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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is every CW complex homotopic to a Delta-Complex?

Both answers to this question seem equally reasonable to me. If the answer is positive, I have no idea what the construction of such a space would look like.... If the answer is negative, I assume ...
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Are these “Stiefel-Whitney numbers” invariants of the (smooth)topology of the total space?

Let $E$ be a smooth real vector bundle over a smooth compact $n$-dimensional manifold $M$. It is relatively easy to see that the Stiefel-Whitney classes $w_i(E)$ are not diffeomorphism invariants of ...
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Showing that a space is not homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^4$.

I have a space $X$ which is defined to be the quotient of $[0,1)\times T^3$ ($T^3$ is the 3-torus) by the relation $(0,x)\sim (0,y)$ for all $x,y \in T^3$. It is a kind of cone over $T^3$, except that ...
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Chern class of $\mathbb C\mathbb P^2 \# 6\overline{\mathbb C\mathbb P^2}$

I would like to compute the first Chern class of $\mathbb C\mathbb P^2 \# 6\overline{\mathbb C\mathbb P^2}$ in terms of the generators of $\mathbb C\mathbb P^2$ and $\overline{\mathbb C\mathbb P^2}$. ...
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Composition, fibrations?

Let $p: D \to B$ and $q: E \to B$ be fibrations and let $f: D \to E$ be a map such that $q \circ f = p$. Suppose that $f$ is a homotopy equivalence. My question is, does it follow that $f$ is a fiber ...
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Analogy between Galois groups and fundamental groups

I've heard that there is an analogy between algebraic field extensions and covers (in topology). In this analogy Galois extensions correspond to Galois covers and Galois groups correspond to ...
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Is wedge sum for finite CW complexes cancellative in the homotopy category?

Let $X,Y,Z$ be finite pointed CW complexes. Is it possible that $X\vee Z$ and $Y\vee Z$ are homotopy equivalent, but $X$ and $Y$ are not? Remark 1: Without the finiteness assumption on $Z$, there are ...
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Properties of $\mathbb{C}P^n$

I'm currently working on a somewhat deformed version of $\mathbb{C}P^2$ and want to check some properties from a geometrical and/or topological point of view. Of course, $\mathbb{C}P^2$ is Kähler ...
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Manifold in Milnors Morse Theory

While reading "Morse Theory" by Milnor, I noticed that certain arguments would not work, if the considered manifolds have nonempty boundary. Example: Proof of 3.5 I could not find the definition ...
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3-manifolds with certain fundamental group

Suppose $M$ is a 3-manifold with $\pi_1(M)=\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$. Is it true that $M$ is diffeomorphic to a lens space $L(p,q)$?
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Mapping $f: (S^n, pt) \to (S^n, pt)$ induces multiplication by $deg(f)$ on $H_*(S^n \wedge X, pt)$.

I'm studying for my final exam in Algebraic Topology and got stuck with somewhat straightforward looking preparation problem. Let $\tilde H$ be any reduced homology theory and $f: (S^n, pt) \to ...
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Definitions of the ring $R/(x_0^\infty,\ldots,x_{n-1}^\infty)$

Let $R$ be a ring, and let $I = (x_0,\ldots,x_{n-1})$ be a finitely-generated ideal inside of $R$, generated by a regular sequence. In algebraic topology one often encounters a ring, usually denoted ...
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Does naturality for characteristic classes imply the classifying space is universal for them?

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $\mathfrak g$ its Lie algebra, $K$ its maximal compact subgroup. To every flat $G$-bundle $P$ over a smooth manifold $M$ I can associate a homomorphism $w_P: H^*(\mathfrak g, ...
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The map $\lambda: H^*(\tilde{G}_n)\to H^*(\tilde{G}_{n-1})$ maps Pontryagin classes to Pontryagin classes; why?

In Milnor/Stasheff Characteristic classes on page 180 there is a statement (inside a proof) that I don't fully understand. Let $\tilde{G}_k$ be the oriented real grassmanian, $e$ its Euler class: ...
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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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Proof of the isomorphism $[X, \mathbb{R} P^\infty] \cong H^1(X; \mathbb{Z}/2).$

I want to prove the following: $[X, \mathbb{R} P^\infty] \cong H^1(X; \mathbb{Z}/2)$ via the map $[f] \mapsto f^* w_1(\gamma^1)$ where $\gamma^1$ denotes the tautological line bundle over ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general situation. Especially I do not work in any "convenient" category of spaces. Wikipedia ...
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Inductively Constructing Chain Homotopies

Let $f,g:C_\bullet \rightarrow D_\bullet$ be chain maps. Let $T$ be a generator (possibly not the only one) of $C_n$ and assume $H_n(C)=0$. I'm trying to prove that for every $T$ there's a solution ...
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representatives of $\pi_n(U(n))$

I know that $\pi_n(U(n)) \cong \mathbb{Z}$ for $n$ odd. I am looking for a description of an explicit map $S^n \rightarrow U(n)$ that represents the generator in this group. By precomposing with maps ...
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On the path-connectedness of $X_{i} \setminus X_{i-2}$

Suppose $X$ is an $n$-dimensional regular CW-space (a space with a regular CW decomposition). What are the weakest sufficient conditions required on $X$ to ensure that all regular CW decompositions ...
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How to show that a leaf is topologically a cone.

I am trying to understand the topological behaviour of foliations around irreducible singularities, specially in the case of singularities in the Poincaré domain. I am using the third chapter of this ...
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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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Minimal resolutions of singularities in higher dimensions and their cobordism class.

For a given singular algebraic variety over $\mathbb{C}$, how many minimal resolutions can exist? More specifically, consider a projective quadratic cone $Q$ in $\mathbb{C}P^{4}$ (with homogeneous ...
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The unit square has dimension two?

Show that the Lebesgue Covering Dimension of the unit square $I^2$ with $I=[0,1]$ is two. I know that a compact subset of Euclidean space $\Bbb R^n$ has Lebesgue dimension at most $n$. So it ...
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Algebraic approach to topological equivalence of dynamical systems

For continuous dynamical systems there is a notion called topological conjugacy or (somewhat weaker) topological equivalence. I gather that equivalence sends fixed points to fixed points and limit ...
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De Rham Cohomology is Sheaf Cohomology

I'm trying to prove that de Rham cohomology computes the cohomology of the constant sheaf $\mathbb{R}$ of real valued smooth functions on a manifold. I would like to do this without using Čech ...
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Standard spaces with non-standard topology and around

The following series of questions gives me no rest. Let $\mathbb{\widetilde{R}}^n$ be $\mathbb{R}^n$ with Zariski topology, i.e. we say that $A\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is closed if it is given by the ...
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Higher homotopy groups: Basepoint independence.

Let $f,g: [0,1]^n=I^n \rightarrow X$ be contiuous maps s.t. $f(\partial I^n)=g(\partial I^n)=x_1$. If $\gamma:I \rightarrow X$ is a path joining $x_0$ and $x_1$ ...