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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Grothendieck 's question - any update?

I was reading Barry Mazur's biography and come across this part: Grothendieck was exceptionally patient with me, for when we first met I knew next to nothing about algebra. In one of his first ...
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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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When are maps between topological manifolds automatically surjective?

Take an injective (continuous) map $T:\mathbb{S}_1\to\mathbb{S}_1$. It's an obvious fact (though I can only prove it with nontrivial facts about homotopy) that $T$ is automatically surjective. I have ...
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Is “slightly deform” a well defined concept in mathematical proof?

In topological proofs the phrase "slightly deform" is widely used. To me, although I can accept the idea intuitively, the phrase "slightly deform" does not sound like a strict mathematical concept. ...
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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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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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$\operatorname{Spin}^c(n)$ 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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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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Heegaard Splitting of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

For pairwise coprime integers $(p,q,r)$, we define a Brieskorn homology 3-spheres by $\Sigma(p,q,r)=\{(z_1,z_2,z_3)\in\mathbb{C}^3 | z_1^p+z_2^q+z_3^r=0, |z_1|^2+|z_2|^2+|z_3|^2=1\}$. I want to know ...
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Points in the plane at integer distances

Does there exist a set of $n$ points $p_1,p_2,...,p_n$ in the plane, all at mutual integer distances to each other, and an $e>0$, such that the following statement holds: For all $a,b$ with ...
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Rigorous definition of an embedded connected sum.

Can someone point me to a rigorous definition of a connected sum of two smooth embeddings? I know about the usual construction, the problem is that I can't find a proof that this construction is well ...
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Surgery or Partial Whitney Trick in McDuff and Salamon proof of Gromov squeezing

In the proof of Gromov squeezing in McDuff and Salamon's epic J-Holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology, the authors use a surgery argument without any explicit construction. In the following, ...
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What is a 2-surgery on a disk?

I am confused by a certain point in Scharlemann's paper "Sutured Manifolds and Generalized Thurston Norms", which seems important enough to not just skip it. I mean the "2-surgery on disks" in the ...
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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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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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Problem from Hempel — surfaces in Lens spaces

This isn't a homework problem, just working through Hempel's 3-Manifolds for my own benefit. One exercise is to show that the lens space $L(2k,q)$ contains a surface of Euler characteristic $2-k$. ...
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Do we really need to use the Jordan-Schönflies Theorem to prove that every surface can be triangulated?

I have read that most proofs of the triangulability of surfaces require the use of the Jordan-Schönflies Theorem. However, is such high-tech machinery really needed? The problem is that 3-manifolds ...
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Partitioning a triangulated 2-sphere into two triangulated discs

Take a triangulation of the 2-sphere, $S^2$. Let the triangulation be denoted $T$. The Euler characteristic tells you that the number of triangles in $T$ is even. Since triangulations of the ...
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Can the disk bundle associated to a vector bundle over a finite CW-complex be obtained by attaching cells?

Let $V$ be a vector bundle (with a chosen metric) over a finite CW-complex $X$ and $B(V), S(V)$ the associated (unit) disk resp. sphere bundles. In the paper Clifford-Modules the authors remark that ...
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Homotopically equivalent manifolds and product with $\mathbb{R}$

I know that some manifolds which are homotopically equivalent become homeomorphic after taking the product with $\mathbb{R}$, e.g. $\mathbb{T}^{2}$ minus a point and $\mathbb{S}^{2}$ minus three ...
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What is the relation between the construction of Reshetikhin-Turaev and Witten's paper?

I have read that the papers of Reshetikhin and Turaev provide a mathematically rigorous framework for the ideas contained in Witten's paper "Quantum field theory and the Jones polynomial". Can ...
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Fundamental group of connected sum for non-orientable manifolds

For orientable $n$-manifolds, $n\ge3$, the fundamental group of connected sum is free product of fundamental groups: $\pi_1(M\#N)=\pi_1(M)*\pi_1(N)$. As far as I understand, for non-orientable ...
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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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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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Actual Definition of the term: Hopf Band?

Sorry if this is too trivial: I need an actual working definition of the term: Hopf band. I see references to it in many searches, but never an actual precise definition. All I know so far is that ...
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Are there closed manifolds that can be given multiple geometric structures of constant curvature

For example, is there a closed differentiable manifold that can be given both a Euclidean structure and a Hyperbolic structure? If not, is there a reasonably easy proof that no such manifold exists?
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handle moves: proof

In several 4-manifold textbooks, when handle moves (creation, cancellation, sliding) are discussed, they are explained using very helpful drawings. However, I would like to know if there is a ...
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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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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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Curvature on topological spaces

On what subsets of the category of topological spaces are different notions of curvature defined?
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What is the “real osculating space” of an immersion?

In a differential geometry paper from 1979 I have come across some terminology which I have not found explained anywhere else. We have an immersion $x : S^2 \to S^n$. In the paper, it is a minimal ...
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Fundamental Group!

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 ...
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Hairy ball theorem: references to applications

I'm looking for references to applications of the Hairy ball theorem. I already visited wikipedia and cited references, but I need a little more explanation in both meteorology and applications in ...
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Multiple Dehn twists and minimal position

I have a question about a proof that I am reading in "A primer on Mapping Class Groups" by Farb and Margalit. Let $a$ be a simple closed curve in a compact surface $S$ (possibly with marked points ...
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Something like the weak Whitney embedding theorem for continuous maps and homotopy.

This is sort of a reference request. Consider a continuous map of orientable topological manifolds $f:N\longrightarrow M$ of dimension $n$ and $m$ respectively. I have been told that there is a ...
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Are PL maps determined by PL-paths?

Let $X,Y$ be polyhedra. If $f\colon X\rightarrow Y$ is a PL map and $g\colon I\rightarrow X$ is a PL map (where $I$ denotes the interval), then $f\circ g$ is a PL map. Is the converse true? i.e. ...
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Understanding the “shape” of a singular Riemann surface

Consider the singular Riemann surface given by the following expression: $$z^d w^d-z^d-w^d+t=0\ ,$$ where $t$ is a parameter in $(-1,1)$ and $d$ is a positive integer greater than 2. For $t\neq0$ the ...
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Linear vs smooth actions of finite groups on spheres, Euclidean spaces and closed disks

I would like to know examples (with references, if possible) of the following: (1) a finite group $G$ acting effectively and smoothly on a sphere $S^n$ but admitting no effective linear action on ...
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universal bundle of topological monoids

Let $M$ be a topological monoid. There is a classifying space $BM$ (cf. canonical map of a monoid to its classifying space). When $M$ is a group $G$, there is a principal $G$-bundle $EG\to BG$ such ...
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pontrjagin ring of the homology of iterated loop suspension

In The homology of C n+1 spaces, n>=0, F. Cohen, proof of Theorem 3.1 and proof of Theorem 3.2 (p. 228 - 243) I totally do not understand the proofs of these two theorems from page 228 to page 243 ...
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Which spaces admit bump functions?

Let me first fix terminology. Let $X$ be a topological space and $A\subseteq B\subseteq X$ be subsets. Let's say X admits a bump function relative to $A\subseteq B$ if there's a continuous function ...
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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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A homotopy equivalence between two sets

I was trying to prove that the set consisting of the union of the circles $\{\langle x,y\rangle\mid(x-10)^2 +y^2 = 1\}$, $\{\langle x,y\rangle\mid(x+10)^2 +y^2 = 1\}$ and line segment $\{\langle x, ...
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Zeros of vector field extended from field lines

Suppose I have a finite number of 1-dimensional curves embedded in a 3-dimensional space. What can I say topologically about vector fields chosen so that these closed curves are field lines? For ...
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Alexander Method for non-orientable Surface

From Farb and Margalit,Primer on Mapping Class Group, p.62, we know For example for torus with four puncture we can choose following claret red curves. Curves are choosen such that their complement ...
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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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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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Why is surgery along a framed link well defined?

Let $L=L_1 \cup L_2 \cup \cdots \cup L_n $ be a framed link in $ S^3 $. I want to perform the surgery along $L$ to get a new manifold $M$. By definition, to perform this surgery, I must perform the ...
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Open Book Decompositions of 3-manifold and Associated Heegard Splittings

In page 13 of the paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0510639v1.pdf It is stated that "An open book decomposition (S,h, K) , gives rise to a special Heegard decomposition of M ". Here, S is a surface , ...