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When are maps between topological spaces homotopic?

I wanted to ask if there is any known mehod to quantify 'how many' homotopy classes of maps there are between two given topological spaces $X$, $Y$ (CW-complexes, say). So far I had the following ...
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Question about product topology

Suppose $S\subset\mathbb{R}$ is dense without interior point, and for every open interval $I,J\subset\mathbb{R}$, $I\cap S$ is homeomorphic to $J\cap S$. Is $S\times S$ homeomorphic to $S$? By Luzin ...
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Elementary question about Isotopy (in the definition of a Teichmuller space)

Disclaimer - I don't have much experience in topology/complex geometry, so I apologize if what I'm asking is too elementary for this site. Let $S$ be some orientable surface obtained by removing ...
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Topological characterisation for a (closed irreducible) hyperbolic 3-manifold

Is there a topological characterisation of what a (closed irreducible) hyperbolic 3-manifold is? I don't know any Riemannian geometry and still want to understand what an exceptional Dehn surgery is. ...
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Defining a topology in the Power Set

I have the follwing question: Given a topological space $T$ is possible in general to give a topology to $2^T$ (the power set of $T$) such that this topology in $2^T$ is related to $T$. If the ...
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Fibration in the 3 torus.

The Hopf fibration $S^1\rightarrow S^3\rightarrow S^2$ gives a decomposition of $S^3$ into 2-tori and to circles, so that the tori are foliated by circles of slope 1. If you take the region between ...
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Is the homeomorphism class of a connected open set of C determined by its fundamental group?

Let $U,U'\subseteq\mathbf{C}$ be two connected open sets such that $\pi_1(U)\simeq\pi_1(U')$. Q: Does this imply that $U$ is homeomorphic to $U'$? In the case where the $\pi_1$'s are trivial then ...
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Embedding Theorem for topological spaces, and in general

There are many examples throughout mathematics of abstracting the formal properties of a "familiar" structure, but then having a theorem stating that all models of the abstract axioms embed into one ...
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What is the definition of continuity of set-valued functions?

According to the wiki of Kakutani's fixed-point theorem, A set-valued mapping $\varphi$ from a topological space $X$ into a powerset $\wp(Y)$ called upper semi-continuous if for every open set $W ...
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Does there exist a space X whose suspension is homotopy equivalent to [0,1] rel ends but where X is not contractible?

As pointed out by David White in when mapping cone is contractible there exists an acyclic CW-complex $X$ which is not contractible but whose suspension is contractible. Namely, let $a$ and $b$ be ...
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Picturing a Certain Torus and Klein Bottle

The other day I was explaining orientability to someone and we were walking through some of the statements about orientability on the Wikipedia page on the topic. While I was able to satisfy his ...
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On the cardinality of perfect spaces with the countable chain condition

QUESTION: Does every regular perfect space with the countable chain condition have cardinality bounded above by the continuum? Is this at least true for perfectly normal ccc spaces? Recall that a ...
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Can a composition with itself of a universal self-map be non-universal?

I have formulated (and published) the notion of a universal map (and of a universal morphism), and the problems below, in the early 1960-ies. DEFINITION   A continuous map   $u: ...
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Showing a filter with a certain property on the power set of $\mathbb{Z}$ is a one point filter

Let $\mathcal{P}_0(X)$ the Power set of $X$ without the empty set and let $\dot{x}:=\{A\subseteq X: x \in A\}$ the one point filter generated by $x$. Furtermore let $$ \mathcal{A} := \{ f \in ...
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Contractibility of a configuration space

For a topological space $X$ and a positive integer $k\in \mathbb{N}_{>0}$ let $F_k(X):= \{ (x_1,\ldots,x_k)\in X^k |x_i\neq x_j \text{ for } i\neq j \}$ be its $k$-configuration space. Let ...
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Finding a good ordering of $\mathbb{Q}$

Oftentimes in density arguments we let $\{x_n\}$ be a dense sequence and this is sufficient to imply the desired result. From a research question I am working on I have simplified the ...
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Are period domains ever contractible

Which simply-connected period domains are contractible? Examples. Siegel upper-half space? Poincare upper-half plane? Universal cover of a Shimura variety? Are these contractible?
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Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{Z}$ with Fürstenberg Topology

The Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{N}$ as a discrete space has been extensively studied and can be represented using ultrafilters. Consider $X=(\mathbb{Z},\mathcal{T})$, where $\mathcal{T}$ ...
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Continuous functions on path-connected subsets

Let $X$ be a topological space, and $PX$ the space of all paths on $X$. Then let $G\subset X$ be a path-connected subset and $p\in G$ a point. Let $\sigma:G\rightarrow PX$ be a continuous function ...
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sections of tensor product bundle ( tensor product of two vector bundles ) [closed]

Suppose we have a smooth manifold M and E--->M is a vector bundle. A connection on E is a linear map from the set of all smooth section on E into the set of smooth sections of the tensor product of E ...
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Homotopy Equivalences and Induced Correspondences between Fibre Bundles

Suppose that $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy equivalence of manifolds. Given a manifold $F$, the pullback construction for $f$ yields a correspondence between isomorphism classes of fibre bundles ...
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A uniformity with a countable base is a pseudometric uniformity.

I need a proof for this proposition: If a uniformity $\mathfrak U$ on $X$ has a countable fundamental system of entourages, then it can be defined by a pseudometric on $X$. which is the ...
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Group or manifold ? [closed]

I have a question in seeing this $$U(n)=\frac{U(n)}{U(n-1)} * \frac{U(n-1)}{U(n-2)}*\cdots *\frac{U(2)}{U(1)}*U(1)$$ So, group U(n) is written as product of quotient spaces. Is quotient space, for ...
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How to specify a finite group up to inner automorphism?

I want some finite set of data to which I can canoically associate a "group up to inner automorphism", and which can be constructed canoically from a "group up to inner automorphism". I have a few ...
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Homotopy groups of K3

Let X be a K3 surface and $Y=X/\mathbb{Z}_2$, an Enrique surface. Long exact sequence of homotopy groups corresponding to fiberaion $\pi:X\to Y$, says that $\pi_2(X)=\pi_2(Y)$, while we know $H_2(X)$ ...
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reference for “X compact <=> C_b(X) separable” (X metric space)

I know (and am able to prove via Stone-Čech compactification) that the following is correct: Theorem: A metric space is compact if and only if its space of bounded, continuous, real-valued ...
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Calculate the cohomology ring using Morse Theory [closed]

My question is: Is there any way to calculate the cohomology ring of a finite dimension manifold using the Morse theory? The cohomology ring structure strongly rely on the following things ...
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Covering maps in real life that can be demonstrated to students

Edit: I've really enjoyed everyone's examples (especially the pictures!), but I was mostly looking for a general theorem. For instance, a similar statement to mine is, Can the mapping cylinder of ...
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Well-ordering with a topological property

Assuming the axiom of choice, is there a well-ordering of the reals such that every initial segment is closed (for the usual topology)? If the continuum hypothesis helps we can also assume it. An ...
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Connection between properties of Dynamical and Ergodic Systems

Hi All While studying Topological and Ergodic Dynamics, I've got quite preplexed by the different Properties a system might have (minimality, regionally recurring, transitivity, mixing, ergodic, ...
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Zero-dimensional space

Let $X$ be a topological space with the following property: for any open subset $A$ of $X$ there is a collection of clopen subsets $\{A_{\alpha}: \alpha\in S\}$ such that ...
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On the image of a G_\delta set under a continuous bijection

Let $X, Y$ be two metric spaces and $f$ be a continuous bijection (i.e. one-to-one map) from $X$ to $Y$. Let $E$ be a $G_{\delta}$ subset of $X$. I want to know weather the image $f(E)$ is also a ...
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Is the hyperspace of the Hilbert cube homeomorphic to the Hilbert cube

Question: Is the hyperspace of the Hilbert cube $H=[0,1]^\mathbb {N}$ homeomorphic to $H$? Remarks and definitions: 1) The Hilbert cube $H$ is a compact metric space, where the metric is given by ...
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(Non)-exoticness of a diffeomorphism of a sphere

Suppose you have a standard sphere $S^n$ and a "standard" $S^{n-2}\subset S^n$. I am really thinking about $S^{n}\subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ the usual sphere, and $S^{n-2}=S^n\cap \{x_0=x_1=0\}$. Let ...
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How many 3-flip Mobius strip knots are there?

Take a clock-wise 3-flip mobius strip, Cut it down the middle and then let the ribbon cross itself 6 times. This forms a framed knot of which there are many. Get the knot diagram. I've found ...
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A proof of the gluing axiom of a TQFT

I posted the following question on math stackexchange but I have not received any answer. So I hope people here can help me. In the book, Lectures on tensor categories and modular functors by Bakalov ...
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Euler characteristic and universal cover

Let $M$ be a compact manifold, let $\tilde{M}$ be its universal cover, and suppose that the Euler characteristic $\chi(\tilde{M})=0$. My question is: does this imply that $\chi(M)=0$? This is clear if ...
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A closed connected component in a topological space does not contain any path-connected subset?

Does there exist such a non-trivial closed connected component U of some connected topological space X or a non-trivial connected topological space X that do not contain any non-trivial path-connected ...
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Topology of K3 as a sum of two abelian fibrations.

Let $E$ be a blow-up of $\mathbb{P}^2$ at 9-points in the bases locus of a pencil of elliptic curves (A $T^2$ fibration over $S^2$). K3 surfaces is obtained by removing a fiber from two copies of $E$ ...
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compact quotient

Let X be a topological space that is not too bad (let's say "not too bad" = "compactly generated Hausdorff"), and let ∼ be an equivalence relation such that X /∼ is compact Hausdorff. Does there ...
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Intersection forms of 4-manifolds with boundary

Let $X$ be any simply connected smooth 4-manifold with a fixed Euler characteristic $e$, signature $\sigma$ and boundary $Y$. Assume that the determinant of the intersection form $Q_{X}$ is equal to a ...
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The number of simply connected 4-dimension manifold

For a simply connected four-dimension manifold, we know the Freedmen's work. My question is: For every integer N, Is the number of simply connected 4-manifolds which the second betti number is ...
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Good covers on complex algebraic varieties with normal crossings singularities

Let $X$ be a topological space. A good cover on $X$ is an open cover such that all finite non-empty intersections are contractible. It is a theorem of Hironaka that (complex) algebraic sets admit ...
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On One point Lindeloffication of topological spaces

As you Know when we define a topological space to be the one point compactification of the topological space $X$, we look for a compact space $Y$ such that $X\subset Y$ and $X$ is dense in $Y$ and ...
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Homology and homotopy of a surface

Suppose $S$ be a closed orientable genous $g$ surface. Let $f$,$g$ be homeomorphis from $S$ to itself. Assume they induce the same map on 1st homology $H_1(S, \mathbb Z).$ My question is; does this ...
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On Pseudo-finite topological spaces

We recall that a topological space $(X,\tau)$ is Pseudo-finite, if each compact subset of $X$ is finite. One of the classical example of Pseudo-finite topological spaces can be considered as an ...
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Lindelöf subsets of $P$-spaces

A completely regular topological space $(X,\tau)$ is called a $P$-space, if every $G_\delta$-subset of $X$ is open .$\($i.e $\tau$ is closed under countable intersection$\)$. Here we recall some ...
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About subspaces of $F$-spaces

A topological space $X$ is an $F$-space, if Every finitely generated ideal in the ring of all continuous functions on $X$,denoted by $C(X)$, is principal. The text "Rings of continuous functions" ...
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A question about some special compactifications of $\mathbb{R}$

We Know that the topological space $Y$ is a compactification of the topological space $X$, if the space $Y$ is compact and hausdorff and $X$ is dense in $Y$. If for a positive integer $n$ we have a ...
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Determining continuous functions on Banach spaces

Let $X$ be a real Banach space. For a continuous (not necessarily linear) function $g:X \to \mathbb{R}$ and a family $\mathcal{F} \subseteq X^*$, we´ll say that $\mathcal{F}$ determines $g$ if ...