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Is there a locally flat torus in some not smoothable topological 4-manifold such that surgering on it produces a smoothable 4-manifold? Surgering means removing a tubular neighborhood and reattaching it in a different way.

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  • $\begingroup$ How did you define flatness (curvature) in a non-smooth manifold? $\endgroup$ – Nikita Kalinin Apr 26 '12 at 16:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Nikita: locally flat is a purely topological notion, not related with curvature. Roughly speaking, a submanifold is locally flat if admits a tubular neighborhood in the ambient manifold. $\endgroup$ – Daniele Zuddas Apr 26 '12 at 16:36

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