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why some solid can have no surface? [on hold]

For solid construction, I can understand the closed surface has no edges. But i cannot understand why some solid can have no surface (except just lines?), any other solid which can have no surface?
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Tangent bundle is orientable

I am having some trouble finishing a proof that the tangent bundle of any manifold is orientable. What I've done so far is calculate the transition function between two standard charts on the bundle. ...
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Graph theoretic view on manifold triangulations

To make the question (hopefully) clearer, I reformulated it: Some triangulation $T$ of a smooth manifold $M$ is a piecewise linear manifold, because smooth manifolds are topological manifolds. Such a ...
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Examples of finding norm-minimizing surfaces and Thurston polytope

Let $Y$ be a (compact, oriented, connected) $3$-manifold. Thurston introduced a norm on $H_2(Y, \partial Y)$, which is defined as follow: any class $x \in H_2(Y, \partial Y; \mathbb{Z})$ is ...
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What is a “control point”?

I'm trying to figure out a good definition of control point for use in wikipedia (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_point_(mathematics) ) There seems to be a bias towards ascribing a ...
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measurable function induces a measurable bundle

Greetings I am preparing a work on bundles and I found this statement Let $V$ a topological vector space with $\dim V=n$ and $(E,\pi,M)$ a vector bundle continuous over $M$ (compact space). If ...
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Why do folded concentric circles and rectangles form a hyperbolic paraboloid?

Here is a "self-forming" origami that I made from folding concentric circles - it would also happen if I folded concentric rectangles. How can the fold shapes such a saddle-like geometry?
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Is there a smooth map from the square to the deltoid?

Is there a $C^\infty$ map between a unit square in $\mathbb R^2$ and a deltoid like this one The deltoid is obtained by varying the angles $\theta_1$, $\theta_2$ in the equations \begin{align} x_2 ...
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Calculus on manifolds

I am studying manifold theory ( smooth manifold). As I study the subject, I feel more and more confused. I am not yet at chapter dealing with deferential forms and integration. I can understand that ...
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Antipodal map and parallel transport on $S^3$

I'm reading Thurston and Levy's "Three-dimensional geometry and topology" where they have an informal explanation of what life in $S^3$ would look like. For the following detail that I am concerned ...
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Tangent space of Grassmannian $Gr_k (\mathbb{R}^n)$

I am trying to show that the tangent space of the Grassmannian $Gr_k (\mathbb{R}^n)$ at $L,$ is naturally/canonically isomorphic to $Hom(L,\mathbb{R}^n/L).$ However, I cannot see even intuitively what ...
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Show that the image of Gaussian map of a generalized cone is a curve on $S^2$ and deduce that the cone has zero Gaussian curvature.

Show that the image of Gaussian map of a generalized cone is a curve on $S^2$ and deduce that the cone has zero Gaussian curvature. I dont have enough idea. Please explain the question clearly. ...
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Most important aspects of differential geometry for general relativity

I'm an undergraduate getting ready to take a graduate course in general relativity next quarter. I purchased Wald's General Relativity (who incidentally will be teaching the class) in order to get a ...
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Compute the geodesic curvature of any sphere on a sphere.

Compute the geodesic curvature of any sphere on a sphere. Again there exists its answer, but not understandable for me. Please explain it explicitly. Thank you so much. (If required, i can post ...