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

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Graph spectra and topology

This is a somewhat vague question, but I'm wondering if there has been any research into connections between the spectrum of a graph and some notion of the "topology" of that graph. To give an ...
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Some intuition behind the five lemma?

Slightly simplified, the five lemma states that if we have a commutative diagram (in, say, an abelian category) $$\require{AMScd} \begin{CD} A_1 @>>> A_2 @>>> A_3 @>>> A_4 ...
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Multiplicative Structure of the Atiyah-Hirzebruch/Leray-Serre spectral sequence

This is related to this question (edit: now answered, see below). Is there a nice explanation of the multiplicative structure on the higher pages of that spectral sequence? I want to assume that $h$ ...
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Rational homology sphere that is not Seifert manifold

I wonder if there is an example of rational homology sphere that is not a Seifert manifold. If there is, how can one construct such a rational homology sphere from a surgery of a knot in $S^3$?
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Involutions of $S^2$

are there some complete results on the involutions of 2 sphere? at least I have three involutions: (let $\mathbb{Z}_2=\{1,g\}$,and $S^2=\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^3|x^2+y^2+z^2=1\}$) ...
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Chern-Simons forms, characteristic numbers, and boundary terms?

For any principal $G$-bundle $P \to M$ with principal connection $\omega$, given a $G$-invariant polynomial $p: \mathfrak{g} \to \mathbb{R}$ we can construct a form $p(F_\omega)$ on $P$ which descends ...
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Construction of the Stiefel-Whitney and Chern Classes

I've seen two constructions of these characteristic classes. The first comes from Milnor and Stasheff's book and involves the Thom isomorphism and (at least for me) the rather mysterious Steenrod ...
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Bott-Samelson theorem for simplicial sets

Let $X\in \mathrm{sSet}$ and $FX$ be the Milnor's construction (model for $\Omega\Sigma |X|$) - in each dimension $n$ this is the free group on $X_n$ with one relation $*=1$. I'm interested in ...
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Topological Derivation of Leray Spectral Sequence

I'm interested in computing - to the extent possible - the Leray spectral sequence for a particular map which is almost, but not quite, a fiber bundle (e.g. a Seifert fiber space). The hardest step ...
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Is the restriction map for embeddings of manifolds with boundary a fibration?

Let $M$ and $W$ be smooth manifolds (possibly with boundary) and $V\subseteq W$ a submanifold. We have a map between embedding spaces $$Emb(W,M)\rightarrow Emb(V,M)$$ given by restriction. Richard ...
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Polygons with centroid at origin and vertices on compact codimension one submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{n}-\{0\}$

Let $M$ be a compact codimension one submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ which does not contaion $0$ and the origin lies in the bounded component of$\mathbb{R}^{n}-\{0\}$. Is it true to say that: ...
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Banach algebraic proof of the Borsuk Ulam theorem

I am wondering whether there exists a proof of the classical Borsuk Ulam theorem for the Euclidean n-sphere, $n>2$ that is based only on the theory of Banach algebras. I checked on MR but had no ...
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Stable homotopy groups of $RP^{\infty}$

Are the stable homotopy groups $\pi^s_i(\mathbb R P^{\infty})$ known for small $i$? In particular, I would be interested in the values for $i = 5,6$. A quick Internet search did not lead to anything.
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Please help me for answers to question. best regards [on hold]

Find the definition of a locale and its dual (i.e. a frame) and consider the definition of a Grothendieck topology. Discuss the differences between this concept and an ordinary topology on a set ...
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Holonomic splitting

I am reading the book "Introduction to the h-Principle" by Eliashberg and Mishachev. At the moment I try to understand the Section 1.7 Holonomic splitting on page 12 but without success. I do not ...
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Nice proof of the Jordan curve theorem?

As a student, I was taught that the Jordan curve theorem is a great example of an intuitively clear statement which has no simple proof. What is the simplest known proof today? Is there an intuitive ...
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Schur multiplier of $Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}_2)$ for $g \geq 3$

This question is about the computation of $H_2(Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}_2), \mathbb{Z})$, where $Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}_2)$ is the group of symplectic $2g \times 2g$ matrices over $\mathbb{Z}_2$. With respect to ...
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$K$ theory and singular cohomology

For cell complexes${}^1$ $X$ we have an isomorphism $$ K^*(X)\otimes \mathbb{Q}\cong H^{*}(X;\mathbb{Q}), $$ which is induced by the Chern character. What is the analogous statement for $KO(X)$? ...
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to find topological properties under a metric on a set [on hold]

we define a metric d on a set of composition operators on L2. I would like to find connected component and path connected component and other topological properties by d . Is there any book or paper ...
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The homology of $\varinjlim SO(p,q)$

Is there a way to explicitly compute the homology of the space $$ \varinjlim_{(p,q)} SO(p,q)^+, $$ where each $SO(p,q)$ is the indefinite special orthogonal group, and $SO(p,q)^+$ its identity ...
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Intersection patterns of loops on surfaces

Let $a,b$ be to simple closed loops on a surface $S$ with homologically trivial intersection (more generally I'm also interested in the case when $b$ is 1-codimensional). Denote their intersection on ...
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Lifting a differential operator

Let $D$ be a differential operator acting between the spaces of smooth sections of two vector bundles $E,F$ over compact manifold $M$. If $M$ is not simply connected one can construct the universal ...
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What is the “real” meaning of the $\hat A$ class (or the Todd class)?

In the Atiyah-Singer index theorem as well as in the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem, one encounters either the $\hat A$-class or the Todd class, depending on the context. I want to focus on the ...
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diameter as a Morse function

Consider the space $X_1$ of closed subsets not containing a pair of antipodal points of the unit circle. Here we have a kind of degenerate Morse function, defined by the diameter of the pointset. ...
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The fibration map $Diff(M) \rightarrow Emb(N,M)$

Let $M$ be a non-compact manifold, equipped with a (closed?) submanifold $N\subset M$. The action of $Diff(M)$ on the set of embeddings $N\hookrightarrow M$ induces a map $$ Diff(M) \rightarrow ...
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research articles in topology/geometry [closed]

There is a saying "Do you read the masters?" I want to read some basic papers in Topology/geometry... I can not clearly state what is basic as of now... My back ground includes course in ...
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Differential characters, Chern-Simons forms, and differential cohomology

I've read through the classic Chern-Simons paper where they introduce the Chern-Simons forms. These are differential forms whose exterior derivative gives you the characteristic forms for any given ...
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Periodic Orbit property

A topological space $X$ satisfies "Periodic orbit property", briefly POP, if for every continuous map $f:X \to X$, there exist a natural number $n$ and a point $x_{0}\in X$ such that ...
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Why are local systems and representations of the fundamental group equivalent

My question: Let X be a sufficiently 'nice' topological space. Then there is an equivalence between representations of the fundamental group of X and local systems on X, i.e. sheaves on X locally ...
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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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A Künneth-Theorem version for relative singular cohomology

I'm not an expert in algebraic topology, but sometimes I need some results from this area, for example tools to determine singular cohomology groups of product spaces. The Künneth-Theorem which I ...
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Orbifold fundamental group in terms of loops?

In chapter 13 in his notes on 3-manifolds, Thurston defines the orbifold fundamental group to be the group of deck transformations of the universal cover of the orbifold. He also makes a statement ...
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Intuition/idea behind a proof of the splitting principle?

The splitting principle is as follows. Given a vector bundle $E \to X$ with $X$ compact Hausdorff, there is a compact Hausdorff space $F(E)$ and a map $p: F(E) \to X$ such that the induced map ...
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Is the bar construction of a CDGA model a Hopf algebra model for the loop space?

By a theorem of Adams, if $A = C^*(X;\mathbb{Q})$ is the CDGA of rational cochains on $X$ then the cohomology of the bar complex of $A$ is isomorphic to $H^*(\Omega X; \mathbb{Q})$ as a coalgebra (see ...
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A reference for Calculus of Functors for Model Categories

I am wondering where I might look to see what has been done in terms of Calculus of Functors for more general weak equivalences and Model Categories. I am at least aware of some of the extended ...
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Solving algebraic problems with topology

Often, topologists reduce a problem which is - in some sense - of geometric nature, into an algebraic question that is then (partiallly) solved to give back some understanding of the original problem. ...
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Can additivity of the Euler characteristic be interpreted in terms of the Poincaré–Hopf theorem? [closed]

Whenever there is a long exact sequence in homology induced by a short exact sequence of chain complexes one finds that the corresponding Euler characteristics are additive. For example, if $Y \subset ...
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How can we detect the existence of almost-complex structures?

Any smooth $k$-manifold $M$ comes with a well-defined map $f:M\rightarrow BGL_{k}(\mathbb{R})$ (up to homotopy) classifying its tangent bundle. Since $GL_{k}(\mathbb{R})$ deformation-retracts onto ...
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How many simplicial complexes on n vertices up to homotopy equivalence?

Fix a number $n$, and define $\gamma(n)$ to be the number of simplicial complexes on $n$ unlabeled vertices up to homotopy equivalence. It is unlikely that an explicit formula exists, but what is ...
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Grothendieck-Teichmuller conjecture

(1) In "Esquisse d'un programme", Grothendieck conjectures Grothendieck-Teichmuller conjecture: the morphism $$ G_{\mathbb{Q}} \longrightarrow Aut(\widehat{T}) $$ is an isomorphism. Here ...
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Ordinary cohomology groups of $(\mathbb{C}^3\times T^2)/\mathbb{Z}_k$ that I need for my string theory research

Let $X=(B^6\times T^2)/\mathbb{Z}_k\subset (\mathbb{C}^3\times T^2)/\mathbb{Z}_k$ where $k=2,3,4,6$, where the generator of $\mathbb{Z}_k$ acts on $\mathbb{C}^3$ by the multiplication by a primitive ...
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Definition of E-infinity operad

What is the definition of $E_\infty$-operad in the category of chain complexes over $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$? J. Smith in http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0004003 define it for complexes over $\mathbb{Z}$ ...
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A homology theory which satisfies Milnor's additivity axiom but not the direct limit axiom?

Let us agree on the following: a "homology theory" means a functor $h_*$ from the category of pointed CW complexes to the category of graded abelian groups, together with natural isomorphisms ...
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Construction of invariants of 4-manifolds with the Kirby calculus

I'm an undergraduate student, interested in the low dimensional topology, in particular, the 4-manifold theory. I have a question. In the knot theory, the Reidemeister moves play fundamental roles. ...
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Cohomology algebra generated by $n$ Steifel whitney classes and and $k$ dual classes subject only to $n+k$ defining relations? [closed]

Is the cohomology algebra $H^*(G_n(\mathbb{R}^{n+k}))$ over $\mathbb{Z}/2$ generated by the Steifel-Whitney classes $w_1, \dots, w_n$ of $\gamma^n$ and the dual classes $\overline{w}_1, \dots, ...
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semi flat connections

Let $L\to V$ be complex line bundle and $F_{t}:V\to V$, $t\in [0,1]$, be a loop of diffeomorphisms, $F_0=F_1=$ identity. For every $x\in V$, we get a loop $\gamma_x(t)=\{F_t(x)\}$ whose class in ...
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Reference request for a “truncated version” of the de Rham algebra

Let's start on the $n$-torus for sake of simplicity.$\newcommand{\T}{\mathbb T}$ If I understand the relevant definitions correctly, the usual de Rham algebra of smooth differential forms on $\T^n$ is ...
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Fixed points of self maps

Given $m$ points on $S^n$, is there an explicit polynomial self $1-1$ map of minimum degree $f:S^n\rightarrow S^n$ that fixes only these $m$ points? Can we say something about symmetry group of $f$ if ...