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Reference needed: Isomorphism on pi_1 and homology gives weak equivalence

Let $f : X \to Y$ be a map between a connected space $X$ and a space $Y$. If $\pi(f) : \pi_1(X) \to \pi_1(Y)$ is an isomorphism, and $H_n(f) : H_n(X, G) \to H_n(Y, G)$ is an isomorphism for all $n \ge ...
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Ordinal-indexed homology theory?

Back when I was a grad student sitting in on Mike Freedman's topology seminar at UCSD, he posed the following question. Does there exist a good homology theory $H_{\alpha}(X)$ where $\alpha$ is an ...
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Can homologous submanifolds be connected by an immersed manifold with boundary?

Supposed I have an n-dimensional manifold M with a k-dimensional submanifold that is homologous to zero (or, equivalently, two homologous submanifolds). Can I always construct a k+1-dimensional ...
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Algorithm that decreases the size of the simplicial triangulation

Hello! Let X be a topological space. We are considering only abstract simplicial complexes, i.e. a finite list of finite lists of integers. Is there any algorithm (more or less efficient?), that ...
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map of inductive systems of distinguished triangles

I have for any $n$ some distinguished triangles $$X_n->Y_n->Z_n$$ $$X'_n->Y'_n->Z'_n$$ The families $(X_n), (Y_n), (X'_n), (Y'_n)$ are inductive systems, $(X_n)$ is quasi-isomorphic to ...
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Spaces with same homotopy and homology groups that are not homotopy equivalent?

A common caution about Whitehead's theorem is that you need the map between the spaces; it's easy to give examples of spaces with isomorphic homotopy groups that are not homotopy equivalent. (See Are ...
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Equivariant homology of Hilb and torus stable curves

The torus equivariant homology of a compact homogeneous variety $G/B$ may be described by using the "skeleton" consisting of torus fixed points and the torus invariant curves that connect them. ...
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Proof of the ''trangression theorem''

Here is what I would call the transgression theorem. Let $X$ be a pointed space and $\Omega X$ its loop space. There are two maps $H_{p}(\Omega X) \to H_{p+1}(X)$ which should be the same. I am ...
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Deformation theory of co-$A_\infty$ structures.

The following question is related to my previous post on co-$A_\infty$ spaces (co-$A_\infty$ spaces), but goes in a somewhat different direction. Some Background: In trying to classify $A_\infty$ ...
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How to triangulate real projective spaces (as simplicial complexes in Mathematica)?

Hello! I have written a program in Mathematica 7, which calculates for a (finite abstract) simplicial complex all its homology groups. I would really like to test it on the projective spaces, but ...
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Simple examples of equivariant homology and bordism

I'm looking for simple examples of calculations of equivariant homology and of equivariant bordism. I have a finite group G acting on an CW-complex X. I would like to calculate the equivariant ...
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Is there a map of spectra implementing the Thom isomorphism?

A well known theorem in algebraic topology relates the (co)homology of the Thom space $X^\mu$ of a orientable vector bundle $\mu$ of dimension $n$ over a space $X$ to the (co)homology of $X$ itself: ...
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Simple curves on non-orientable surfaces.

Given an element in the (first) homology group of a surface, I would like to know if it can be represented as a simple closed curve. For orientable surfaces, this is well-known, but I wasn't able to ...
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The growthrate of the homology of $H_*(M^{\otimes_A n})$ for a DG-bimodule $M$

Suppose you have an DG-algebra $A$, and a DG-bimodule $M$ over $A$. Under which conditions will the rank of the bimodules $H_*(M^{\otimes_A n})$ will grow exponentially in terms of $n$? Here ...
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Homology of nice planar sets

Is there a quick and simple proof of the fact that the homology group of a nice (say with piecewise smooth boundary) planar domain is free abelian with a basis corresponding to the holes in the ...
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Homology is computable because it is stable under suspension

I've heard it said that the reason why the homology groups of a space are a computable invariant is because they are a stable invariant in the sense that they are stable under suspension. I'm ...
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When do submanifolds lie in the same homology class? [closed]

Hello, this may be a trivial question, but I am not very familiar with the topic. Let (M,g) be a Riemannian Manifold. (In fact, we don't need the metric here.) What exactly does it take for two ...
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Projective dimension of zero module

Is there any consensus on what the projective dimension of the zero module should be? Here are three statements one commonly encounters in textbooks, sometimes with or without the condition $M\neq 0$: ...
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Does a Dehn twist in the mapping class group of an cobordism give a BV-operator in string topology?

In her article Higher string topology operations, Godin in particular construct for each surface with $n$ incoming and $m \geq 1$ outgoing boundary circles an operation $H_\ast(BMod(S);det^{\otimes ...
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What is the Hopf algebra structures in the homology of the based loop spaces of $E_7$ and $E_8$?

Since $\Omega X$ is a $H$-space, if it has homology of finite type, the homology acquires the structure of a Hopf algebra. Bott has shown that for $X=G$ a Lie group, in fact $H_*(\Omega X)$ is free ...
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Are the homology and cohomology Serre spectral sequences dual to each other?

If we use homology and cohomology over a field $k$, if a space has homology and cohomology groups of finite type in each degree, then $H_\ast(X;k)$ is dual to $H^\ast(X;k)$ using the universal ...
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Homology dimension of the mapping class group of a surface with boundary

There is a result on the dimension bound for ${M_{g,n}}/S_n$, (the moduli space for Riemann surfaces of genus $g$ with $n$ marked points) that is $H_{i}({M_{g,n}}/S_n)=0$, for $i\ge 6g-7+2n$ except ...
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What does this naive attempt at $S^1$-equivariant homology describe?

After reading Cohen and Voronov's notes on string topology, one can find the following construction: Suppose we have a topological space $X$ with continuous action of $S^1$. This means we have a map ...
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Computation of homology groups of $M_{g,n}$

First some definitions: $\bar{M_{g,n}}$ is Deligne-Mumford space, i.e., the moduli space of stable nodal complex projective curves of genus $g$ with $n$ marked points. It is a complex orbifold, ...
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Proving homotopy invariance of cellular homology by constructing a chain homotopy

I'm trying to follow an argument in Lück's "Algebraische Topologie: Homologie und Mannigfaltigkeiten" (to which there apparently doesn't exist an english translation). The aim is to check homotopy ...
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quasi-isomorphism

Is the distinction between quasi-isomorphism and `weak homotopy equivalence' ONLY that the first means inducing an isomorphism in homology and the second to an isomorphism of homotopy groups?
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When are the homology and cohomology Hopf algebras of topological groups equal?

Suppose we have a topological group $G$, then the multiplication map $\mu$ and the diagonal map $\Delta$ provide the cohomology $H^\ast(G;R)$ (with Pontryagin coproduct and cup coproduct) and homology ...
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The word “torsion” and its connection to geometry and homology

In an $R$-module $M$, an element $m \in M$ is said to be torsion if $am = 0$ for some $a \in R$ with $a \neq 0$. Also, for a non-orientable (closed) surface such as the projective plane or the Klein ...
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Singular homology of a graph.

By a graph I will understand an undirected graph without multiple edges or loops. By a morphism of graphs I will understand a map $f$ between the underlying sets of vertices, such that if $x$ and $y$ ...
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Does this approach for the Poincaré conjecture work?

Several months ago a paper was posted at http://arxiv.org/abs/1001.4164 called "Another way of answering Henri Poincaré's fundamental question." The author gave a talk on it today at my institution. ...
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When is there a deRham duality relation between the fundamental class and a top form.?

Hi, everyone: I am reading a small expository paper on properties of CP2, in which the intersection form is defined as an integral of the wedge of two forms $w_1$, $w_2$, and these forms ...
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Why torsion is important in (co)homology ?

I've once been told that "torsion in homology and cohomology is regarded by topologists as a very deep and important phenomenon". I presume an analogous statement could be said in the context of ...
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Request: intermediate-level proof: every 2-homology class of a 4-manifold is generated by a surface.

Hi, everyone: For the sake of context, I am a graduate student, and I have taken classes in algebraic topology and differential geometry. Still, the 2 proofs I have found are a little too terse for ...
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Working with Intersection Forms in Homology. Computation.

Hi, everyone: I am trying to work with the intersection form in 4-manifolds. Specifically, I am working with $CP^2$ (complex projective 2-space.), whose form is given by $(1)$. Now, I know how to ...
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What would be the ramifications of homotopy theory being as easy as homology theory?

Greg Muller, in a post called Rational Homotopy Theory on the blog "The Everything Seminar" wrote "I tend to think of homotopy theory a little bit like ‘The One That Got Away’ from mathematics as a ...
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Are fundamental groups of aspherical manifolds Hopfian?

A group $G$ is Hopfian if every epimorphism $G\to G$ is an isomorphism. A smooth manifold is aspherical if its universal cover is contractible. Are all fundamental groups of aspherical closed smooth ...
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Given a ramified cover of a Riemann surface, is there a good choice of basis for H_1 of the source?

Suppose we are given a map $f: X \to Y$ between two Riemann Surfaces, with branch points $p_1,p_2,\dots,p_n$ and known multiplicities at these points. Assuming we have a basis of $H_1(Y, ...
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Homology of Surfaces with Holes

The classification theorem for surfaces says that the complete set of homeomorphism classes of surfaces is { $S_g : g \geq 0$ } $ \cup$ { $N_k : k \geq 1$ }, where $S_g$ is a sphere with $g$ ...
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“Homotopy-first” courses in algebraic topology

A first course in algebraic topology, at least the ones I'm familiar with, generally gets students to a point where they can calculate homology right away. Building the theory behind it is generally ...
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Homology with Coefficients

We can define the (first) homology of a surface $S$ by working with graphs embedded in $S$. That is, we take any (oriented) graph which is 2-cell embedded in $S$, and take cycles modulo boundaries in ...
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De Rham homology

Suppose M is an arbitrary smooth manifold and D is its bundle of 1-densities. On the category of finite-dimensional vector bundles over M and linear differential operators between them there is a ...
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homology with compact supports

In one of the exercises in McDuff and Salamon, they mention homology with compact supports. I know how to define *co*homology with compact supports, but I can't picture the homology version. How do ...
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Intersection form in twisted homology (homology with local coefficients)

The answer to this question should be obvious, but I can't seem to figure it out. Suppose we have a surface $F$, and a representation $\rho : \pi_1(F)\to SU(n)$. We can define the homology with local ...
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What can be said about the homotopy groups of a CW-complex in terms of its (co)homology?

One example is the Hurewicz theorem which tells us that (e.g) a CW-cx with only one 0-cell has a nontrivial fundamental group if H_1 is nontrivial. What other examples are there? (The CW-complexes I ...
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Is it always possible to compute the Betti numbers of a nice space with a well-chosen Lefschetz zeta function?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety. If I've understood correctly, the Weil conjectures imply that it is possible to compute the Betti numbers of $X(\mathbb{C})$ by computing the local zeta ...
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CW-structures and Morse functions: a reference request

The following is probably well known, but I wasn't able to locate a reference in the literature. Let $f$ be a Morse function on a smooth compact manifold $M$ without boundary and let $\rho$ be a ...
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Does homology detect chain homotopy equivalence?

Is the following true: If two chain complexes of free abelian groups have isomorphic homology modules then they are chain homotopy equivalent.
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Examples of the varying strengths of topological invariants

In my first algebraic topology class, I remember being told that the simplest reason for homology was to distinguish spaces. For example, if is X=circle and a Y= wedge of a circle and a 2-sphere then ...
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Realizing complexes with bases as cellular complexes

This is a question a friend of mine asked me some time ago. I suspect the answer is "no" but can't prove it. Every free complex of abelian groups is isomorphic to the reduced cellular complex of some ...
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disagreement between two definitions of the singular boundary map

Hi everyone, I have a little problem with the definition of singular boundary map in singular homology theory. It appears to be some disagreement between two authors. The first one is Hatcher in his ...