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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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### 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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### Math and Wormholes

Hopefully Math Overflow is the correct place for this. I had a student approach me ask me what kinds of mathematics goes into the study of wormholes. She specifically asked whether there is any ...
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### Square roots of $\mathbb R^{2n}$

Recently, Richard Dore asked us if $\mathbb R^3$ is the cartersian square of some space, and Tyler Lawson answered beautifully in the negative. The even powers of $\mathbb R$ were left out in that ...
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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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### Is every real n-manifold isomorphic to a quotient of $\mathbb{R}^n$?

I'm curious about the following: Is every real n-manifold isomorphic to a quotient of $\mathbb{R}^n$? Thanks. EDIT: As Tilman points out, the manifold should be connected. Also, yes, I'm thinking ...
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### Recognizing the 4-sphere and the Adjan--Rabin theorem

The problem of recognizing the standard $S^n$ is the following: Given some simplicial complex $M$ with rational vertices representing a closed manifold, can one decide (in finite time) if $M$ is ...
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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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### When do isometric actions exist?

Let $X$ be a metrizable topological space and $G$ be a locally compact group. Given a continuous (left) action of $G$ on $X$, is there a metric on $X$, compatible with the topology, for which the ...
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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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### The topology of open semi-algebraic sets (appl.: totally positive matrices)

Let $P_1,\ldots,P_r$ be polynomials over ${\mathbb R}^N$. I am interested in the homotopy class of the semi-algebraic set defined by $$P_j(x_1,\ldots,x_N)>0,\qquad j=1,\ldots,r.$$ Is there a ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Two Definitions of “Character” of topological groups

When I first met the concept of "characters" of topological groups in Pontryagin's book "Topological groups", it was defined as follows: Let $G$ be a topological group. A character of $G$ is a ...
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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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### Construction of Serre Spectral Sequence

I'm trying to follow Hopkins' construction of the Serre Spectral Sequence, but some "obvious" things are not that obvious to me. He starts with considering a double complex $C_{\bullet,\bullet}$ with ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Flat regions on surfaces of genus greater than 1

Here is a polygonal disk + gluing scheme model of a surface we are attempting to construct. We want the regions of the surface bounded by the two vertical, dotted lines $\alpha,\beta$ to have zero ...
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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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### 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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### (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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Topological space with some conditions

Can one give an example of non-compact space $X$ which satisfies the following conditions: the countable union of compact subsets is relatively compact, for every closed noncompact subset $A$ of $X$ ...
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### Morse theory and adiabatic limits

Let's start with a product manifold $M\times N$, with a product Riemannian metric $g_M\oplus g_N$. Consider a generic Morse function $f(x, y)$ on $M\times N$. Then its critical points are discrete and ...
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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 ...
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 ...