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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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Intersection theory proof of the poincare hopf theorem.

Suppose that $M$ is a connected compact oriented smooth manifold, and $X:M\rightarrow TM$ a vector field with isolated zeros. Then if $Z$ is the zero set of $X$ (a $0$-dimensional oriented manifold), ...
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Boundary of boundary of singular cube is zero (Spivak)

At the bottom of page 99 of M. Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds he arrives at the formula $$\partial (\partial c)=\sum_{i=1}^n \sum_{\alpha=0,1} \sum_{j=1}^{n-1} \sum_{\beta=0,1} ...