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One suggestion ...

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There is another possible ...

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Is Mac Lane still ...

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General:
When one wants to prove something in algebraic topology (actually in all parts of mathematics) one obviously needs some ...

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I wonder whether there are some basic algebraic geometry ...

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It has been my general desire for a few years to acquire the basics in other European languages for the purpose of reading some of the classics in their original language, in a similar vein to this ...

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Hi!
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### Undergraduate Differential Geometry Texts

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(I know a ...

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### Learning Topology

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