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A homological criterion for collapsibility?

On page 256 of Kirby and Siebenmann one finds the following lemma (its proof an "elementary exercise", so they only give a hint): Taking $A$ to be a point and iterating this collapsing lemma, this ...
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Is the configuration space of infinite sphere contractible?

Let $\Sigma$ be suspension. Let $S^0$ be $0$-sphere. Let $\Sigma^\infty S^0$ be the union $\cup_n \Sigma^n S^0$ with respect to the inclusion $\Sigma^kS^0\subset \Sigma^{k+1}S^0$. Let ...
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Teaching the fundamental group via everyday examples

This is a "prequel" to a similar question about homology. Both questions were inspired by seeing a talk, by Tadashi Tokieda, about the interesting physics that appears in toys. What stories, ...
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Mixed Hodge structure on configuration spaces

Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective variety. Let $F(X,n)$ be the configuration space parametrizing $n$ distinct ordered points in $X$. The cohomology groups $H^k(F(X,n),\mathbf Q)$ carry a mixed ...
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Why is it so hard to compute $\pi_n(S^n)$?

Of course it isn't really that hard - nowhere near as hard as $\pi_k(S^n)$ for $k>n$, for instance. The hardness that I'm referring to is based on the observation that apparently nobody knows how ...
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cohomology of classifying space of permutation groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the permutation group of order $k$. Let $r: \Sigma_k\to GL(k)$ be the regular representation by permuting the order of the standard basis of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $\rho: ...
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A possible generalization of the Borsuk Ulam theorem via action of symmetric groups

The symmetric group $S_{m}$ is equiped with the counting Har measure $\mu$ and the obvious sgn character. Assume that $S_{m}$ acts on $S^{n}$, $n\geq m-1$ and $f:S^{n}\to \mathbb{R}^{n}$ ...
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Can an odd map be null homotopic?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with invariant measure $\mu$. An odd function is a continuous function, $\phi:G\to \mathbb{C}$, such that $\int_{G} \phi d\mu=0$. An odd map is a continuous map, $f:G\to ...
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Quotient of the hyperbolic plane with respect to commutator group of $\pi_1(\Sigma_g)$

Let $\Sigma_g$ be a Riemann surface of genus $g\geq 2$ and $G=\pi_1(\Sigma_g)$. Let $\pi\colon \mathbb{H}\to \Sigma_g$ be the universal covering map. What kind of surface is $\mathbb{H}/[G,G]$? ...
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Associative Ring Spectra and Derived Completion

So, I was thinking before that this might have some nice, simple topos theoretic explanation, but Jacob disabused me of that notion. However, I'm still very interested in the following question: Is ...
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Normal Form of Homotopy Pure Braids?

It is well known that a pure braid has a normal form (also called the combed form). Namely, let $P_n$ be the set of pure braids of $n$ strands and let $d_i:P_n\to P_{n-1}$ be the $i$th "forgetting ...
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Higher vector spaces

As far as I know there are different ways to categorify the notion of vector space/module. These appear (for example) when trying to find extended TQFTs. There are at least two ways (presented at ...
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Is there any relationship between the Euler class and the Vandermonde determinant?

Several Wikipedia articles claim that the relationship between the Euler class $e(V)$ and the top Pontryagin class $p_k(V)$ of an oriented $2k$-dimensional real vector bundle $V$ corresponds, via the ...
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Integral group rings on which stably free modules are free

Let $G$ be a torsion-free group and $ZG$ the integral group rings. Recall that a projective module $P$ over $ZG$ is stably free if there is an isomorphism $P \oplus ZG^n \cong ZG^m$. Are there known ...
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Fundamental class in K-theory and orientability

In ordinary homology, the classical results give the following situation: for a compact, connected, topological manifold $M$ of dimension $n$ we have, for each ring $R$, that $H_n(M,M \setminus ...
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Face poset of a subcomplex complement

Let $P$ denote the face poset of a simplicial complex, $\Delta$ the order complex of a poset, and $\simeq$ homotopy equivalence. It's known that for any finite simplicial complex $\mathcal{K}$ that ...
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2-cells in the configuration space

My overarching question is why in the Artin presentation of the (geometrically defined) braid group there are no more than two relations. I've learned one way to prove this is using the fact that the ...
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Motion planning algorithm

Consider a path connected topological space $X$, one can equip its path space $PX=\{ \gamma: [0,1] \longrightarrow X \; continuous\}$ with the compact open topology. We call a motion planning ...
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Is this a “new” terminology in homology/cohomology theory?

I have the following question. For our research purpose, we have introduced the following concept: Let $f:X\to Y$ be a continuous, disrecte and open mapping between two locally compact metric spaces. ...
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Why the Dold-Thom theorem?

Dold-Thom Theorem: $$\pi_i(SP(X))\cong\tilde{H}_i(X)$$ It's pretty miraculous, no? I've seen its proof, where you show that the composition of the functors on the left-side satisfies the axioms of a ...
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$n$-Fold Framed Functions

Suppose that $M$ is a manifold. One can consider a suitably constructed space of generalized framed Morse functions on $M$, let's call it $\mathrm{Fun}^\mathrm{fr}(M)$. This space is known to be ...
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Classifying space for fibrations with Eilenberg-MacLane space as fibers

The following result seems to be frequently quoted: Consider the fibration $K(\pi,n)=\Omega K(\pi,n+1)\to PK(\pi,n+1)\to K(\pi,n+1)$. Let $B$ be any topological space (which is not too pathologic). ...
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Are there nontrivial involutions of $S^7\times S^7$ with fixed point set homeo to $S^7$?

The group $\mathbb{Z}_2$ acts on $S^7\times S^7$ by switching the coordinates with fixed point set $\Delta(S^7\times S^7)\cong S^7$. I want to know whether there are some other $\mathbb{Z}_2$ actions ...
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A fibration of classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $N$ a closed connected normal subgroup. Let $BG$, $BN$, $B(G/N)$ be the classifying spaces of $G,N$ and $G/N$. Is there a fibration $BN\to BG\to B(G/N)$ ? It seems that such a ...
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Goodwillie tower of $\Omega^n$?

What are layers of the Goodwillie tower of the functor "n-th iterated loop space" from based spaces to based spaces? I know the answer for n=0.
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Are Brown representable functors determined by restriction to finite complexes?

Assume two $CW$ complexes $X,Y$ give two functors $h_X=[-,X], h_Y=[-,Y]$ on the homotopy category of $CW$ complexes whose restrictions to the full subcategory of finite $CW$ complexes are naturally ...
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Is homology finitely generated as an algebra?

If a differential graded algebra is finitely generated as an algebra, is its homology finitely generated as an algebra? Is it easier if we impose any of the three conditions: characteristic zero; ...
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Higher Cerf Theory

Morse functions on a manifold $M$ are defined as smooth maps $f:M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that at the critical points we can find local coordinates so that ...
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The space of Fredholm operators as a classifying space

Is it true that the space of Fredholm operators on a separable Hilbert space is the classifying space for K-theory in the category of paracompact spaces? Everyone quotes the theorem of Atiyah-Janich ...
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When is the product of an infinite family of simplicial sets also a homotopy product?

The homotopy product of an infinite family of simplicial sets can be computed by deriving the product functor sSetW→sSet, for example, by performing the componentwise fibrant replacement using Kan's ...
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Fixed sets of orbit spaces

I've run across something that surprises me, so I'm wondering (1) Is it true? and (2) Is it well known? (And if the answers are affirmative, why didn't I know this already?) Let $G$ be a compact Lie ...
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(Very) High dimensional manifolds

Usually one regards manifolds up to dimension 4 as a part of low dimensional topology. There are plenty of various results which work only in low dimensional topology; especially in dimension 4. ...
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cartesian product rigidity for the punctured open disc

Q1: Let $D^n$ ($n\geq 1$) be the n-dimensional open disk. If $D^n-\{0\}$ is homeomorphic to $X\times (0,1)$, for some topological space $X$, does it necessarily follow that $X$ is homeomorphic to ...
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The cohomology groups of $\Omega U(n)$

Let $\Omega U(n)$ be the loop space of $U(n)$. Is it true that the cohomology groups $H^*(\Omega U(n); \mathbb{Z})$ are torsion-free? How can one calculate these groups?
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Presentation of Homotopy Pure Braid Group?

Let $\tilde{B_n}$ be the homotopy braid group; namely, in the deformation of braids, a braid string is allowed to self-intersect itself. Similarly let $\tilde{P_n}$ be the homotopy pure braid group. ...
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Reference for maps whose pushouts are also homotopy pushouts

Consider a category C with weak equivalences, e.g., a model category. For the purposes of this question, let's say that a morphism f in C is an i-cofibration if any pushout (alias cobase change) ...
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Bases of surface groups with length restrictions

This question asks for a generalization of Bases of surface groups following the notation and definitions given therein. Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$, $B$ a surface basis of ...
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Contractibility of space of embeddings of a disc

I'm pretty sure that both of the following spaces are contractible. However, I can't seem to find a proof or a reference. Can anyone provide one? Let $D^2$ be the unit disc in $\mathbb{R}^2$. The ...
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High dimensional topological field theory

In the article Topological Field Theories in 2 dimension, Constantin Teleman has the following commentary " By constrast, in higher dimension, there seem to be no interesting theories: all examples ...
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Compositional inversion and generating functions in algebraic geometry

The exponential generating function of the graded dimension of the cohomology ring of the moduli space of n-pointed curves of genus zero satisfying the associativity equations of physics (the WDVV ...
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How do small changes in a filtered complex affect the associated spectral sequence

I have recently been learning about spectral sequences, not in the context of any problem, but mostly out of curiosity. There are two questions that have occurred to me which I've been unable to ...
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Commutation of simplicial homotopy colimits and homotopy products in spaces

Edit: The claim below is wrong, as explained in the comments, because infinite homotopy products of simplicial sets require their components to be fibrantly replaced first, unlike finite homotopy ...
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A Karrass-Solitar theorem for surface groups

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$. That is, there is a presentation $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1, y_1, \dots, x_g, y_g \vert \prod_{i = 1}^{g}[x_i,y_i] = 1\rangle$$ Is there a ...
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Bases of surface groups

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$. A $2g$-tuple $(x_1,y_1, \dots,x_g,y_g) \in \Gamma_g^{2g}$ will be called a Surface Basis if we have the presentation $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1, ...
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Using Discrete Morse Theory to represent hom classes

In "vanilla" Morse theory, you can construct cycles representing integral homology classes of a smooth manifold from a Morse function on the manifold (by looking at the flow into/out of the critical ...
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Level quantization of 7d $SO(N)$ Chern-Simons action

In 3d, one can write down the $SO(N)$ Chern-Simons action to be $$S(A)=\frac{k}{192\pi}\int_{M}\text{Tr}(A d A +\frac{2}{3}A^3),$$ where $A$ is an $SO(N)$ connection. The level quantization can be ...
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Getting a Postnikov Tower from the Tot-tower?

I have had a problem I've been thinking of recently but can't seem to make anything of it. Let $X$ be a simplicial set. It is well known that one can construct a Postnikov tower $$P_nX \rightarrow ...
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(co)homology of symmetric groups

Let $S_n=\{\text{bijections }[n]\to[n]\}$ be the n-th symmetric group. Its (co)homology will be understood with trivial action. What are the $\mathbb{Z}$-modules $H_k(S_n;\mathbb{Z})$? Using GAP, we ...
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The action of Steenrod squares on the indeterminate in Bullett-Macdonald identities

The Bullet-Macdonald identity (c.f. On the Adem relations)is the following: $$P(s^2+st)P(t^2)=P(t^2+st)P(s^2).$$ where we have $P(s)=\Sigma _s s^iSq^i$. This is known to be equivalent to the Adem ...
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When is a continous $\epsilon$-isometry of the sphere surjective?

Equip $\mathbb S^n$ with the standard round metric. Let $f : \mathbb S^n \to \mathbb S^n$ be a continous map satisfying $\vert d(f(x),f(y)) - d(x,y)\vert \leq \epsilon$. Is $f$ is surjective for all ...