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Universal property of de Rham differential.

Suppose $A$ is a commutative algebra over a field $k$. It is well known that there is a module that generalizes the notion of differential $1$-forms. It is denoted $\Omega^1_{k}(A)$ and is called the ...
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Does the forgetful functor from $\mathbf{TopGrp}$ to $\mathbf{Top}$ admit a left adjoint?

Let TopGrp be the category of topological groups (not necessarily $T_0$) and Top the category of topological spaces. Does the forgetful functor $U:\mathbf{TopGrp}\to\mathbf{Top}$ admit a left adjoint?...
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Is there a concept of a “free Hilbert space on a set”?

I am looking for a "good" definition of a Hilbert space with a distinct orthonormal basis (in the Hilbert space sense) such that each basis element corresponds to an element of a given set $X$. Before ...
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Tensor product of monoids and arbitrary algebraic structures

Question. Do you know a specific example which demonstrates that the tensor product of monoids (as defined below) is not associative? Let $C$ be the category of algebraic structures of a fixed type,...
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What is the class of topological spaces $X$ such that the functors $\times X:\mathbf{Top}\to\mathbf{Top}$ have right adjoints?

For any topological space $X$, define a functor $\times X:\mathbf{Top}\to\mathbf{Top}$ by $Y\mapsto Y\times X$ (and acting on the hom-sets in the natural way). I know that if $X$ is locally compact, ...
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Are there any non-obvious colimits of finite abelian groups?

Does the forgetful functor $U : \mathsf{FinAb} \to \mathsf{Ab}$ from finite abelian groups to abelian groups preserve colimits? Morally this should be true, but it is not so easy (for me) to come up ...
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Universal properties of “interesting” families of graphs

Can cycles – and/or other "interesting" families of graphs like paths, trees, hypercubes, etc. – be characterized by a universal property in the category of graphs? I admit that there is ...
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How to construct a tensor product of two preadditive categories in pure categorical fashion?

Let $\mathsf C$ and $\mathsf D$ be two preadditive categories (by an preadditive category I mean a category together with compatible abelian group structure on every hom-set). I thought of ...
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Does every continuous map between compact metrizable spaces lift to the Cantor set?

I'm interested in the universal properties of the Cantor set. It is well-know that the Cantor set $2^\mathbb{N}$ is "universal" in the category of metrizable compact spaces, in the sense that every ...
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Axioms vs. Universal Constructions/Properties

What (exactly) is the difference between defining a mathematical object by it's axioms and by a universal construction ? Please take my 3 opinions into consideration, as they also contain more ...
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Is there a logical interpretation for equalizer and co-equalizer?

I know the logical equivalent to several universal constructions. For example product $\times$ is $\land$ and co-product $+$ is $\lor$. The associated arrows are projection and inclusion. The ...
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universal property in quotient topology

The following is a theorem in topology: Let $X$ be a topological space and $\sim$ an equivalence relation on $X$. Let $\pi: X\to X/\sim$ be the canonical projection. If $g : X → Z$ is a continuous ...