# Tagged Questions

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### (Very) High dimensional manifolds

Usually one regards manifolds up to dimension 4 as a part of low dimensional topology. There are plenty of various results which work only in low dimensional topology; especially in dimension 4. ...

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### Stable homotopy of spheres non-locally

Are there any results/conjectures about the stable homotopy groups of spheres that relate the picture at different primes? Something like Gauss's reciprocity law in number theory?
I know about the ...

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### Beautiful constructions in algebraic topology that facilitate one's understanding of homotopy theory [closed]

There is an army of interesting constructions in AT, and Understanding them are usually very helpful for appreciate the theory underneath. So I would like to invite you to share those examples that ...

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### What have simplicial complexes ever done for graph theory?

(I am asking in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, of course, but nevertheless...)
Are there examples of results in "classical" [*] graph theory that have
been achieved by using simplicial ...

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### Coboundaries and Gluing in Cech Cohomology - Intuition?

I'm trying to develop an intuition for Cech cohomology geometrically, but am currently failing. A lot of people seem to say that the groups $H^n$ measure obstructions to gluing local sections to get ...

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### Homology versus cohomology of Lie groups

A central advantage of cohomology theory over homology -- at least in terms of richness of structure and strength as an invariant -- is the additional ring structure from the cup product. Recall that ...

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### What do we mean by contractible for simplicial objects in a category?

EDIT: removed cruft from this question.
Recall that extra degeneracies for an augmented simplicial set $X$ are maps $s_0\colon X_n \to X_{n+1}$ for $n=-1,0,1,2,\ldots$ which satisfy the usual ...

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### Origins of the Nerve Theorem

Recently, I've read two papers which have cited the Nerve Theorem, one crediting Borsuk with the result and another Leray. Here is the question:
Who was the first to prove the Nerve Theorem?

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### Understanding/Mastering Analysis in Topology, necessary?

I have spoken to one professor so far about this, which of course was helpful, and so I am looking for additional opinions: To work with topological tools that were built via analysis, should I be a ...

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### (Co)homological characterization of homotopy pullbacks

For a commutative square of spaces (of manifolds, or of simplicial sets):
$$S=\left(\begin{array}{ccc} A & \to & B \newline \downarrow & & \downarrow \newline C & \to & ...

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### Program for drawing cobordisms [closed]

Perhaps this is not the right place to ask the following question but I did not find any suitable on the web. So I would be very grateful for sharing your experience.
What is a good program to draw ...

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### The whole plethora of topology

In his answer to a recent MO question, Johannes Ebert sketches the proof of a very nice result (implying that homotopy spheres are parallelizable) which, as he says, involves the whole plethora of ...

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### On $\pi_{1}(f(\Omega))$ with $\Omega$ convex

Suppose $\Omega\subset R^{n}$ is an open,convex and bounded set,$f:\Omega\to\mathbb{C}$ is a smooth map.
My question:
1)when $\pi_{1}(f(\Omega))=\lbrace 1 \rbrace$? Or in order to make ...

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### Are there examples of non-orientable manifolds in nature?

Whilst browsing through Marcel Berger's book "A Panoramic View of Riemannian Geometry" and thinking about the Klein bottle, I came across the sentence:
"The unorientable surfaces are never discussed ...

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### The definition of homotopy in algebraic topology

In this post, let $I=[0,1]$.
Something about the definition of homotopy in algebraic topology (and in particular in the study of the fundamental group) always puzzled me. Most books on the ...

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### Advantages of working with CW complexes/spaces over Kan complexes/simplicial sets?

Many topologists express a clear preference for working with CW complexes instead of simplicial sets.
One of the reasons is that the cellular chain complex of a CW complex is often easier to work ...

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### Does this approach for the Poincare conjecture work?

Several months ago a paper was posted at
http://arxiv.org/abs/1001.4164
called "Another way of answering Henri Poincare's fundamental question." The author gave a talk on it today at my institution. ...

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### Mathematically mature way to think about Mayer–Vietoris

This question is short but to the point: what is the "right" abstract framework where Mayer-Vietoris is just a trivial consequence?

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### Why should I prefer bundles to (surjective) submersions?

I hope this question isn't too open-ended for MO --- it's not my favorite type of question, but I do think there could be a good answer. I will happily CW the question if commenters want, but I also ...

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### Why do wedges of spheres often appear in combinatorics?

Robin Forman writes in "A User's Guide to Discrete Morse Theory":
The reader should not get the
impression that the homotopy type of a
CW complex is determined by the number
of cells of each ...

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### Applications of homotopy groups of spheres

The study of the homotopy groups of spheres $\pi_i(S^n)$ is a major subject in algebraic topology. One knows for example that nearly all of them are finite groups. Some are explicitly known. There is ...

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### What is DAG and what has it to do with the ideas of Voevodsky?

In Toen's and Vezzosi's article From HAG to DAG: derived moduli stacks a kind of definition of DAG is given. I am not an expert and can't see what's the relation between DAG and the motivic cohomology ...

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### How does $\pi_1(SO(3))$ relate exactly to the waiters trick?

I hope this is serious enough. It is a well-known fact that $\pi_1(SO(3)) = \mathbb{Z}/(2)$, so $SO(3)$ admits precisely one non trivial covering, which is 2-sheeted.
Another well known fact is that ...

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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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### What is Quantization ?

I would like to know what quantization is, I mean I would like to have some elementary examples, some soft nontechnical definition, some explanation about what do mathematicians quantize?, can we ...

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### Homological Algebra texts

I would like to hear the communities' ideas on good Homological Algebra textbooks / references. The standard example is of course Weibel (which I'll leave for someone else to describe).
As usual, ...