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Differential forms on fuzzy manifolds

This post will take a bit to set up properly, but it is an easy read (and most likely easy to answer); in any event, please bear with me. Question In the usual setting of open subsets of ...
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Is there a homology theory that counts connected components of a space?

It is well-known that the generators of the zeroth singular homology group $H_0(X)$ of a space $X$ correspond to the path components of $X$. I have recently learned that for Čech homology the ...
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Lifting local compactness in covering spaces

Since the total space of a cover is locally homeomorphic to the base space, local topological properties (like local (path) connectedness, T1 etc.) lift from the base space to the total space. The ...
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In $n>5$, topology = algebra

During the study of the surgery theory I faced following sentence: Surgery theory works best for $n > 5$, when "topology = algebra". I don't know what is the meaning of topology=algebra. ...
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Understanding Alexandroff compactification

Is the Alexandroff one-point compactification of a locally compact Hausdorff space ($\mathbf{LCHaus}$) a functor to the category of compact Hausdorff spaces ($\mathbf{CHaus}$)? It seems to me that one ...
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A fiber bundle over Euclidean space is trivial.

What's the easiest way to see this? The only thing I could think to do was try to patch together trivializations. I couldn't find a way to make that work. Thank you! edit: For the record, here's why ...
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Kernels in $\mathbf{Top}$

There is a following well-known theorem for abelian categories (at least the ones I know, Ab, $R$-mod and so on... not so familiar with categorical language to be honest) which states the following : ...
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Restrictions of null/meager ideal

Let I denote the null/meager ideal on reals. Is it consistent that for any pair of non null/meager sets A and B, there is a null/meager preserving bijection between A and B? In particular, is this ...
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How much do idempotent ultrafilters generate in terms of semigroups?

It is known that the set of ultrafilters on, say, the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$, can naturally be endowed with the structure of a compact topological left semigroup (which fails to be anything ...
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Group Structure on $\Bbb R$

$(\Bbb R,+)$ is a topological group. Is there any other group structure on $\Bbb R$ such that it is still a topological group and this group is not isomorphic to $(\Bbb R,+)$ ? Refer to ...
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Open map which “almost fixes” the boundary of an open ball

We have a continuous function $f:\bar{B}\to\mathbb{R}^n$, where $\bar{B}=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n:\|x\|\le 1\}$, such that if $\|x\|=1$ then $\|f(x)-x\|<\epsilon$, for a fixed $\epsilon\in(0,1)$. We have ...
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Axiomatizing topology through continuous maps

Suppose we have some topological space $X$ and we somehow forgot about the topology. A friend of ours knows the topology and offers to tell us for any map $X\to Y$ into any topological space $Y$ ...
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Flabby sheaf comonad

If one Googles sufficiently hard one finds the statement that Roger Godement gives the first example of a comonad, used to compute flabby resolutions of sheaves, in his monograph "Topologie algébrique ...
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“Implicit” subcover

I'm learning about compactness in topological spaces and I wonder if there is an example of a compact topological space $X$ and an open cover $\{U_\alpha\}$ of $X$ for which we can't show explictly a ...
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Fixed point of a shrinking map. Proof.

Could you please verify my proof? Let $f:X \to X$ be a shrinking map on a compact metric space $(X,d)$. In other words: $d(f(x),f(y)) < d(x,y)$ for all $x,y \in X$. Prove: $f$ has a unique ...
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Urysohn's Lemma needn't hold in the absence of choice. Alternate terminology for inequivalent definitions of “normal” spaces?

A topological space $\langle X,\tau\rangle$ is said to be normal if any two disjoint closed subsets are separated by open sets, meaning that for disjoint $E,F\subseteq X$ with $X\setminus E,X\setminus ...
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Existence of a map in a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space, $B$ be its unit ball: $B=\{x\in H: \, \|x\|\leq 1\}$. Does there exist a continuous map $f:H\to H$ such that $f(f(x))=x$ $\forall x\in H$, $f$ has no ...
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What properties are preserved under a measurable mapping?

Although in an abstract category the morphisms are not explicitly defined, in a concrete example (model theory?), morphisms are (always/usually?) mappings that preserve some properties. In the ...
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compact-open metrizability

Given topological spaces $X$ and $Y$ the set $C(X,Y)$ of all continuous functions $f:X\to Y$ becomes a topological space with the compact-open topology (that is the topology generated by the sets ...
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When is $\{ x | f(x) \le 0\}$ path-connected?

I'm trying to determine the conditions on $f : \mathbb{R}^n_{\ge 0} \to \mathbb{R^n}$ under which $\{ x | f(x) \le 0\}$ is path-connected. We can assume that $f$ is continuous and concave (i.e. for ...
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Continuous choice of basis for subspaces

Consider the flag variety (or flag manifold, depending on who you are) $V=\mathrm {Fl} (3,\mathbb C)$ of complete flags of subspaces of $\mathbb C^3$. That is, an element of M is a tuple (L , P) ...
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Is there an abelian cat of topological groups?

There are lots of reasons why the category of topological abelian groups (i.e. internal abelian groups in $\bf Top$) is not an abelian category. So i'm wondering: Is there a "suitably well ...
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Is a topological space determined by its components and their quotient?

Given connected topological spaces $X_i$ and a totally disconnected space $Y$, is there a unique topological space $X$ with components homeomorphic to $X_i$ and $X/\sim$ homeomorphic to $Y$? ($\sim$ ...
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Point set topology from an algebraic perspective?

I got this idea of viewing a topology as an operation on a ring of sets. Let $\mathcal R = (\mathcal P(X), \cap, \triangle)$ be a ring of sets. ($\triangle$ is the symmetric difference operation and ...
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Is the boundary of a connected set connected?

SOLVED - check out the comments or directly this answer. I was wondering if the boundary of an unbounded component $C$ of the complement of a bounded connected open set $U$ must be connected (in ...
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Orbit space of a free, proper G-action principal bundle

Let $G$ be a topological group and let $r \colon E \times G \to E$ be a continuous right-action on a topological space $X$. If $p\colon E \to B$ is a continuous map into a topological space $B$ such ...
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Is there some elementary proof of invariance of domain?

Invariance of domain at least in statement seems a simple result. I mean, the first time I saw the statement I thought: "the proof can't be that bad", but when I searched for it I saw that it needs ...
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A few standard results (on metrizability and relative separation strength) without choice?

I've been going back over some results from Munkres's Topology, and I'm curious about some things.... I know that Choice principles have some connection to the separation axioms (in ZF, at ...
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Characterization of open maps

I'm looking for different but equivalent definitions of the concept of open map. So Let $X,Y$ be topological spaces and $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ a function, not assumed to be continuous. I conjectured ...
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Understanding the roots of homomorphism and homeomorphism

I understand the formal (i.e. mathematical) definitions of the terms "homomorphism" and "homeomorphism" as they relate to functions, but I am curious as to the origin of these terms. I don't know ...
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“Cutting out” loops from paths

Given a topological space $X$ and a path $p : [0, 1] \to X$ such that $p(0) \neq p(1)$, does there always exist an injective path $p' : [0,1] \to \operatorname{im}p$ such that $p'(0) = p(1)$ and ...
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What are 'weak' forms of Urysohn's lemma, which do not require choice?

Reference: http://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/C.Good/research/pdfs/horror.pdf It is well known that the original proof of Urysohn's lemma uses a choice principle. (DC) What are weak forms of the Urysohn's ...
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Unicoherence of non-euclidean spaces

My question concerns the notion of unicoherence, which is a property that a topological space may or may not have. The definition (from Wikipedia) is: "A topological space $X$ is said to be ...
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Piecewise Affine Bijections of $\mathbb{R}^n$

I have a min-max function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^n$ of the form $$f(x) = \min_{i=1,\dots,n}\max_{j=1,\dots,n}(\alpha_{ij}^Tx + \beta_{ij})\quad\text{where each } \alpha_{ij}\in ...
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Homotopy extension property vs. good pairs

I'm taking a course that uses the book "algebraic topology" by Allen Hatcher. I this book there are two different ways in which a pair (X,A) of a topological space X and a subspace A can be nice: They ...
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Connectedness of sets in the plane with rational coordinates and at least one irrational

Can someone please let me know if my solution is correct: Define: 1) Let $A = \{x \in \mathbb{R}^{2}: \text{all coordinates of x are rational} \}$. Show that $\mathbb{R}^{2} \setminus A$ is ...
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Connections and dependences between topological and algebraic basis in topological vector space

On my last functional analysis exam, one of the tasks was to show that if normed vector space $X$ have countable Hamel basis, then $X$ is separable space (over field $\mathbb{R}$). I am not sure if ...
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Is there such a thing as 'overtification' (dual to compactification)?

The dual to the notion of compactness for spaces is overtness. This duality is not manifest in the category of spaces but rather in the quantifiers used to define these notions. Is there a process ...
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Raising a partial function to the power of an ordinal

Consider a set $X$, and let $f : X \rightarrow X$ denote a partial function. Then for natural $n$, we can define $f^n$ as iterated composition, e.g. $f^2 = f \circ f$. Now suppose that $X$ is also ...
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What's the most efficient way to mow a lawn?

For $S\subseteq\Bbb R^2$ and $x\in\Bbb R$, define $E_x(S)=\{y\in\Bbb R^2:d(y,S)<x\}$. ($E_x(S)$ represents the expansion of $S$ by $x$.) Given a path $\gamma:[0,1]\to\Bbb R^2$, denote its length as ...
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How many sets can you get by taking closures, complements, and intersections?

The Kuratowski closure-complement problem yields 14 sets which can be formed by taking the closure and the complement of a single set. But if I want to also include such sets as the frontier or ...
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Questions related to intersections of open sets and Baire spaces

EDIT: I have reposted this question on MathOverflow. (The version posted there is more concise, with some details omitted. I have also added a question about pseudobases with similar property.) MO ...
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Cohomology of covering space

Let $B$ be a base space and $E$ be a covering space of $B$ what is the relation between $H^2(B,\mathbb{Z})$ and $H^2(E,\mathbb{Z})$.?
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What kinds of structures support integration?

I am doing topology which neatly generalizes analysis, which led me to wonder naturally about generalizations of calculus. Specifically I'm interested in knowing what is required of a mathematical ...
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Characterising singular homology among a more general class of cosimplicial spaces

Is there a way to characterise (up to isomorphism) the simplicial spaces $F: \Delta \to \underline{\text{Top}}$ with $F( \underline{n}) \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ compact and $F(\underline{0})$ a ...
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Dense uncountable proper subgroup of $(\mathbb{R},+)$

Probably someone had asked this question on StackExchange, but can one construct a dense uncountable proper subgroup of $(\mathbb{R},+)$?
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How to find a homeomorphism $\mathbb{R}^{n}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{n}$ having certain properties

Let $n\ge 2$ and let $C$ be a cantor space in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. That is, $C$ is homeomorphic to the cantor ternary set. Let $x$ and $y$ be two points in $\mathbb{R}^{n}-C$, and let $L_{xy}$ be the ...
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Reference request - the topology generated by upward and downward closures of antichains.

By definition, the order topology on a totally ordered set $T$ is the coarsest topology such that every subset of $T$ that can be expressed as the upward or downward closure of a singleton is closed. ...
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Prove $\mathbb{R}^3$ is not the product of two identical topological spaces

I can only prove this for $\mathbb{R}$: If $\mathbb{R}\cong T\times T$, then $T$ embeds in $\mathbb{R}$ as a closed subspace (e.g. $T\times pt$). Since $\mathbb{R}$ is connected, so is $T$. So $T$ ...
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Is this a spectral decomposition/embedding/isometry?

Given a symmetric p.s.d matrix G, we know that a gram matrix/inner-product representation, X exists where $G=X^TX$ and $X=U\lambda^{1/2}$ via the eigen decomposition of $G$. Now if I take the same ...