Smooth manifolds and smooth functions between them. For manifolds with additional structure, see more specific tags, such as [riemannian-geometry]. For more topological aspects, see [differential-topology].

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The limit of edge-midpoint convex polyhedra

    Starting with a convex polyhedron $P_1 \subset \mathbb{R}^3$, replace that with $P_2$, the convex hull of the midpoints of the edges of $P_1$. Continuing this process, we obtain a ...
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Homeo-Fixed point property

Edit: According to comment of Michał Kukieła I revised the question A topological space $X$ satisfies "Homeo-fixed point" property if every homeomorphism $f$ on $X$ possess a fixed point. ...
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$n$-Fold Framed Functions

Suppose that $M$ is a manifold. One can consider a suitably constructed space of generalized framed Morse functions on $M$, let's call it $\mathrm{Fun}^\mathrm{fr}(M)$. This space is known to be ...
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Tubular neighborhoods in the proof of the Morse homology theorem

I have a question regarding the proof of the Morse homology theorem given by D. Salamon in "Morse theory, the Conley index and Floer homology". The full text can be found here: ...
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A full dim. subvector space of $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ which all non zero elements are nonvanishing vec.field

What is an example of a $n$ dimensional manifold $M$ which is not a lie group or $S^{7}$ but satisfies the following property?: There is an $n$ dimensional sub vector space ...
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Can a smooth function on a cross be extended to the whole plane?

Consider a real function on the union of two lines R×0 and 0×R in R² whose restrictions to R×0 and 0×R are smooth functions R→R. Is it possible to extend this function to a smooth function on R²? ...
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Quotes from Connes

I found the following remark by Connes HERE: "the main quality of the homotopy type of a manifold is to satisfy Poincare duality not only in ordinary homology but in K-homology with the Fredholm ...
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Cover a set with balls centered at smooth functions (Ascoli theorem)

Assume $M$ to be a compact $n$-dimensional manifold, endowed with a complete metric. Let us consider the space $C^\infty(M)$ endowed with the standard $C^\infty$ topology, i.e. generated by the ...
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Atlas of a manifold as a Sheaf

--Hopefully this question does not dublicate another-- In this question Tom Goodwillie pointed out, that the 'atlas part' of the definition of a smooth manifold can be redefined in terms of sheaves. ...
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A special Lie subalgebra

Motivated by comments of the following post A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields we ask the following question: Let $L$ be a Lie algebra. We consider the Lie subalgebra ...
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Does every compact manifold exhibit an almost global chart

Let $M$ be a compact connected manifold. Is there a chart $\Psi:U \to \mathbb{R}^n$ such that the closure of $U$ is $M$? This is true for $S^n, T^n, K$, all compact surfaces, etc. If it is not true in ...
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Is a continuous map between smoothable manifolds of the same dimension always smoothable?

(My question is inspired by this math.SE question, whose negative answer I showed by a dimension-increasing map.) Is it the case that for all smoothable manifolds $M_0$ and $M_1$ with the same ...
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A question on parallelizability

Is there a manifold $M$ such that for every $x\in M$, $M-\{x\}$ is not parallelizable but there is a finite set $S\subset M$, with $\# S>1$, such that $M-S$ is parallelizable?
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The Cauchy Problem in General Relativity: Existence of a Hausdorff Development

This is related to a problem that I posed about a year ago. I was given several references by a number of experts who were kind enough to entertain my rather arcane question. Those references were ...
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The embeddings $S^{6} \to S^{7}$ and $S^{7}\to S^{8}$

Is the standard smooth structure of $S^{7}$ the only structure for which each of the following canonical embedding is an smooth embedding?: 1)$S^{6}\to S^{7}$ 2)$S^{7}\to S^{8}$
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heat kernel on n-sphere

I'm interested in diffusion, a.k.a. the heat kernel driven by the Laplace-Beltrami operator, on the $n$-dimensional sphere. There are lots of bounds showing that, for small times, it behaves in a way ...
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A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields

Edite According to the essential comment of Ian Agol I revise the question as follows For a smooth manifold $M$, is there a non identity involution $\theta$ on the lie algebra $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ ...
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A question about Dehn surgery and Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

I have been learning about Brieskorn homology 3-spheres $\Sigma(a_1,...,a_n)$ and Seifert manifolds. My reference is the first few pages of Saveliev's "Invariants of Homology 3-spheres." If I ...
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What 3-manifolds can be obtained by gluing $ S^1 \times P $ and two copies of $S^1 \times D^2$

Let P denote the pair of pants e.g. a sphere minus three small discs $D_1$,$D_2$,$D_3$ about marked points $x_1,x_2,x_3$. I then consider $P \times S^1$. We have boundary components $T_1$,$T_2$,$T_3$. ...
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Question about a particular estimate in Riemannian geometry

I have been studying the book Some Nonlinear Problems In Riemannian Geometry - Thierry Aubin. On page $46$ he begins the proof of the Sobolev imbedding theorem to manifolds. The proof is divided in ...
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Ellipses on spheres (and other surfaces)

Define an ellipse $E$ on a sphere as the locus of points whose sum of shortest geodesic distances to two foci $p_1$ and $p_2$ is a constant $d$. There are conditions on $\{ p_1, p_2, d \}$ for this ...
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Why differential forms are important?

Importance of differential forms is obvious to any geometer and some analysts dealing with manifolds, partly because so many results in modern geometry and related areas cannot even be formulated ...
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Closed 4-manifolds with uncountably many differentiable structures

I know that $\mathbb{R}^4$ admits uncountably many differentiable structures and I was wandering what happen if we consider closed 4-manifolds. Are there any closed 4-manifolds with uncountably many ...
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Homotopy spheres with vanishing and non-vanishing $\alpha$-invariant

I'm unsure whether this question is appropriate for mathoverflow, so feel free to criticize. All manifolds are closed, smooth and have dimensions $n\ge 5$. The Atiyah-Shapiro-Bott-Orientation gives ...
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When does a cobordism factorize the sphere?

Let $W: \emptyset \Rightarrow M$ be a smooth cobordism from $\emptyset$ to a smooth closed $n$-manifold $M$. Are there reasonably simple conditions on $W$ which guarantee the existence of another ...
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Smooth function over a manifold into an algebra

Let $M$ be a manifold and $A$ a $*$-algebra. Does is hold that $$C^{\infty}(M,A) \cong C^{\infty}(M) \otimes A$$ where the RHS means that you take smooth functions which map into $A$. If this holds, ...
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Foliation of the tangent bundle of $n$-sphere

Is there a smooth $n$-dimensional foliation of $TS^{n}$,( here $n\neq1,3,7$) such that the zero section be a leaf of this foliation?
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Homotopy groups of spaces of embeddings

Let $\mathrm{Emb}(M, N)$ be the space of smooth embeddings of a closed manifold $M$ into a manifold $N$ equipped with smooth compact-open topology. Question 1. Are there conditions ensuring that ...
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“Naïve”cobordism?

The naive view of (say, complex) cobordism of a space $X$ is that it should be the group generated by continuous families of closed manifolds parametrized by $X$. Acting even more naively, one may try ...
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Is the space of smooth functions with compact support a DF space?

Is there a good criterion, when a (nuclear) LF space is DF (DFN)? What are references to find out about that? If not, is there a known way, to construct a projective resolution of LF spaces? Prosmans ...
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Strictly Convex Smoothing of a function defined on an affine manifold

A function defined on an interval is strongly convex if it has positive definite second derivative. A function on an affine manifold is strongly convex if its restriction to each line is. An affine ...
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The group of diffeomorphisms with compact support

Let $M$ be a topological/differentiable manifold. Is there any topology on the group of homeomorphisms/diffeomorphisms with compact support, turning it into a (locally-)compact topological group? (My ...
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A multilinear question and its smooth version

Let $E$ and $F$ be two finite dimensional vector spaces. For every $k\in \mathbb{N}$, $E^{k}$ has a natural vector space structure and is isomorphic to $E\otimes \mathbb{R}^{k}$, in a natural way. ...
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A special type of transitivity

Let $M$ be a smooth orientable manifold with volume form $\Omega$. Fix two pints $x,y \in M$. Put $A$=all volume preserving diffeomorphism of M which maps $x$ to $y$. Define $B$=All linear volume ...
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smoothing a current

Let $M$ be a smooth oriented manifold of dimension $n$ and $T$ a current of dimension $k$ on $M$. Let $\phi:P\times M \to M$ be a proper smooth family of diffeomorphisms of $M$ (i.e. $P$ is a smooth ...
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Dimension of a set detected by a homology class

A colleague asked me a topology question which comes down to this: Suppose that $M$ is a smooth $n$-manifold, and $C\subset M$ is a closed set such that $H_{n-p}(M-C)\to H_{n-p}(M)$ is not surjective. ...
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Finite limits in the category of smooth manifolds?

The category of smooth manifolds does not have all finite limits. However, it does have some limits: it has finite products, it has splittings of idempotents, and it has certain other limits if we ...
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Compactly supported cohomology of homotopy equivalent manifolds

Are there examples of homotopy equivalent smooth, orientable manifolds $M$ and $N$ of the same dimension with non-isomorphic compactly supported cohomology rings?
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Anti_symplectic 2-forms

A two form $\alpha$ on a n- manifold $M$ is called anti symplectic if for every $x\in M$, $\{ v\in T_{x} M \mid i_{v} \alpha=0 \}$ is a $n-2$ dimensional subspace of $T_{x}M$. So we obtain a $n-2$ ...
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analytic vector bundles

Let $E$ be a real analytic vector bundle on an analytic manifold $M$. Assume that $E$, as a smooth vector bundle, is a trivial bundle. Is $E$ a trivial analytic vector bundle? I need to the ...
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Analytic version of the Cartan lemma

Assume that $\beta$ is a real analytic 2-form on an analytic manifold $M$ and $\alpha$ is an analytic non vanishing 1-form on $M$. Assume that $\beta \wedge \alpha=0$. Is there an analytic 1-form ...
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Are the mapping class groups of manifolds finitely presentable?

The mapping class group of a manifold is the group $\pi_0 Diff(M)$ of components of the diffeomorphism group. There are several variations: oriented manifolds and orientation preserving ...
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A cohomology associated to a 1- form

In this question all objects are real analytic.(manifolds, differential forms..) Assume that $M$ is a compact manifold and $\alpha \in \Omega^{1}(M)$ is a one form. We define a map ...
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Comparison of two infinite dimensional Lie Algebras

Is there an example of a real analytic (compact) manifold $M$ such that the following two lie algebras are isomorphic Lie algebras: $\chi^{\infty}(M)$, the Lie algebra of all smooth vector ...
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Lie algebraic Grassmannian

Assume that $L$ is a Lie algebra structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, and $1<k<n$ is given. We define $Gr(k,n)_{L}$, the space of all $k$ dimensional Lie subalgebra of $(\mathbb{R}^{n}, L)$. For ...
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A Manifold for which $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ is rich

Is there a manifold $M$ for which $\chi^{\infty} (M)$, the lie algebra of smooth vector fields on $M$ contains all finite dimensional Lie algebras(Up to isomorphism)? A weaker question: Is there a ...
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Riemann normal coordiantes and change of metric

Le $(M,g)$ be Riemannian manifold. Fix point $p\in M$. We can define the map $$\exp: U \subset T_p M \rightarrow M$$ $$\exp(X) = \gamma_{p,X}(1)$$ where $t\mapsto \gamma_{p,X}(t)$ is geodesic such ...
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Exercises around Diffeological Spaces or a Diffeologic Atlas Theory

Is there a Book or a bunch of exercises to get used to diffeological spaces from a practical point of view? It seems to me that papers on this topic are mostly concerned with their very good ...
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Question on center-stable manifold

Assume that you have a gradient system smooth enough and a fixed point $x_{0}$. Is it true that if $x_{0} \in \omega(x)$ then $\gamma^{+}(x)$ must intersect the local center-stable manifold of ...
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undergraduate handle decomposition. Reference

As the title says, I'm searching for a nice textbook for introducing the theory of handle decomposition of manifolds to undergraduate students.