The corpus of tools and results that arose from studying manifold theory using non-algebraic techniques, that is, as opposed to (algebraic-topology). The focus of the field tends to be on special objects/manifolds/complexes and the topological characterisation and classification thereof. A key ...

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Integral Over the N-Sphere in the framework of chains:

Integration over manifolds is commonly defined with object called chains. What about if I want to integrate the exterior derivative of a $k-form$ over the n-sphere and use Stokes theorem: ...
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Which spaces admit bump functions?

Let me first fix terminology. Let $X$ be a topological space and $A\subseteq B\subseteq X$ be subsets. Let's say X admits a bump function relative to $A\subseteq B$ if there's a continuous function ...
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If $M$ is a 4-dimensional, compact, simply connected manifold with boundary, what is the topology of $\partial M$?

I know if we have a compact simply connected 3-manifold with boundary, then the boundary will be $S^2$. The argument is as following 1) $H_1(M)\simeq 0$; 2) Poincare duality $H_2(M,\partial ...
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What is a simply connected space and a multiply connected space?

I was reading the book Hyperspace by Michio Kaku when I read about simply connected space and multiply connected space. I just tried searching the answer using Wikipedia but I wasn't able to ...
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About the Chern class of the determinant line bundle

Is it true that the first Chern class of a rank $k$ complex line bundle is equal to the first Chern class of its determinant line bundle?
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cohomology ring of a subspace of real projective spaces

I learned $H^*(\mathbb{R}P^n;\mathbb{Z}_2)=\mathbb{Z}_2[a]/(a^{n+1})$, $|a|=1$, in topology class, when studying cell complex and cohomology. Now I want to find the cohomology ring ...
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Is my graph a tree?

Let M be a smooth connected manifold. G is a group act on M cocompactly and suppose there is a harmonic function $h$ on M with minimal energy.$h:\rightarrow [0,1]$ such that h is nonconstant and ...
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Nonorientable manifolds being a boundaries

I will say that a manifold (smooth, compact, without boundary) is itself boundary if there is some smooth compact manifold $W$ with boundary, such that $M=\partial W$. I'm interested in nontrivial ...
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Showing that gluing two knot exteriors together contains subgroups isomorphic with the knot groups.

I'm working through Rolfsen's "Knots and Links" and section 9D exercise 10 has me stumped: Let $K_1$ and $K_2$ be knots in two separate copies of $S^3$ with respective meridians $m_1$ and $m_2$ and ...
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$\mathbb{T}^2 \not \cong \mathbb{R}P^2$ without homologies or fundamental group

I want to prove that $\mathbb{T}^2 \not \cong \mathbb{R}P^2$(not homeomorphic) using only elementary methods(and maybe fact that $K_5$ not planar).
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Can a trefoil knot be stretched to look like a triangle with three knots at the vertices?

Can a trefoil knot be stretched to look like a triangle with three knots at the vertices, like in the right side of the image below, or is that transformation impossible to happen? If possible, what ...
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About Lefschetz fibration signature

Does there exists a Lefschetz fibration over $S^2$ for any given number admitting it as a signature? I think it is not possible so I need an counter example.
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Homotopic equivalence for $S^5$ without three $S^1$

Consider a standard embedding of $S^5$ in $\mathbb R^6$: $S^5: \; x_1^2 + x_2^2 + x_3^2 + x_4^2 + x_5^2 + x_6^2 = 1.$ And consider three circles, which are sections of $S^5$ by $x_1 x_2$, $x_3 x_4$, ...
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Surgery to unlink $S^1$ and $S^2$ in $S^4$ [closed]

Let us start with a $S^1$ and a $S^2$ are linked in $S^4$. Can I unlink the $S^1$ and $S^2$ by doing some surgery (with certain constraints described below, and let us say both $S^1$ and $S^2$ ...
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Examples of connections between bounded cohomology and geometric properties of groups

I think that the question is self explanatory. The only example that comes to my mind is the characterization of hyperbolic groups given by Mineyev ("Straightening and bounded cohomology"). There is ...
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Embeddability of connected sum of non-embeddable surfaces

Let $X$ be a surface which can not be embedded into $\Bbb R^n$. Let $X \# X $ denotes the connected sum of two copies of $X$. Then is it true that the connected sum $ X \# X $ is also not embeddable ...
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A differentiable manifold of class $\mathcal{C}^{r}$ tangent to $E^{\pm}$ and representable as graph

The stable manifold theorem tell us: A local stable manifold $W^{s}_{loc}(x^{*})$, which is a differentiable manifold of class $\mathcal{C}^{r}$ and dimension $n_{-}, $ tangent to the ...
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Linking of $S^p$ and $S^q$ in the $\mathbb{R}^d$ space

Can we have a nontrivial linking of a $S^p$ sphere and a $S^q$ sphere in the $\mathbb{R}^d$ space (or in the ${S}^d$ space)? I suppose that it can happen only if $p+q<d$. For example, we can have: ...
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Homology group and homotopy group of the standard twin

Given a 4-sphere, if we cut out a solid 3-torus $B^2 \times S^1 \times S^1$ from a 4-sphere $S^4$ (with an unknotted torus), the remained exterior is called "the standard twin," say $M$. What are ...
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Embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$?

Can we embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$ with all the nice properties, what are the allowed values of $p$ and $q$ for $d=2,3,4$ where $p+q \leq d$? =For $d=2$= I suppose that we cannot embed $S^{1} ...
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1-surgery on the figure-eight knot: reference request

As far as I know, 1-surgery on the figure-eight knot gives ($\pm$) the Brieskorn sphere $\Sigma(2,3,7)$. However, is there a citeable source for this? Sometimes Thurston's notes are mentioned, but I ...
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Question about closed sets

Let $A$ and $B$ be subsets of $\mathbb{R}^n$ (where $\mathbb{R}^n$ is Euclidean n-space). Define $A + B = \{ x + y : x \in A , y \in B \}.$ Now If $A$ and $B$ are closed sets, is $A+B$ also a closed ...
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Orbits of mapping class group on four-punctured sphere

Let $\mathcal{M}_{0,4}$ be the mapping class group of the four-punctured sphere $S_{0,4}$. Denote the simple closed curve around boundary components $b_1$ and $b_2$ by $x$, the one around $b_2$ and ...
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Decomposition of ball in Banach Tarski paradox and covering a soccer ball

Banach Tarski paradox says that it's possible to decompose a ball in $R^3$ into a finite number of disjoint subsets, which can be then reassembled into 2 identical copies of the original ball. ...
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Parallelizing lines

Let $n \geq 1$ be an integer, and $L_1,\ldots,L_n$ be $n$ lines in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which are pairwise disjoint. Is it possible to move all $n$ lines continuously so that they never cross, and so as to ...
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Are knot complements prime 3-manifolds?

Well, that is basically the question. Is the complement of a knot, i.e. an smoothly embedded copy of $S^1$ in $S^3$ a prime $3$-manifold? Here I mean by prime: A connected $3$-manifold $M$ is prime ...
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Determining slice knots

Lately I have been thinking about slice knots. Is there any known effective procedure for determining whether a knot is a slice knot?
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Stiefel-Whitney class of complex projective spaces

Let $T\mathbb{C}P^m$ be the tangent bundle of complex projective space. What is the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(T\mathbb{C}P^m)$? Let $a_m$ be the maximal integer such that the $a_m$-th dual ...
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A homotopy equivalence between two sets

I was trying to prove that the set consisting of the union of the circles $\{\langle x,y\rangle\mid(x-10)^2 +y^2 = 1\}$, $\{\langle x,y\rangle\mid(x+10)^2 +y^2 = 1\}$ and line segment $\{\langle x, ...
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Jordan curve interior and curvilinear coordinates

One of the popular ways of evaluating areas of some plane subsets is change of variables. One classic example is the lemniscate of Bernoulli $\gamma: (x^2+y^2)^2=x^2-y^2, x>0$. Using polar ...
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How equivalent are the homeomorphism and diffeomorphism groups of 3-manifolds?

Every topological 3-manifold carries a smooth structure, unique up to diffeomorphism. In addition, "up to homotopy", the maps between them are the same: every continuous map is homotopic to a smooth ...
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Maps from $D^n$ to $D^n$ with a single inverse set are open.

Let $D^n$ denote the closed unit ball in $\Bbb R^n$. In multiple sources proving Brown's generalized Schoenflies theorem (including a version in the original paper), the following consequence of ...
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Side identification on a hexagon

Apparently giving a hexagon side identification aabbcc results in a sphere. I'm struggling to see this, can someone explain? perhaps with a diagram? It seems to be all the vertices are identified, but ...
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Euler Characteristic of Side identification

Let $S$ be a surface obtained by identifying the sides of a regular hexagon in pairs. I want to show $\chi(S) > -1 $. I can see how we can obtain surfaces with $\chi(S) = 0,1,2$ but I think I'm ...
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Is the closure of $[\sigma_1^2,\sigma_2^2]$ in $B_3$ equal to the Borromean rings?

Is the closure of $[\sigma_1^2,\sigma_2^2]\in B_3$ (the braid group with $3$ strings) equal to the Borromean rings? If yes, is there any simple proof?
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Description of real projective space $P^3$

I know that the real projective plane $P^2$ can be thought of as a union of a mobius band and a disk, where the union occurs among the common boundary of the two (circle). My question is about $P^3$. ...
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Several questions concerning Alexander's Theorem

I'm reading Hatcher's proof of Alexander's theorem in his 3 manifolds notes. The statement is the following: Let $\Sigma \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be an embedded $2$-sphere; then $\Sigma$ bounds a ...
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Zeros of vector field extended from field lines

Suppose I have a finite number of 1-dimensional curves embedded in a 3-dimensional space. What can I say topologically about vector fields chosen so that these closed curves are field lines? For ...
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A reference for a result by A. Casson

I was reading this article about the disproof of Triangulation conjecture: it says that A. Casson disproved this conjecture in dimension 4 in the '80s In 1982, Michael Freedman, then at the ...
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Homotopically equivalent manifolds and product with $\mathbb{R}$

I know that some manifolds which are homotopically equivalent become homeomorphic after taking the product with $\mathbb{R}$, e.g. $\mathbb{T}^{2}$ minus a point and $\mathbb{S}^{2}$ minus three ...
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punctured Mobius band in high dimension

Let $M^{n+1}$ be the non-trivial line bundle over sphere $S^n$. When $n=1$, $M^2$ is Mobius band and the punctured space $M^2\setminus *\simeq S^1$. How about $M^{n+1}\setminus *$ in general? Does ...
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Framing of embedding induces an isotopy of embeddings

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $m$ and $\phi : S \to M$ a smooth embedding (dim S = k < m) such that the normal bundle $T_S M$ is trivializable. Let $f: T_S M \to S \times ...
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given a specific vector bundle how to see whether the first Pontryagin class is zero

Let $Z_2$ be the group with $2$ elements. Let $a\in Z_2$ be the nontrivial element. Let $S^n$ be the $n$-sphere. Let $C(S^n,2)=\{(x,y)\in S^n\times S^n\mid x\neq y\}$. Let $a$ act on $C(S^n,2)$ by ...
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Maximum principle of harmonic function on compact manifold

Thm . (Maximum Principle) Let h be a harmonic function on a domain D in C . (a) If h attains a local maximum in D then h is constant. (b) Suppose that D is bounded and h extends continuously to the ...
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Are $\{(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^2 : (x,y)\neq(0,0)\}$ and $\{(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^2 : (x,y)\notin [0,1]\times\{0\}\}$ homeomorphic?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be the spaces \begin{align*} X_1&=\{(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^2 : (x,y)\neq(0,0)\}, \\ X_2&=\{(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^2 : (x,y)\notin [0,1]\times\{0\}\}. \end{align*} Are these ...
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how to see whether a bundle is trivial or not?

Let $Z_2$ be the group with $2$ elements. Let $a\in Z_2$ be the nontrivial element. Let $S^n$ be the $n$-sphere. Let $C(S^n,2)=\{(x,y)\in S^n\times S^n\mid x\neq y\}$. Let $a$ act on $C(S^n,2)$ by ...
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triviality of tensor product of vector bundles

Let $\xi$ be a $O(n)$-bundle with fibre $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $\xi\otimes \mathbb{C}$, $\xi\otimes \mathbb{H}$ be complex vector bundles and quaternionic vector bundles. If $\xi$ is not a trivial ...
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principal bundle and the associated bundle

Let $G\leq O(n)$ be a subgroup of orthogonal group. Let $\xi$ be a principal $G$-bundle. Let $\xi[\mathbb{R}^n]$ be the associated vector bundle. If $\xi$ is not a trivial bundle, can we obtain that ...
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What is the relation between the construction of Reshetikhin-Turaev and Witten's paper?

I have read that the papers of Reshetikhin and Turaev provide a mathematically rigorous framework for the ideas contained in Witten's paper "Quantum field theory and the Jones polynomial". Can ...
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a question on oriented bundles and Euler class

In Characteristic classes, J. Milnor, J. Stasheff, Prop. 9.7, it is proved that: if the oriented vector bundle $\xi$ possesses a nowhere zero cross section, then the Euler class $e(\xi)=0$. I want ...