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Number of faces of a polytopal subdivision

Let $\mathcal{P}$ be a (bounded) polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ and let $\mathcal{C}$ be a polytopal subdivision of $\mathcal{P}$ [1]. Is there a known tight upper bound in the number of polytopes in ...
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Generalization of Darboux's Theorem

Darboux's Theorem. If $f:[a,b]\to\mathbb R$ is differentiable and $f'(a)<\xi<f'(b)$, then there exists a $c\in (a,b)$, such that $\,f'(c)=\xi$. Does any of the following generalizations Let ...
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Topology : Study on Separation Properties [on hold]

I want an example of a completely regular space which is not a normal space. I have tried a lot but am unable to construct any example
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Closed sets on the product space and operators [on hold]

$H$ is an hilbert space and $C$ is a closed subset of $H\times H$ with the product topology. If $P$ is the projection $P: (x,y) \in F\times F \to y \in F$ do we have that the set $$P(C)= \{ P((x,y)), ...
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A function composed with itself produces the identity

Let $B$ be the closed unit ball in $\mathbb R^3$ and $f: B\to B$ continuous, such that $f\circ f$ is the identity (i.e., $f\circ f=\mathbb 1_B$) and $f$ restricted on $\partial B$ is also the identity ...
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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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A question about the Stone–Čech compactification of discrete spaces

Let $D(\kappa)$ be the discrete space of cardinality $\kappa$, and $\beta D(\kappa)$ its Stone–Čech compactification. Is there, for every infinite cardinal $\kappa$, a subset $Y \in [\beta ...
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Topological transversality

Warmup question: Let us say that two continuous functions $f,g:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ are topologically transverse if their difference $f-g$ has only finitely many zeros, and each zero separates an ...
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Computing Self-Intersections with Complex Analysis

It is possible to find the winding number of a path $C \subset \mathbb{C}$ using complex analysis: $$n = \oint_C\frac{dz}{z}.$$ You can also count the number of roots of $f(z) = 0$ inside a close ...
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References for homotopy colimit

(1) What are some good references for homotopy colimits? (2) Where can I find a reference for the following concrete construction of a homotopy colimit? Start with a partial ordering, which I will ...
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A generalization of the Arhangelskii Theorem

Arhangeleskii's Theorem states the following For any Hausdorff topological space $X$, $$ |X|\leq2^{\chi(X)L(X)} $$ where $\chi(X)$ is the character of $X$ and $L(X)$ is the Lindelöf degree of ...
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Quotients of standard Borel spaces

Let $X$ and $Y$ be standard Borel spaces: topological spaces homeomorphic to Borel subsets of complete metric spaces. Given a surjective Borel map $f:X\to Y$, we get an equivalence relation ...
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Non connected topological space with intermediate value Theorem [closed]

Does there exist a topological space X which is not connected but satisfy intermediate value theorem(IVT). Where IVT sates: if f is continuous function from X to Y where Y is ordered set in order ...
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Partition $\Bbb{R}$ into a family of sets each one homeomorphic to the Cantor set

It is known that there is no (nontrivial) partition of $\Bbb{R}$ into a countable number of closed set. But is there a partition of $\Bbb{R}$ into sets, each one homeomorphic to the cantor ternary ...
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Separation of topological group elements by invariant neighbourhooods

Let $G$ be a topological group that is Hausdorff, that is, for every pair $(g,h)$ of distinct elements of $G$, there exist disjoint open sets $U_g$ and $U_h$ such that $g \in U_g$ and $h \in U_h$. ...
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Are Hausdorff compactifications of a Tychonoff space $X$ in one-to-one correspondence with completely regular subalgebras of $BC(X)$?

Let $X$ be a completely regular (Tychonoff) topological space. It is known that if $\mathscr F\subseteq C(X,[0,1])$ separates points and closed sets (that is, for every closed set $E\subseteq X$ and ...
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Which sets occur as boundaries of other sets in topological spaces?

This question was originally asked on MathStackExchange and is migrated here with opinion from MO meta. I am integrating the inputs from users Daniel Fischer and Emil Jerabek there into this post. ...
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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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Continuous bijections vs. Homeomorphisms

This is motivated by an old question of Henno Brandsma. Two topological spaces $X$ and $Y$ are said to be bijectively related, if there exist continuous bijections $f:X \to Y$ and $g:Y \to X$. ...
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Is an extension of compact Hausdorff topological groups compact?

Let $1 \rightarrow A \xrightarrow{a} B \xrightarrow{c} C \rightarrow 1$ be a short exact sequence of topological groups (i.e., all maps are continuous, $A = \mathrm{Ker}(c)$, and $C = ...
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A realcompact analogue of the Baire category theorem

Let $\frak{m}$ be the least measurable cardinal. A space $X$ is realcompact if it is homeomorphic to a closed subset of some product $\mathbb{R}^I$. Let $X$ be realcompact with $P_\frak{m}$ topology, ...
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A differentiable one-parameter family of codimension 2 subspaces of $\mathbb{C}^n$ cannot fill $\mathbb{C}^n$, right?

Suppose that $P(t)$ is a one-parameter family of rank 2 self-adjoint projections on $\mathbb{C}^n$ that vary analytically in the real parameter $t \in [0,1]$. I claim that there must exist a vector $x ...
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Does “compact iff projections are closed” require some form of choice?

There are many equivalent ways of defining the notion of compact space, but some require some kind of choice principle to prove their equivalence. For example, a classical result is that for $X$ to be ...
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“countable” topology

Given universal set $U$. Is there any name of the collection of subsets of $U$ (call them quasi-open) satisfying the following axioms: i) $\emptyset$ and $U$ are quasi-open; ii) finite intersections ...
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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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Can a “weak” topological space be a Moore space?

Let B be a reflexive and infinite dimensional real Banach space-which could be Hilbert space l^2- and let B be endowed with the weak topology. Although this topology is regular and Hausdorff, it is ...
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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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When do isometric actions exist?

Let $X$ be a metrizable topological space and $G$ be a locally compact group. Given a continuous (left) action of $G$ on $X$, is there a metric on $X$, compatible with the topology, for which the ...
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Relative isotopy of simple curves in a disk

Consider the closed two dimensional disk and two fixed points $A$ and $B$ on the boundary. I am looking for a reference for the following fact: a simple topological curve with end points $A$ and $B$ ...
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Homeomorphism of compact Hausdorff spaces

(Note: I asked this question at MSE over a day ago and received no answer, so I'm now reposting it here. Link: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/853500/homeomorphism-of-compact-hausdorff-spaces) ...
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Homeomorphism between derived sets implies homeomorphism

(Note: I asked this question at MSE days ago and received no answer, so I'm now reposting it here.) I want to prove the following statement: Let $K_1$ and $K_2$ be two countable, compact sets of ...
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Berkovich Analytification of the transseries

I am looking for references to articles about the following subjects: Connections from the field of (real) transseries to the field of surreal numbers (mentioned very briefly in the introduction of ...
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A topological concept dual to compactness

We say that a subset A in a topological space X is anti-compact if every covering of A by closed sets has a finite subcover. Clearly if X is Hausdorff then all anti-compact subsets of X are finite. ...
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Homotopy with non piece-wise linear boundary

in the middle of a long proof I encounter the following problem. Let $E$ be a closed and convex set in $\mathbb R^n$ such that for all $\vec x\in E$ it holds that $\sum_ix_i=1$. (We can understand ...
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open subsets of boundary [closed]

Let $\bar{X}$ be a Hausdorff and compact topological space. Suppose that $X$ is an open and dense subset of $\bar{X}$. Let $\nu X=\bar{X}\setminus X$ and assume that $U\subseteq \nu X$ is an open ...
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A question on $Z^{*}$ algebras

A $Z^{*}$ algebra is a $C^{*}$ algebra which satisfies each of the following equivalent conditions: All elements of $A$ are left zero divisor. All elements are right zero divisor. All elements ...
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Compact set covered by two opens

The following lemma about locally compact (but not necessarily Hausdorff) spaces or continuous lattices appears frequently but without citation. It is easy to prove but important in proofs. If a ...
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How do you show that $S^{\infty}$ is contractible?

Here I mean the version with all but finitely many components zero.
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Fake versus Exotic

Without recourse to the Disc Theorem (or its progeny), is it true that all known examples of exotic differentiable structures on 4-manifolds would be fake rather than exotic? Terminology (perhaps ...
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Compact, densely ordered spaces

During my work with order preserving homeomorphisms, I got interested in the double arrow space and, subsequently, in the lexicographic square. I would really like to find examples of spaces like ...
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Sober topological subspace

Assume $X$ to be a Notherian topological space such that any irreducible closed subset has a unique generic point. Consider $Y\subseteq X$ as a topological space with the induced topology from $X$. Is ...
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Closed Graph Theorem and Spaces Of Continuous Functions

Let $X$ be a (Tychonoff) topological space. Consider $C\left(X\right)$ being a topological vector space of all continuous scalar-valued functions with the compact-open topology. Assume that $Y$ is a ...
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If $E$ maps onto a contractible space with contractible fibers, must $E$ be contractible?

Let $p\colon E\to C$ be a continuous, surjective map between topological spaces with $C$ contractible. Suppose that $p^{-1}(c)$ is contractible for each $c\in C$. Is it true that $E$ is weakly ...
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Unitization via “End points compactification”

We know that every compactification of locally compact Hausdorff spaces correspond to a unitization of $C^{*}$ algebras. For example the one point compactification corresponds to the minimal ...
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Topological razors (ball-like spaces)

Introduction Many admire the Euclidean space, and I am not an exception. I will try to catch the topological roundness of the $n$-ball in its greatest generality. I call the resulting axiomatized ...
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Powers of quotient maps

It is well-known that if $q:X\to Y$ is a quotient map, then the self-product $q^2:X^2\to Y^2$ need not be a quotient map. For instance, if $X$ is the real line generated by the basic sets $(a,b)$ and ...
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Heisenberg group acts on the circle

Let $H$ be a Heisenberg group, i.e. $$ H=\left\langle a,b,c |[a,b]=c,[a,c]=[b,c]=1\right\rangle. $$ $H$ acts on the circle by homeomorphism which preserves the orientation. If the rotation number of ...
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Classic applications of Baire category theorem

I've seen Baire category theorem used to prove existence of objects with certain properties. But it seems there is another class of interesting applications of Baire category theorem that I have yet ...
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Homeomorphisms of product spaces: an example

In the first of these lectures (http://www.mpim-bonn.mpg.de/node/4436) given by M. Freedman he says that there exists (compact metric) spaces $X$ and $Y$ such that $X\times S^{1}$ is homeomorphic to ...
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Examples where it's useful to know that a mathematical object belongs to some family of objects

For an expository piece I'm writing, it would be useful to have good examples of the following phenomenon: (1) ${\cal X}$ is a parameterized family of somethings. (Varieties, schemes, manifolds, ...