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### Simply connected does not imply contractible. Is there a nice counter example in $R^2$?

The standard counter example to the claim that a simply connected space might be contractible is a sphere $S^n$, with $n > 1$, which is simply connected but not contractible. Suppose that I were ...
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### Playing with the torus and semisimplicial sets (prove that $\phi$ and $\psi$ are not homotopic)

Recall that we can express the torus $|X.| \cong T$ as a square with edges $e$ and $f$, diagonal $g$, faces $T_1$ and $T_2$, and a single vertex $v$, and appropriate identifications. Let $Y.$ be the ...
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### Generalization of the hairy ball theorem.

The hairy ball theorem of states that there is no nonvanishing continuous tangent vector field on even dimensional n-spheres. Can the hairy ball theorem be strengthened to say that there is no ...
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### 4-manifold: $0$-handle $\cup$ $2$-handles along a framed link in $S^3$ (intersection form = linking matrix = presentation matrix of $H_1(\partial M)$)

Let $L$ be a framed link in $S^3$, consisting of framed knots $L_1,\ldots,L_m$. Let $A=[a_{ij}]\in\mathbb{Z}^{m\times m}$ be its linking matrix, with $a_{ii}=$ framing of $L_i$ and $a_{ij}=$ linking ...
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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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### How hard is it to endow a $\textit{Spin}^{c}$ structure on four-dimensional manifolds?

I am in a certain math conference and we came across Seiberg-Witten equations. Since I am really novice in the field, I asked if all "reasonable" four manifolds carry a $\textit{spin}^{c}$ structure. ...
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### Cohomology calculation for maps to the 2-sphere.

Let $Y^3$ be a closed 3-manifold and $f\colon Y\to \operatorname{SO}(3)$, $g\colon Y\to S^2$ be smooth maps. Define $g'\colon Y\to S^2$ be the following composition: ...
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### Lifting homeomorphisms covering

Hello I had a question regarding a lemma from the paper: http://www.math.columbia.edu/~jb/bir-hilden-annals.pdf I don't understand the proof of Lemma 5.1. Notation: $T_{0,0}$ is the 2-sphere, ...
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### Simple Sphere Suspension Question

I have heard it said that the suspension of an $n$-sphere is an $n+1$-sphere. This is stated without proof in chapter 0 of Hatcher's book on algebraic topology. More generally, it seems that the ...
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### How does Thurston's geometrisation conjecture imply Poincaré's conjecture?

I ran into the geometrisation conjecture a few days ago, and I started wondering how to prove PoincarÃ©'s conjecture. Let $M$ be a compact, simply connected, $3$-manifold. Clearly it is irreducible ...
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### A simply-connected closed surface is a sphere

From the Classification Theorem for closed (i.e. compact and boundaryless) surfaces, it follows that $S^2$ is the only closed surface with trivial $\pi _1$. That's easy because the fundamental group ...
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### $\operatorname{Spin}^c(n)$ is a Lie group?

Assume that $n\geq 3$. (This implies $\pi_1(\operatorname{SO}(n))=\mathbb{Z}/2$.) Let $\rho\colon \operatorname{Spin}(n)\to \operatorname{SO}(n)$ be the 2-fold universal cover. Identify $\ker(\rho)$ ...
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### Symmetric product of genus 2-surface

Let $\Sigma$ be the genus 2-surface. Denote $\operatorname{Sym}^2(\Sigma)=\Sigma\times \Sigma/\mathbb{Z}/2$, where $\mathbb{Z}/2$ acts on $\Sigma\times \Sigma$ by $(x,y)\mapsto (y,x)$. In the very ...
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### 4D TQFT construction from a modular tensor category

I know the construction of 3D topological quantum field theory (TQFT) from a modular tensor category. I heard that we can even (mathematically) construct 4D TQFT from a modular tensor category. I ...
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### Infinitely sheeted covering spaces!

I was wondering what the fundamental group of an infinitely sheeted covering space of say some surface might be? I'm thinking it should be an infinite cyclic group, but this is more intuitively, i ...
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### Relationship between the Hopf Fibration and Spinors on $S^2$

The unique spin structre for $TS^2$ is given by the Hopf fibration. We can trivialize the Hopf fibration over open sets $U_1 = S^2 \setminus \{N\}, U_2 = S^2 \setminus \{S\}$ where $N$ and $S$ are the ...
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### Compact surfaces and Fundamental Groups

Identify the compact surfaces $X$ for which there exist a proper subgroup $G$ of $\pi_1(X)$ such that $G\cong \pi_1(X)$. EDIT: Suggestions?
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### Covering spaces!

If one wanted to find all connected covering spaces of a product of two spaces, say $S^1\times RP(3)$, how would you go about it? I'm thinking finding the fundamental group of $S^1\times RP(3)$, and ...
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### Spin structures on $S^1$ and Spin cobordism

I'm trying to understand the 2 spin structures on the circle. Since the frame bundle for the circle is just the circle itself, Spin structures on $S^1$ correspond to double covers of $S^1$. There are ...
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### Finding the rank of subgroups of free groups?

How do you find the rank of a subgroup(of finite index) of a free group? I was thinking of looking at the fundamental group of a graph.
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### About Thom theorem (representation submanifold for $H_{n-2}(M)$)

Recall Thom theorem : If $M^n$ is a smooth orientable closed manifold then any homology class in $H_{n-2}(M)$ is represented by the fundamental class of a smooth submanifold. And in the Harper and ...
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### Higher homotopy groups!

How would you show that $\pi_n, n>1$ of the Klein bottle is the trivial group? I was thinking Seifert-Van Kampen could be applicable?
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### How difficult is it to impose a differential structure on a fractal?

Assuming we have a 4-dimensional smooth manifold $M$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{m}$ that is difficult to understand its differential structure. For convenience's sake we can assume it is compact, simply ...
Say you have two surfaces of genus 2, say $X$ and $Y$ and you want to attach them via homotopy attaching maps $f$ along their waist curves. Then what will the fundamental group of the adjunction space ...
We can either define a knot to be (1) a smooth embedding $S^1 \hookrightarrow \mathbb R^3$ or (2) a piecewise linear, simple closed curve in $\mathbb R^3$ Then these two definitions are ...