# Tagged Questions

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 Floer homology always isomorphic to the singular homology of some space?

After I studied Morse homology, I'm now studying the following Floer homology theories : 1) Symplectic Floer homology ; 2) Floer homology of lagrangians ; 3) Heegard-Floer homology ; ...
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### Potential proof for the Slice-Ribbon conjecture (may be wrong).

Let $f:(D^2,S^1)\to(D^4,S^3)$ be a smooth embedding (so called a slice disk), and we set $M:=f(D^2)$. Then, is the restriction map $C^{\infty}(D^4)\to C^{\infty}(M)$ open map with relative to $C^2$ ...
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### Jones polynomial invariance

I'm studying the Jones polynomial and I know that it is a knot invariant. I saw that a possible way to define the Jones polynomial is to set the Jones polynomial of the unknot to be 1 and then use the ...
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### submanifold with same homology

Suppose $M$ is a manifold without boundary, and $N\subseteq M$ is any submanifold, possibly with boundary. If $H_*(N)\cong H_*(M)$, is it necessarily true that $N\cong M$?
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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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### What is the topology of an infinite cylinder?

Consider an infinitely long straw. This is a genus 1, orientable manifold. It is not closed because it is infinitely long. Is there a way I can describe the property that it is "partially closed" or ...
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### Current research on inverse knot equivalence?

What is the current status of the open problem in knot theory 'When is a knot equivalent to its inverse?' Additionally, I would like to know what work has been done on this problem (I cannot find ...
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### What is the relationship between diffeomorphisms of the sphere modulo isotopy and exotic spheres?

In his "Classification of (n-1)-connected 2n-dimensional manifolds and the discovery of exotic spheres", Milnor observes that since his exotic 7-spheres admit a Morse function with only two critical ...
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### Trying to understand Heegaard diagrams

I have been looking through Rolfsen's "Knots and Links" and I have come across some questions that I am confused about regarding Heegaard diagrams. Let $H_1$ and $H_2$ be genus $g$ handlebodies and ...
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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 ...
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### Parallelization of a Sphere gives Division Algebra

Is there an elementary proof of the fact, that a parallelization of $S^n$ can turn $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ into a division algebra? My guess was something like this: Let $v_1(x),\dots, v_{n}(x)$ denote ...
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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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### Compact 3-manifolds with boundary an orientable surface

The usual embedding of the closed orientable surface $M_g$ of genus $g$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ bounds a compact orientable $3$-manifold which is homotopically equivalent to a bouquet of $g$ circles. If a ...
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### Find a connected graph that has exactly $2$ cutpoints of order $2$ and $3$ cutpoints of order $3$

Find a connected graph that has exactly $2$ cutpoints of order $2$ and $2$ cutpoints of order $3$ Definition: A cut point of order $k$ is a point $a \in X$ whose complement $X-\{a\}$ consists of $k$ ...
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### What is $S^3/S^1$?

I have been given this space in a question but I am unsure what it means I know that $S^3=\{(z_1, z_2) \in \mathbb{C^2}\mid |z_{1}|^2 + |z_{2}|^2=1 \}$ Could you help me understand what set of ...
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### Klein bottle in $\mathbb{R}^4$ does not have a couple of normal vector fields

For an orientable 2-manifold in $\mathbb{R}^4$, it's somewhat obvious that if the manifold has a normal vector field then it has a pair of normal vector fields. I am trying to understand why it is ...
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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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### invariants of knots that are invariants under band move.

I am asking whether there are known knot invariants which are invariants under band move. Note that band move operation is similar to a connected sum of two knots except that the projections of two ...
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### Open set in $\mathbb{C}$ with non-trivial boundary

When studying complex analysis - or even real analysis for that matter - we most times consider open sets $\Omega \subset \mathbb{C}$ (or $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^2$) having smooth curves as its ...
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### Why do equatons of two variables specify curves in $\mathbb{R}^2$?

I suppose to more formally characterize the question more formally, why are all points of the set $\{ (x,y) \mid F(x,y) = 0 \}$ always boundary points (and I believe also never isolated points) in the ...
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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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### Show that Riemannian manifold $M$ is contractible if the loop space $\Omega_{p,p}$ is contractible.

Show that Riemannian manifold $M$ is contractible if the loop space $\Omega_{p,p}$ is contractible. The problem is from the following material. It contends that the result is by standard Morse theory....
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### Homology, addition of homology classes in construction of Poicare Sphere

I am working through Greenberg and Harper, Lecture notes on Algebraic Topology, and I am having trouble with one exercise. I have spoken with a professor and he encouraged me to ask here or look for ...
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### Equivalence of knots: ambient isotopy vs. homeomorphism

I am looking into knot theory and have found two different definitions stating that two knots $K_1$ and $K_2$ are equivalent, namely the concept of an ambient isotopy: These two knots are ambient ...
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### equivalent characterizations of manifolds such that configuration spaces are homotopy equivalent

Let $M$ and $N$ be manifolds. If $M$ is homeomorphic to $N$, then the $k$-th configuration spaces $F(M,k)$ is homeomorphic to $F(N,k)$. If $M$ is homotopy equivalent to $N$, then the $k$-th ...
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### Which of these graphs are homotopic but not homeomorphic?

I am struggling with the 'homotopic' part of the question Which of these are homotopic but not homeomorphic? The number of vertices of degree $\neq 2$ is a topological invariant, thus is true ...