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Is every Polish ring topology on $\mathbb{C}$ defined by an absolute value?

There is a unique up to isomorphism algebraically closed field of characteristic 0 and cardinality of the continuum. Let's call it $K$. We usually call it $\mathbb{C}$, but by this we impose a ...
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Unbounded towers and combinatorial cardinal characteristics of the continuum

Update: Perhaps the question is too difficult. I would appreciate, thus, even just comments or related observations. This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal characteristics of ...
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What is the meaning of this analogy between lattices and topological spaces?

Let me add one more edit to help explain why this is a serious question. Theorem 5 below is a sort of lattice version of Urysohn's lemma, and it has essentially the same proof. Theorem 6, the famous ...
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Right split for homomorphism onto $S_\infty$

Let $G$ be a closed subgroup of $S_\infty$ and let $f:G\rightarrow S_\infty$ be a continuous surjective homomorphism. Under which conditions $f$ has a right split, i.e. there exists some $g:S_\infty\...
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$\mathbb E$-descent maps in topological spaces in terms of different sites?

The paper Facets of Descent I by Janelidze and Tholen defines $\mathbb E$-descent maps as those for which $\Phi^p:\mathbb EB\longrightarrow \mathsf{Des}_\mathbb{E}(p)$ is an equivalence of categories. ...
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When is there an unbounded tower in $[\mathbb{N}]^\infty$?

(Edit: I'm splitting the question, leaving here only what is answered by Ashutosh, and moving the rest to another question.) This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal ...
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Duality between topology and bornology

I want to understand in what sense topology is dual to bornology at a most basic level. Therefore, I rephrased the definition of a bornology in the following way: Let $X$ be a set and let $\mathcal{P}...
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What is the height (or depth) of $[\mathbb{N}]^\infty$?

(This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal characteristics of the continnum.) Let $[\mathbb{N}]^\infty$ be the family of infinite subsets of $\mathbb{N}$, partially ordered by $\...
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The role of absolute continuity in stochastic ordering defined over sets of probability distributions

This question is about a claim given in this paper (page 261, the remark), but without any proof. It simply says that if two sets of probability distributions, $\mathscr{P}_0$ and $\mathscr{P}_1$ (...
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Minimal zero-dimensional Hausdorff spaces

A topological space $(X,\tau)$ is said to be zero-dimensional Hausdorff (zdH) if for $x\neq y\in X$ there is $C\subseteq X$ clopen (closed and open) such that $x\in C$, but $y\notin C$. We say a zdH ...
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Link between the hairy ball theorem and the fundamental theorem of algebra

I read in the book "Concepts of modern mathematics" by Ian Stewart that it was possible to proof the fundamental theorem of algebra using the hairy ball theorem (complete reference to the page is in ...
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Fixed point shape property

Question: Provide (or prove that it's not possible) a metric compact space which has the fixed point property but not the fixed point shape property. Here is the definition of f.p.s.p.("map" means ...
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Surniversal spaces

Basic background On one hand there is a complete result: $\,\ $for every non-negative integer $n$ there exists an $n$-dimensional compact metric space $M^n$ such that it contains a homeomorphic ...
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Topology with no direct lower neighbor

Given any poset $(P,\leq)$ and $x, y\in P$ we set $[x,y] = \{p\in P: x\leq p \leq y\}$. For any set $X$, let $\text{Top}(X)$ denote the set of topologies on $X$. The set $\text{Top}(X)$ is a complete ...
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Applications of topology to discrete dynamical systems?

I'd like to know some of the applications of topology to discrete dynamics. By discrete dynamics I loosely mean studying maps between discrete sets. I mean cases where adding a topology to the sets ...
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Fréchet L-Spaces

According to the paper The emergence of open sets, closed sets, and limit points in analysis and topology famous mathematician Maurice Fréchet who introduced the concept of metric spaces has also ...
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Local “pathologies” in spaces arising naturally in algebraic topology

I have been thinking about methods for constructing continuous paths locally in a space. These paths have domain the unit interval and map into "small" neighborhoods of points in a space. Moreover ...
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Intuition for universal quotient maps

The universal quotient maps are precisely the descent morphisms in the category of topological spaces. In some papers of Janelidze, Tholen, Sobral, and Reiterman (see for instance Reiterman-Tholen), ...
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“Discrete jumps” in the collection of all topologies on a set $X$

Given any poset $(P,\leq)$ and $x, y\in P$ we set $[x,y] = \{p\in P: x\leq p \leq y\}$. For any set $X$, let $\text{Top}(X)$ denote the set of topologies on $X$. The set $\text{Top}(X)$ is a complete ...
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Lower neighbors in the lattice of topologies

Given any poset $(P,\leq)$ and $x, y\in P$ we set $[x,y) = \{p\in P: x\leq p < y\}$, and $(x,y]$ is defined in an analogous manner. For any set $X$, let $\text{Top}(X)$ denote the set of topologies ...
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Is every path connected space continuously path connected

Recall a topological space $X$ is path connected if for all $x,y \in X$ there is a continuous function $f\colon [0,1] \to X$ such that $f(0)=x$ and $f(1)=y$. Say that $X$ is continuously path ...
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Smooth, irreducible surface with real part containing two projective planes

Let $X$ be a smooth and irreducible projective variety over $\mathbb{R}$ of dimension two. I am looking for an instance of such a variety where two distinct connected components of $X(\mathbb{R})$ are ...
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Measurability of integrals with respect to different measures

Let $Y$ be a locally compact Hausdorff topological space (further assumptions like metrizability, separability, etc., may be added if necessary) and let $\mathscr Y$ denote the Borel $\sigma$-algebra ...
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Do Peano curves provide a counterargument to Grothendieck's critique?

This question arose in the context of an earlier question on Grothendieck's critique of the traditional foundations of topology. Can the paper Group Invariant Peano Curves by Cannon and Thurston be ...
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Separation-free topological completeness notion

Cannot really claim that I have immediate urgent motivation to study this question but it appeared to me long ago, I recalled it now by some reason and decided to ask it here. There is a strong ...
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Is the set of Cauchy spaces a lattice? [closed]

Is the set of all Cauchy spaces (ordered by set-theoretic inclusion) on some (fixed) set: a join-semilattice? a meet-semilattice? a complete lattice?
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Cardinality of connected Hausdorff topologies

Let $X$ be an infinite set and let $C(X)$ denote the collection of connected Hausdorff topologies on $X$. Suppose $N\subseteq C(X)$ has the property that whenever $\tau\neq\sigma \in N$ then $(X,\tau)$...
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New separation axiom?

I am looking for the name and notation of the following separation axiom , temporarily denoted by $T_i$ (where $i=\sqrt{-1}$ is the imaginary unit): Axiom $T_i$: For any point $x$ of a topological ...
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Can There be Rudin-Keisler Immediate Sucessors?

There are several well-studied orderings on the set $\omega^*$ of ultrafilters on the natural numbers. Three popular ones are $\le_i$ for $i = 1,2,3$. We define $\mathcal U \le_i \mathcal V$ to mean ...
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Partition of Real Number [closed]

Can the set of Real numbers be partioned into two parts such that both are uncountable,dense and have empty interior and any closed interval intersects both at uncountably many points?
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Foundations of topology

I recently went to a talk of Oleg Viro where he expressed his dissatisfaction with current foundations of differential topology parallel to what has been discussed here. Also some time ago I read ...
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Does there exist a bijection of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with itself such that the forward map is connected but the inverse is not?

Let $(X,\tau), (Y,\sigma)$ be two topological spaces. We say that a map $f: \mathcal{P}(X)\to \mathcal{P}(Y)$ between their power sets is connected if for every $S\subset X$ connected, $f(S)\subset Y$ ...
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LCH topologies on Groups that are not group topologies

Ellis's 1957 paper on Locally Compact Transformation groups proves the following: A locally compact hausdorff topology on a group $(G, \cdot)$ for which left and right multiplication are (separately)...
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Open (resp., closed) balls homeomorphic to open (resp., closed) discs on the plane

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact (smooth) surface, with a geodesic metric $d$ (compatible with the topology of $\Sigma$). Let $x \in \Sigma$, and suppose you have the following: for every $r<1$, the open ...
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Limits of rearranged sequences along ultrafilters

Suppose that a bounded sequence of real numbers $s_i$ ($i\in\omega$) has a limit $\alpha$ along some ultrafilter $\mu_1\in \beta{\Bbb N}\setminus{\Bbb N}$. Then given another ultrafilter $\mu_2\in \...
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Are infinite simplicial complexes all manifolds?

Are infinite dimensional simplicial complexes manifolds locally modeled on $\mathbb R^\infty=\operatorname{colim}\mathbb R^n$? If they are homotopy equivalent, are they homeomorphic? Of course not. ...
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When is the orbit space of a manifold still a manifold of the same dimension?

$\mathbf{Question}$. Let us assume that $M^n$ is a topological manifold of dimension n, with a group action $\Gamma$, which acts discontinuously and freely on $M^n$. Is the orbit space $M^n / \Gamma$ ...
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Topologies with the same convex closed sets

Let $\tau_1$ and $\tau_2$ be locally convex Hausdorff topologies on vector space $X$ such that $(X,\tau_1)^\ast = (X,\tau_2)^\ast$. It is well known that $(X,\tau_1)$ and $(X,\tau_2)$ have the same ...
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$\mathfrak{ufo}$: An unidentified combinatorial cardinal characteristic of the continuum?

An ultrafilter ornament is a chain of free filters on $\mathbb{N}$ that are not ultrafilters, whose union is an ultrafilter. Let $\mathfrak{ufo}$ be the minimal cardinality of an ultrafilter ...
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What is the Cantor-Bendixson rank of the space of first order theories?

Let $L$ be the language $\{R\}$ containing a single binary relation symbol. Consider the space $S_0(L)$ of complete, first-order $L$-theories. This is a seperable, compact Hausdorff space; what is its ...
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Properties of convergence at points of continuity

Let $J$ denote the set of functions $f : [0, \infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ that are right-continuous and have left-hand limits (r.c.l.l.) and such that their points of discontinuity are jumps. Then $J$ is a ...
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Two nilmanifolds of the same Lie group

By a nilmanifold I mean a quotient $M =\Gamma \backslash G$ of a connected, simply-connected nilpotent real Lie group $G$ by the left action of a maximal lattice 􀀀, i.e. a discrete cocompact subgroup....
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The pseudo-metric and linear orders

Is there a necessary and sufficient condition for a linearly ordered topological space to be pseudo-metrizable? (by a pseudo-metric, I mean a map $X\times X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ in which all the ...
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A question about Raikov complete topological groups

I asked this yesterday on Math Stackexchange, but didn't get any comments. So I thought I might ask here too. Let $G$ be a topological group and let $G^*$ be its Raikov completion, i.e its completion ...
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Stronger form of connectedness than path-connectedness

Given a topological space $C$ and points $c_0, c1\in C$ we say that a topological space $(X,\tau)$ is $(C,c_0,c_1)$-connected if and only if for all $x,y\in X$ there is $f:C\to X$ continuous with $f(...
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References for higher descriptive set theory surveys

A student of Adi Jarden and mine attempts at generalizing results on selection principles from the Baire space $\omega^\omega$ to the higher Baire space $\kappa^\kappa$ ($\kappa$ uncountable), and ...
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When does the generalized Cantor space embed in a $\kappa$-compact space

The generalized Cantor space is the space $2^\kappa$, with basic open sets $$ [\sigma] := \{f\in 2^\kappa : \sigma\subseteq f\}, $$ for $\sigma\in 2^{<\kappa}$. A space is $\kappa$-compact if ...
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Does $\mathbb C\mathbb P^\infty$ have a group structure?

Does $\mathbb C\mathbb P^\infty$ have a (commutative) group structure? More specifically, is it homeomorphic to $FS^2$, (the connected component of) the free commutative group on $S^2$? $\mathbb C\...
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Is the normal bundle of a torus trivial?

Question: Let $T^k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, $ n > k$, be a smoothly embedded $k$-torus. Is its normal bundle trivial? What about the normal bundle of $S^k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, $n > k$, the $...
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Pseudocomplements in the lattice of topologies

Given a set $X\neq \emptyset$ it is well-known that the collection $\text{Top}(X)$ of all topologies on $X$ is a (complete) lattice with respect to $\subseteq$. Let $0$ denote the smallest element of ...