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### Which metric spaces embed isometrically in $\ell_p$?

It is known that each metric space $X$ embeds isometrically in the Banach space $\ell_\infty(X)$ of bounded (not necessarily continuous) functions $X \to \mathbb R$. Since $\ell_\infty(X)$ does not ...
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### Which convex bodies can be captured in a knot?

Which convex bodies can be captured in a knot? This question is based on the discussion in "Is it possible to capture a sphere in a knot?". We assume that the knot is made from unstretchable, ...
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### Calculate the Jacobian of a particular diffeomorphism of parallelizable manifold onto itself

Let $M$ be $d$-dimensional parallelizable manifold. Let $e_k(x)$ for $k=1, \dots , d$ be the smooth vector fields forming orthonormal basis in tangent bundle of 𝑀, these vector fields exist because ...
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### Metrics on torus without closed contractible geodesics

It is easy to see that any closed geodesic on a flat 2-torus is noncontractible. Further the same holds true for a torus of revolution. Indeed either a closed geodesic is a meridian and therefore ...
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### Conjugate points and Jacobi matrices

Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth compact Riemannian manifold of dimension $n \geq 3$ and let $\gamma:[-2,2]\to M$ be a geodesic that does not contain any conjugate points on $[-2,2]$. I have two questions, as ...
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### Blaschke points

A Blaschke point of a metric space is a point so that every geodesic (i.e. locally shortest path) starting at that point and of length less than the diameter of the metric space is the unique shortest ...
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### Convexity in co-ordinate charts of geodesic balls

Let $g_{ij}$ be a Riemannian metric tensor on an open subset $U\subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, and let $p\in U$. I would guess the following is true: for $\epsilon$ sufficiently small, the $g$-geodesic ...
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### A problem on Gauss--Bonnet formula

While teaching a course in differential geometry, I came up with the following problem, which I think is cool. Assume $\gamma$ is a closed geodesic on a sphere $\Sigma$ with positive Gauss curvature. ...
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### Decomposition of a Jacobi field along a lightlike geodesic

Consider a Lorentzian manifold of dimension $1+n$ (with $n\geq1$) and a lightlike geodesic $\gamma(t)$ on it. One can define a Jacobi field $J(t)$ along $\gamma$ in the usual way without issues. In ...
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### How to find geodesics in a Randers spaces?

Consider a Randers space $(M,F)$ that is the solution of the zermelo's navigation problem associated to a wind $W$ which is homothety; $\mathcal{L}_Wh=\sigma h$, $\delta$ constant, on a Riemannian ...
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### Regularity of geodesics

If $M$ is a graph of a $C^1$ function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$, is it true that the length minimizing geodesics on $M$ are $C^1$? I expect a counterexample. For a related discussion see Metric ...
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### Understanding the domain of the “volume density function” on Riemannian manifold

I have some trouble on understanding the domain of the "volume density function" on Riemannian manifold. Putting the volume density function in quote means actually I am working on the function ...
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### Graph contained in a metric space

I have a metric space $X$ and a graph $G=(V,E)$ whose set of vertices is a subset $V\subset X$ (and $E$ is the set of edges, which is a symmetric subset of $V\times V$). For each $v\in V$, the set of ...
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### How to compute the Gromov-Hausdorff distance between spheres $S_n$ and $S_m$?

There is the question, because when we consider the Gromov-Hausdorff distance, we must fix the metric, so we use the natural metric induced from the embedding $\mathbb{S}_n \to \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. Is ...
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### Does there exist a closed geodesic go through a $\epsilon$-net of a hyperbolic surface?
An $\epsilon$-net of a closed hyperbolic surface $X$ is a finite set of points $p_i$ such that the family of balls centered at $p_i$ with radius $\epsilon$ is a cover of $X$, and the family of balls ...
Suppose one has a flat quaternionic vector space $V$, with a compatible inner product $g$. So $(V,g)$ is a flat hyperkähler manifold. Assume that there is some compact Lie group $G$ acting on $V$ ...