# Tagged Questions

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### Where are there defined objects between gerbes and bundle gerbes?

Consider a special kind of/something like a gerbe where there is first given local trivialization data with equivalence over 2-fold overlaps but not isomorphism.
Does this exist in the literature?

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### Who first defined _simply connected_, reference?

The following definition is due to Donald J. Newman:
A connected open subset $D$ of the plane $\mathbb C$
is simply connected
if and only if its complement $\widetilde D = \mathbb C \setminus D$
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### worked out examples in borel-moore homology

I'm trying to learn about BM homology. I've found a few references and they are all quite abstract and high-powered. I am actually familiar with derived categories and sheaves so I don't mind thinking ...

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### Postnikov's algebraic reconstruction of cohomology from homotopy invariants

In his short paper (1951) and longer monograph (1955), Postnikov introduced what I believe are now called Postnikov systems or towers. It is my understanding that Postnikov systems have since then ...

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### Cokernel of the stable J-homomorphism at odd primes

Where can one learn about odd-primary components of the cokernel of the stable J-homomorphism?
According to wonderful Wikipedia article on Homotopy groups of spheres, the "hard" part of the stable ...

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### Euler class and self-intersection number of a surface in a 4-manifold [duplicate]

In the first two paragraphs of Circle bundles over $CP^1$ and self-intersection number of $CP^1$ embeddings, it is claimed that
For a compact oriented surface $X$ in a 4-dimensional oriented ...

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### Singular chains generated by manifolds with corners — does it really work?

Usually we define singular homology via the complex of singular chains:
$$C_\ast(X)=\bigoplus_{n\geq 0}\mathbb Z\langle\sigma:\Delta^n\to X\rangle$$
where the right hand side denotes the free abelian ...

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### Cohomology and impossible ﬁgures

In connection with the MO question Occurrences of (co)homology in other disciplines and/or nature I recalled Roger Penrose's “On the cohomology of impossible ﬁgures": ...

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### Stacks and Maurer-Cartan elements

One can associate to any deformation problem a dg Lie or $L_{\infty}$-algebra $g$.
For instance, in algebraic deformation theory, let's say the deformation theory of algebras over a Koszul operad $P$, ...

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### What's a good reference for the following obstruction theory yoga?

Fix a colored operad, which I will leave implicit, and a field $\mathbb K$ of characteristic $0$. By algebra in this post I will mean a dg algebra over $\mathbb K$ for the given colored operad. I ...

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### fixed simplicial complex under group action

I have found in an article dealing with combinatorial manifolds the following definition:
Let $C$ be a finite simplicial complex, and let $G$ be a finite group acting by automorphisms of $C$. The ...

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### Image of J splitting

The image of J space is defined for $p$ odd as the homotopy fibre $J_{(p)}$ of the self map $$\psi^k - 1: BU_{(p)} \to BU_{(p)}.$$ Here, $\psi^k$ is an Adams operation, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$ ...

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### Computing the Product Structure in Equivariant Cohomology via a Stratification and Thom-Gysin

Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective variety acted upon algebraically by a complex torus $T$. Suppose that $\{X_{\beta}\}_{\beta\in B}$ is a finite $T$-invariant stratification of $X$ into smooth ...

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### Equivariant Poincare Series of Based Loop Group of SU(2)

Let $\Omega SU(2)$ denote the based loop group of $SU(2)$, and consider the action of $S^1$ on $\Omega SU(2)$ as a maximal torus of $SU(2)$. (This is not the "loop rotation" action.) Is there an ...

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### Stiefel-Whitney classes of virtual vector bundles

Let $E=\xi-\eta$ be a virtual vector bundle over a compact base $B$, which we may assume is a CW complex. A quick and dirty way to define the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(E)\in ...

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### Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups
$$
C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\}
$$
and the coboundary map
$$
\delta : C^k \to C^{k+1}
$$
$$
(\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...

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### Massey product in Dual Steenrod Algebra

Let $\tau_0$ be the element of dual Steenrod algebra $A_p^{*}$ at a prime $p$ which is dual to Bockstein $\beta \in A_p$. It is well known $\tau_0^2 =0$. Is it true/known that the elemnet $\xi_1$ ...

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### All mapping space between CW complexes is a CW complex?

Let $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ denote the (unbased) cellular mapping space from $X$ to $Y$.
If $X$ and $Y$ are finite CW complexes, is $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ a CW complex?
Can we know the cell structure of ...

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### What is the “higher version” of chain homotopy in singular homology?

In basic algebraic topology, we know the following well-known chain homotopy theorem:
Let $X$ be a topological space and $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Let $S_*(X)$ and $S_*(X\times I)$ be the ...

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### Equivariant Stratifications of a Variety

Let $X$ be a complex variety acted upon algebraically by a complex torus $T$. Suppose that $\{X_{\beta}\}_{\beta\in S}$ is a finite $T$-equivariant stratification of $X$, so that the $X_{\beta}$ are ...

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### Is the $K$-Theory of $\mathbb{P}X$ a $\lambda$-Ring?

If we let $\mathbb{P}X$ denote the free commutative algebra generated by the spectrum $X$, then we have a weak equivalence
$$
\mathbb{P}X\simeq \bigvee_r E\Sigma_{r+}\wedge_{\Sigma_r}X^{\wedge r}.
$$
...

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### Equivalence of Versions of the Affine Grassmannian

Let $G$ be a compact connected semisimple Lie group. The algebro-geometric definition of the affine Grassmannian is the coset space ...

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### consequence of Novikov conjecture

Novikov conjeture is a famous open problem in Geometric topology.It predicts that higher signature is oriented-homotopy invariant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_conjecture
I am a student ...

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### Analogues of 'cone' distinguished triangles for pointed model categories?

For an additive $A$ and any morphism $f:X\to Y$ in $C(A)$ one has the following distinguished triangle in the homotopy category $K(A)$: $X\to Y\to Cone(f)\to X[1]$.
What is the closest analogue of ...

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### Yoneda embeddings of stable model categories; composition with Bousfield localizations

For a stable model category $C$ and a set $M$ of object of it I would like to construct a natural functor from $C$ to some stable 'category of functors' on $M$. I suspect that the 'natural' question ...

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### About the Lie algebra of polyvector fields

I would like to know if someone already did some computations of the group of Lie algebra automorphisms of the algebra of polyvector fields on $\mathbb{R}^n$ equiped with the Schouten bracket (or ...

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### The Image of the Mod 2 Homology of BSp in the Homology of BSO

I'm essentially trying to figure out exactly what the title asks for. I've been scouring old Seminaires Henri Cartan and books by Stong to try to see exactly how to do this, but the combination of ...

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### Homotopy theory of acyclic categories

Homotopy theory of category of posets is well-developed and explained in various places. My interest is in acyclic categories. Recall that in acyclic categories only invertible morphisms are the ...

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### $GL_k$-equivariant cohomology of $k\times n$ matrices

I'm having a surprisingly hard time finding references for some facts about $GL_k$-equivariant cohomology of the space of $k\times n$ matrices. Specifically, I believe the following things to be true:
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### good reference on brieskorn manifold

I am trying to learn something on the Brieskorn manifold (interested in the topological property)
Can the Mathoverflow Experts give me some good refencece (in English)?
By the way,is there an ...

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### Kontsevich integral : state of the art

The Kontsevich integral is known to be a universal Vassiliev invariant.
It is still an open question whether it is a complete knot invariant, i.e. whether it distinguishes a given knot from all other ...

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### Second Stiefel Whitney class of quotients of odd spheres

I don't know much of algebraic topology so the following question could be very silly. Let $G$ a finite subgroup of $U(n)$ that acts linearly (the action induced by the action of $U(n)$ on ...

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### Reference for Stasheff Operad

I want a reference for Stasheff operad, where operad maps are defined explicitly at the point-set level. I would also like to ask the question that what exactly do one mean by Stasheff operad? Is ...

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### smooth manifolds as real algebraic set (continued)

There are several ways of producing manifolds,say:
1.orbits space of group action
2.connected sum of manifolds
3.underlying topological space of nonsingular algebraic set
....
here,i am ...

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### Regarding understanding differential geometry [closed]

I am essentially looking for a book that would hold my hand through basic concepts to more complicated ones. I am coming from physics. I am looking to make some connections with Classical mechanics ...

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### Configuration spaces of the torus

I would like a reference that calculates the rational homology of the unordered configuration spaces of the torus.

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### A version of Lusternik–Schnirelmann category for good open covers

Recall that the Lusternik–Schnirelmann category (or LS-category) of a space is the integer $n$ such that there is an open cover by $n+1$ open sets which have nullhomotopic inclusions, and no such ...

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### Pontrjagin ring structure on homology of Eilenberg-Mac Lane spaces

Is there any good reference for the Pontrjagin ring structure on
$$
H_\ast(K(\mathbb{Z}/2,k);\mathbb{Z}/2)\cong H_\ast(\Omega K(\mathbb{Z}/2,k+1);\mathbb{Z}/2)?
$$
I am familiar with Serre's theorem ...

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### The fundamental group of a $3$-manifold with a boundary of genus $>0$

Let $M$ be an orientable $3$-manifold with connected boundary $\Sigma_g$, a surface of genus $g>0$.
I would like to find a reference to the following two statements.
1) $\pi_1(M)\ne 0$.
2) ...

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### The fundamental group of an $S^1$-quotient

Let $M$ be a compact manifold with an $\mathbb S^1$-action that fixes a point on $M$.
Is it correct that $\pi_1(M/S^1)=\pi_1(M)$?
I believe this is correct and is a corollary of some well-known ...

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### A simple and good reference on surgery theory

Can anyone help me to find a simple and good reference (a book, lecture notes or a website) for learning the surgery theory and its applications? I seek a reference together with many examples and ...

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### What is the homotopy fiber of a fold map?

If $X$ and $Y$ are based spaces, let $p_X: X\vee Y\to X$ be the fold map, or projection, onto $X$.
What is the homotopy fiber $F$ of $p_X$?
I think I have an argument that $F$ is the half-smash ...

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### Are there “chain complexes” and “homology groups” taking values in pairs of topological spaces?

Throughout this question, notation of the form $(X,A)$ denotes a sufficiently nice pair of topological spaces. I think for most of what I'm saying here, it is enough to assume that the inclusion $A ...

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### What are Fake Weighted Projective Spaces? [closed]

What is the origin of and motivation for the notion fake weighted projective spaces? Could you please compare this notion to that of genuine weighted projective spaces, giving significant examples? Is ...

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### Reference request: Compact metrizable semilattices with small connected semilattices are absolute retracts

Let $X$ be a compact metrizable topological semilattice with a neighbourhood base of sub-semilattices that are path connected. I need a reference for a proof that $X$ is an absolute retract.
Here is ...

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### Equivariant versus retractive spaces: a reference request

Let $T$ be the category of compactly generated weak Hausdorff spaces with model structure given by Serre fibrations, Serre cofibrations and weak homotopy equivalences. Let $G = |G.|$ be the ...

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### Borel constructions, equivariant cohomology, and homotopy quotients of monoid actions.

Let $M$ be a (discrete) monoid acting on a space $X.$ We may take the quotient of $X,$ by this action, $X/M$ that is the coequalizer of the action map $M \times X \to X$ against the projection map. ...

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### Reference request: construction of Steenrod operations for an odd p

Where in literature can one find a construction of Steenrod
reduced powers (for an odd $p$) that
(1) works for the singular cohomology of arbitrary topological spaces
(or, more generally, for the ...

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### State of the game : cohomology of principal bundles

I would like to know what has been done in terms of specific calculations for the cohomology of principal bundle. For instance, it is known (see e.g. Greub, Halperin and Vanstone's "Connection, ...

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### Waldhausen $K$-theory for $G$-spaces

I would guess that the following is true, and that somebody has worked it out, but I don't recall ever seeing it. Can anyone point me to any literature on it?
Let $G$ be a finite group. We know that ...