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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Is every $S^1$ knot orientable?

let $K$ be an $S^1$ knot, i.e., $K$ is a homeomorphic copy of the "standard" $S^1$ living in $\mathbb R^3$ ). I am trying to see if $K$ is orientable. This is what I have: 1) If the map sending $S^1$ ...
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Homology of Subspace vs. Homology of Ambient Space.

Let $M$ be a manifold embedded in $\mathbb R^n$ , so that the manifold has non-trivial $k-th$ homology for some $n \geq k\geq 0$ . How do we identify the fact that while there is a non-trivial cycle ...
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Showing that stereographic projection is a homeomorphism

For any $n\geq 0$,the unit $n$-sphere is the space $S^{n}\subset \mathbb{R^{n+1}}$ defined by $$S^{n}=S^{n}(1) :=\left\{ (x_{1},...,x_{n+1}) \left\vert\,\sum_{i=1}^{n+1} x_{i}^{2}=1\right.\right\}$$ ...
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Homeomorphisms of different spheres

It is pretty straightforward to show that if $X$ is a Banach space under two equivalent norms, then the respective open unit balls $B_1$ and $B_2$ are homeomorphic only by showing that $B_i$ is ...
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geometric triangle parallel

$DC$ is parallel to $AB$. Find the value of $BE$ and $DC$. I've tried too many times but still can't figure it out.
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Geometric Parallel Triangle Find Value

DC parallel to AB Find Value of BE and DC. I've tried too many times but still can't figure it out.
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Completely self-contained (and as elementary as possible) introduction to Teichmuller Theory

Can you recommend a completely self-contained and elementary (as much as it can be) introduction to Teichmuller Theory?
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use homology groups to obtain minimal cell structure

On Hatcher's book Algebraic Topology, Section 4.C Prop. 4C.1, for a simply-connected CW-complex $X$, if $H_*(X;\mathbb{Z})$ is known as a graded module over $\mathbb{Z}$, then the minimal cell ...
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a generalization of punctured cylinder

Let $S^1\times \mathbb{R}$ be the infinite cylinder. Pucture it, we have $S^1\times \mathbb{R}-*$. Then $(S^1\times \mathbb{R}-*)\simeq Skeleton^1(S^1\times \mathbb{R})\simeq S^1\vee S^1$. How ...
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Example expectation of an exponential function

Given a geometric random variable $Y$ with $p = 1/3$, I know that $E[Y] = 1/p = 3$. However, what is $E[e^{aY}]$ ? for a small value $a$. Thanks
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Shapes of a simplicial complex

In Bridson and Haefliger's book, page 98, there is a definition of shape. Here is a link to the book. The definiton is not very clear to me. It says set of isometry classes: Is it the isometry ...
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Simplicial complex and link

Theorem 7.16 in Bridson and Haefliger's book states that: Theorem: Let K be an $M_k$-simplicial complex, and let $x\in K $. If the number $\epsilon(x)$ defined in (7.8) is strictly positive, ...
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What is the definition of a properly-immersed arc?

I am going over a paper in which a theorem includes a condition that certain arcs are "properly-immersed geodesic arcs" in a surface $\Sigma$ with nonempty boundary. I have done a search, but I have ...
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Homomorphism between homotopy groups of spheres induced by the fibration and the multiplication map of $SO(n)$

Let $n$ be a nonnegative integer and $x\in S^n$ a point in the n-sphere. Combining the map $\alpha\colon SO_{n+1}\longrightarrow S^n$ induced by matrix multiplication with $x$ and the connecting ...
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Right Veering Property of elements in MCG(S)

Let h be an element of MCG(S), the mapping class group of a surface S. I was going over : I was going over :Geometric Intuition for "Right-Veering" Property of $f$ in MCG(S)? Where a p.e ...
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Homeomorphism type of the cone on a cylinder

Let $X$ be a topological space. The cone $CX$ on $X$ is the cylinder $X \times I$ with the top $X \times 1$ identified to a point. Clearly for every $X$, $CX$ is contractible. Looking at the ...
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Intuition for Exotic $\mathbb R^4$'s

Today one of my professors told me that $\mathbb R^4$ admits uncountably many non-diffeomorphic differential structures. When I asked him whether there's an intuitive reason to expect a result like ...
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Fundamental group of connected sum for non-orientable manifolds

For orientable $n$-manifolds, $n\ge3$, the fundamental group of connected sum is free product of fundamental groups: $\pi_1(M\#N)=\pi_1(M)*\pi_1(N)$. As far as I understand, for non-orientable ...
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Cut-number of Klein bottle and other non-orientable surfaces

What is the maximum number $c$ (cut-number) of non-intersecting (edit: two-sided) circles on a Klein bottle $N_2$ and, in general, a surface $N_h$ with $h$ Möbius strips, such that cutting by these ...
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Isotopic tori in $\mathbb{R}^4$

Intuitively it seems to me that two tori in $\mathbb{R}^4$ are isotopic to each other. By isotopic, I mean a smooth family of deformations beginning in one and ending in the other, and each member of ...
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Does a closed surface in the 3-sphere bound a handlebody? [closed]

If a closed surface is embedded in the 3-sphere, then does it bound a handlebody?
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Is “small disk” well-defined?

I saw the notion "small disk" very frequently used in literature. For example, in Brunnian braids on surfaces by V. G. Bardakov, R. Mikhailov, V. V. Vershinin, J. Wu, one line reads: Let $P_n(M)$ ...
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Check the relation between the topology

Let $\mathbb Z_+ = \{1, 2, 3, .....\}$ be the set of positive integer . Let $\tau_1 := $ subspace topology on $\mathbb Z_+$ induced from the usual topology on $\mathbb R ,$ $\tau_2 :=$ ...
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Geometric Intuition for “Right-Veering” Property of $f$ in MCG(S)?

let $S$ be a compact surface with non-empty boundary, let $\alpha : [0,1] \rightarrow S$ be a Properly-embedded arc (meaning both endpoints of the arc are in $\partial S$) and let $f$ be an element ...
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The notion of a right-angled hexagon in hyperbolic geometry

I was hoping someone would help me understand better what a "right-angled hexagon" is in hyperbolic geometry. I know these are glued together somehow to produce hyperbolic pairs-of-pants. The only ...
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Is every self-homeomorphism homotopic to a diffeomorphism?

Given a smooth manifold $M$, is every homeomorphism $M \to M$ homotopic to a diffeomorphism? Hirsch's "Differential Topology" has a proof that every $C^1$ diffeomorphism of smooth manifolds is ...
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Are there “interesting” examples of complete finite-volume non-compact Riemannian manifolds that are not non-positively curved?

Moreover, it would be good that, if $M$ is such an example, its universal cover $\tilde M$ is "highly" symmetric, i.e. the group G of isometries of $\tilde M$ is "big" (for example, transitive, or a ...
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Alexander Method for non-orientable Surface

From Farb and Margalit,Primer on Mapping Class Group, p.62, we know For example for torus with four puncture we can choose following claret red curves. Curves are choosen such that their complement ...
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Classification of Triangulated Surface

this is for a homework problem, although not the problem itself, and I'm looking for a little guidance. In the problem, I am given a very long list of triangles, approximately 40, and asked to ...
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How to prove that $CP^4$ cannot be immersed in $R^{11}$

Please let me know how to prove that $CP^4$ cannot be immersed in $R^{11}$. I know a proof using an integrality theorem for differentiable manifolds but I want to know if a more direct and simple ...
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Existence of CAT(0)-metrics

Given a metrisable, contractible topological space. Under which conditions exists a CAT(0)-metric compatible with the given topology?
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How can I show that if a set is bounded, then it's contained in a k-cell?

The set is a bounded subset of R (under the Euclidean metric), and a k-cell is a set of points {x_1...x_k} such that a_j < x_j < b_j for j=1...k. Any ideas on how to show this?
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Classification of surface with 18-gon planar diagram

For starters, this is a problem from L. Christine Kinsey's "Topology of Surfaces." The problem is to classify the surface using cut and paste arguments on polygons. However, between my limited ...
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Proof of Jordan curve theorem

Is it possible for the following to be proof for Jordan curve theorem: Given the distance function on $\mathbb{R}^2$ ($d((x_1,y_1),(x_2,y_2))=\sqrt{ |x_2-x_1|^2 + |y_2-y_1|^2}$), and $\varepsilon ...
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Extenting a homeomorphism on subsurface to the entire surface

Suppose you have surface and a subsurface. The complement of subsurface is union of open discs and once punctured open discs. Can all homeomorphisms of the subsurface be extended to homeomorphisms of ...
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Surgery or Partial Whitney Trick in McDuff and Salamon proof of Gromov squeezing

In the proof of Gromov squeezing in McDuff and Salamon's epic J-Holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology, the authors use a surgery argument without any explicit construction. In the following, ...
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What is the definition of boundary-parallel Dehn twist?

I have not been able to find a working definition for the term: "boundary-parallel Dehn twist ". I know what a boundary-parallel surface is, and what a parallel surface is, but I have not been able to ...
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Is “slightly deform” a well defined concept in mathematical proof?

In topological proofs the phrase "slightly deform" is widely used. To me, although I can accept the idea intuitively, the phrase "slightly deform" does not sound like a strict mathematical concept. ...
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Proof of Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem.

What is the simplest way to prove Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem in three dimensions?
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Is there only one free (continuous) action of $\mathbb{Z}_2$ on $S^2$?

We all know that the antipodal map is a free action of $\mathbb{Z}_2$ on $S^2$. Considering $\mathbb{Z}_2 = \{1, -1\}$, a free action may be viewed as a map $f : S^2 \rightarrow S^2$, i.e. the action ...
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Partitioning the plane into three sets each intersecting the vertices of every square with side 1?

Q1. Is it possible to partition the plane into three sets such that each of them contains at least one vertex of every square with side 1 ? (I mean all squares of side-length 1, not just those with ...
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A Mistake in GTM 247 (Braid Groups)?

I am reading Braid Groups (GTM 247) by Kassel Christian and Turaev Vladimir and am puzzled by a detail in the proof of a theorem: I do not quite see the reason of the inequality sign in the ...
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isotopy of homeomorphisms of a torus

Let's consider some homeomorphism of a torus which is isotopic to identity. Is it possible to construct an explicit isotopy? Edit: It's well-known statement that a homoemorphism of a torus is ...
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Gluing of two geodesic space along a proper space is geodesic.

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ geodesic metric spaces glued along $A$ a proper subspace of both and then given the pseudo metric. Why is the glued space geodesic? Any hint ? For notation and details one can ...
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Discontinuity of the identity function in topology

According to a theorem I was taught, the identity function $id(x)=x$ from $(\mathbb{R}, \tau_1)$ to $(\mathbb{R}, \tau_2)$ is continuous if $\tau_1 = \tau_2$. Are there any examples of topologies ...
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Plane models from the “word”

I have a "word" for a plane model $abacdc^{-1}db^{-1}$. From what I reckon, it's a torus. But I am not too sure of it. I sketched it up and did some "adjustments". Could it be a projective plane ...
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Forgetting a Strand in Braid Groups

Let $B_n$ be the braid group of $n$ strings over the unit disk $D$. Let $$d_i:B_n\to B_{n-1}$$ be the operation which is obtained by forgetting the $i$-th strand, $1\leq i\leq n$. Geometrically this ...
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Does there exist homeomorphism without fixed points?

Does there exist a homeomorphism of the unit disk with two holes $$\left\{(x,y):x^2+y^2 \le 1\right\} \setminus \left (\left \{(x,y):\left(x+ \frac 1 2 \right)^2+y^2 < \frac 1 {10} \right \} ...
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Is the closure of an open connected subset of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ a topological manifold?

If we remove the connectedness restriction, there are easy counter examples, as in: $\left(\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{1}\right) \cup \left(\frac{1}{4}, \frac{1}{3 }\right) \cup \left(\frac{1}{6}, ...
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Generalized Heegaard splittings and the rank of the fundamental group

Let $M$ be a compact, connected, orientable 3-manifold. Then M possesses a Heegaard splitting into two handle bodies of equal genus $g$. By looking at the Heegaard diagram and using Seifert ...