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Constructing $\pi_1$ actions on higher homotopy groups.

I am working on exercise 4.2.7 of Hatcher, which is to construct a CW complex $X$ with arbitrary homotopy groups and a prescribed action of the fundamental group on these homotopy groups (so making ...
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Relationship between paradoxes in logic and geometry/topology

Though I've been reading for years, this is my first question here. Believe it or not, I've tried the search feature- apologies if this is a duplicate. The main point of this post can be summarized ...
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Homotopic maps to $S^n$

I'm working through a proof that, given an oriented compact (connected) $n$-manifold $M$ with boundary, any two continuous maps $f,g:M\to S^n$ are homotopic. The proof uses the double of $M$, which is ...
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CW structure on infinite products

There is a standard CW-topology on the finite product $X\times Y$ of CW-complexes $X$ and $Y$. Is there a standard CW-topology on an infinte prodcut $\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}X_{n}$ of CW-complexes? With ...
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Reverse use of Seifert-van Kampen Theorem?

I am trying to use S-vK Theorem in reverse; what I know are as follows: $U$ and $V$ satisfy the requirements (open, path-connected), $U\cup V = X$, $U \cap V = N$ $\pi_1(N) = <c,d| cd=dc>$ ...
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$S^{2n}$ is the universal cover of $B$, what is $\pi_1(B)$.

Some students and I have tried to solve this problem in the following ways: Using degree theory and results about deck transformations. Using that $S^{2n}$ is the covering space of ...
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What is $K (S^1,1)$?

It is known that if $G$ is a discrete group, then $BG= K(G,1)$. Originally I was interested in comparing classifying spaces of topological groups with the classifying spaces of the same groups ...
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Does an equivariant weak equivalence induce weak equivalences on all orbits?

This question arose from another, which was not well formulated and completely answered by this MO thread as pointed out by the user roman. Let $G$ be a discrete group, $X$ and $Y$ be $G$-spaces (and ...
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Cohomology of the pullback of a fiber bundle over the torus (generalised Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence?)

I've found myself in the following situation and the tools that have been suggested to me to calculate the necessary invariants don't quite seem up to the job (I may be wrong in this as I have very ...
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$J$-homomorphism and homotopy

We have Bott periodicity theorem for unitary group $U(n)$: $$ \pi_{i-1}^{s}(U) = \pi_{i-1}(U(m)) \simeq \pi_{i}(Gr_m(\mathbb{C}^{2m})) \simeq \pi_{i+1}(SU(2m)) \simeq \pi_{i+1}^{s}(U) .$$ So we can ...
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Which is harder to compute: $\pi_{n+k}$ or $\Omega^{fr}_n$?

Denote the $n+k$-th homotopy group of $S^n$ by $\pi_{n+k}(S^n)$ and the group of framed cobordism classes by $\Omega_n^{fr}(S^k)$. A central problem of algebraic topology is to compute $\pi_i(S^j)$ ...
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Perverse sheaves (or D-modules) on vector spaces, constructible with respect to a hyperplane arrangement

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional complex vector space and let $\mathcal{A}$ be a finite collection of hyperplanes in $V$. Stratify $V$ by the intersections of elements of $\mathcal{A}$, and consider ...
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algebraic or homotopical proof for Kakutani fixed point theorem

As Kakutani fixed point theorem is a genral case of Brouwer fixed point theorem, and one can read the proof from homotopy theory books. I wonder if there is any proof for the Kakutani using homotopy ...
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The classifying space of a gauge group

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle over a closed Riemann surface. The gauge group $\mathcal{G}$ is defined by $$\mathcal{G}=\lbrace f : P \to G \mid f(p \cdot g) = ...
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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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Show that degree of constant map is zero

Let $f \colon S^n \to S^n$ be a constant map, $n > 0$. I want to show that $\deg f = 0$. I will do it by definition. Let $\sum_k g_k \sigma^n_k$ be a singular chain, $g_k \in \mathbb{Z}$, ...
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Calculating H_0 directly from Eilenberg-Steenrod axioms

It's well-known that every homology theory satisfying Eilenberg-Steenrod axioms is isomorphic to singular homology. I tried to perform some homology calculations directly from axioms but couldn't do ...
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Algebraic Morse theory

In 2005, prof. Emil Skoldberg developed a theory, similar to Forman's Discrete Morse Theory, but suited for arbitrary based chain complexes, in his Morse Theory from an algebraic viewpoint. I'm going ...
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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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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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Computing number of path components.

Let $H \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a closed subset homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{n - 1}$. Could you give me an idea of how to prove that $\mathbb{R}^n - H$ has exactly two path components. I am expecting ...
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Transforming the Dirac Operator on $S^1$

My goal is to understand as much as I can about the Dirac operator on $S^1$ where we give $S^1$ the spin structure given by the connected double cover of the frame bundle. The spinor bundle on $S^1$ ...
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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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Contractible and Compact space can be contained in an open set after time $t_0$?

$X$ is a topological space that is contractible and compact. Show that if $U$ is an open set in $X$ containing $x_0$ then there exists $t_0<1$ so that $H(x,t)∈U$, for all $x∈X$, and all $t_0≤t≤1$. ...
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homotopy type of the closure of a subset

Let $X$ be a topological space and $N$ a subset of $X$. Is it true that the closure of $N$ in $X$ is homotopy equivalent to $N$. I think it is not. take for example $N=\mathbb Q\subset \mathbb ...
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Homology and Homotopy group

$E, F, B$ are topological space, $B$ path connected. If we have given a long exact sequence.. $$\cdots\to \pi_1(F)\to \pi_1(E)\to \pi_1(B)\to\cdots$$ what will the relationship of $H_1(F,\mathbb R)$, ...
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Morse theory and homology of an algebraic surface (example)

Let $T_n$ denote the $n$-th Chebyshev polynomial and define $f_n(x,y,z)\!:=\!T_n(x)\!+\!T_n(y)\!+\!T_n(z)$ and $$Z_n:=\mathcal{Z}(f_n) \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3,$$ the Bachoff-Chmutov surface, where in ...
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Dixmier-Douady class: computations

As far as I know, Dixmier-Douady classes represent obstrucions to spin$^c$ structures. Questions: Could somebody prove or give a reference: manifolds of dimension lower than $5$ always have a ...
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Coboundary of Thom class and Thom class of boundary

In Griffiths and Morgan's book "Rational Homotopy Theory and differential forms", pages 154-158, they give an example of a computation in de Rham cohomology of the minimal model of a DGA using Massey ...
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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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Torus as double cover of the Klein bottle

Reading through some lecture notes and it says The torus $T^2$ is the orientation double cover of the Klein bottle $K$, via the covering projection $p:T^2\to K; [x,y]\mapsto [x,2y]$ Could someone ...
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Characteristic Class exercises

I tagged this as "homework" because my supervisor told me I need to be better at computing characteristic classes. The classic examples I can think of are tangent bundles and tautological line ...
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Can the disk bundle associated to a vector bundle over a finite CW-complex be obtained by attaching cells?

Let $V$ be a vector bundle (with a chosen metric) over a finite CW-complex $X$ and $B(V), S(V)$ the associated (unit) disk resp. sphere bundles. In the paper Clifford-Modules the authors remark that ...
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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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Given a space what spaces can it cover?

I was thinking about my previous question and thought about going the other way around. Assume we are given a space $Y$ and $Y$ covers $X$, then how much can be said about $X$? The most trivial ...
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Why does applying $-\Box_{A//B} A$ to a free coresolution preserve exactness?

Let $A$ be a Hopf algebra over a field $k$, and let $B$ be a normal subHopf algebra of $A$. Suppose we have an $A$-free coresolution of $k$ over the form $F_n=K_n \otimes_k A$. Kochman claims that ...
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How much is cohomotopy dual to homotopy?

To what degree can we dualize theorems regarding homotopy into theorems about cohomotopy (or is there a good source that tries to do this)? For instance, is there some kind of Hurewicz theorem ...
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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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The action of the Steenrod algebra on $H^*(BU; \mathbb{Z}_p)$

By considering the classifying map $f \colon (\mathbb{C} P^{\infty})^n \rightarrow BU(n)$, its induced map on cohomology, and using the Cartan formula, we can derive the Wu formula for the action of ...
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Lie group quotient bundle with image of normalizer as structure group

In Glen Bredon "Topology and Geometry", Ch. II-13, I am stuck on the following "Problem 1. Finish the proof at the end of this section that $G\rightarrow G/H$ is a bundle. Also show that this is a ...
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Homology groups of unit square with parts removed

I did exercise 19 in Hatcher on page 132 and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is right: 19. Compute the homology groups of the subspace of $I \times I$ consisting of the four boundary ...
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How to calculate all the subgroups of the fundamental group of the Klein bottle?

A problem asks me to find all the covering spaces of a Klein bottle. This needs to calculate all the subgroups of the fundamental group of the Klein bottle. But I don't have any idea how to do it. I ...
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$T \times S^1$ and $K \times S^1$ (a question from Hatcher)

Note that in what follows $T$ is the torus and $K$ is the Klein bottle I am just looking at Hatcher's example calculation using cellular homology of $T \times S^1$ and $K \times S^1$. is the image ...
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Chain map inducing isomorphism in homology

If $X$ is a CW complex, show that there is a chain map $W_*(X) \to S_*(X)$ inducing isomorphisms in homology. Here $W_p(X) = H_p(X^p,X^{p-1})$ Let $E$ be the CW decomposition of $X$ and let $M$ ...
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Cohomology of wedge equals direct sum of cohomologies

I have seen the following fact used somewhere (for example to show that $\mathbb{RP}^3$ is not homotopy equivalent to $S^3\vee\mathbb{RP}^2$): Let $X,Y$ be two path connected pointed spaces such ...
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Brief summary of simplicial, CW and manifold notions

I tried to summarize the relations between the following notions of: a manifold (smooth, topological and PL), simpilicial complex, CW complex. However I found some inconsistencies, which may be not a ...
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Fundamental group of 7-gon with labelling scheme $abaaab^{-1}a^{-1}$

I want to calculate the fundamental group of of a $7$-gon with labelling scheme $abaaab^{-1}a^{-1}$. I will call the quotient space $X$ with reference point $x_0$. This is what I tried: If you have ...
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Is there fundamental group “with coefficients”

Constructing fundamental group in usual way, one uses $I=[0,1] \in \mathbb R$, so uses real numbers, and gets a group classifying coverings for nice spaces: locally connectible and so on, in fact ...
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About the Chern class of infinite complex Grassmannian

I learned that any characteristic class of rank-$k$ complex vector bundles on paracompact spaces is determined bijectively by a cohomology class in $H^*(Gr_k^\infty(\mathbb C))$, the cohomology ring ...