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A metric associated with a continuous surjective map $f:X\to Y$

Assume that $f:(X,d_{1})\to (Y,d_{2})$ is a continuous surjective map between compact metric spaces. We define another metric $d_{f}$ on $Y$ With $$ d_{f}(y_{1},y_{2})=Hd(f^{-1}(y_{1}), ...
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Teaching the fundamental group via everyday examples

This is a "prequel" to a similar question about homology. Both questions were inspired by seeing a talk, by Tadashi Tokieda, about the interesting physics that appears in toys. What stories, ...
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Universal covering space of a Zariski open subset of projective space

Let $U$ be a Zariski open subset of $\mathbb P^n_{\mathbb C}$. Assume $U$ is the complement of some divisors. Have the possible universal covering spaces of $U$ been classified? Do we know when the ...
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A generalization of covering spaces to fiber bundles with totally path-disconnected fibers

There is a classical theorem about covering spaces and the actions of the fundamental group. Theorem 1: Let $B$ be a non-empty locally path-connected and path-connected space. The category of ...
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Relation between the Alexander module of a link and intermediate free abelian covers

I'm working through McMullen's paper "The Alexander polynomial of a 3-manifold and the Thurston norm on cohomology" and have a question concerning the following setup: Given a link complement $(X, ...
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The holomorphic version of Galois theory

We identify the space of polynomials of degree n with $\mathbb{C}^{n+1}-\mathbb{C}^{n}$, that is an $n+1$ tuple $(a_{n},a_{n-1},\ldots,a_{0})$ with $a_{n} \neq 0$ is identified with $p(z)=a_{n}z^{n} ...
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Sufficient condition for coverings between non-orientable surfaces

Let $X_k$ be the connected sum of $k$ projective planes. I am interested in necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a covering $\pi: X_{k'} \to X_k$, where $k$ and $k'$ are integers. ...
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Why is the base change functor faithful

Let $L/k$ be a field extension of algebraically closed fields of characteristic zero. Let $U$ be a smooth quasi-projective variety over $k$. I am trying to understand why the base-change functor from ...
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Top chern class under finite, unramified, dominant morphism

Situation: Let $\Bbbk$ be an algebraically closed field. Assume that $\pi:Y\to X$ is an finite, dominant, unramified morphism between nonsingular varieties of dimensions $n$. Let $d=\deg(\pi)$. What ...
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Covering maps in real life that can be demonstrated to students

Edit: I've really enjoyed everyone's examples (especially the pictures!), but I was mostly looking for a general theorem. For instance, a similar statement to mine is, Can the mapping cylinder of ...
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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 ...