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Are there examples of non-orientable manifolds in nature?

Whilst browsing through Marcel Berger's book "A Panoramic View of Riemannian Geometry" and thinking about the Klein bottle, I came across the sentence: "The unorientable surfaces are never discussed ...
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Alexander duality for non-manifolds

Let $X$ be a CW complex and $A$ a subcomplex. I will assume that both are compact, and that $X$ is $n$-dimensional. Furthermore, assume that the local homology of $X$ is that of a manifold in a ...
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Non-orientable $6$-manifold with $H_4(M)=\mathbb{Z}/2$?

Does there exist a smooth, closed, non-orientable $6$-manifold $M$ such that $H_4(M;\mathbb{Z})=\mathbb{Z}/2$?
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Simply connected CW-complex with only finitely many nontrivial homotopy and homology groups

Let $X$ be a simply connected CW-complex such that all but finitely many of its homotopy groups and its homology groups (with $\mathbb Z$ coefficients) are 0. Is $X$ then necessarily contractible? I ...
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a construction on Stiefel manifolds

Are there any references concerning the following space $V(k,N,X)$ and $U(k,N,X)$? And the cohomology of these spaces? Thanks.
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Which automorphisms on $H_{1}(M^{3})$ are induced by homotopy equivalences?

Let $M^{3}$ be a closed orientable 3-manifold, and $\phi:H_{1}(M;\mathbb{Z})\to H_{1}(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be an automorphism of abelian groups. My question is: Is there any characterization of $\phi$ ...
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The most general set-up for tensors and connections

This is maybe a too vague question, so I will try to be as specific as possible. My question is: What is the most general set-up where one can define tensors and connections? For example, we know ...
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Degrees of self-maps of aspherical manifolds

In "Infinitesimal computations in Topology", Publ IHES, page 318, Dennis Sullivan writes "Recall any self-mapping of a Riemann surface of genus $g>1$ either has degree $0$ or degree $\pm 1$." ...
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The multiplication on $THH$ of finite fields

Let $k$ be a finite field, $THH(k)$ its topological Hochschild homology spectrum. For essentially formal reasons, we know that it's an $E_\infty$-algebra over the Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectrum $Hk$, and ...
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Generalization of Borsuk-Ulam to arbitrary ratio

Let $g: S^n \to R^n$ be a continuous odd function (i.e. $g(-x)=-g(x)$ for all $x$). The Borsuk-Ulam theorem implies that $g$ has a zero, i.e. there is an $x$ such that $g(x)=(0,0,...,0)$. Suppose $g$ ...
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K-groups of a permutative category - are they finite?

Let $\mathcal C$ be a permutative category, that is a symmetrical monoidal category with strict associativity. One can then define the $K$-groups of $\mathcal C$, for $n >0$ by $$K_n(\mathcal C) = ...
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Is every degree 1 self-map a homotopy equivalence?

In a rather obscure article, I found (without proof) the following statement: If $M$ is a closed orientable manifold, every degree $1$ map $f: M \rightarrow M$ is a homotopy equivalence. Is this ...
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The Borel construction of equivariant cobordism

In $K$ theory, the Borel construction of equivariant cohomology is somehow not the right one. The $G$-equivaraint $K$ theory of a point should be the representation ring of $G$, but $K(BG)$ is this ...
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Inverse limit in shape theory

Is the shape theory of Hausdorff compact spaces complete with respect to the inverse limit operation?--complete means that for every inverse system of Hausdorff compact spaces, and the shape morphisms ...
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Why does $Mf$ always support an $Mf$-orientation?

Let $f:X\to BGL_1(\mathbb{S})$ be a morphism of $E_n$-spaces and determine a principle $GL_1(\mathbb{S})$-bundle over $X$. Then it can be shown in the classical case that there is always a Thom ...
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Is there a (satisfying) proof that cellular cohomology is isomorphic to simplicial cohomology that doesn't use relative cohomlogy?

That singular and de Rham cohomologies of a smooth manifold are isomorphic has two proofs that I know of. The classical one uses Stokes' theorem to give the isomorphism explicitly. The second proof ...
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What is the cokernel of the map $H^2\big(\pi_1(X), \mathbb Z\big) \longrightarrow H^2(X,\mathbb Z).$

For a manifold $X$ (for simplicity, assumed to be compact), let $\pi_1(X)$ be the fundamental group of $X$. What is the cokernel of the map $$H^2\big(\pi_1(X), \mathbb Z\big) \longrightarrow ...
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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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Interpretation of the monomorphism $H^2(\pi_1(X),\mathbb{Z}) \rightarrow H^2(X,\mathbb{Z})$

Let $X$ be a nice topological space and denote by $\pi_1(X)$ its fundamental group. It is well-known that there is a well-defined map $$ 0 \rightarrow H^2(\pi_1(X),A) \rightarrow H^2(X,A),$$ where ...
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When can a class in $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be represented by a fiber bundle over $S^1$

For a topological space M, It is known from homotopy theory that the elements of the first cohomology $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ are in 1-1 correspondence with homotopy classes of maps $[M,S^1]$ In my case ...
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When are configuration spaces aspherical?

It is a theorem of Fox and Neuwirth that the space $C_k \mathbb R^2$ of unordered configurations of $k$ points in $\mathbb R^2$ is apsherical, i.e. has trivial higher homotopy groups. This has some ...
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Homotopy transfer in the opposite direction

Let $X\rightleftarrows Y\circlearrowleft$ be a strong deformation retraction of chain complexes (a.k.a. contraction), i.e. $X\rightarrow Y\rightarrow X$ is the identity, $Y\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy ...
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Fixed point property for intersection of spaces which are homeomorphic to a disk

The following question is question 9.8 from Miller's paper ``Some interesting problems '': Question Suppose $D_n$ a subset of the plane is homeomorphic to a disk and for every $n\in \omega, ...
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If $\cup (A_i \cup -A_i)=\mathbb S^d$, then is there an $x$ in $d$ sets?

If for some collection of open sets $\cup_{i\in I} (A_i \cup^* -A_i)=\mathbb S^d$, then is there an $x\in \mathbb S^d$ and $i_1,\ldots i_d\in I$ for which $x\in A_{i_1}\cap \ldots \cap A_{i_d}$? ...
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Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence

The Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence says that for a short exact sequence $$1 \to G \to H \to K \to 1 \quad (1)$$ of (discrete) groups, we have a first quadrant spectral sequence with $E_2$ page ...
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The classifying space of an infinite totally ordered set is contractible

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but no one answered. Let $(X,\le)$ be a totally ordered set. Regarding it as a category, it has a classifying space $B(X,\le)=|N_\bullet(X,\le)|$. This ...
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May's infinite loop machine for Friedlander's result for Adams conjecture

Eric M. Friedlander in the paper The infinite loop Adams conjecture via Classification Theorem for $\Gamma$-spaces proved the infinite loop Adams conjecture using techniques involved $\Gamma$-space. ...
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Generalize $\pi_0(B\mathcal{C})\cong\{\text{objects}\}/\{\text{morphisms}\}$ to categories internal to topological spaces

Warmup: Let $\mathcal{C}$ be an ordinary category. Denote by $$B\mathcal{C}=(\coprod_{i\in\mathbb{N_0}}N_{i}(\mathcal{C})\times\Delta^i)/\tilde{}$$ its classifying space, i.e. the geometric ...
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Looking for Information on Local Degree of Maps on Homology Manifolds

By a homology $n$-manifold, we mean a topological space $X$ such that for all $x \in X$: 1: if $k \neq n$ then $H_k(X, X-x)=0$ 2: $H_n(X,X-x) \cong \mathbb{Z}$. Given homology $n$-manifolds $X$ and ...
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Condition on a Hopf operad for tensor product in the base category 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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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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Maps between equivariant loop spaces

I have an elementary question about equivariant loop spaces that I feel it should be well known. Given a finite group $G$ and a finite $G$-set $J$ let $S^J=\mathbb{R}[J]^+$ be the permutation ...
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Loop space of Fredholm operators from a Relative loop space

Atiyah and Singer proved that the nontrivial component of the set of skew-adjoint Fredholm operators $ \hat{\mathcal{F}_{*}}(\mathscr{H})$ is homotopic to the loop space of Fredholm operators ...
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Fundamental groups of stably parallelizable manifolds

Is it possible to realize every finitely presented solvable group as a fundamental group of a stably parallelizable closed n-manifold? If not, are there any known counterexamples?
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Homology of manifold with action of group

Sorry for my ignorance in advance, this should be a very naive question and I would be happy for a reference. Let $G$ be an arbitrary group (not necessary finite) acting on two (connected) manifolds ...
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When does a map in the stable homotopy group gets killed when smashed with cone of itself?

Consider an element $e \in \pi_n^s(S^0)$, in the stable homotopy groups of sphere. Let $C$ denote the spectrum which is cone of $e$, i.e. $C$ fits in the cofiber sequence $$ S^n \to S^0 \to C.$$ ...
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Correspondence between operads and monads requires tensor distribute over coproduct?

In checking the details of the correspondence between operads over a symmetric monoidal category and monads on some associated endofunctor of the category, I cannot make the obvious proof work without ...
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Kernel of flux homomorphism (Calabi invariant) for volume-preserving maps on a compact manifold

Good morning everybody, I am currently reading through the book of Banyaga "Structure of classical diffeomorphism groups" link, and I am particularly interested in the question of factorizing ...
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Dehn-Sommerville relations for $\Delta$-complexes

Let $M$ be a closed, triangulated manifold of dimension $m$ and $K(M)$ be its triangulation. Let $f_i$ denote the number of $i$-simplices of $K(M)$. As proved by Klee the face numbers satisfy the ...
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Representations and K-theory of a finite group

This question is motivated by the calculation of the higher algebraic $K$-groups of a finite field. Let $G$ be a finite group, the case I am most interested in is $G = \text{Gl}_n(\mathbb F_q)$, but ...
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unordered configuration space of pointed space

Let $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space. Let $F(X,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid x_i\neq x_j, i\neq j\}$. Let $F(X,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space. Is there an inclusion ...
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Differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime p=2

How does one compute the differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime 2 in the range $13\le t-s\le 20$? There seem to be 6 nonzero differentials, and at this point I only ...
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How are fiber bundles, transition functions and principal bundles related?

Please read the edit below. Is my understanding of this correct? Fix a sufficiently nice and connected topological space $B$ and a topological group $G$. A principal bundle $E\to B$ with structure ...
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Homotopy type of embeddings of circle in the plane

What is the homotopy type of the space of (topological) emdeddings of $S^1$ in $\mathbb R^2$? My conjecture: This space deformation retracts to $S^1\sqcup S^1$, and a retraction in each of ...
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Loop space of manifold [closed]

Question A: The free loop space of a manifold is also a manifold? Question B: The free loop space of an algebraic variety is also a algebraic variety ? Are these questions asked or answered anywhere ...
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mnev's universality corollaries, quantitative versions?

Mnev's universality theorem claims that any semialgebraic set is the realization space of some oriented matroid. Moreover, the rank of the or matroid can be prescribed in advance. 1.-Are there ...
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Is the suspension of a weak equivalence again a weak equivalence?

Of course, the answer to this question depends on what we mean by suspension. If we work with based spaces and take the reduced suspension, the answer seems to be NO: Take $X = \mathbb N$ (a ...
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Unordered configuration space of $\mathbb{R}P^1$

In the paper GEOMETRY OF TRUNCATED SYMMETRIC PRODUCTS AND REAL ROOTS OF REAL POLYNOMIALS, JACOB MOSTOVOY, Bull. London Math. Soc. (1998) 30 (2): 159-165, Theorem 2. (b): ...
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Do there exist nontrivial motivic cohomology operations preserving weights?

Suppose that for each field $F$ a linear map $X(F): H_M^{p,q}(F, \mathbb{Q}) \longrightarrow H_M^{p,q}(F,\mathbb{Q})$ is given, such that $X$ commutes with inclusions of fields and transfers for ...
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Non-unique splittings of homotopy idempotents

By a homotopy idempotent I mean a map $f:X\to X$, where $X$ is a space, equipped with a homotopy $f\circ f \sim f$. In contrast to the situation in stable homotopy theory (where $X$ would be a ...