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Homeomorphism between boundaries of open sets is “surjective”

Let $U,V\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ two bounded open sets and let $F:\overline{U}\to\mathbb{R}^n$ be a continuous map. Assume that $F$ maps $\partial U$ homeomorphically onto $\partial V$. The question: is ...
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Textbook on infinite loop spaces

I'm looking for a good update reference covering the material in first three chapters of "Adams, Infinite loop spaces" (specially construction of delooping functors and group completion) with exact ...
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Covering space of surface of infinite genus

Let $X$ be a surface of infinite genus that is not compact (with edges extending to infinity). How would I show that this is a covering space of the 2-torus $T^{1}\# T^{1}$ via the action of the free ...
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a subspace of $\mathbb R^3$ with $\pi_1=\mathbb Z_2$

I've been wondering about such problems. It is well known that $\mathbb{RP}^2$ cannot be realized as a subspace of $\mathbb R^3$. But does there exist a space $X\subset\mathbb R^3$ (maybe even ...
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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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Definition of CW complex

In Hatcher, a CW complex is defined by inductively attaching cells, where we begin with $X^0$, a discrete space and then attach $1$-cells etc. We then get spaces $X^0,X^1,\cdots$ where ...
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Show that a map of sets is continuous if its composition with other functions is

Problem: Let $Y, E, B$ be topological spaces with $Y$ locally path connected. Suppose $p: E \rightarrow B$ is a covering map, with $g: Y \rightarrow E$ a map of sets. If $p \circ g$ is continuous, ...
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quaternion vector bundle and quaternion grassmannian

Let $\mathbb{H}$ be quaternion numbers. Let $G_n(\mathbb{H}^\infty)$ be the grassmannian of $n$-subspaces of $\mathbb{H}^\infty$. Then ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Does $\pi_0$ commute with sequential colimits?

I'm looking for an example of a sequence of topological spaces $Y_1 \rightarrow Y_2 \rightarrow \cdots$ such that the induced map $$ \text{colim}\, \pi_0(Y_i) \rightarrow \pi_0 (\text{colim}\, Y_i) $$ ...
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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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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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Understanding J homomorphism

I was trying to understand J homomorphism $J:\pi_r(SO(q)\rightarrow \pi_{r+q}(S^q)$from the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-homomorphism. It's clear that an element of $\pi_r(SO(q)$ ...
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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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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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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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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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Orientability determined by top homology group

Let $M$ be a compact, connected $n$-manifold. Say that $M$ is orientable if there is a class $\alpha$ in $H_n(M)$ such that the reduced homology map $H_n(M)\rightarrow H_n(M,M\setminus\{p\})$ takes ...
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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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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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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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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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Relative Homology and Quotients

Are there any topological spaces $X$ with subspaces $A$ such that $H_n(X,A)$ is not isomorphic to $H_n(X/A)$? I've been trying some familiar spaces, but everything seems to be me an isomorphism ...
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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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tensor product of two chain homotopic maps are again chain homotopic?

Let $C$, $C'$, $D$, $D'$ be chain complexes, $f$, $f'\colon C\to C'$ and $g$, $g'\colon D \to D'$ two pairs of homotopic chain maps. How to show $f \otimes g$ and $f' \otimes g' \colon C\otimes D\to ...
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understanding the torus described as a product of two circles

I would like to ask two (related) things about the torus: The torus can be described as the cartesian product $S^1 \times S^1$ of two circles in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Then one can talk about meridional ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Invariance of Wall's self-intersection under the regular homotopy

For an immersion $f\colon N^n\to M^{2n}$ with fixed lift $\tilde{f}\colon N\to \tilde{M}$ and $N,M,\tilde{M}$ are oriented, first we define a unordered double point set $S_2[f]=\lbrace(x_1,x_2)\in ...
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Characterisation of Stable Cohomological Operations: $\Sigma (\tau_n (\imath_{A,n}))=\rho_{n+1}^*(\tau_{n+1}(\imath_{A,n+1}))$

I've started studying (stable) cohomological operations on my lecture notes, and I was given that an equivalent definition for a family of cohomological operations to be a stable cohomological ...
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“Global” dimension for topological spaces // Geometric interpretation for global dimension of rings

The global dimension of a ring $R$ is the supremum of the projective dimensions of it's $R$-modules. $$\dim (R)=\sup \{\dim_\mathrm{proj}(M):M \in R\text{-mod} \}$$ I'd like to have some geometric ...