m$, an orientation at a point $x \in M$ can be defined as a choice of generator for $H_m (M, M-x)$. For a topological manifold with boundary this definition still makes ...
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Covering Spaces for $S^1 \vee S^1$

I'm trying to list the connected 3-sheeted covering spaces of $S^1 \vee S^1$ up to isomorphism. I know what the answer is; I've seen listings. My question is, if I'm deriving this, how do I know ...
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Gluing manifolds

Is it true that gluing can be realized two ways? In the example of gluing two cylinders to obtain a torus one can imbed each cylinders into the torus like this: A point $(\cos \phi , \sin \phi, ...
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How to use the Prontrjagin-Thom construction to obtain the Gysin map?

I need help to understand the diagram in Miller's script Vector Fields on Spheres, etc. Chapter 23, p.82 on the bottom of the page. Before, Miller introduces the Prontrjagin-Thom construction: It is ...
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Grothendieck on (topological) Chern Classes

I have been reading through the wikipedia article about Chern classes and it currently has a section devoted to the Alexander Grothendieck axiomatic approach. The language used throughout the section ...
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$\operatorname{Spin}^c(n)$ is a Lie group?

Assume that $n\geq 3$. (This implies $\pi_1(\operatorname{SO}(n))=\mathbb{Z}/2$.) Let $\rho\colon \operatorname{Spin}(n)\to \operatorname{SO}(n)$ be the 2-fold universal cover. Identify $\ker(\rho)$ ...
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Symmetric product of genus 2-surface

Let $\Sigma$ be the genus 2-surface. Denote $\operatorname{Sym}^2(\Sigma)=\Sigma\times \Sigma/\mathbb{Z}/2$, where $\mathbb{Z}/2$ acts on $\Sigma\times \Sigma$ by $(x,y)\mapsto (y,x)$. In the very ...
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Fundamental group of an orientable surface of infinite genus.

I am trying to calculate the fundamental group of an orientable surface $X$ of countably infinite genus. The $1$-skeleton $Y$ of $X$ is infinite wedge of circles, so its fundamental group is free ...
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Fundamental group of the complement of Borromean rings

I got a homework asking me to show the fundamental group of the complement of the Borromean rings (say, $R^3/B$) I know there should be three generators, but I had a hard time to find the relations; I ...
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How difficult is it to impose a differential structure on a fractal?

Assuming we have a 4-dimensional smooth manifold $M$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{m}$ that is difficult to understand its differential structure. For convenience's sake we can assume it is compact, simply ...
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diagonal image of a primitive homology class

Let $X$ be a topological space. A class $a\in H_n(X;\mathbb Z)$ is said to be primitive if $a\not = m b$ for every integer $m>1$ and $b \in H_n(X;\mathbb Z)$. Let $$\Delta_*:H_n(X;\mathbb Z)\to ...
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Cohomology of fiber bundle with a section

Let $f:E\rightarrow B$ be a $C^{\infty}$-fiber bundle. Assume that there is a section $s:B\rightarrow E$ of this bundle. One easy consequence of the existence of section is that map $$ ...
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Homotopy equivalence in the category of arrows.

I'm reading Jeff Strom's book on Homotopy Theory and I am trying to make some sense of a certain exercise. On page 91, "Homotopy in Mapping Categories" we consider the category of arrows of ...
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Torsion in homology groups of a topological space

It seems as though "nice" spaces don't have torsion in their homology groups. What is the underlying characteristic of these nice spaces; that they can be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$? So what are some ...
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Definition of Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT

I am studying Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT. In their paper or in the book " Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds", they first define an invariant $\tau(M)$ for a closed orientable 3-manifold $M$ and ...
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Hatcher 1.3. problem 16

Given maps $X\to Y\to Z$ such that both $Y\to Z$ and the composition $X\to Z$ are covering spaces, show that $X\to Y$ is a covering space if $Z$ is locally path-connected.
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Decomposition of vector bundles over a CW complex

Let $X$ be CW complex having only cells up to dimension $n$. I want to prove that every $m$-dimensional vector bundle $E$ over $X$ decomposes as a sum $E\cong A\oplus B$ where $A$ is a ...
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Fundamental group of the complement of a linear subspace

Let $m<n-1$ be two positive integers. Consider $\mathbb{R}^m$ as a subspace of $\mathbb{R}^n$ via $\mathbb{R}^m\times \{(0,0,...0)\}$. Any suggestions on how to compute ...
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Definition of Cobordism

I am currently trying to read Quillen's Cobordism paper - On the formal group laws of unoriented and complex cobordism theory Bull. Amer. Math. Soc, 75 (1969) pp. 1293–1298. Still on the first page ...
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Steenrod Algebra - Converting between Milnor to Serre-Cartan basis'

I have been studying the mod 2 Steenrod Algebra (denoted $\mathcal{A}$), using Mosher & Tangora. We have the Serre-Cartan (or Adem basis): Let $I = \{i_1,i_2,\ldots,i_n\}$ be a sequence of ...
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Properties of Surgery on Manifolds?

I am trying to give a brief explanation in which I make use of the concept of surgery on an $m$-manifold $M$. This is along the lines of (and taken generously from) the Wikipedia entry on Surgery; ...
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Smith normal form of graded modules. (Major edit)

Ok, this is a major rewriting of my previous entry which no one answered. Let us have two graded $F[t]$-modules M and N with bases $m_1, \ldots, m_m$ and $n_1, \ldots, n_n$, respectively, and $F$ is ...