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Does every dimension $n\geq4$ admit a manifold with an exotic smooth structure?

It is known that $\mathbb{R}^4$ has exotic smooth structures, and there are many such examples in higher dimensions, such as the famous 7-sphere. My (probably very naive) question is, for every $n\...
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Does a homotopy sphere that bounds a highly connected manifold also bound a parallelizable manifold?

Suppose that the homotopy sphere $\Sigma^{n}$ can be realized as the boundary of a smooth $(n+1)$-dimensional cobordism that is $(n-1)/2$-connected for $n$ odd (respectively, $(n-2)/2$-connected for $...
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Non-diffeomorphic smooth structures on the quotient of a manifold by an integrable distribution

In geometric quantization, one of the important ingredients is an integrable distribution $D$ (let's say real) on some manifold $M$ (symplectic, but this is not important). The resulting object is $M/...
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Exotic smooth structures on Lie groups?

If a topological group $G$ is also a topological manifold, it is well-known (Hilbert's 5th Probelm) that there is a unique analytic structure making it a Lie group. However, for a compact Lie group $...
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When a homeomorphism is a diffeomorphism w.r.t to a suitable smooth structure?

Assume we have a homeomoprhism $\phi:M\rightarrow M$, where $M$ is a topological manifold which admits at least one smooth structure. Is it always possible to construct a smooth structure on $M$ w.r....
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Relationship between tangent spaces and tangent categories for smooth topoi

Let $\mathscr E$ be a smooth topos, where I am using the terminology of nLab. In particular that imples the existence of a line object $R$ and an "infinitesimally thickened point", which is an object ...
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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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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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Do there exist exotic 4-tori?

More precisely: are there known manifolds which are homeomorphic, but not diffeomorphic to the standard 4-torus? Are there any nice invariants distinguishing such manifolds? Related: if such a ...
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Construction of exotic spheres that do not bound parallelizable manifolds

There are at least two ways to construct homotopy spheres that bound parallelizable manifolds, namely Milnor's plumbing construction and Brieskorn's method of singularities, and each of these methods ...
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Are there non-compact, non-smoothable manifolds?

There do exist manifolds which do not admit any smooth structure at all. But the only examples I've heard of are all compact. Are there any non-compact, non-smoothable manifolds?
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smooth homotopy on exotic R^4

Take an exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$ i.e. $V = (\mathbb{R}^4,d)$ such that $V$ is not diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^4$ with standard metric. Is it true (obvious?) that any two smooth maps $f_1, f_2: S^k \to ...
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Is there a relation between 4-dimensional general relativity and exotic smooth structures on $\mathbb{R}^4$?

Let's say General Relativity is the study of the Einstein equation on smooth Lorentzian manifolds, i.e. pseudo-Riemannian manifolds of signature $(n-1,1)$. I've heard more than once people say that ...