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### What is the suspension used in the Freudenthal suspension theorem?

The theorem states: The suspension map $\pi_{i}( S^{n})\rightarrow \pi_{i}(S^{n+1})$ is an isomorphism when $i<2n-1$ and a surjection when $i=2n-1$. In the case where $X$ is an ...
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### Is the Hopf fibration the only fibration with total space $S^{3}$?

Let $S^{1}$ bundle over $S^{2}$ is homeomorphic (diffeomorphic) to $S^{3}$. Is the Chern class of the fibration 1, i.e. is the Hopf fibration up to isomorphism the only fibre bundle with total space ...
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### let $\xi$ be an arbitrary vector bundle. Is $\xi\otimes\xi$ always orientable?

Let $\xi=(E,p,B)$ be a line bundle (not nec. orientable). Then the tensor product $\xi\otimes \xi$ is orientable. I obtain this by choosing $b\in U\cap V$, $U,V$ open in $B$ such that ...
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### tensor product of two vector bundles

Let $\xi$ and $\eta$ be two vector bundles over the same base space $B$. Then $\xi\otimes \eta$ is orientable if and only if $\xi$ and $\eta$ are both orientable. How to prove this true or not true? ...
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### Fiber Bundle of Manifolds

I want to show the following: Let $E \rightarrow B$ be a fiber bundle with fiber $F$. Show that if $B$ and $F$ are manifolds, then so is $E$. Solving this problem seems easy enough simply by ...
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### vector bundles and their cross-sections

Let $B$ be a compact Hausdorff space and $C^0(B)$ be the ring of continuous real valued functions on $B$. For any vector bundle $\xi$ over $B$, let $\Gamma(\xi)$ denote the $C^0(B)$-module consisting ...
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### Equivalence between fibre bundles

Let $F$ and $U$ be two topological spaces on which a topological group acts (by the left) and consider the product action $G\times(F\times U) \rightarrow F\times U$ defined by $g(f,u)= (gf,gu)$. Now ...
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### Orthonormal frame bundle orthogonal to a curve

Let $M$ be a $n$-dimensional smooth riemannian manifold and $\varphi\colon(-\varepsilon,\varepsilon)\rightarrow M$ an embedding. $\varphi$ will denote the image of $\varphi$, too. Consider the bundle ...
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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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### Visualize Fourth Homotopy Group of $S^2$

I know $\pi_4(S^2)$ is $\mathbb{Z}_2$. However, I don't know how to visualize it. For example, it is well known that $\pi_3(S^2)=\mathbb{Z}$ can be understood by Hopf Fibration. Elements in ...
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### How to classify principal bundles over a 2 dimensional surface?

I just want to how much people know about this at the moment? I thought this is elementary and may be of execrise level, but a quick google search showed serious papers written on this subject (like ...
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### How did Chern pictured the first Chern number?

The first Chern number $\cal C$ is known to be related to various physical objects. Gauge fields are known as connections of some principle bundles. In particular, principle $U(1)$ bundle is said to ...
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### A question about the definition of fibre bundle

The canonical definition of fibre bundle is the following: Let $B,X,F$ be three topological spaces and $\pi:X\rightarrow B$ a continuous surjective map; then $(X,F,B,\pi)$ is a fibre bundle on $B$ ...
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### Universal cover as a principal $\pi_1$ bundle.

Let $M$ be a connected manifold with universal cover $\tilde M$ and fix $x_0 \in M$. Then it is well-known that $\tilde M \to M$ is a principal $\pi_1(M,x_0)$ bundle. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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### Given a fiber bundle $F\to E\overset{\pi}{\to} B$ such that $F,B$ are compact, is $E$ necessarily compact?

Consider a (locally trivial) fiber bundle $F\to E\overset{\pi}{\to} B$, where $F$ is the fiber, $E$ the total space and $B$ the base space. If $F$ and $B$ are compact, must $E$ be compact? This ...
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### A bundle which is not associated to a vector bundle.

Let $F\rightarrow E\stackrel{\pi}{\rightarrow} B$ be a fiber bundle with structure group $G$. We know that if we can reduce the structure group to a subgroup of $GL_n$ for some $n$ ...
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### Intuition for induced bundle.

If $X$ is a manifold, $G$ a compact Lie group, $E$ a principal $G$-bundle over $X$ and $V$ be a vector space on which $G$ acts. Then one can form the vector bundle $E \times_{G} V$ over $X$. What is ...
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### String and BString

In one of the talks of J.P. May he mentioned some examples of structure groups and their classification spaces (he mentioned: O, U, SO, SU, Sp, Spin, String, Top, STop, F and SF). Most of them are ...
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### $G/H$ with $H$ contractible a fibre bundle?

Suppose $G$ is a topological group and $H\leq G$ a normal/closed subgroup of $G$. If $H$ is contractible, does the quotient map $p: G\rightarrow G/H$ form a fibre bundle? Is there a more general ...
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### Associated bundle

Given a principal $G$-Bundle $P\rightarrow X$ and if we let $G$ act on itself by multiplication (denote this action by $\rho$) we obtain an associated bundle $P\times_{\rho} G=(P\times G)/\sim$ where ...
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