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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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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Decomposition of a manifold

As a kind of aside to this question, where one of the answers assumed that if $S^n=X \times Y$ then we can assume that $X$ and $Y$ are manifolds. If we have a manifold $M$, such that $M$ is ...
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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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cup product in cohomology ring of a suspension

Let $X$ be a CW-complex. Let $\Sigma$ be suspension. Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Is the cup product of $$ H^*(\Sigma X;R)$$ trivial? How to prove? Where can I find the result?
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Understanding the Equation of a Möbius Strip

I am in HL Math and trying to finish my IA. My topic is the Möbius band. The only problem is, I do not understand the formula that defines it and everywhere I have looked has just given me a math-...
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How to Classify $2$-Plane Bundles over $S^2$?

I'm curious how one can classify the bundles over a given manifold. I recently read this paper on classifying $2$-sphere bundles over compact surfaces. A lot of the concepts went over my head since I'...
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Question on “up to isotopy” when attaching two spaces

Let $M$, $N$, $A$, $B$ be topological spaces (or manifold) such that $A$ and $B$ are subspaces in $M$, $N$ respectively. Let $f: A \to B$ and $g:A \to B$ be homeomorphism and assume that $f$ and $g$ ...
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The Join of Two Copies of $S^1$

So I know the fact that the join of $S^1$ and $S^1$ is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere, but I'm having trouble "seeing" this. I'd prefer something that appeals to geometric intuition, but more formal ...
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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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A 3-manifold with fundamental group isomorphic to a surface group.

Let $M$ be a 3-manifold (the case I am interested is $M$ closed orientable connected hyperbolic); suppose $\pi_1 (M)$ is isomorphic to the fundamental group of a (closed orientable connected) surface (...
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the knot surgery - from a $6^3_2$ knot to a $3_1$ trefoil knot

It is intuitive that one can simply doing a cut-gluing surgery to make a $6^3_2$ to a $3_1$ trefoil knot: e.g. from to All one needs to do it to cut the three intersections at the angle of $\pi/...
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Maps of discs into surfaces

Let $f:D \to S $ be a continuous map from the closed unit disc in $R^2$ into a closed surface of genus $g \geq 1$ such that $f|_{\partial D}$ is an embedding (homeomorphism onto its image) with Image $...
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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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Is the complement of countably many disjoint closed disks path connected?

Let $\{D_n\}_{n=1}^\infty$ be a family of pairwise disjoint closed disks in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Is the complement $$ \mathbb{R}^2 -\bigcup_{n=1}^\infty D_n $$ always path connected? Here “...
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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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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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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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General relationship between braid groups and mapping class groups

I just finished correcting my answer on visualizing braid groups as fundamental groups of configuration spaces, and in the process became interested in the other pictorial definition of the braid ...
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A differentiable manifold of class $\mathcal{C}^{r}$ tangent to $E^{\pm}$ and representable as graph

The stable manifold theorem tell us: A local stable manifold $W^{s}_{loc}(x^{*})$, which is a differentiable manifold of class $\mathcal{C}^{r}$ and dimension $n_{-}, $ tangent to the stable ...
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Gluing a solid torus to a solid torus with annulus inside.

I was thinking the fact that if two genus $1$ handlebodies (solid tori) are glued via an orientation preserving homeomorphism of boundaries, the resulting manifold depends only on (up to isotopy) ...
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Does the Euler characteristic of a manifold depend upon the field of coefficients?

Define the Euler characteristic of a space $X$ to be $$\chi(X)= \sum_i \dim H_i(X, \mathbb Q)$$ This is obviously not necessarily well-defined for an arbitrary space $X$, so let $X$ be a manifold (...
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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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Which mapping tori are Seifert manifolds?

According to Orlik's lecture notes on Seifert manifolds (and the Wikipedia page on Seifert fiber spaces), a mapping torus over a 2-torus is a Seifert manifold if and only if it is the mapping torus of ...
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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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Surgery to unlink $S^1$ and $S^2$ in $S^4$ [closed]

Let us start with a $S^1$ and a $S^2$ are linked in $S^4$. Can I unlink the $S^1$ and $S^2$ by doing some surgery (with certain constraints described below, and let us say both $S^1$ and $S^2$ ...
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Embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$?

Can we embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$ with all the nice properties, what are the allowed values of $p$ and $q$ for $d=2,3,4$ where $p+q \leq d$? =For $d=2$= I suppose that we cannot embed $S^{1} ...
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Homotopically trivial $2$-sphere on $3$-manifold

Let $S^2$ be an embedded sphere in a $3$-manifold $M^3$ such that $[S^2]$ is trivial in $\pi_2(M)$. Can we find an embedded disk $D^3$ in $M$ such that $\partial D^3=S^2$?
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identify the topological type obtained by gluing sides of the hexagon

Identify the topological type obtained by gluing sides of the hexagon as shown in the picture below Clearly the boundary is encoded by the word $abcb^{-1}a^{-1}c$ I do not understand how the ...
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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: $X_{...
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line equidistant from two sets in the plane

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are disjoint subsets of the plane, both closed, nonempty, and connected. Define $E(A, B)$ as the set of points in the plane equidistant from $A$ and $B$. For example, if $A$ is a ...
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Orientation reversing diffeomorphism

Why each sphere admits an orientation reversing diffeomorphism onto itself? (For even dimensional ones can we take conjugation map?) And why complex projective spaces do not admit? Is there a ...
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Two ambient isotopic curve segments, one has the length and the other does not

Let me ask if the following is possible: Let $L_1$ be some curve segment in the $\mathbb{R}^3$ space which has the length $1$. Let $L_2$ be some curve segment in the $\mathbb{R}^3$ space which you ...
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Homeomorphic or Homotopic

Q1: Are the Fig (a) and (b), the equivalence "=" is Homeomorphic or Homotopic? ps. for details of the figures see Ref here. I learned that "The characterization of a homeomorphism often leads ...
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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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Minimal-dimension example of (open) subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with trivial first cohomology but nontrivial fundamental group

As a follow-up to this question, I was wondering what dimension provides the minimal counterexample to the claims: If $U\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ is an open connected set with trivial $H^1(U)$, then $\...
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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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What is smoothness needed for?

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 ...
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Degree of maps and coverings

Following a recent question I had concerning degree $1$ maps from spheres, I came up with an assumption, which might either be very easily proven false, or, if not, still hasn't been answered. It goes ...
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Topological shape of sphere-like equations with complex radius

For fixed complex number $s≠0$, what 4-dim shape is given by complex solutions $z,w$ of $z^2+w^2=s^2$ and higher dimensional version 2N-dim shapes of $z_1^2+z_2^2+...+z_N^2=s^2$ ?
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the restriction of a homeomorphism on a subset

Let $X$ be a topological space and $f:X\to X$ be a homeomorphism. Then the induced map $f_1:\pi_1(X,x)\to\pi_1(X,fx)(\cong \pi_1(X,x))$ is an isomorphism (automorphism up to conjugate). In the ...
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Does this container exist?

EDIT: Note that the object I'm seeking needn't have anything to do with water or actual containers; those are just used to convey the idea. I'm trying to find a container that, when turned with ...
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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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Pinched torus generalization

The pinched torus is homeomorphic to a sphere with two (different) points identified.           What is the name and topological structure of the ...
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When does an embedded $2$-torus bound a solid torus in $3$-manifolds?

This is a simple version of the question asked here. Let $M$ be a compact 3-manifold without boundary, $\mathbb{T}^2$ be the standard 2-torus, and $i:\mathbb{T}^2\to M$ be an embedding. (*) Assume ...
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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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Is this octogon topologically equivalent to the Klein Bottle?

Note: this is an extension of a previous problem (identify the topological type obtained by gluing sides of the hexagon ) where a hexagon was considered. Is the space below also a Klein bottle ($...
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Part2: Two ambient isotopic curve segments, one has the length and the other does not

Let me start with an R^2 ambient isotopy J taking a straight line C1 to some C2. An answer of other question implies that it can happen that you cannot define the length for C2. [Answer](Two ...