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Explicitly building Top. space with trivial homology group and non trivial fundamental group, w/o CW-complexes

I know this is a pretty famous question here, but I was asked to show explicitly such space, during a bachelor lecture, without using any CW-complex result. I started working using some covering ...
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Is a path connected covering space of a path connected space always surjective?

If $X$ is a path connected topological space, a covering space of $X$ is a space $\tilde{X}$ and a map $p:\tilde{X} \to X$ such that there exists an open cover $\left\{ U_\alpha \right\}$ of $X$ where ...
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Covering a finite collection intervals

I was trying to solve one of the problems in stein's real analysis book Suppose $I_1, I_2, . . . , I_N$ is a given finite collection of open intervals in R. Then there are two finite sub-collections ...
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Perfect Coverings

This is a problem from Brualdi and no solution is given for this. The Question goes as .... Let g(n) be the number of different perfect covers of a 3-by-n chessboard by dominoes. Evaluate g(6). I ...
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Cover of a finitely punctured plane

Let $X_n$ be the plane with a finite number $n$ of punctures, and let $p : Y \rightarrow X_n$ be a covering map (it may have infinite degree). Can we say anything about the topology of $Y$? (I know ...
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Question about Lebesgue Covering Dimension

Suppose we have a metric space equipped with two different metrics: $(X,d), (X, d')$. What must be true of the metrics: $d, d'$ in order for $X$ to have the same Lebesgue covering dimension? A ...
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Branched coverings of unit disk

Is there a classification of branched coverings of the closed unit disk $\mathbb{D} =\{z\in \mathbb{C} \ | \ |z| \leq 1 \}$? Here we consider only branched covering projections which restrict to ...
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Rigorous Covering Space Construction

Construct a simply connected covering space of the space $X \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ that is the union of a sphere and diameter. Okay, let's pretend for a moment that I've shown, using van Kampen's ...
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a covering map is open?

$E,B$ are topological spaces and lets say that $p:E\to B$ is a covering map. $p$ is open? i tried to show it as follows: let $U$ be an open set in $E$, and now for every $x\in p(U)$, $p(x)\in B$ ...
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Construction of a covering space as a fibre bundle

In a direct proof of the equivalence of categories between the covering maps $p:(\hat X, \hat x) \rightarrow (X,x)$ of a topological space $(X,x)$ for sufficiently beautiful $X$ and the ...
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Is the pullback of two covering spaces $\tilde X$ and $\hat X$ a covering space?

Suppose we have two covering spaces $p:\tilde X \rightarrow X$ and $q:\hat X \rightarrow X$ of the same space. Is the pullback $\tilde X \times_X \hat X$ also a covering space of $X$? If yes, what ...
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For a finite etale map $X\rightarrow T$ of degree $d$, and a $U$-point $t\in T(U)$, are there at most $d$ points in $X(U)$ lying over $t$?

If $f : X\rightarrow T$ is a finite etale morphism of connected schemes, and $U$ is another connected scheme and we're given a map $t : U\rightarrow T$, then must it be true that there are at most $d$ ...
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Deck transformations on $S^1\times \mathbb{R}P^2$

I'm studying for qualifying exams and stuck on the following problem: Suppose that $S^1\times \mathbb{R}P^2$ covers a space, and let $h$ be a deck transformation of the covering. Show that the ...
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The cohomology of $S^3/D^*_k$

I have tried to compute the de Rham cohomology and the homology over the integers of the space $S^3/D^*_k$, where $D^*_k$ is the binary dihedral group of order $4k$ and I would like to know if ...
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A sufficient condition for the composition of covering maps to be a covering map

Let $q:X \rightarrow Y$ and $r:Y \rightarrow Z$ be covering maps and $p= r \circ q$. If $r^{-1}(z)$ is finite for all $z \in Z$, then $p$ is a covering map. Now I found the following proof: ...
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Cardinality of fibres of covering maps of connected spaces

If I have a covering map $p:E \rightarrow B$ and some connected set $U$, that is evenly covered, then $p^{-1}(U)$ as a partition into slices is unique. Now, if I assume that $B$ is connected, then I ...
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Construction of the simply connected Lie group of a given Lie algebra

Given a finite dimensional real Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, I am trying to obtain a concrete realization of its simply connected Lie group $G$, with $\mathrm{Lie}(G) \cong \mathfrak{g}$. Let us ...
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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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Liftings in Topology

I am wondering about this: Assume you have a class $[f] \in \pi_1(B,b_0)$ and a covering map $p:E \rightarrow B$. Now, I know that if you take any two paths $g,h \in f$ that are homotopic and they ...
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Group of automorphisms of a compact hyperbolic Riemann surface is finite

Let $M$ be a compact hyperbolic Riemann surface. Is there a simple way to show that the automorphism group $Aut(M)$ of conformal self-mappings of $M$ is a finite group? Recall that a hyperbolic ...
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Classifying covering spaces of product spaces

Given two covering maps $p\colon \tilde{X} \to X$ and $q\colon \tilde{Y} \to Y$, we can form the covering map $p\times q \colon \tilde{X} \times \tilde{Y} \to X\times Y$. By covering space theory, we ...
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True or False: Topological Group and $S^1 \vee S^1$

$i.$ $S^1 \vee S^1$ can be embedded in a topological group $ii.$ $S^1 \vee S^1$ can be covered by a topological group I think $i.$ is true since we can embed the wedge sum into $\mathbb{R}^2$, which ...
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How morphism of coverings induces morphism of automorphisms groups?

Let $X_1\to Y$ and $X_2\to Y$ be two coverings. How does a morphism $X_1\to X_2$ over $Y$ induce morphism $\operatorname{Aut}_Y(X_1)\to \operatorname{Aut}_Y(X_2)$? It should be trivial, but I can not ...
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Action of $\mathbb Z_2$

Is there a connection between Artin-Schreier theorem on finite groups which can be absolute Galois groups and the classification of finite groups freely acting on even-dimensional sphere? The former ...
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If $p:E \to B$ is a covering map, and if $E$ is compact, prove that $p^{-1}(b) $ is finite for all $b \in B$.

If $p:E \to B$ is a covering map, and if $E$ is compact, prove that $p^{-1}(b) $ is finite for all $b \in B$. I need to verify correctness of my proof and ask if there is a more straight-forward ...
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Covering Space of $\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$ via Multivalued Function

Consider the multivalued complex function $f(z)= \sqrt{z-a}+\sqrt{z-b}$, where $a\neq b$, defined in the domain $U=\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$. The graph $W$ of $f$ defines a regular covering space $W ...
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Size of minimal covering, overlapping and disjoint

There are two ways to cover a geometric shape with primitive units: you can allow the units to overlap, or require that they be disjoint. Of course the number of units in the case of disjoint covering ...
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What are the deck transformations of this threefold cover of the figure 8?

Hatcher lists some examples of covers of a figure 8 (page 58). One of them corresponds with the group with two generators $a$ and $b$ and the relations $a^2, b^2, aba^-1, bab^-1$. I thought ...
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Atiyah & Macdonald's Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Exercise 8.5

The exercise asks the reader to prove that $X$ is a finite covering (i.e., the number of points of $X$ lying over a given point of $L$ is finite and bounded) of $L$, where the affine varieties $X$ and ...
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A proper local diffeomorphism between manifolds is a covering map.

The following is an exercise taken from "Manifolds and Differenial Geometry" by Jeffrey M. Lee. Let $\widetilde M$ and M be (connected) $C^r$ manifolds. Let $f: \widetilde M \to M$ be a proper map ...
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The number of holomorphic coverings (with given degree) of the punctured sphere is finite.

I'm looking for a proof of the following theorem: Fix a finite set $B=\{y_1,\ldots,y_k\}\subseteq \mathbb P^1(\mathbb C)$, then there is only a finite number of isomoprhism classes of ...
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Is continuous map from covering space to itself homeomorphism assumed both cover and base path-connected and $pf=p$?

In my topology assignment I came across the following problem: True or false? Let $E$ and $X$ be path-connected. For every covering map $p:E\rightarrow X$ and continuous map $f:E\rightarrow E$ ...
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Show That a Lift Always Exists

I've been considering this problem: Suppose that $X$ is a topological space and that $H_1(X)$ is a finite group of odd order. Show that if $p:\tilde{Y}\rightarrow Y$ is a covering space of index ...
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Are deck transformations homotopic to the identity?

Suppose that $p: X \to Y$ is the universal covering of some connected and locally path connected space $Y$, and that $\phi$ is a deck transformation. Is $\phi$ homotopic to the identity on $X$? If so, ...
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Generalisation of Vitali's covering lemma

In "The geometry of fractal sets", Falconer gives the following generalisation of the Vitali covering lemma as an exercise: Let $\mu$ be any measure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ and $E$ a set with ...
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Finite covering space with compact spce.

Prove that if $p: \ Y \rightarrow X$ is finite covering, then if $Y$ is compact so it is X. Can someone check my attempt? :) Let $\mathcal{U}$ be any open cover of $X$. For every $x \in X$ let us ...
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Monodromy representation of Airy equation

Let $K=\Bbb{C}(z)$ with the usual derivation and consider the Airy dierential equation $y^{(2)}-zy$=0. How to determine the monodromy representration? Airy equation is not Fuchsian diferential ...
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covering map $S^n \rightarrow P^n$ is not null homotopic

Here is the problem: Prove that the covering projection $S^n \rightarrow P^n$ is not null-homotopic. This problem is from Algebraic Topology by Harper and Greenberg. There is a suggestion: The lifting ...
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Lifting property of a covering space

A common example of a covering space is $p:\mathbb R \rightarrow S^1 $, $p(t)= e^{2 \pi it}$, which can be looked at as an infinitely long spiral placed over a circle. Consider the double loop ...
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lifting injective maps to injective maps in principal bundles

Let $i \, :Y \hookrightarrow X$ be an inclusion of (nice) topological spaces, and suppose that the induced map $\pi_1(Y) \to \pi_1(X)$ is injective. Then every lifting of $i$: $$ \tilde Y \to \tilde ...
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Branched covering of a manifold [duplicate]

What would be the definition of a branched covering of a manifold? I am not familiar with branched coverings at all.
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References for a standard result about coverings of Riemann surfaces

I my thesis I have to cite the following standard result: Let $Y$ be a compact Riemann surface and let $B\subseteq Y$ be a finite subset. Given a natural number $d$, there are only finitely many ...
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Help proving a space is closed in order to show a space is properly discontinuous

This stems from exercise 6, section 81 in Munkres. Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space; let $G$ be a group of homeomorphisms of $X$ such that the action of $G$ is fixed-point free. Suppose ...
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Composition of covering maps is a covering map if the inverse image is finite. [duplicate]

Let $q: X \to Y$ and $r: Y \to Z$ be covering maps. Let $p=r \circ q$. Show that if $r^{-1}(z)$ is finite $\forall z$, then $p$ is a covering map. $\textbf{My Attempt:}$ Let $U$ be an arbitrary open ...
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Why is this induced homomorphism not surjective?

Let $p: Y \to X$ be a covering with fix base point. I have already shown that the induced homomorphism $p_{*}=\pi_1(Y,y_0) \to \pi_1(X,x_0)$ is injective. However, since we are not calling it an ...
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lifting a closed curve

Is it always true (because of covering spaces has homotopy lifting property)? loop $f$ lifts to a closed curve if and only if any curve freely homotopic to $f$ lifts to a closed curve. or we have to ...
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Showing that every map $f : S^2 \rightarrow S^1$ is homotopic to the trivial map

Problem: Prove that every map $f : S^2 \rightarrow S^1$ is homotopic to the trivial map. Hint: Use the covering space $E: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow S^1$. If you can show that every map $f: ...
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Lifting triangulations to universal covers

I thought I would have been able to find more information about this by simply googling than I have been; suppose I have the information that $X$ is constructed by taking a finite disjoint collection ...
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Why is $p$ regular?

This is with regards to this lemma. Lemma: Let $p: \tilde{X} \rightarrow X$ be a covering map. Assume $\tilde{X}$ is connected and locally path-connected. Then $p$ is a regular covering $\iff$ for ...
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let $p: E\rightarrow B$ conitnuous and surjective. Show that if U is connected,then the partition of $p^{-1}(U)$ into slices is unique.

let $p: E\rightarrow B$ coninuous and surjective and suppose that $U$ is an open set of $B$ that is evenly covered by p and U. Show that if U is connected,then the partition of $p^{-1}(U)$ into slices ...