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### Explaining some detail in Wall's paper of CW-complexes

‎For a given map $\phi‎ :‎X\longrightarrow Y$‎, ‎the mapping cylinder of $\phi$ is defined by $M_{\phi}:=Y\cup_{\phi} (X \times \{ 1\})$‎. ‎Denote $\pi_n (M_{\phi},X \times \{ 1\} )$ by $\pi_n (\phi)$...
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### Does this sequence stop?

Let $\{ X_i\}$ ($i=1,2,\ldots$) be a family finite CW-complexes such that $X_{i+1}$ is homotopy domintaed by $X_i$, i.e. there exists contionuos maps $g_i:X_i \to X_{i+1}$ and $f_i :X_{i+1} \to X_i$ ...
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### Cellular structure of BSU(n)

I read somewhere that $BSU(n)$ has a cellular decomposition that consists of one 4-cell and higher dimensional cells. Can someone tell me why this is the case? In fact I am not sure if this statement ...
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### The bounded complex of a polyhedral decomposition

Let $\mathscr{P}$ be a polyhedral decomposition of a real vector space $V$. By that I mean that $\mathscr{P}$ is a finite set of polyhedra in $V$ satisfying the following three properties: The union ...
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### Does this "join-like complex" of $K_5$ and $K_3$ embed in $\Bbb R^4$?

Consider the following 2-dimensional CW-complex: its 1-skeleton is $K_8$, which we write as an edge-disjoint union $K_5\cup K_{5,3}\cup K_3$. Then for any two edges $ab\in E(K_5)$ and $cd\in E(K_3)$ ...
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### Exit path categories of regular CW complexes

Given a finite, regular CW complex $X$ (by regular, I mean that the gluing maps $D^n \to X$ from the closed unit ball to $X$ are homeomorphisms onto their image), denote by $S$ the finite partially ...
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### Homology of spherical $3$-manifold group

I have been studying $3$-manifolds recently and I got stuck in the following situation. For lens spaces the below fact is true. Let $G$ be a finite group acting freely and orthogonally on $S^3$ so ...
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### Presentation complex and arbitrary $2$-dimensional CW-complex with same fundamental group

Given a finite group $G$, consider a presentation $P$ of $G$ and consider $X_P$, the presentation complex. Now let $Y$ be any $2$-dimensional CW-complex with $\pi_1(Y)=G$. Is there any relation ...
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### The mapping cylinder of a map between spaces that are homotopy equivalent to CW complexes

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are spaces that are homotopy equvialent to CW complexes, and let $f:X\to Y$ be a continuous map. I am trying to show that the pair $(M_f,X)$ is homotopy equivalent to a CW pair. I'...
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### Special cell decomposition for spheres with free $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$-action by orthogonal transformations?

Consider the unit sphere $S^d$ in $\mathbb{R}^{d+1}$ with the antipodal action $\nu \colon x\mapsto -x$. This turns $S^d$ into a free $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$-space. Construct a CW-complex structure ...
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### Non-equivalent spaces with the same homotopy groups

It is well known that two topological spaces that have all homotopy groups isomorphic need not be weakly homotopy equivalent, because it might not be possible to construct a single map inducing all ...
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### Presentation complex of a finite perfect group and its features

Let $G$ be a finite perfect group and consider $X_G$, its presentation complex. I have the following questions: Is there any special property of $X_G$ due to the group's perfectness? What can we say ...
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### Is the decomposition of the homotopy type of a complex into a product and into a smash product unique?

Is it true that if $A_1\times A_2\times ... \times A_n = B_1\times B_2\times .. \times B_m$, where $A_i, B_j$ are homotopy types of connected complexes not decomposable into a product, then the ...
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### “Combinatorial” moves between cell complexes

EDITED: A pair of finite simplical complexes are equivalent if and only if they are related by a finite sequence of the Pachner moves. Is there a similar thing on finite cell complexes? That is, are ...
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### Double coset decomposition for compact Lie groups

The starting point of my question is the following fact: suppose $G$ is a finite group and let $H,K \leq G$ be arbitrary subgroups, then there exists an isomorphism of $G$-sets as follows \begin{...
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### Ehresmann's fibration theorem for CW or simplicial complexes

Is there an analogue of Ehresmann fibration theorem for (finite) CW complexes ? Note is not true that an open surjective (necessary proper) cellular map of finite CW or simplicial complexes is ...
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### CW-complexes that cannot be homotopically compressed

Definition. A CW-complex $A$ can be elementary compressed to a CW-complex $B$ if there is a deformation retraction $A \to B$ or a quotient map by a contractible subcopmlex $A \to B$ (meaning according ...
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### Description of Anderson-Putnam CW-complex construction

I have been trying to read the paper, Topological invariants fo substitution tiling and their associated $C^*$-algebras, to learn more about a construction of Anderson-Putnam complexes. However, it ...
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### CW structure on $\mathrm{PU}(3)$/Heisenberg group

$\DeclareMathOperator\SU{SU}\DeclareMathOperator\PU{PU}$Consider the quotient space $\PU(3)/H=\SU(3)/G_{81}$ where $H$ is the Heisenberg group of order 27 $G_{81}$ is the No. 9 group of order 81 (...
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### Cohomology spectral sequence of a CW complex filtered by its skeletons

Let $X$ be a CW complex. Suppose, $$\emptyset\subset X^0\subset X^1\subset \cdots \subset X^p\subset \cdots \subset X= \bigcup_{i=0}^{\infty} X^i,$$ is a filtration of $X$ by its skeletons $X^i$. Now ...
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### When is the space of maps between varieties a finite CW complex?

$\DeclareMathOperator\Cont{Cont}$Given two algebraic varieties over $\mathbb{C}$ denoted by $X$ and $Y$ where $Y$ is projective and $X$ is either projective or affine/Stein. The space of continuous ...
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### Can we embed a closed manifold into a homotopy equivalent CW complex?

Suppose $X$ is a CW complex and $M$ is a closed manifold and suppose further that there exists a homotopy equivalence $X \simeq M$. Does there exists an embedding of $M$ into $X$ (i.e. an injective (...
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### How can I construct a closed manifold from a finite CW complex?

If I start with a, say, 3-CW complex $X$ which can be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^5$, I can get a neighbourhood $U$ of $X$ which has the same homotopy type of $X$. Then $U$ is a $5-$ dimensional open ...
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### Are Spanier-Whitehead duals of general spaces expressible through some generalization of normal bundles?

The question is inspired by an answer to The concept of Duality It is explained in that answer that the Spanier-Whitehead dual of a compact manifold is given by the Thom spectrum of normal bundles of ...
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### Smooth dual cell structure

Let us consider a closed oriented smooth manifold M. It is well known that a smooth combinatorial triangulation can be constructed for it. That is to say, a homeomorphism from the geometric ...
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### Covering image of a connected CW-complex need not be a CW-complex

This question is already asked here MSE, and there is an answer based on some conjecture (probably still open). I am posting the same question for a counterexample (if any, not based on such unsolved ...
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### Regular or h-regular CW-complex structure for the Poincaré homology sphere

I am looking for a regular (the characteristic maps of the cells are homeomorphisms) or h-regular (the characteristic maps of the cells are homotopy equivalences) CW-complex structure for the Poincaré ...
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### CW-presentation of configurations of points in plane and space

I know from the the theory of Artin groups that, as the $K(\pi,1)$ conjecture is known for Braids group, that using Salvetti complexes we have a fairly explicit finite CW-complex presentation of the ...
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### can we take skeletons of covering maps to give new covering maps?

Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional cell complex. We attach an $(n+1)$-cell $e^{n+1}$ to $X$ and obtain a new cell complex $X'$. Take the universal cover (or a general covering space) $\tilde X'$ of $X'$. ...
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### How do I show that any finite-dimensional (absolute) CW-complex $X$ is locally contractible?

I know that it holds even if $X$ has infinite dimension, but I am looking for a specific argument in the finite-dimensional case.