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Whitehead Theorem for maps

Let us consider two simply-connected CW complexes. Combining the theorems of Whitehead and Hurewicz we have that a map between them is an equivalence if and only if its induced map on integral chains ...
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null-bordant vs null-homologous sub-manifolds of $\infty$-d spaces/CW complexes

$\require{AMScd}$ Preliminaries: Let $\Sigma$ be a closed manifold, $X$ be a CW complex and $f:\Sigma \to X$ be a map. We say that the pair $(\Sigma,f)$ is null-homologous (over $\mathbb{Z}_2$) if $...
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Weak homotopy equivalence between $\Omega \underset{\rightarrow}{\lim}Z_n$ and $\underset{\rightarrow}{\lim}\Omega Z_n$

Let $Z_1 \rightarrow Z_2 \rightarrow\cdots$ be an arbitrary sequence of CW-complexes and let $\Omega X$ denote the loop space over $X$. In Allen Hatcher's "Algebraic Topology" (http://pi.math.cornell....
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Second homotopy groups of 3-complexes and Fenn's spiders.

Let $X$ be a finite CW complex then with one zero cell. Then (up to homotopy) the two skeleton of X is the same as a group presentation, via the Cayley complex construction. For a while I had been ...
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Critical points and high homotopy groups

Is there any known or interesting relation between critical points (possibly degenerate, or maybe only nondegenerate) of a function on a manifold and generators/relations of high homotopy groups? I ...
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A cell decomposition of a CW-complex and, stratification of a topological space

What is the difference between the notion of cell decomposition of a CW-complex, and the notion of stratification of a topological space ? I know that cell decomposition of a CW-complex is usefull to ...
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Regular CW complex arising from a Morse decomposition

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a Riemannian manifold equipped with a Morse function $f: M \rightarrow \mathbb R$. It's been shown that $f$ gives rise to a CW decomposition homeomorphic to $M$ under the generic ...
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Dual cell structures on manifolds

Suppose that $M$ is a compact manifold without boundary (smooth if you like), and suppose further that $M$ is equipped with a regular CW-complex structure. Denote the face poset of this CW-complex by $...
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CW Product via Whitehead map

Product CW-complexes are defined via characteristic maps rather than from attaching maps, so via maps from $\mathbb D^n$ rather than from $\mathbb S^{n-1}$, because we have the propriety that $\mathbb ...
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Allowing $G$-CW complexes to have more general cells

Let $G$ a finite group. I've seen three options discussed for making $G$-cell complexes: in increasing generality, one might allow $X_n$ to be constructed from $X_{n-1}$ by attaching cells of the form ...
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Homotopy domination of a wedge of two polyhedra

The topological space $A$ is called homotopy dominated by the space $X$ if there are maps $f:A\longrightarrow X$ and $g:X\longrightarrow A$ so that $g\circ f\simeq id_A$. Question: Suppose that $...
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A weak version of the Whitehead Theorems

Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a map between CW-complexes $X$ and $Y$. By the Whitehead Theorems, if one of the conditions: 1- (homotopy version) $\pi_n (f):\pi_n (X)\longrightarrow \pi_n (Y)$ is an ...
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Homeomorphism type of pair of faces in a regular CW complex

Let $X$ be a regular CW complex, $\sigma$ an $n$-dimensional cell of $X$ and $\tau$ an $(n-1)$-dimensional face of $\sigma$. Is it true that the pair $(\bar\sigma, \bar\tau)$ is homeomorphic to the ...
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Attribution of theorem saying that inducing isomorphism on homology implies homotopy equivalence between H spaces that are CW complexes

Who was the first to prove this theorem and is there an "official" name for it? Let $\phi:X\rightarrow Y$ be a map of H-spaces that are also CW-complexes. Assume $\phi$ induces isomorphisms on ...
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Manifolds admitting CW-structure with single n-cell

Let $M$ be a topological $n$-manifold, closed and connected (not necessarily oriented): When does $M$ not admit (up to homotopy-type) a CW-structure with a single $n$-cell? By classification of ...
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0-cells in CW complexes

If X is a CW complex, then for each fixed point x, is it possible adapt the cellular decomposution of X such that x be a 0-cell? Actulally, my real interest: is any point in X nondegenerated?
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How can I endow a “locally product” CW structure on a vector bundle over a CW complex?

I asked the same question in math stackexchange: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2322883/how-can-i-endow-a-locally-product-cw-structure-on-a-vector-bundle-over-a-cw-co but it seems that it's ...
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Lifting cellular structures to fibrations, fibre bundles or coverings

It is a well known result in Algebraic Topology that given a covering space $E\to B$ where the base has a CW-structure, then the total space can be given a CW-structure (see for example Theorem 8.10 ...
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Is any CW complex with only finitely many nonzero homology groups homotopic to a finite dimensional CW complex?

My question is Is any CW complex with only finitely many nonzero homology groups homotopic to a finite dimensional CW complex? (My thoughts on this which might not be useful at all.) Since an ...
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Is the space of diffeomorphisms homotopy equivalent to a CW-complex?

Clarification: My question concerns the homotopy type of the space of $C^k$ diffeomorphisms with the compact-open $C^k$ topology, where $0< k \leq\infty$. I have stated my question below with $k=1$ ...
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When is a finite cw-complex a compact topological manifold?

I think the statement of the question is pretty straightforward. Given a finite $n$-dimensional CW complex, are there necessary and sufficient conditions for determining that it is also a compact $n$-...
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attaching maps in CW complexes

Suppose I have a finite CW complex $X$ with $p$-skeleton $X^{(p)}$. Let $\varphi_f \colon S^p \to X^{(p)}$ be part of the attaching map of a $(p+1)$-cell $f$. Let $\Phi_e \colon D^p \to X^{(p)}$ be ...
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Is there an analogue of CW-complexes built from $K(\mathbb Z, n)$ instead of $S^n$?

The question is motivated by Eckmann-Hilton duality and certain flaws of the homotopy category of CW-complexes. Unfortunately, I do not know the formalism of model categories, so excuse me if it is a ...
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Existence of a perfect discrete Morse function

Let $X$ denote a regular cell structure on a closed (orientable) $n$-manifold (If it helps, the cells are polytopal and the attaching maps are affine). Recall that a discrete Morse function on this ...
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A CW is of countable type, iff all its homotopy groups are countable? (References?)

When constructing a classifying space $BPL$ for piecewise linear microbundles, one would like it to be a polyhedron, i.e. a locally finite simplicial complex. Milnor solved this by showing that the ...
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Manifolds and CW-complexes

Let us consider a category $C$ formed by topological spaces and continuous functions (or by smooth manifolds and smooth functions). We consider the morphism category $C_{2}$. An object of $C_{2}$ is a ...
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homeomorphism type of punctured real projective spaces

Let $\mathbb{R}P^m$ be the $m$-dimensional real projective space and let $\mathbb{R}P^m\setminus\{*\}$ be the punctured space. I observe: $\mathbb{R}P^2\setminus\{*\}$ is homeomorphic to a (open) ...
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CW 4 manifolds with single 4 cell

Let $M$ be a connected compact closed 4 manifold. Then $H_4(M)=\mathbb{Z}$. If we assume it is smooth, from Morse theory we know that $M$ has a CW structure. But can we find a CW structure of $M$ with ...
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SImple homotopy type of a mapping cone

Consider two CW complexes A and B. Let f be a continuous map from A to B. Take a cone of f and denote it by Cone(f). If homology complex of Cone(f) is acyclic, one can identify homologies of A and B. ...
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Factorization of a certain map through a CW-complex

Suppose that $X$ is a paracompact Hausdorff space (e.g. a metric space) with $\dim X=n$ (the Lebesgue covering dimension). I want to find a proof (or a reference) that any (continuous) map $f: X \to K(...
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Acyclicity of covering space

Suppose we have some 2-dimensional non-aspherical finite CW-complex $K$ with $\pi_1(K)=G$. Is there any sufficient condition on $H\leq G$ (and maybe on the group $G$ itself) which allows to conclude ...
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rational cohomology of symmetric groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the $k$-th symmetric group and $B\Sigma_k$ be its classifying space. How to prove: for any $n\geq 1$ and the $n$-skeleton $sk_n (B\Sigma_k)$, there exists a finite dimensional $CW$-...
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Multiplicative cohomology theories and smash products

In his student guide on page 154, Adams gives a construction of products for cohomology using "pairings" of spectra (now known as maps from $E\wedge E\to E$). But then he says However, G. W. ...
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The definition of a CW complex and related notions

In the appendix of Allen Hatcher's book "Algebraic Topology", a CW complex is defined to be a space iteratively constructed by attaching $n$-cells onto an $(n-1)$ skeleton. There is a more general ...
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Does anyone know any applications of CW-complexes in graph theory?

As everyone knows :P, a graph is a CW-complex of dimension 1. Knowing that, are there any interesting results in graph theory that arise from working with CW-complexes? And more specifically, in ...
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Different model structures on Top

There is at least 3 model structures on the category of topological spaces, the Quillen Model structure, the Storm model structure and the Mixed model structure. In the Mixed model structure $\mathsf{...
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Universal covering and double cover functors

Initially posted on MSE Let $\mathsf{CW}$ be the category of CW-complexes and $\mathsf{CW}_*$ that of pointed CW-complexes (possibly disconnected, one basepoint in each component). I would like to ...
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When is a compact topological 4-manifold a CW complex?

Freedman's $E_8$-manifold is nontriangulable, as proved on page (xvi) of the Akbulut-McCarthy 1990 Princeton Mathematical Notes "Casson's invariant for oriented homology 3-spheres". Kirby showed that ...
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Counterexamples for strengthening Whitehead's theorem?

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a pointed map of pointed connected $n$-dimensional CW complexes. Whitehead's theorem says that if $f_*:\pi_qX\to \pi_qY$ is an isomorphism for $q\le n$ and a surjection for $q=n+1$, ...
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Classifying spaces of topological groups whose underlying spaces are homotopy equivalent

Let $G$, $H$ be topological groups and $f:G\rightarrow H$ a continuous group homomorphism which happens to be a homotopy equivalence of the underlying topological spaces. Let us assume that $G$, $H$ ...
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Contractibility of regular CW sphere minus open star

Let $S$ be any regular CW decomposition of (a space homeomorphic to) the $n$-sphere, and consider a cell $\sigma$ of dimension $d \in \{0,\ldots,n\}$. Let $S'$ be the regular CW complex which remains ...
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Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite CW complex finitely-presented?

An infinity-groupoid is finitely-presented when it is equivalent to the free infinity-groupoid on a finite family of generators, possibly of different dimensions. Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite ...
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Explicit calculation of G-CW(V) structure of a G-space

I know explicitly the $Z/6$-CW($ξ^2$)-complex structure of $D(ξ^2)$, where $ξ$ is the non-trivial irreducible representation of $Z/6$ without fixed points. I am looking for an explicit calculation of ...
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Conditions for monotone function to take maximal chains to maximal chains surjectively

Suppose that $P$ and $Q$ are graded posets (with rank function $r$) and suppose that all maximal chains of $P$ and $Q$ have length $n$. Let $f:P \to Q$ be a surjective monotone function such that $r(...
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Maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups are homotopic

I am interested in the following question. Are maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups homotopic? I am sure the answer is no, however I cannot imagine how to construct ...
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Two-bridge knots and CW-complex

The fundamental group of any two-bridge knot K in $\mathbb{S}^3$ has a presentation with two generators and one relation. On the other hand, it's possible to provide a CW-complex with only one 0-cell ...
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Embedding of two-dimensional CW complexes which induces a zero homomorphism on second homotopy groups

I am interested in the following question which I asked at MSE and did not get any clues. How to find three two-dimensional CW complexes $K_1, K_2, K_3$ with non-trivial $\pi_2$ and injective ...
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Is barycentric subdivision of a collapsible, regular CW complex collapsible (non-evasive)?

Let $X$ be a finite, regular CW complex, and let $X'$ be its barycentric subdivision (i.e. the order complex of the face poset of $X$). Assume $X$ is collapsible. Is $X'$ collapsible? Is $X'$ ...
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“Economic” CW-structure for Eilenberg-MacLane spaces?

The only really "economic" cell structures for $K(\pi,n)$'s that I know is the one with a single cell in each dimension for $K(\mathbb Z/n\mathbb Z,1)$ and the one with a single cell in each even ...
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CW complex with generalized cells

In the definition of CW complexes, all cells are homeomorphic to closed balls. I search for a generalized notion of CW complexes. In my application, the complexes are in fact finite. Is there a ...