Low-dimensional topology generally refers to the study of 3 or 4 dimensional topological manifolds and knot theory.

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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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Is there a domain in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with finite non-trivial $\pi_1$ but $H_1=0$?

The exterior of the Alexander Horned Sphere has $H_1=0$ but $\pi_1\neq 0$, in fact, $\pi_1$ is infinite. (See Hatcher p.171-172). Is there an example of a domain (connected open set) in $\mathbb{R}^3$ ...
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Solid Ball Bearing 4 Dimensional?

Is a solid ball bearing a 4 dimensional object, but all we see is one particular level surface? When we look at a solid ball bearing, we can only see the outside of it, we cannot see inside even ...
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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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Is my understanding of space correct?

I'm learning more about dimensions in multivariable calc, and have been able to make connections by studying level curves and level surfaces. I've learned that a function of 2 variables is really a 2 ...
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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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References about 3-manifolds

I am working on a subject of geometric group theory closely related to 3-manifolds, and in order to understand these links, I am seeking a good reference about 3-manifolds, as self-contained as ...
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Pathway to low dimensional topology.

I am currently studying Artin Algebra and Topology by Munkres. I have previously studied analysis. After reading few lecture notes on knot theory, I have developed a genuine interest in Low ...
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Why are there always pairwise intersections in a Heegaard splitting?

Let $M=A\cup B$ be a Heegaard splitting, such that $\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $A$, and $\{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $B$ ...
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For any diagram of a surface-knot, what are the possible connections of edges?

The singular set of a surface-knot diagram is a disjoint union of i) a graph, which has 1- and 6-valent vertices corresponding to branch points and triple points respectively. ii) circles which has no ...
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Is the torus the union of two connected, simply-connected open sets?

Is the torus the union of two connected, simply-connected open sets? A routine computation with the Mayer-Vietoris sequence shows that if so, then their intersection must have exactly three ...
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Recommended books on knot invariants

I've been reading the books "An introduction to knot theory" by Lickorish and "Knots, Links, Braids and 3-Manifolds" by Prosolov and Sossinsky, and while both seem to me as good books, sometimes I'd ...
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The Geometrical Mean of $T^2$#$RP^2=RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$

This is my homework: $T^2$#$RP^2=RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$ Below is what I have think: From the book of M.A.Armstrong, I find $RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$ is a sphere which is attached by three Mobius ...
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Self-contained text on characteristic classes

I am looking for a clear, self-contained text (either a book or lecture notes) that deals with characteristic classes, starting from the very basics (fiber bundle, principal bundle etc.), and ...
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Orbit space of S3/S1 is S2

I'm having trouble finishing this homework assignment. I did the first part by showing that the orbits are invariant: every element from the same $(S^1(z_1, z_2) \in S^3/S^1)$ is mapped to the same ...
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Coloring knot diagram obtained from colored one by applying crossing change to one crossing

Suppose $K_1$ is a knot diagram colored by a dihedral quandle $R_n$ of order $n$, By applying crossing change (exchanging over and under arcs) to one crossing in $K_1$, we obtain a new diagram let us ...
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Looking for a basic reference on propagators (in Topology)

I am looking for a basic (preferably self-contained) reference where I can read about propagators (as they appear in Topology), and in particular Morse propagators. Thanks!
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double decker set in a surface-knot

Surface-knot is an embedded surface in $\Bbb{R}^4$. Project the surface in $\Bbb{R}^3$ gives the surface diagram with set of singularity points consists of double points, triple points and branch ...
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Splittings of 4 manifolds

I am wondering why a copy of $CP^2$ may be split off from $CP^2\mathbin\#9\overline{CP^2}$ to leave $\overline M_{E_8}\mathbin\#\overline{CP^2}$(«The wild world of 4-manifolds» by Alexandru Scorpan, ...
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Intuition on the Loop Theorem

Probably the simplest statement of the Loop Theorem in 3-manifolds is as follows: Let $M$ be a 3-manifold and let $D$ be a 2-disk. If there is a map $$(D, \partial D) \rightarrow (M, \partial M)$$ ...
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Relation between the braid group and the mapping class group of the plane

According to the following link, page 248, the braid group modulo its center is isomorphic to the mapping class group of the $N$-times punctured plane, i.e. $B_N/Z(B_N)\cong M_N(\mathcal(R)^2)$. Could ...
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Representation of $S^{3}$ as the union of two solid tori

Well, I'm trying to prove that you can express the 3-dimensional sphere $S^{3}$ as the union of two solid tori. I tried first use that a solid tori is homeomorphic to $S^{1}$$\times$$D^{2}$ and use ...
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How is it possible calculate Volumes from Adding together Areas?

You can't find the volume for a $2D$ object, but by finding the area of say a square $A$ and multiply by any height $H$ you get the volume of cube with base $A$ and height $H$. Here's my question. ...
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Knot complement conjecture in solid tori

Has the knot complement conjecture been proven for knots in solid tori?
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How do you specify a link to a blind combinatorialist?

Regular projections of links look like graphs in the plane. So I'm wondering if it would be possible to specify a link up to isotopy with purely combinatorial data about this graph. If so, what kind ...
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Set of generators of the commutator subgroup of a surface group

Good morning, I am having a hard time trying to describe the commutator subgroup of a surface group. Namely, if $S$ is a compact orientable surface and $G$ its fundamental subgroup, let's recall that ...
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The teardrop and the spindle are bad orbifolds

I should prove that the teardop $S^2(p)$ (the orbifold with underlying surface $S^2$ and a single cone point of order $p>1$) and the spindle $S^2(p,q)$ (the orbifold with underlying surface $S^2$ and ...
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The image of homomorphism of fundamental group of closed surface

$\phi: \pi_1(S)\to \pi_1(S)$ is a homomorphism of fundamental group of closed orientable surface $S$ of genus $\geq 2$. If $\phi$ is not an epimorphism, can we find a non-surjective self map $f: S\to ...
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What do we mean by $CP^2$ with reverse orientation?

$CP^2$ and $\bar{CP^2}$ are not diffeomorphic since they have non-isomorphic intersection forms. so why do we call the latter $CP^2$ with reverse orientation? it seems like we are not just reversing a ...
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Length of a Coastline

When B. Mandelbrot's typical example of measuring the length of a coastline is referenced, they mention how at every scale the length increases. In pure mathematics, I can imagine this quite well-- ...
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Thin position of knots

Can anyone explain something in Gabai's foliations and topology of 3-manifolds III. On page 492 where he proved the existence of an essential surface, I do not understand his diagram for the ...
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intersection form

I have problem understanding the proof of this theorem on page 23 of Kirby's Topology of 4-manifolds: Two closed oriented 4-manifolds are homotopy equivalent iff they have isomorphic intersection ...
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Lift of a homeomorphism $f$ between two (hyperbolic) surfaces $X,Y$

Let $X,Y$ be two hyperbolic Riemann surfaces (i.e. they have universal cover the upper half plane $\mathbb{H}$). Let $\pi_X:\mathbb{H}\to X, \pi_Y:\mathbb{H}\to Y $ be the corresponding covering maps. ...
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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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Seifert manifolds and Fuchsian group

A Fuchsian group is a discrete subgroup of $PSL(2, \mathbb{R})$. Let $M$ be a Seifert manifold (maybe with boundary) and $t \in \pi_1(M)$ the class of a regular Seifert fiber. Hempel claims in his ...
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Classification of orientable non-closed surfaces

How does the classification of closed (compact, boundaryless) surfaces imply the classification of all orientable not-necessarily-compact surfaces with boundary? It seems to be that they are all ...
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Prime decomposition of 3-manifolds

Let $H_g$ be a three dimensional handlebody bounded by a genus $g$ surface. Let $M_g$ be a manifold obtained by gluing two copies of $H_g$ via an orientation reversing homeomorphism of the surface of ...
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Why can we consider only torus switch rather than arbitrary Dehn filling in Lickorish theorem?

I understand that any orientable $3$-manifold can be obtained by doing Dehn surgery on $S^3$ along a set of circles sitting in it; but why can we further assume the slop to be $0$, i.e. we can obtain ...
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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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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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Intersection form on manifolds with boundary

It is a "basic fact" that the intersection form of a closed oriented 4k-dimensional manifold is unimodular. (Could anyone point me to a reference to a proof of this fact?) What can be said about the ...
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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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Higher Dimenional Tic Tac Toe

Here we have a problem that seems very intuitive, but is hard to define mathematically. In Tic Tac Toe, we can find an equivalent of the game in any number of dimensions, it seems. The trick is to ...
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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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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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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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How to visulize surface link in four dimension?

I am now facing a problem with "surface link" in four dimension. I have heard that three 2-torus can be linked in four dimension. And I have created a movie by cutting four dimensional space with ...
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How to make a $C^1$ knot into a $C^\infty$ knot

Suppose I have a $C^1$ imbedding $f: S^1 \rightarrow S^3$. From the point of view of knot theory, what's the "best" way to get a $C^\infty$ curve that "looks like" or is "equivalent to" $f$? For ...
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History of ' low-dimensional geometry '

I want to have a brief history about the low-dimensional manifolds and geometric structures on manifolds specially on low-dimensional manifolds .where I can read about thus ?
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intersection on manifold with boundary and relative long exact sequence in homology

Let $(M,\partial M)$ be a connected compact oriented 3-manifold with torus boundary. Let $j: M \to (M, \partial M)$ and $i: \partial M \to M$ be inclusions. We get a long exact sequence ...