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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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Compact subspace of a covering space

I've been working through Massey's A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology and I've gotten stuck on the following exercise (V.8.4): Let $X$ be a regular topological space, and $(\tilde{X}, p)$ a ...
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Some practical questions on cohomology and the ring $\mathbf{Z}[x]/(x^2)$

So I know that the cohomology ring of $S^n$ is $\mathbf{Z}[x]/(x^2)$ with "$x$ in degree $n$"; if we ignore the grading then this ring fails to distinguish the spheres. What is actually meant by "in ...