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Relation between Stiefel-Whitney class and Chern class

A complex vector bundle of rank $n$ can be viewed as a real vector bundle of rank $2n$. From nLab, we have that the second Stiefel-Whitney class of the real vector bundle is given by the first Chern ...
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Homology exponents for $QX$

We say that a space $X$ has a homology $p$-exponent if some power of $p$ annihilates the $p$-torsion in $H_\ast(X;\mathbb{Z})$. I am interested in the homology exponents of the free infinite loop ...
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Relation between Chern characteristic and Pontryagin characteristic

A 2-dim complex manifold can be viewed as a 4-dim real manifold. What is the relation between the Chern characteristic and the Pontryagin characteristic of the tangent bundle? It should be $p_1=n_1 ...
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Spectral Sequences reference

What is the best reference for spectral sequences for mathematicians who are not experts at the subject, but would just like to open a book and find the SS they need, without going in to deep. I'm ...
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First Cech cohomology of manifolds

Let $X$ be a compact connected manifold (with or without boundary) and let $H_1(X)$ denote its first Cech integral cohomology group or, equivalently, its first cohomotopy group. Is it true that ...
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Modern versions of Verdier's hypercovering theorem?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category equipped with a terminal object $1$ and a Grothendieck topology. (Assume $\mathcal{C}$ also has pullbacks, if it is more convenient.) The following is a ...
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The twisted kiss of the curvaceous cubic and the staid tetrahedron (references)

(Migrated from MSE) While investigating some operators, I came across some relations between the twisted cubic curve and the tetrahedron that link together some notions in differential geometry, ...
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When does finite presentability of the associated graded Lie algebra of a group imply the group is finitely presented?

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group; let $L(G)$ denote the graded Lie algebra (over $\mathbb{Q}$) associated to the lower central series of $G$. I would like to know conditions for when the finite ...
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(Co)homology of classifying space of spin group $BSpin(n)$

In the answer for question: Homology of classifying space of spin group BSpin(n), it was shown that $H_i(BSpin(\infty),Z)$ is $0,0,0,Z$, for $i=1,2,3,4$. What is $H_i(BSpin(\infty),Z)$ or ...
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A certain kind of simplicial complex

I'm interested in collections $\mathcal{C}$ of tuples $\mathbf{t} = (n_1, n_2, \ldots, n_r)$ of positive integers satsifying if $\mathbf{t}\in \mathcal{C}$ then so is any permutation of $\mathbf{t}$ ...
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What are the cohomology classes $H^d(BSO_\infty,Z)$ and $H^d(BO_\infty,Z)$?

The Theorem 1.5 and 1.6 of Brown, Edgar H., Jr. The cohomology of BSOn and BOn with integer coefficients. Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 85 (1982), no. 2, 283–288. give a general answer for $H^d(BSO_n,Z)$ ...
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Why “non-linear similarity” is the same as equivalence of representations for connected Lie groups?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $V$ a finite-dimensional orthogonal $G$-representation. Write $S^V$ for the quotient $D(V)/S(V)$, where $D(V)$ and $S(V)$ are the unit disk and sphere in $V$, ...
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Characterize spin cobordism invariants in dimer models

The paper by Cimasoni and Reshetikhin http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0608070 shows that one can map problems about spin structures on a Riemann surface into problems about dimmer configurations on a ...
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Cech homology (!) of the Warsaw Circle

Can anyone can give me a reference to the fact that first Cech homology (not cohomology!) group of the Warsaw Circle is $\mathbb{R}$? Thank you in advance :)
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Isomorphisms and higher homotopy

It is well known that a simply connected groupoid is already contractible. Thus, isomorphisms cannot model higher homotopy. But I wonder, is this a global phenomenon (because we consider categories ...
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The Alexander polynomial of a slice knot, Reidemeister tosion, Whitehead group

My question is about the Alexander polynomial of a slice knot. For a slice knot $K$, Fox-Millnor and Terasaka proved that $$ \Delta_{K}(t) \doteq f(t) f(t^{-1})$$ for some polynomial $f(t) \in ...
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How does the kernel of the map $\Omega^{\bullet}(X)\rightarrow \Omega^{\bullet}(G\times X)$ relate to equivariant cohomology?

This question may be trivial for experts. Consider a (compact, connected) smooth manifold $X$ and a (compact connected) Lie group $G$ act on $X$. Then we have the action map $$ \mu: G\times ...
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When are automorphisms in categories homotopically trivial?

First, let $\mathcal{G}$ be a groupoid. Then an automorphism $\gamma\colon X\rightarrow X$ in $\mathcal{G}$ considered as a loop in the nerve of $\mathcal{G}$ is homotopic to the point $X$ if and only ...
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The K(1)-local Spanier-Whitehead dual of KO

Let $D_1KO$ be the $K(1)$-local Spanier-Whitehead dual of $KO$, i.e. the spectrum $$ D_1KO = F(KO,L_{K(1)}S^0). $$ I am interested in what this is. In fact I know that $D_1KO = \Sigma^{-1} KO$. One ...
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Advantage in Using Cyclic Homology to a compute Equivariant (Co)Homology of Loop Spaces

I am trying to compute equivariant (co)homology of the free loop space of a manifold $M$ that is not a Lie group, $H^{S^1}_*(LM)$ with the natural rotation action of $S^1$ on the loops of the free ...
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free action on contractible spaces

I was wondering if there is an easy counter example to what follows: Suppose that $E$ is contractible CW-complex and $G_{1}, G_{2}$ are two isomorphic groups acting freely and continuously on $E$. ...
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Is $SU(3)/SO(3)$ cobordant with a mapping torus?

The cobordism group of 5-dimensional closed oriented manifolds is $\Omega_5^{SO}=Z_2$, which is generated by $SU(3)/SO(3)$. A mapping torus is a fiber bundle over $S^1$. Can $\Omega_5^{SO}$ be ...
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Where is simpleness used in the proof of existence of Postnikov towers of principal fibrations?

I've read one proof, rather long, in Allen Hatcher's book. There the key is Lemma 4.70, which uses the relative Hurewicz Theorem. But there is another, shorter proof in J.P.May's book "A concise ...
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Characteristic class for a fiber bundle over $S^1$

For an oriented manifold, we have Pontryagin classes. For a manifold with complex structure, we have Chern classes. For a orientable fiber bundle over $S^1$ (ie for orientable mapping tori), do we ...
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Pontryagin numbers on a fiber bundle over $S^1$

Let $F$ be a closed manifold. What are the Pontryagin numbers on $E=F\times S^1$? More generaly, let $E$ be a closed manifold which is a fiber bundle over $S^1$ (with fiber $F$). $E$ is also called ...
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Does the cohomology after Dehn surgery depend only on the original 3-manifold or also how the knot is situated?

For $f:S^1\to M$ a knot in a 3-manifold, we can construct a 3-manifold $N$ by a $0/1$-type Dehn surgery along $f$: First remove from $M$ a solid torus which is a tubular neighbourhood of the knot ...
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Lefschetz duality for non-compact relative manifolds

I'd like to use the formulation of Lefschetz duality stated here, but I can't seem to find a reference for this particular version of it, and it doesn't seem quite right to me. The exact statement in ...
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Infinity category of functors from a relative category to a model category

Let $M$ be a model category (maybe cofibrantly generated/combinatorial). Let $(C,W)$ be a relative category. I write $M^{(C,W)}$ for the full subcategory of $M^C$ on relative functors. This is a ...
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Invariant of isotopy of curves in a surface.

Suppose $S_g$ is a sorface of genus $g>1$. Let $\gamma_1$ and $\gamma_2$ be two simple closed curves containing points $p_1, p_2$. Suppose $\gamma_1$ and $\gamma_2$ are isotopic. Now there can be ...
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Cohomology of elementary Abelian p-group

Let $E=(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})^n$, an elementary Abelian p-group. Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic 0. There is a good description of $H^*(E,F^{\times})$ where $F$ is a field ...
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Cohomology operations over general rings [duplicate]

If $X$ is a topological space and $R$ is a commutative ring, then the singular cohomology groups $H^*(X,R)$ support cohomology operations coming from the homology of symmetric groups. If $R = ...
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“abstract” description of geometric fixed points functor

I'm sure this must be well known, but I could not find any references. My basic question is: Are there "abstract" descriptions of the geometric fixed point functors in equivariant stable homotopy ...
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What's the Hochschild homology of the category of constructible sheaves?

Let $X$ be a manifold. Does the Hochschild homology/cohomology of the category of constructible sheaves on $X$ have a more familiar name?
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When does a cohomology class induce an isomorphism between homotopy groups?

A representative $\alpha$ of a cohomology class $[\alpha]\in H^n(X;\pi_n(X))$ is equivalent to a map from $X$ into an Eilenberg-Mac Lane space as $\alpha:X\to K(\pi_n(X),n)$. After applying a ...
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“topological” Ochanine genus?

The Witten genus has famously been lifted to the string orientation of tmf ("topological Witten genus"). For the Ochanine genus I am aware of a lift to a "spin orientation of Tate K-theory", namely to ...
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reference needed for some well know results on cohomology of the orbit spaces

The following results are well known If the group $\mathbb Z_2$ acts freely on a mod $2$ cohomology $n$-sphere $X$, then the orbit space $X/\mathbb Z_2$ is a cohomology real projective $n$-space. ...
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Vector bundle for prescribed Stiefel-Whitney classes

I hope this is not trivial. Let $B$ be a nice topological space (paracompact, CW-complex or whatever you think is nice) For $i=1,\ldots,n$ let $x_i \in H^i(B,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be certain cohomology ...
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I think I have a category enriched in $(\infty,n-1)$-categories. Is it an $(\infty,n)$-category?

I have recently been thinking about some mathematical gadgetry that should together combine into an $(\infty,n)$-category (actually, an $(n,n)$-category) for $n = 4$. I don't know what axioms I need ...
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Stable homotopy of spheres non-locally

Are there any results/conjectures about the stable homotopy groups of spheres that relate the picture at different primes? Something like Gauss's reciprocity law in number theory? I know about the ...
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Is there a homology theory that gives a *necessary and sufficient* condition for homotopy equivalence?

Is there a (non-Abelian) homology theory that realizes the following: Let $X,Y$ be manifolds with complexes $C(X),C(Y)$. Then $X$ and $Y$ are homotopy-equivalent if and only if $C(X)$ and $C(Y)$ ...
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Are the higher homotopy groups of the Hawaiian earring trivial?

The fundamental group of the Hawaiian earring is very complicated, but since it's "1-dimensional" one might guess that the higher homotopy groups vanish. Do they? Since the Hawaiian earring does not ...
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Where are there defined objects between gerbes and bundle gerbes?

Consider a special kind of/something like a gerbe where there is first given local trivialization data with equivalence over 2-fold overlaps but not isomorphism. Does this exist in the literature?
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Homology of infinite intersection

If $X_1\supseteq X_2\supseteq \ldots$ is a sequence of "nice" compact spaces, I would like to know whether the natural map from $H_*(\cap X_i)$ to the inverse limit $\lim \, H_*(X_i)$ is surjective. ...
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Can eta invariant be written in terms of topological data?

The eta invariant was introduced by Atiyah, Patodi, and Singer. It roughly measures the asymmetry of the spectrum of a self-adjoint elliptic operator with respect to the origin. In ...
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Section of the homology functor on spectra

Consider the (reduced) homology functor $H_*$ from the category of spectra to the category of graded Abelian groups. I wanted to know whether there is a "section" of this functor, i.e., a functor $F$ ...
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Beautiful constructions in algebraic topology that facilitate one's understanding of homotopy theory [closed]

There is an army of interesting constructions in AT, and Understanding them are usually very helpful for appreciate the theory underneath. So I would like to invite you to share those examples that ...
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Why Cech cohomology does not compute sheaf cohomology on an open annulus

Let $A=\{z\in\mathbf{C}:1/2<|z|<1\}$ be an open annulus. Let us cover $A$ by 3 open sets: $U_0,U_1$ and $U_2$ which we assume to be all homeomorphic to a 2 dimensional open disc. Moreover, we ...
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understanding the definition of $\infty$-operad of module objects

I'm just trying to understand the following definition: Definition 3.3.3.8 in Higher Algebra by J. Lurie defines the $\infty$-operad of $O$-module objects, and says the following: Let $O^\otimes$ be ...
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Finite group acting on sphere

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group (of odd order if it's significant) acting on sphere $S^2\subset\mathbb{R}^3$. So my question: is it true that $G$ has a fixed point?
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Lift chain complex from $\mathbb{F}_2$ to $\mathbb{Z}$

We start with a finite dimensional chain complex over $\mathbb{F}_2$, equipped with a basis. That is, we have finitely many finite dimensional $\mathbb{F}_2$-vector spaces $C_0,\dots,C_k$ with bases ...