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d-refining covering of normal space

If $X$ is normal, it is well known that for any open-covering $(U_i)$ of $X$, there exist closed subspaces $F_i$ and $G_i$ and an open subspaces $O_i$ such that $$F_i\subset O_i\subset G_i\subset ...
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Non-vanishing of elements in cohomology of full Flag varieties

Consider the full flag variety $F_n$ consisting of full flags in $\mathbb C^n$. There is a collection of tautological bundles on $F_n$: $0=U_0\subset U_1\subset ...\subset U_{n-1}\subset U_n=\mathbb ...
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question about the induced homomorphism of etale fundamental groups

Background/Setup For any connected scheme $S$, let $\text{FEt}_S$ denote the category of finite etale $S$-schemes. Let $f : X\rightarrow Y$ be a morphism of connected schemes, then for any finite ...
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Time-line until the publicaton of Weil of “Numbers of solutions of equations in finite fields”

In "On the history of the Weil Conjectures" Dieudonné says: "Appropriately enough, the story, as with so many problems in number theory, begins with Gauss...". C. F. Gauss, Disquisitiones ...
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A letter from J. P. Serre

Which is the letter where J. P. Serre present "Analogues Kählériens de certaines conjectures de Weil" to Weil?
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Condition on a Hopf operad for tensor product in the base categoy to be a (categorical) coproduct for algebras

A Hopf operad will be an operad endowed with a coproduct $P(n) \longrightarrow P(n) \otimes P(n)$ which is compatible in the obvious sens with operad laws (no more structure is assumed a priori. ...
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Homotopy type of complex algebraic varieties

In his 1974 ICM adress "Poids dans la cohomologie des variétés algébriques", Pierre Deligne explains that any finite polyhedron has the same homotopy type as a complex algebraic variety (section 6.). ...
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A question about Dehn surgery and Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

I have been learning about Brieskorn homology 3-spheres $\Sigma(a_1,...,a_n)$ and Seifert manifolds. My reference is the first few pages of Saveliev's "Invariants of Homology 3-spheres." If I ...
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Topological relationships between family of transversal intersections of manifolds

Let $M$ and $N$ be submanifolds of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $a(t)$ be a smooth path in $\mathbb{R}^n$ such that $M+a(t)$ intersects $N$ transversally for all $t \in [0,1]$. Is there a nice relationship ...
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Adams Operations on $K$-theory and $R(G)$

One of the slickest things to happen to topology was the proof of the Hopf invariant one using Adams operations in $K$-theory. The general idea is that the ring $K(X)$ admits operations $\psi^k$ that ...
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A question on fixed point theory

I asked this question in MSE, but I did not received any answer, so I repeat it here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/858238/a-question-on-fixed-point-property Assume that $0<k<n-1$, ...
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What 3-manifolds can be obtained by gluing $ S^1 \times P $ and two copies of $S^1 \times D^2$

Let P denote the pair of pants e.g. a sphere minus three small discs $D_1$,$D_2$,$D_3$ about marked points $x_1,x_2,x_3$. I then consider $P \times S^1$. We have boundary components $T_1$,$T_2$,$T_3$. ...
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Do homotopy limits compute limits in the associated quasicategory in the non-combinatorial model category case?

Suppose that $\mathcal{M}$ is a model category which is not combinatorial, does a homotopy limit in $\mathcal{M}$ correspond to a limit in the associated $\left(\infty,1\right)$-category? How about ...
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Why are we interested in the Fundamental Groupoid of a Space?

The classical version of the van Kampen theorem is concerned about the fundamental group of a based space. In fact, it says that the functor $\pi_1$ preserves certain types of pushouts in $Top_*$. ...
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Simple connectedness of $\mathbb{C}P^2$ intersected with an affine subspace

The complex projective plane $\mathbb{C}P^2$ can be thought of as the set of rank one 3-by-3 Hermitian matrices with norm one, i.e., $\mathbb{C}P^2 = \{xx^* : x \in \mathbb{C}^3, x^*x=1 \}$. As such, ...
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generalisation of the universal coefficient spectral sequence

Suppose I have a bounded chain complex $C_{\ast}$ over the group ring $\mathbb{Z}G$ for a finite group $G$. In topology we are usually in a situation when $C_{\ast}$ is a complex of projective ...
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Homotopy spheres with vanishing and non-vanishing $\alpha$-invariant

I'm unsure whether this question is appropriate for mathoverflow, so feel free to criticize. All manifolds are closed, smooth and have dimensions $n\ge 5$. The Atiyah-Shapiro-Bott-Orientation gives ...
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The error in Petrovski and Landis' proof of the 16th Hilbert problem

What was the main error in the proof of the second part of the 16th Hilbert problem by Petrovski and Landis? Please see : Most interesting mathematics mistake? Added 1: According to their method, ...
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Morphisms every pushout of which is a weak equivalence

Let $M$ be a category equipped with a class of weak equivalences $W$. Is there a name for a morphism $f$ such that every pushout of $f$ (including, of course, $f$ itself) is a weak equivalence? For ...
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Multiplicative Structures on Moore Spectra

The motivation for this question is that I want "toy examples" of how to prove/disprove the existence of multiplicative structures on examples of spectra. The class of examples I am thinking of is the ...
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Why localize spaces with respect to homology?

A basic construction in algebraic topology is the localization of spaces or spectra with respect to a homology theory: one formally inverts the $E$-homology isomorphisms, reflecting each space into ...
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Problem on infinite dimensional metric space, with rigidity assumption

By inspiring from this answer of S. Ivanov, here is a specialization with a rigidity assumption. Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of complete geodesic metric spaces verifying : ...
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The topology of Arithmetic Progressions of primes

The primary motivation for this question is the following: I would like to extract some topological statistics which capture how arithmetic progressions of prime numbers "fit together" in a manner ...
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A Property of Generalized Equivariant Cohomology

Let $G_i$ be a compact Lie group, $i=1,2$, and let $E_{G_i}^*$ be a $\mathbb{Z}$-graded complex-oriented $G_i$-equivariant generalized cohomology theory with commutative products. Let $X_i$ be a ...
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Covering Spaces and Vector Bundles

Suppose $f: Y \rightarrow X$ is a covering map between compact Hausdorff spaces $X$ and $Y$. Then $f$ induces a algebra homomorphism $f^*:C(X) \rightarrow C(Y)$ and gives $C(Y)$ the structure of a ...
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Cartan 3-form on a Lie group G

Does anyone have a reference to learn more about the Cartan $3$-form on a group manifold $G$? I have read that the WZW term is nothing more than the integral of the pullback of the Cartan $3$-form via ...
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Monoidal model category structure on a functor category.

Let $A$ be a small simplicial category. The category $Fun(A,s\mathrm{Set})$ of simplicial functors from $A$ to simplicial sets can be given the projective model structure in which fibration and weak ...
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Does there exist a surface bundle over a surface of genus at least 2 that fibers in three distinct ways?

Let $$ \Sigma_g \to E \to \Sigma_h $$ be a surface bundle over a surface. Unless otherwise stated, I'll assume $g, h \ge 2$. The theory of Thurston norm shows that surface bundles over $S^1$ often ...
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From the perspective of bordism categories, where does the ring structure on Thom spectra come from?

To fix ideas, let's consider the Thom spectrum of framed bordism $M$, the spectrum whose homotopy groups are the framed bordism groups. $M$ has a ring spectrum structure inducing the product of ...
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Generalized Categories for “Higher Homotopy Groupoids”

I was thinking about the definition of higher homotopy groups $\pi_n$ of a topological space in comparison to the common extremely formal fundamental groupoid construction of $\pi_1$. I'd like to be ...
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Pullback map in homology

I'm interested in a concrete description of the "wrong way maps" in homology/cohomology. $\textbf{Question 1:}$ Let $X, Y$ be compact smooth manifolds of dimensions $n, m$ respectively, and $\phi: X ...
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1D TQFT in Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman

In the first section of Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman they construct a one-dimensional Topological Quantum Field Theory. $F(\circ_+)$ is a vector space and $F(\circ_-)$ is the dual. $F(\circ-\circ)$ ...
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Does simplicial localization with a 3-arrow calculus commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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matrix ring spectra

I am trying to understand matrix ring spectra. Apparently, I have two different definitions of those and I did not manage to show that they are equivalent - maybe they even are not in the general ...
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Understanding the product in topological K-theory

I apologize that this is perhaps not adequate for mathoverflow but I have struggled with this for days now and become desperate... The reduced K-group $\tilde{K}(S^0)$ of the zero sphere is the ring ...
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What does Freed-Hopkins-Teleman say about finite groups?

The third in the "Loop groups and twisted K-theory" series by FHT treats compact Lie groups without any connectedness assumptions. I am trying to unwind what Theorem 2 of that paper (available here, ...
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LS-cat of Hspaces and that of co-Hspaces

I'm searching to learn more about any results or/and proofs (new or recent) about LS-category of H-spaces and that of co-Hspaces. Any references are welcomed Thanks
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Topological fundamental group of a variety

I have an explicit question. I have a complex projective variety defined by 2X2 minors of a matrix. The entries are polynomials from a weighted projective space. In fact its a singular 3-fold, with ...
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Does homology have a coproduct?

Standard algebraic topology defines the cup product which defines a ring structure on the cohomology of a topological space. This ring structure arises because cohomology is a contravariant functor ...
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When does simplicial localization commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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Which submanifolds are zero sets of $\mathbb{R}^n$-valued maps?

If $M$ is a smooth, compact, orientable manifold, then any framed submanifold $N$ is the preimage $f^{-1}(y) $ for a smooth sphere-valued map $f$ transversal to $y$, with the framing of the normal ...
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Simplest example of non-trivial Toda bracket in spaces

Many sources give an easy definition of a Toda bracket $\{f,g,h\}$ of appropriate maps $W \to X \to Y \to Z$ in spaces as a subset of the homotopy classes of maps $[\Sigma W, Z]$ (for example, ...
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Universal covering space for non-semilocally simply connected spaces

Consider a topological space $X$. Let us consider a universal covering space to be a covering $ p : \tilde{X} \rightarrow X$ which is a covering of all other covering spaces. (Perhaps I should call ...
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Proving that a space cannot be delooped.

Suppose we have some pointed connected topological space $X$. How can we determine if there exists a space $BX$, called delooping of $X$, such that its space of based loops $\Omega BX$ is homotopy ...
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Cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties?

How is the cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties (desingularizations of Schubert Varieties ) usually calculated? Let's fix the Lie group to be $GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ or $SL_n(\mathbb{C})$ here. Is there ...
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Reference request: modern proof of the recognition principle [closed]

I'm looking for a modern version of P. May's proof of the recognition principle (in "geometry of iterated loop spaces"). Can someone help me?
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endomorphisms of modules over symmetric ring spectra

I have a probably very basic question about modules over symmetric ring spectra: Let $R$ be a commutative symmetric ring spectrum and let $M$ and $N$ be module spectra over $R$. Moreover, let ...
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Which framed manifolds are in the image of J?

The stable homotopy groups of spheres are in natural correspondence with framed cobordism classes of framed manifolds. Is there a good way to tell if the class of framed manifold is in the image of ...
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Universal bundles: construction of the map associated to a group homomorphism

For a Lie group $G$ let $EG \to BG$ denote the universal bundle. A Lie group homomorphism $\rho: G \to H$ determines a map $B \rho: BG \to BH$ as the classifying map for the principal $H$-bundle $EG ...
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Looking for software that computes intersection numbers (Heegaard Diagrams)

As a part of my research I am working with intersection matrices of Heegaard diagrams. Is there some software that could help me compute such matrices for some examples? Thanks.