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Differential topology is the field dealing with differentiable functions on differentiable manifolds. It is closely related to differential geometry and together they make up the geometric theory of differentiable manifolds.

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### How to get a Kirby diagram of $S^1 \times M^3$ if $M^3$ is given by a surgery diagram?

In "4-manifolds and Kirby Calculus" by Gompf and Stipsicz, there is a nice description of how to get the Kirby diagram of $S^1 \times M^3$, given a Kirby diagram of $M^3$. Basically, one thickens the ...
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### Transversality, mod 2 degree, Winding numbers in differential topology

From Chapter 2 Section 5 of Guillemin and Pollack, Differential Topology, $\mathbf{X}$ is a compact connected manifold, and $f:\mathbf{X}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ a smooth map and $\dim{X}=n-1$. (So,...
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### Minkowski space is locally Euclidean?

The Minkowski spacetime $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ is said to be a manifold (isomorphic to $SO^{1,3}$. But according to the definition of a manifold it should be locally euclidean. However, this seems to be ...
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### Analytic approximations of the step function

Consider the Heaviside step function: $$H:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$$ defined by $$H(x)=\begin{cases} 0 & \mbox{if } x<0 \\ 1 & \mbox{if } x\geq 0\end{cases}$$ Fix any $\delta>0$. Given ...
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### $C^{k}$-manifolds: how and why?

First of all, I have a specific question. Suppose $M$ is an $m$-dimensional $C^k$-manifold, for $1 \leq k < \infty$. Is the tangent space to a point defined as the space of $C^k$ derivations on the ...
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### In uniform circular motion in R^2, is acceleration in the normal bundle?

In physics we learn that accleration is a vector quantity parallel to the radius and orthogonal to the velocity. With the embedding $\mathbb{S}^1 \hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ and the induced ...
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### Homeomorphism of a Genus-2 Surface

Does there exist a homeomorphism from a genus-2 surface, the connected sum of 2 tori, to two circles, $S^1$, intersecting at a point? Intuitively it seems that the double torus can be squeezed into ...
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### Number of intersections of two closed loops on a genus zero surface

I have stumbled onto the following fact and I am quite helpless in seeing why this is true (although I can agree intuitively). Let $M$ be a surface of genus zero (open or closed, with or without ...
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### $T^2\times S^n$ is parallelizable

This is taken from a UCLA Geometry/Topology qualifying exam. How would one prove that $T^2\times S^n$ is parallelizable for all $n\geq 1$? Is there a way to find $n+2$ linearly independent vector ...
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### Why is there no natural metric on manifolds?

One of the things that always bothered me after learning introductory differential geometry (as a physics student) and then delving deeper into this field on my own is that, the usual construction of ...
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### Why the whole theory about differentiable manifolds is based on open sets?

I only have studied basic topology, which means i haven't studied any about differentiable manifolds. I just skimmed pages on wikipedia. Here is a simple illustration on a basic situation. Let $E$ ...
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### How to prove that all smooth vector bundles on a given vector bundle are the pull back of a vector bundle on the base

Recently, during a conversation, I heard about the result (previously mentioned also here on MO), whose statement is reported below. Not having the specific background necessary to reconstruct a proof ...
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### Why does every noncompact orientable surface have a complex structure?

There is a high-powered proof of the fact that orientable noncompact surfaces have free fundamental group here that invokes the ability to put a complex structure on any such surface. But why should ...
There are two ways to define a smooth map between manifolds. The 1st way (for example, Lee): $f:M\rightarrow N$ is smooth iff for every $p\in M$ there exist charts $(U,\varphi)$ at $p$ and $(V,\psi)$ ...