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English edition of Vol 9 of Dieudonné's Foundations of Modern Analysis?

I have found the first 8 volumes of Dieudonné's Foundations of Modern Analysis in English translation, but I'm having difficulty locating volume 9. I have searched the catalogues of numerous libraries ...
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Reference about history of characteristic classes

I'm looking for a good reference about history of characteristic classes. For example, I would like to know how Chern define the Chern class at first in history, or who rewrote the characteristic ...
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A question about the universal coefficient theorem.

Or rather a couple of questions. Let $X$ be some topological space, $R$ be a (unital) PID and $G$ be an $R$-module. Am I correct in understanding that the singular cochain complexes ...
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Group structure on pointed homotopy classes [X,S^1]

Let $[X,S^1]$ denote the set of pointed homotopy classes of maps $f:X\to S^1$. I need to show that, when $S^1$ is viewed as a subset of $\mathbb{C}$, complex multiplication induces a group structure ...
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what can you say about the degree of $f:\mathbb{C}P^n \to \mathbb{C}P^n$

Any thoughts on this problem: If $M$ and $N$ are simply-connected, $n$-dimensional manifolds, then $H^n(M;\mathbb{Z}) \cong \mathbb{Z} \cong H^n(N;\mathbb{Z})$. A map $f:M \to N$ induces a map ...
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Original proof of the Invariance of Domain Theorem (in English)?

Does anyone know where I can find a translation of the original proof of the Invariance of Domain Theorem in English? Wikipedia cites the original proof to be in: Beweis der Invarianz des ...
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is the image of a polynomial map contractible?

I asked this in MSE http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/643348/is-the-image-of-a-polynomial-map-contractible and got no response. Either it's a silly question or I posted it under the wrong ...
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Fundamental group of CW-Complex only depends on 2-Skeleton

I was just about to write down my answer to an exercise in algebraic topology and I wanted to use the fact that $\pi_1 (X)$ only depends on the $2$-Skeleton of $X$ for any $CW$-Complex $X$. I am very ...
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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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Products of homology groups

In the topology course I attend we work with the following, rather unusual definition of homology groups: For topological spaces $X,Y$ define the presheaf $\mathcal{F}_Y$ on $X$ as follows: Let ...
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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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how to obtain a generalized Morse function out of a fiber bundle?

Let $M\to E\to B$ be a smooth fiber bundle. In "Parametrized Morse Theory and Its Applications,(Proceedings of the ICM, 1990)", K. Igusa says that if dim $B$$<$dim $M$, then, there exists a smooth ...
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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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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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Leray-Hirsch theorem

I'am studying the book "Bott, Tu Differential forms in algebraic topology." I don't understand the proof of Leray-Hirsch theorem via Cech-de Rham complex. Lets consider some bundle $\pi: E \mapsto ...
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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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Linking number of curves in SO(3)

Suppose you have two closed curves in $\mathbb{R}^3$, and allow them to continuously deform and possibly pass through themselves, but not each other. The linking number is an invariant of such ...
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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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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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What is the geometric meaning of powers of the first Stiefel-Whitney class?

If $M$ is an $n$-dimensional manifold, I know $\\w_1^n(M)$ is a Stiefel-Whitney number of the manifold, but what does its vanishing geometrically mean? More generally, does the Stiefel-Whitney height ...
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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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suggestion for video lectures on algebraic topology

can anyone suggest me any good video lecture series for algebraic topology other than N.J.Wildberger videos. If it is equivalent to Munkres topology (algebraic topology section) it should be great. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is well-pointedness necessary for $X\hookrightarrow M_f$ to be a pointed cofibration?

In Jeffrey Strom's Modern Classical Homotopy Theory on page $125$, it is stated that "Now we come to one of the crucial differences between the pointed and the unpointed categories. The mapping ...
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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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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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Why is $\pi_2(S^1 \vee S^2)$ not finitely generated?

This is an exercise following a discussion of fibrations. preceding that there was a discussion of cofibrations and the long exact sequence of homotopy groups of a pair. Any hints would be greatly ...
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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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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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Homology of subsets of $\mathbb R^n$

Let $E \subset \mathbb R^n$. Must the homology groups $H_k (E)$ be trivial for $k \geq n$? How about just for $k > n$? If not, whats an example? Thanks.
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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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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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Prove $e^{2 \pi k s}$ is not homotopic to constant loop at $1$ in $S^1$

Let $e^{2 \pi k s} = f(s)$, $f \colon [0,1] \to S^1$ subset of Complex numbers ($S^1$ = unit circle at origin). So $f$ is a loop at the basepoint $1$ in $S^1$. Show that it is not homotopic to the ...
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Exact sequences in the category of chain complexes

Here is the question from Rotman, verbatim: A sequence $S'_*\stackrel{f}{\to} S_* \stackrel{g}{\to} S''_*$ is exact in Comp if and only if $S'_{n}*\stackrel{f_n}{\to} S_n ...
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How to obtain Grothendieck’s “Long March Through Galois Theory”

Several works cite "La longue marche a travers la theorie de galois". The work by Leila Schneps "Grothendieck’s "Long March through Galois theory" ( ...
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Homology of connected sum of CW-complexes

Let $X$ and $Y$ be finite and connected CW-complexes of dimension $n$ with exactly one $n$-cell. Then we can define their connected sum $X\#Y$ just like in the manifold case: extract an ...