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Can one cancel $\mathbb R$ in a bi-Lipschitz embedding?

Let $X$ be a metric space. Suppose that the product $X\times\mathbb R$ admits a bi-Lipschitz embedding into $\mathbb R^{n}$. Does it follow that $X$ admits a bi-Lipschitz embedding into $\mathbb ...
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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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Homologous surfaces in three-manifolds

Let M be a 3-manifold. Let $S$ and $T$ be properly embedded surfaces in $M$ such that $[S] = [T] \in H_2(M, N(\partial S)) $. Is it true that we can isotope $\partial S$ so that it coincides with ...
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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 ...
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Braid Groups on Manifolds

I am studying braid groups on manifolds and am getting confused. In a geometric definition, one needs to first choose a simple curve $\theta$ on a given manifold $M$ and well-ordered points ...
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Are there PL-exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$s?

The title may or may not say it all. I know that there are examples of topological 4-manifolds with nonequivalent PL structures. In some lecture notes, Jacob Lurie mentions that not every PL manifold ...
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Is such an infinite dimensional metric space, weakly contractible?

We counteract this answer by adding the rigidity assumption: Is there still a counterexample? Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of complete geodesic metric spaces such that: ...
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Topology of biological compartments

In the field of cell biology, there is a general sub-field concerned with the topology of organelle membranes, and a key focus remains on how these dynamic membranes deform and interact with cellular ...
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Non-punctual Boundary

In the book of Bill Thurston, Three dimensional geometry and topology, there is an exercise to show torus can be partitioned into 7 countries, each on one piece and has common (non-punctual) ...
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Complement of a solid genus-2-handlebody in $S^3$

I'm not sure if this is a stupid question or not but is the complement of a solid genus-2-handlebody in $S^3$ also a solid genus-2-handlebody? Thanks!
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Ribbon Surfaces and Legendrian Graphs on Contact 3-manifolds.

Let $M=(M, \xi)$ be a contact 3-manifold. I am trying to show that every Legendrian graph L (i.e., a graph embedded in $M$ so that it is everywhere-tangent to the contact planes) admits a ribbon ...
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When gluing maps are isotopic?

Let $M$ and $M'$ be compact orientable connected topological 3-manifolds. (One may need more conditions to answer the question.) Suppose we have two homeomorphisms $f$ and $g$ from the boundary ...
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For a Cantor set $\mathcal{C} \subset S^3$ such that $\pi_1(S^3 \setminus \mathcal{C})=0$, prove $S^3 \setminus \mathcal{C}$ can be split by a sphere.

I'm working from the paper Cantor Sets in $S^3$ with Simply Connected Complements by Richard Skora. On page 184 the second sentence states that any Cantor set $\mathcal{C} \subset S^3$ such that ...
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Doubt about local flatness of low dimensional embeddings

I would like to know if it is possible to have a simple curve $\gamma $ on a surface $S$ such that $\gamma$ is compact and embedded (i.e. with respect to the topology induced from $S$ it is ...
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Isotopy of a graph extending to an ambient isotopy

Let $\Gamma$ be a graph and $f: \Gamma \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2}$ be its embedding into the plane. Suppose I deform $f$ with an isotopy, ie. I have a map $F: \Gamma \times I \rightarrow ...
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Definition of a metric space with bounded growth

Does anyone know the definition of a metric space with bounded growth? I was reading a paper by Roe titled Hyperbolic groups have finite asymptotic dimension, where he writes a definition, but I ...
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References on the relations between Top, Diff and PL

I have heard many times informal statements like "differentiable and pl manifolds are essentially the same for such and such dimensions", but I would like to know what they mean exactly and how such ...
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Existence of orientation-reversing automorphisms

Let $M$ be a connected orientable manifold (I don't really care about which category of manifolds we should work in). Since I read that there are nice manidolds without orientation-reversing ...
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Mapping Class Group

$\newcommand{\MCG}{\mbox{MCG}}$Let $\alpha$, $\beta$ be non-isotopic, non-separating curves on a surface $S$ (meaning that "cutting along " them will not disconnect the surface). How do we show that ...
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Surgery results in a cylinder

While reading a proof of a theorem about Reshetikhin Turaev topological quantum field theory, I encountered the following problem. Suppose we have several unlinked unknots $K_i$, $i=1, \dots, g$ in ...
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Homotopy Question Help?

Let $X$ be a topological space and suppose $X_1$ and $X_2$ are spaces obtained by attaching an n-cell to $X$ via homotopic attaching maps. Show that $X_1$ and $X_2$ are homotopy equivalent. Proof: ...
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Are topologically well-behaved measure 0 subsets of $\Bbb R^2$ finite graphs?

Conjecture: If $X\subseteq \Bbb R^2$ is locally simply connected (hence locally path connected), compact and Lebesgue measure $0$ then $X$ is homeomorphic to a finite graph. It is clear that ...
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A Homeomorphism that is not unique even upto Isotopy

I'm currently reading the following paper by Richard Skora, entitled Cantor sets in $S^3$ with simply connected complements found here, and on page 2, just before Theorem 1, it says "the homeomorphism ...
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Russian Texts on Geometry

I recently saw a question today pertaining to Russian mathematics and I have a similar question but of a slightly different flavor. I've always heard that the Soviet Union had a history of producing ...
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An Atlas for $\mathbb{R}/{2\pi \mathbb{Z}} $

I've been having some difficulty finding an atlas for $\mathbb{R}/{2\pi \mathbb{Z}}$. The way I have been thinking of this so far is by using the standard projection map $\pi$ on open intervals of ...
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Number of connected components of the complement of a closed curve.

Let $\gamma:[0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous, closed curve (i.e. $\gamma(0) = \gamma(1)$). My question is about the number of connected components of the complement $\mathbb{R}^2 ...
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Definition of “Representing” a Handlebody (Lefschetz Fibration)?

Sorry, I could not find a clear explanation of the meaning of the word represented in the following:"any 4-dimensional 2-handlebody W can be represented by a topological (achiral) Lefschetz fibration ...
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Closed 4-manifolds with uncountably many differentiable structures

I know that $\mathbb{R}^4$ admits uncountably many differentiable structures and I was wandering what happen if we consider closed (or just compact) 4-manifolds. Are there any closed (or compact) ...
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Why is the Jordan Curve Theorem not “obvious”?

I am horribly confused about Jordan's Curve Theorem (henceforth JCT). Could you give me some reason why should the validity of this theorem be in doubt? I mean for anyone who trusts the eye theorem is ...
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The graph of $x\mapsto |x|$ cannot be the image of an immersion.

How can one prove that the set $\{(x,|x|)\in \mathbb{R}^2 \mid x\in \mathbb{R}\}$ cannot be the image of an immersion of a smooth manifold? This was my homework exercise in a course about ...
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What is a manifold with cusp?

What I am primarily currently learning about is hyperbolic geometry and methods to find hyperbolic structures on triangulated manifolds. I see phrases such as 'cusp ends' and 'manifold with one cusp' ...
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Extensions of diffeomorphisms of $S^2$ and the connectedness of $\text{Diff}^+(S^2)$

In this MO question by Daniel Moskovich, he claims that the fact that every diffeomorphism of $S^2$ extends to a diffeomorphism of $D^3$ implies that $\text{Diff}^+(S^2)$, the group of ...
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Questions about the Nature of Chirality (with some focus on dimensionality)

Are all chiralities the same? (Not in the sense of "is the right hand the same as the left hand?" but in the sense of "is the way in which X is chiral the same (or negative of the same) as the way in ...
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Why are homotopy spheres spin-cobordant in dimensions divisible by 4?

Manifolds are assumed to be smooth having dimensions $\geq5$. As usual, $\Omega^{Spin}_{*}$ denotes the spin bordism ring and $\Omega^{SO}_{*}$ the oriented bordism ring. Let $\Sigma^n$ be a closed ...
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Homeomorphisms of product spaces: an example [duplicate]

In the first of these lectures (http://www.mpim-bonn.mpg.de/node/4436) given by M. Freedman he says that there exists (compact metric) spaces $X$ and $Y$ such that $X\times S^{1}$ is homeomorphic to ...
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About generalized Schoenflies problem in the smooth category

Reading some books and comparing with Wikipedia I found some different statements about how the smooth Schoenflies problem is solved in high dimension, and I wanted to know which one is the correct ...
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Deforming disks into other disks

Right now I'm casually reading through Carson's "Topology of Surfaces, Knots, and Manifolds." I don't have a strong background in topology, and I was told that this was a very accessible and ...
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Number of connected components of this complement

Let $X$ be a locally finite simplicial complex and let $K$ be a finite subcomplex of $X$. Why is the number of connected components of the complement $X-K$ finite?
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Cancelling Handle Attachments

Let $(W, \partial W)$ be an $n$-dimensional manifold with boundary. Suppose that $(W', \partial W')$ is obtained from $(W, \partial W)$ by attaching a $k$-handle via an embedding $\phi: S^{k-1}\times ...
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How does handle attachment work in Morse Theory

I am reading R.E.Gompf and A.I. Stipsicz, 4-Manifolds and Kirby Calculus. I can't understand the 2nd-paragraph of p.101, where they explain framings on the attaching sphere. In particular I cannot ...
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Useful fibrations

What are the most useful fibrations that one be familiar with in order to use spectral sequences effectively in algebraic topology? There's at least the four different Hopf fibrations and $S^1\to ...
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About two notions of holonomy

I have found something called "holonomy" in two apparently different contexts: Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, $E\to M$ a vector bundle and $\nabla $ a connection on $E$. Then you have a notion of ...
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Why is this a group action?

Let $G$ be a group and let $H$ be an infinite cyclic normal subgroup of $G$ of finite index. Let $K$ be the centralizer of $H$ in G, $$K=C_G(H)$$ and suppose that the index of $K$ in $G$ is 2. Let $E$ ...
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Notation and shorthand of cobordism G=O, SO, U

This is really a basic question: From Wikipedia: "The basic examples are G = O for unoriented cobordism, G = SO for oriented cobordism, and G = U for complex cobordism using stably complex ...
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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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Upper bound on the number of charts needed to cover a topological manifold

If $M^n$ is a compact topological manifold (not necessarily with additional structure), is there an upper bound on the number of charts needed to cover $M$ ? Does this bound depend on the dimension of ...
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Is the E8 manifold homeomorphic to a CW complex?

Is the E8 manifold homeomorphic to a CW complex? (I know that it is not triangulable) Edit: The E8 manifold is the unique compact (without boundary), simply connected topological 4-manifold, whose ...