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Translating a passage of a paper by L. Bérard Bergery

I am currently studying the following paper on Einstein manifolds: L. Bérard Bergery, Sur de nouvelles variétés riemanniennes d'Einstein, Inst. Elie Cartan, Univ. Nancy №6, 1-60 (1983). I have ...
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Is a connected sum of manifolds uniquely defined?

It is a standard excercise in differential geometry to prove that a connected sum $M\#N$ of two smooth manifolds $M,N$ of the same dimension is uniquely defined (under some assumptions regarding ...
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Why $\mathbb{RP}^2$ can not be embedded to $\mathbb{R}^3$?

Is there any answer of this question around basic theory of differentiable manifolds?
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$\mathbb{S}^2$ as a fibre bundle

I know, by the Hopf fibration, that $\mathbb{S}^3$ is an $\mathbb{S}^1$-fibre bundle over $\mathbb{S}^2$. Can $\mathbb{S}^2$ be an $\mathbb{S}^1$-fibre bundle over some manifold $M$?
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Any example of manifold without global trivialization of tangent bundle

It is said for most manifolds, there does not exist a global trivialization of the tangent bundle. I am not quite clear about it. The tangent bundle is defined as $$TM=\bigsqcup_{p\in M}T_PM$$ So is ...
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Algebraic varieties in $\mathbb{C}^n$ cannot have interior points

I know that the zero-set of a non-zero polynomial in $\mathbb{C}[x_1,...,x_n]$ can not have interior points, but I'm trying to find a proof that doesn't require a knowledge of complex analysis like ...
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map of arbitrary degree from compact oriented manifold into sphere

This is a question from a qualifying exam. Let $X$ be a compact, oriented $n$-dimensional manifold. Show that for any $k \in \mathbb{Z}$, there exists a continuous map $f: X \to S^n$ of degree $k$. I ...
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Manifold interpretation of Navier-Stokes equations

I am wondering about particle trajectories for solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation. Is it possible that there is a Manifold $M$ for which fluid particles move along geodesic's or "straight lines ...
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Smooth surfaces that isn't the zero-set of $f(x,y,z)$

The zero-set of any smooth function $f(x,y,z)$ with a non-vanishing gradient is a smooth surface. I was wondering if the reverse is true: is every smooth surface in $E^3$ the zero-set of some smooth ...
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let $\xi$ be an arbitrary vector bundle. Is $\xi\otimes\xi$ always orientable?

Let $\xi=(E,p,B)$ be a line bundle (not nec. orientable). Then the tensor product $\xi\otimes \xi$ is orientable. I obtain this by choosing $b\in U\cap V$, $U,V$ open in $B$ such that ...
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The Heisenberg manifold

I am interested in the Heisenberg manifold, which is the quotient of the real Heisenberg group by the discrete Heisenberg (sub)group. It is a $3$-manifold which may be viewed as a circle bundle over ...
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Manifold with different differential structure but diffeomorphic

I'm new to differential geometry and reading Lee's book Manifold and Differential Geometry. In the first chapter, he mentioned the following two maps on $\mathbb{R}^n$: (1) $id: (x_1,x_2\cdots x_n) ...
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Prerequisite for Petersen's Riemannian Geometry

A professor recently told me that if I can cover the chapters on curvature in Petersen's Riemannian geometry book (linked here) within the next few months then I can work on something with him. ...
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Why are differential forms more important than symmetric tensors?

In differential geometry, differential forms are totally anti-symmetric tensors and play an important role. I am led to wonder why do we not study totally symmetric tensors as much as forms. What ...
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Each point of $M$ has a smooth coordinate neighborhood in which the coordinate frame is orthonormal iff $g$ is flat

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Then I want to show that these are equivalent: (i) Each point of $M$ has a smooth coordinate neighborhood in which the coordinate frame is orthonormal. ...
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Cancellation in topological product

I was wondering whether $M\times \mathbb{R}$ is homeomorphic to $N\times \mathbb{R}$ implies $M$ is homeomorphic to $N$, where let us say $M,N$ are smooth manifolds. (They are certainly homotopy ...
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How do manifolds have enough structure to do calculus?

I am referring, of course, to to differentiable manifolds. I've seen a few different definitions. The one I like best is the one which says it's a topological space such that every point has a ...
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A Banach Manifold with a Riemannian Metric?

Given an infinite dimensional manifold modeled on a Banach space, what does it mean for it to have a Riemannian metric? Does it necessarily mean that it is actually a Hilbert manifold? My ...
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Möbius transformation in the complex plane.

Assume that $U$ be a line in the complex plane. And assume a Möbius transformation $\phi $ sends $ U $ again to a line. How can I classify all such $\phi$? I want to write my ideas. But, I ...
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Open subsets in a manifold as submanifold of the same dimension?

An open set in an $n$-manifold is clearly a submanifold of the same dimension as its containing manifold (see open manifolds). Now, given an $n$-manifold $M$, is it true that a set, to be the ...
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Definition of manifold

From Wikipedia: The broadest common definition of manifold is a topological space locally homeomorphic to a topological vector space over the reals. A topological manifold is a topological ...
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Is T($S^2 \times S^1$) trivial?

How would I find out if T($S^2 \times S^1$) is trivial or not? Using the hairy ball theorem I can show that T($S^2$) is not trivial, and it is straight forward to show that T($S^1$) is trivial. ...
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What kind of tools do we have to detect when a manifold is a product of other manifolds?

What sort of tools are out there that can detect when a manifold is a product of other manifolds? For example, comparing the homology of the circle to the torus, the homology of the torus gets more ...
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Embeddings (how to prove them exactly)

For which of the following sets is the statement: '$A$ can be embedded in $B$' true? I can try to decide this intuitively but don't know if I'm right, and surely don't know how to formally prove it. ...
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Dimension of de Rham Cohomology groups?

Is there a simple way to prove that the de Rham cohomology groups of a compact manifold $M$ have finite dimension as $\mathbb{R}$-vector spaces?
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A Cover of an Orientable Manifold is Orientable

The following question comes from Introduction to Smooth Manifolds by Lee: Suppose $\widetilde{M}$ smoothly covers $M$ where $M$ is orientable. Show that $\widetilde{M}$ is orientable. I think the ...
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What's the “easiest” closed 3-manifold with a nonabelian fundamental group?

I'm looking for some easy compact, oriented 3-manifolds without boundary that have a nonabelian fundamental group. It needn't be perfect. "Easy" means that it has an easy Heegard diagram, say, one ...
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Detecting compactness from the ring of smooth functions

Given a smooth manifold $M$, is there some ring-theoretic property (preferably not mentioning $M$) such that $C^{\infty}(M)$ has this property if and only if $M$ is compact?
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Complement of figure-8 knot

I am reading W. Thurston's famous "3-dimensional Geometry and Topology", but I am stuck at the point where it is said that gluing two tetrahedra in an appropriate way give you the complement of the ...
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Looking for an atlas with 1 chart

Can we provide the set $\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R^3}|x^2+y^2=1\}$ with a 2-dimensional manifold structure involving only 1 chart? I can see it with 2 charts with cylindrical coordinates, but not with only ...
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Is a covering space of a manifold always a manifold

Assume $M$ is a manifold and $q : E \to M$ is a covering map. I have been told a few times that a covering space of a manifold is again a manifold. Indeed, it is easy to verify that $E$ is both ...
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The special orthogonal group is a manifold

How can we show that $SO(n)$ is an $n^2$-manifold. It would be tempting to say that $SO(n)$ is an open set of $\mathbb R^{n^2}$ but this is not the case since $SO(n)$ is given as the intersection of ...
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There is no immersion of the Möbius band in the plane.

There is no immersion of the Möbius band in the plane. I believe we have to work with the tangent bundle of the Möbius band, but I'm not getting no useful result.
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Why are Riemann surfaces algebraic curves?

I've never fully understood the connection between Riemann surfaces and algebraic varieties. I'm particularly interested in the case of the modular curve of level N--I know how the Riemann surface is ...
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Do we know this homogeneous space by another name?

Consider the homogeneous space $GL(3)/GL(2) = GL(3,\mathbb{R})/GL(2,\mathbb{R})$ where $GL(2)$ fixes the first coordinate axis (so can be identified with the subgroup of $2\times 2$ blocks sitting in ...
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Converse To Quotient Manifold Theorem [Exercise in Lee Smooth Manifolds]

I would like help with the following problem (chapter 9, #4) from Lee's Smooth Manifolds [its not homework, I'm reading it and I got stuck on this one] If a Lie group $G$ acts smoothly and freely on ...
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Grassmanians and boudaries of manifolds

Let $M$ be a smooth, compact manifold without boundary. I will say that $M$ is a boundary when there is a smooth, compact manifold with boundary $W$ such that $\partial W=M$. After some lectures I ...
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Is the Whitney embedding theorem tight for all $n$?

Whitney's embedding theorem states that any smooth $n$-manifold $M$ can be smoothly embedded into $\Bbb R^{2n}$. In dimension 1 this is tight: the circle cannot be embedded into $\Bbb R^1$. It is a ...
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Orientation of $X \times Y$

Suppose that $X$ is not orientable. How can I show that $X \times Y$ is never orientable, no matter what manifold $Y$ may be? I've tried supposing that $X \times Y$ is orientable, then using that ...
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Finding a subspace whose intersections with other subpaces are trivial.

On p.24 of the John M. Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds (2nd ed.), he constructs the smooth structure of the Grassmannian. And when he tries to show Hausdorff condition, he says that for any 2 ...
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De Rham cohomology of $\mathbb{RP}^{n}$

Consider map from $S^{n}$ to $\mathbb{RP}^{n}$ $$\varphi:S^{n}\to\mathbb{RP}^{n}$$ which maps point $x\in S^{n}$ to corresponding direction in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. This map induces map ...
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Smooth map $S^1 \to S^2$ can not be surjective

Why cannot a smooth (or piecewise linear) map $S^1 \to S^2$ be surjective? There are space-filling curves, but the usual examples have very "twisty" definitions. UPD A bit of background for this ...
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If $F:M\to N$ is a smooth embedding, then so is $dF:TM\to TN$.

Question: I am trying to show that if $M$ and $N$ are smooth manifolds (without boundary), and $$F:M\to N$$ is a smooth embedding, then the differential $$dF:TM\to TN,\quad ...
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Angle form, 1-form, proof verification.

Check that the $1$-form $d\,\text{arg}$ in $\mathbb{R}^2 - \{0\}$ is just the form$${{-y}\over{x^2 + y^2}}\,dx + {{x}\over{x^2 + y^2}}\,dy.$$ My solution is as follows. Observe that we can ...
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Hurewicz map factors through bordism homology

I've read in multiple sources that the hurewicz map $h \colon \pi_n(X) \to H_n(X)$ factors through oriented bordism homology. I'm particularly interested in the injectivity of the map $h \colon ...
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What are some good sources to learn about real analytic manifolds?

Asking this question as someone with a graduate student level understanding of smooth differential/Riemannian geometry (May be a bit more that Riemannian Geometry by Do Carmo). I am trying to upgrade ...
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Show that $f\in A_{n-1}(V)$ or $f\in A_n(V)$ is decomposable (Tensors, or k-linear forms)

Show that $f\in A_{n-1}(V)$ or $f\in A_n(V)$ is decomposable. $f\in A_k(V)$ is decomposable if there exists a $a_1,...,a_k\in V^\wedge$ such that $f=a_1\wedge...\wedge a_k$ In this case "let ...
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Elliptic Regularity on Manifolds

Sorry if this has been asked before. Are there are books which talk about elliptic regularity on manifolds? Everything I've been able to find has been about $\mathbb{R}^n$. Can every question about ...
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What is the relationship between Grassmann Manifolds with different dimensions?

I'm an EE student and I'm just beginning to learn about the Grassmann Manifold. As is known that the Grassmann Manifold is a space treating each linear subspace with a specific dimension in the vector ...
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What's the intuition behind the tangent bundle?

Well, when we work with a smooth manifold $M$ we can associate with each point $p\in M$ a vector space $T_p M$ of all vectors at $p$ tangent to $M$: this is the space of linear functionals obeying ...