Homotopy, stable homotopy, homology and cohomology, homotopical algebra.

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### What does convergence of a Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence say about the homotopy type of the totalization?

Given a cosimplicial space or spectrum $X^\bullet$, there is an associated Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence. This starts out as the bigraded object obtained by taking homotopy groups of each $X^n$ and ...

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### What is modern algebraic topology(homotopy theory) about?

At a basic level, algebraic topology is the study of topological spaces by means of algebraic invariants. The key word here is "topological spaces". (Basic) algebraic topology is very useful in other ...

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### $n$-th cohomology of locally compact subsets in R^n

Where can I find a reference that for any locally compact (or just open) subset $U$ of $\mathbb{R}^n$, $H^n(U;\mathbb{Z})$ (the n-th Cech integral cohomology) is trivial?

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### What is the paper “Structure and homology of configuration spaces” by F. Cohen and L. Taylor?

Cohen and Taylor, in their paper Computations of Gelʹfand-Fuks cohomology, the cohomology of function spaces, and the cohomology of configuration spaces (1978), cite this numerous times:
[9] F. R. ...

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### quotient space of Eilenberg-MacLane space

Let $\pi$ be a group and $K(\pi,1)$ the Eilenberg-MacLane space. Let $G$ be a finite group acting on $K(\pi,1)$ such that the following is a covering map
$$
K(\pi,1)\longrightarrow K(\pi,1)/G.
$$
...

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### Reference request for Godement's “Topologie algébrique et théorie des faisceaux”

Does anybody know if an english translation of this paper exists please?

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### Are all 4-manifolds $Pin^{\tilde{c}}$?

It's known that all oriented 4-manifolds admit a $Spin^c$ structure, ie. a spin structure on $TX\oplus\mathcal{L}$ for some complex line bundle $\mathcal{L}$.
A usual generalization of this ...

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### What is, really, the stable homotopy category?

When you try to understand the fuss behind the new good categories of spectra that arose on the 90's, you read things such as the following paragraph written by Peter May (from "The Hare and the ...

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### Is the functor of PA forms known to be equivalent to the functor of PL forms for noncompact spaces?

In the following paper:
Robert Hardt, Pascal Lambrechts, Victor Turchin, and Ismar Volić, Real homotopy theory of semi-algebraic sets, Algebr. Geom. Topol. 11 (2011), no. 5, 2477–2545.
the authors ...

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### (really) basic intuition for $\mathbb A^1$-homotopy theory

Apologies in advance if this question is inappropriate for MO.
I'm trying to read here and there about $\mathbb A^1$-homotopy theory in algebraic geometry. I understand some abstract machinery is ...

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### If $A$ is the ring of continuous functions on a genus $g$ surface, can the genus of $X$ be seen by simple algebra in $A$?

I was describing to a friend the result that a compact Hausdorff space is determined up to homeomorphism up to by its ring of continuous functions, and he asked how one could see the genus of a ...

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### Semicovering and homotopy lifting property

Has a semicovering map ( local homeomorphism + unique path lifting property ), the homotopy lifting property? Clearly it has the homotopy path lifting property.

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### Spectra as functors from Spaces to Spaces

I will use the notation of this question. So, if $X$ is a (nice) topological space and $G$ is an abelian group, we can form its $G$-linearization $G[X]$. In McCord's article, this was denoted ...

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### Homotopy classes of maps and cohomology classes (Hatcher, AT, Thm 4.57) [duplicate]

Hatcher's AT Theorem 4.57 is used in both the algebraic topology construction of Seifert surfaces, and the (similarly flavored) proof that given a compact 3-manifold (with or without boundary), we can ...

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### homotopy equivalence between configuration spaces

Let $M$ be a $m$-dimensional compact manifold without boundary and $W(M)$ the non-compact $CW$-complex obtained by glueing $[0,1)\times (0,1)^{m-1}$ to $M$, identifying the boundary ...

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### isotopy equivalence (topological meaning) between $CW$-complexes

Let $M$ and $N$ be $CW$-complexes.
Definition. (different from the isotopy notion in geometry of submanifolds). A (topological) isotopy is a fibre-wise continuous map
$$
F: M\times ...

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### embedding of quaternionic projective spaces

Let $\mathbb{H}P^m$ be the $m$-th quaternionic projective space. What is the smallest integer $N$ such that there exists an embedding
$$
\mathbb{H}P^2\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^N?
$$
Are there any ...

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### homological 2 dimensional groups

In a Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici paper by Benno Eckman and Heinz Müller in 1980 (volume 50, pages 510-520) proved that poincaré Duality Groups of dimension 2 with positive first ...

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### simplicial approximation of an open subset

I am interested in the following problem :
Let $K$ be an abstract simplicial complex, let $\vert K \vert$ be its geometrical realization, let $U\subset \vert K \vert$ be an open subspace (not a ...

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### Smallest homotopy equivalent space inside a manifold with boundary

It is well known that any compact manifold with boundary is homotopy equivalent to its interior. Is there a notion of some smallest space in the interior of the manifold that is homotopy equivalent to ...

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### cohomology ring of compact submanifolds of Euclidean spaces

Suppose we have a compact $m$-dimensional submanifold $M$ of $\mathbb{R}^N$ and we want to know the cohomology ring $H^*(M;\mathbb{Z})$.
Let $\epsilon>0$ and a $m$-dimensional finite simplicial ...

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### On compact, orientable 3-manifolds with non-empty boundary

I recall my Professor having stated something along the lines of the following, but I am not quite certain about the precise statement she gave:
Let $M$ be a compact, orientable 3 manifold with ...

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### Directed homotopy in the Cayley graph of a monoid

There is a the notion of the Cayley graph $C(G)$ of a group $G$ (which depends on a given presentation $G \cong \mathcal F(S) / \sigma$ where $\mathcal F$ is the free group functor and $\sigma$ some ...

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### Can an oriented closed $n(\geq 2)$-dimensional manifold be embedded in $\mathbb{R^{2n-1}}$

Can anyone provide me an example of an orientable closed manifold $M$ of dimension $n\geq 2$, which cannot be embedded in $\mathbb R^{2n-1}$?
I know this is certainly not true when $n=1$, i.e. ...

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### torsion part of the cohomology module of configuration spaces of manifolds

Let $M$ be a manifold and $C_n(M)$ the $n$-th unordered configuration space consisting of unordered $n$-tuples of distinct points in $M$. The mod $p$ homology module, $p$ prime, and the rational ...

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### Homotopy classification of selfmaps of product of spheres?

Self-maps of n-torus $T^n=S^1\times ...\times S^1$ are classified by the induced homorphism of fundamental group $\pi_1 T^n=Z^n$.
Is a similar result true form self-maps of $S^k\times ...\times S^k$ ...

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### Principal bundles that can't be detected by spheres

The question I'm trying to answer is the following:
Let $P \to X$ be a principal $G$-bundle (over a connected CW complex)
satisfying that all pullbacks to spheres (of arbitrary dimension) are
...

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### First Chern class of the tautological line bundle over $\mathbb{CP}^n$

I'm trying to understand the following example in which the first Chern class of the tautological line bundle $L^{taut} \to \mathbb{CP}^n$ will be calculated and then it is shown that these bundles ...

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### self-Whitney sum of the canonical vector bundle on Grassmannians

Let $G_{k}(\mathbb{R}^N)$ be the Grassmannian manifold consisting of $k$-subspaces in $\mathbb{R}^N$. There is a canonical $k$-dimensional vector bundle
$$
\gamma_{k,N}: \mathbb{R}^k\longrightarrow ...

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### Stiefel-Whitney classes of tensor product $\xi^m \otimes \eta^n$, computation

Let $\xi^m$ and $\eta^n$ be vector bundles over a paracompact base space. Where can I find a reference to the Stiefel-Whitney classes of the tensor product $\xi^m \otimes \eta^n$ being computed as ...

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### Finiteness for 2-dimensional contractible complexes

While thinking about graph-complex and related operadic stuff, I found a quite interesting (at least for me) question. However, I'm a novice in the algebraic topology, so I'm unable to resolve it by ...

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### Algebraic K theory, Karoubi completion and splitting

Suppose $\mathcal{C}\subset \mathcal{C}'$ is a pair of pre-triangulated smooth DG categories over a characteristic-zero basefield (say, $\mathbb{C}$), such that $\mathcal{C}$ is faithfully embedded in ...

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### What's the maximal dimension of a submanifold that cannot change the embedding dimension of the enclosing manifold?

This question is prompted by Igor Rivin's comment to this related question
For a smooth manifold $M$ of dimension $m$ and a given embedding dimension what's the maximal $n$ such that removal of any ...

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### Maximal trivialising subspace for a vector bundle

Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space. Given a vector bundle $p: E\to X$, a subspace $Y$ of $X$ is called trivialising (for this bundle), if after restricting this bundle to $Y$, it is a ...

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### algebraic structure of Integral Steenrod squares

It is well known that the classical Steenrod squares $Sq^a$ satisfy the Adem relations
$$Sq^aSq^b= \sum_c \binom{b-c-1}{a-2c}Sq^{a+b-c}Sq^c\;.$$
In the case where $a$ is odd, one can define an ...

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### When does algebraic K theory behave like a cohomology theory

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a field. Let $K(\mathbb{F})$ be its algebraic (Quillen) $K$-theory spectrum. Let $X$ be a (nice, finite CW) topological space and let $\text{Rep}\Omega(X)$ be the DG category of ...

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### Vector bundles, finitely generated projective module?

Let $B$ be a Tychonoff space and let $\mathbb{R}(B)$ denote the ring of continuous real valued functions on $B$. For any vector bundle $\xi$ over $B$, let $S(\xi)$ denote the $\mathbb{R}(B)$-module ...

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### Is it known whether this space is a suspension space?

For each prime $p\geq 3$ let $\alpha_p:S^{2p}\to S^3$ denote a representative of $\pi_{2p}S^3$ of order $p$. Berstein and Hilton showed that for each $p$ the homotopy cofiber $C_{\alpha_p}$ of ...

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### A property stronger than the fixed point property

Assume that $X$ is a topological space. We say that $X$ satisfies the strong fixed point property if the graph of every surjective continuous self-map intersect the graph of every continuous ...

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### Vector bundle $\gamma^1$ over $\textbf{P}^\infty$ does not have finite type? [closed]

Using Stiefel-Whitney classes, how do I see that the vector bundle $\gamma^1$ over $\textbf{P}^\infty$ does not have finite type?

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### Looking for Uehara, Massey article

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this kind of a question. But I cannot find the following article:
Uehara, Hiroshi; Massey, W.S. The Jacobi identity for Whitehead products.
Algebraic ...

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### Is there another equivalence relation on based maps between spheres which form the same graded ring as the homotopy groups?

Let $\sim$ be an equivalence relation on continuous based maps from $S^k$ to $S^n$, where $k$ and $n$ range over the positive integers.
Suppose that
Given maps $f, f^\prime: S^k \to S^n$ and $g, ...

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### Does $\mathfrak{N}_4$ contain at least four distinct elements?

How do I see that the set $\mathfrak{N}_4$ consisting of all unoriented cobordism classes of smooth closed $4$-manifolds contains at least four distinct elements?

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### Duistermaat-Heckman integral formula on compact manifold with boundary

Let a compact Lie group $G$ acts on a closed symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$. If the action is Hamiltonian with $\mu$ the moment map, then the integral $$\int_M e^{i\mu (X)+\omega}$$ is equal to the ...

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### Consequences of the Euler characteristic vanishing mod p

Let $M$ be a smooth compact connected manifold. If $\chi(M)=0$, the unit tangent bundle $S(TM) \rightarrow M$ has a section. Is there anything that can be said if $\chi(M)$ is congruent to $0$ mod $p$ ...

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### Relative Characteristic classes

A pair of vector bundles over a base space $X$ is a pair $(E,F)$ where $E$ is a vector bundle over $X$ and $F$ is a sub-bundle of $E$. Two pairs $(E_{1},F_{1})$ and $(E_{2}, F_{2})$ are ...

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### $n + 1 = 2^rm$ with $m$ odd $\implies$ do not exist $2^r$ vector fields on $\mathbb{P}^n$ that are everywhere linearly independent?

What is the easiest/quickest way to see the following?
If $n + 1 = 2^rm$ with $m$ odd, then there do not exist $2^r$ vector fields on the projective space $\mathbb{P}^n$ which are everywhere ...

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### Waldhausen and Segal's delooping machinery

I was recently thinking about the proof of a theorem where Waldhausen compared the Segal's delooping machinery with his, in the case when the cofibration is splittable (sec.1.8 in 'Algebraic ...

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### classifying space of G-invariant function

In a paper by Cohen, Jones, Segal "Morse theory and classfying spaces", they
constructed a flow category of a Morse function and
showed the classifying space of the flow category is homotopic to ...

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### Can one deform an immersion of a 3-manifold in $\mathbb R^4$ to an embedding in $\mathbb R^6$?

Let $M^3$ be an oriented 3-manifold, and let $f:M^3\looparrowright \mathbb R^4$ be a codimension one immersion. Is it possible to find a small deformation of the composite map
$$
M^3 \to \mathbb R^4 ...