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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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 can I tell if two functions are conjugates in the homeomorphism group of $\mathbb{S}^n$?

Suppose we have two functions $f,g:\mathbb{S}^n\to\mathbb{S}^n$ which are bijective, continuous, and have a continuous inverse (aka bicontinuous). They are conjugates in the homeomorphism group when ...
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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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Kirby diagrams for nonorientable $4$-manifolds

In http://www.math.msu.edu/~akbulut/papers/akbulut.lec.pdf, which is a (still developed) set of lecture notes on 4-manifolds by Selman Akbulut, in section 1.5 there is a way to draw a non-orientable ...
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Showing every knot has a regular projection using diff top

My question is: Can we use differential topology to prove that every smooth knot has a regular projection? Here is some background: Let $\gamma : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ be a smooth unit-speed ...
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Surgery on $S^m$

On page 4 of the book "ALGEBRAIC AND GEOMETRIC SURGERY" by Andrew Ranicki, after the definition of surgery has written: Example View the $m$-sphere $S^m$ as $$S^m=\partial (D^{n+1} \times ...
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Uniqueness of Preferred Framing of a Solid Torus in $S^3$

One way to state my question tersely is: For a homeomorphism $f : S^1 \times \mathbb{D}^2 \rightarrow S^1 \times \mathbb{D}^2$, does $f|_{S^1 \times S^1}$ determine the isotopy class of $f$? This is ...
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$6n\pm 1$th fold cyclic covers of $S^3$ branched over the trefoil.

This questions is actually exercise 10D4 from Rolfsen's Knots and Links. In example 8D7 Rolfsen computes a presentation matrix for $\Sigma _n$ the n-fold cyclic cover of $S^3$ branched over the ...
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Loop space and stable homotopy theory

The Bott periodicity theorem for unitary group $U(n)$ says that $$ \pi_{i-1}(U) \simeq \pi_{i+1}(U) $$ How can I prove, using this theorem, that $$ \Omega (U) \simeq BU \times \mathbb{Z} ?$$ What is ...
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What is the “Standard” Open Book Decomposition for $\mathbb R^n$, and why does this matter?

I am trying to understand better Open book decompositions. To that effect, I tried to work out a couple of (relatively-simple) examples, specifically, for $\mathbb R^2 $ and higher. But I have not ...
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Prove $f\colon X/{\sim} \to Y \text{ is continuous} \iff \pi\circ f\colon X \to Y \text{ is continuous}$

I need to show that $$f\colon X/{\sim} \to Y \text{ is continuous} \iff \pi\circ f\colon X \to Y \text{ is continuous}$$ where $X/{\sim}$ is a quotient topology and $\pi$ is the quotient map. I ...
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How can you prove that the winding number around two zeros of a vector field is the sum of the two indices?

If v is a continuous vector field with two isolated zeros, then the winding number around one zero is its index. The winding number on a circle with both zeros in its interior is the sum of the two ...
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The “Easiest” non-smoothable manifold

In 1960, Kervaire found the first example of a PL-manifold which does not admit a smooth structure. Since then, I understand that there are many examples of non-smoothable manifolds that can be built. ...
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The Birman–Hilden Theorem and the Nielsen–Thurston classification

So this post is half question/half reference request, as I'm sure it's the kind of thing people would have thought about before (and indeed the question might even be trivial), but I've been unable to ...
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when is the region bounded by a Jordan curve “skinny”?

How can I formalize and prove the following intuition?: Picture a very skinny rectangle, one with base length 1 and sides length $\epsilon$. Or imagine a very flattened ellipse. The interiors of ...
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Density of continuous knots in the plane transversal to some circles

This is an exercise from the book "Knots and Links" by Rolfsen (exercise 6 in section 2C) Let $\kappa : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2-(0,0)$ be a continuous imbedding. Let $M := \{ x \in ...
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Equivalence of Definitions of Principal $G$-bundle

I've finally gotten around to learning about principal $G$-bundles. In the literature, I've encountered (more than) four different definitions. Since I'm still a beginner, it's unclear to me whether ...
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Soft question: why are there non-smooth manifolds?

Topologists are often very good at explaining the geometric intuition behind certain results and programs of research. For instance, the particular interest in 4 manifolds is often explained by ...
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Uniqueness of “Punctured” Tubular Neighborhoods (?)

Here is a question that has been haunting me for a while: Let $\mathbb{R}^{n-1} \times [0, \infty)$ be the upper half space of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and suppose we have a smooth homeomorphism (not a diffeo) ...
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Annulus Theorem

I'm trying to read Rolfsen's "Knots and Links" and I'm a little discouraged that I can't do one of the first and seemingly more important exercises. The question is Use the Schoenflies theorem ...
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$\epsilon$-net of a $n$-dimensional $\ell_2$-ball

Let $B$ be an $\ell_2$-ball of radius $r$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I want to find the cardinal of a (not too big) $\epsilon$-net of $B$, that is the cardinal of a finite set $V\subset B$ such that $\forall ...
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Finding a closed curve $\gamma$ on a Torus such that $\gamma$ is not pseudo-Anosov

Let g denote genus and n denote number of punctures. According to Kra's construction in Pseudo-Anosov theory for surfaces, if S is an orientable surface such that $3g+n>3$ and $\gamma \in ...
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Is there an example of a non-orientable group manifold?

Basically what I'm looking for is a topological group that is also a non-orientable, n-dimensional manifold
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3-manifolds fibering over the circle and mapping tori

If $S$ is a closed connected surface and $\varphi \in \mathrm{Diff}(M)$, then we can build the mapping torus $M_\varphi = \dfrac{S \times [0,1]}{(x,0)\sim (\varphi(x),1)}$. Then we have that $ ...
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PL and triangulizable

Is it correct that the notion of triangulizable manifold (in the sence "homeomorphic to a simplicial complex") is weaker than the notion of a PL-manifold? If yes, why? (eg is it true that a star of ...
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What is the proof that SO(2n+1) is non-orientable for any positive integer n?

Inquiring minds want to know. :) I know for certain that SO(3) is not orientable but I did read somewhere that for any odd dimension N>1, SO(N) is a non-orientable manifold. If such is true I'm eager ...
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How do we check if a covering of an orbifold is a manifold?

Let $X$ be an orbifold and suppose it is "good", i.e. its universal covering orbifold $\widetilde{X}$ has a trivial orbifold structure (it is "just" a manifold). It may be the case that some ...
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Immersing punctured torus

I am looking for a proof (as elementary as possible) of the fact that punctured n-dimensional torus admits an immersion to $\mathbb{R}^n$. The 2-dimensional case seems to be evident, but I haven't got ...
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Representation of (co)homology classes of $3$-manifolds by embedded surfaces

Let $M$ be a closed oriented $3$-manifold. Theorems in algebraic topology allow us to identify $$H_2(M) \ \cong \ H^1(M) \ \cong \ \langle M,S^1\rangle$$ where (co)homology is meant with integer ...
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Embedding manifolds of constant curvature in manifolds of other curvatures

I know that there is no complete surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of constant curvature -$k$ for any $k$. But you can clearly embed the hyperbolic plane (curvature -1) into hyperbolic 3-space ...
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Covering spaces of Lens spaces

Let $L(p,q)$ be the Lens space with composite $p$, say $p=ab$. What is the cyclic covering space of $L(p,q)$ induced from the quotient group homomorphism from $\mathbb{Z}/p$ to $\mathbb{Z}/a$?
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Submanifolds of Orientable Manifolds With Boundary

Let $(M, \partial M)$ be an orientable $n$-dimensional topological manifold with boundary. Suppose that $(N, \partial N)$ is an $n$-dimensional topological manifold with boundary and $N \subset M$. ...
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Equivalence of definitions of $S^\infty$

Consider the following two definitions of the infinity-sphere $S^\infty$. Why do they define homeomorphic spaces? $1)$ The set of points in $\mathbb R^\infty$ with distance $1$ from the origin. $2)$ ...
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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 Poincaré's conjecture. Let $M$ be a compact, simply connected, $3$-manifold. Clearly it is irreducible ...
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Can someone give an example of a non-differentiable manifold?

A topological space $M$ is a manifold of dimension $n\geq 1$ iff it is a second countable space that is locally homeomorphic to the Euclidean space $R^n$. So if $M$ is a manifold there exists a map ...
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Smooth embeddings that are homeomorphisms but not diffeomorphisms

I'm looking for examples of smooth proper embeddings between connected compact manifolds of the same dimension that are not diffeomorphisms. I remember having seen an example with $S^7$ in ...
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Space of homeomorphisms Homeo$(S^1)$ of $S^1$ deformation retracts onto $O(2)$

How can we prove that the space of homeomorphisms Homeo$(S^1)$ of $S^1$ (strong) deformation retracts onto the orthogonal group $O(2)$? I know that this result is proved by Hellmuth Kneser in his ...
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Combinatorial surfaces and manifolds

Before we can start some basic definitions to come into the topic: Suppose $T$ is the standard closed triangles, the convex hull of the three basic vectors inside $\Bbb{R}^3$. Consider $T$ is the ...
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Cancelling 3-handles in Kirby diagrams

Recently been trying to understand the proofs of Gompf and Akbulut that certain 4-manifolds are $S^4$ (these 2 papers: Gompfs paper in Topology Vol. 30 Issue. 1, Akbulut). In which they use a clever 2 ...
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How is PL knot theory related to smooth knot theory?

I really want to like knot theory but the PL condition seems sort of ugly. I was hoping someone could give me a justification for secretly thinking about smooth knots as I read through a book like ...
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how to prove that quotient group R/Z and the circle are diffeomorphism?

Are quotient group R/Z and the circle are diffeomorphism ? How to prove? Hope someone give me some advise or some reference documents.Thank you
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Stereographic projection of ellipsoid

I am really new in geometry and especially in working with stereographic projection, so excuse me, please, if my question is too easy. Given is the ellipsoid: $E = \left \{ (x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^{3}: ...
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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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Degree of continuous mapping via integral

Let $f \in C(S^{n},S^{n})$. If $n=1$ then the degree of $f$ coincides with index of curve $f(S^1)$ with respect to zero (winding number) and may be computed via integral $$ \deg f = \frac{1}{2\pi ...
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Compact subvarieties in $\mathbb{C}^n$

I ran across a statement, the maximum principle, which states $X\subset \mathbb{C}^n$ is compact in the Euclidean topology iff $X$ is a finite set of point. Unfortunately, a proof didn't come along ...
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Why does a circle cut a torus into an annulus?

Let $\phi : S^1 \rightarrow T^2$ be an (topological. Not necessarily smooth) imbedding of the circle in the 2-torus and let $\iota : S^1 \rightarrow T^2, \theta \mapsto (\theta,0)$ be the imbedding ...