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Why is it useful to classify the vector bundles of a space?

It seems to me that vector bundles are useful because they allow us to bring to bear all of the linear algebra we know to aid in the study of topological spaces. Now, I've read somewhere that it is ...
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Intersection form in twisted homology (homology with local coefficients)

The answer to this question should be obvious, but I can't seem to figure it out. Suppose we have a surface $F$, and a representation $\rho : \pi_1(F)\to SU(n)$. We can define the homology with local ...
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Confusion over a point in basic category theory

"Let Top be the category of topological spaces." If I see a definition like this, in which homeomorphic (isomorphic in the category) spaces are not identified together, then for each given topological ...
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“Category” of Nonempty Metric Spaces and Contractive Maps?

The usual way of getting a category of metric spaces is to take metric spaces as objects, and the nonexpansive maps (ie, functions $f : A \to B$ such that $d_B(f(a), f(a')) \leq d_A(a, a')$) as ...
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Finite versus infinite on non-Hausdorff topologies [closed]

Question: Does there exist some real-valued function $f(x)$ where $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, for which $\lim_{x \to \infty}$ converges on a non-Hausdorff topology but does not converge on a ...
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definition of the end of a manifold?

Hey everybody, I was hoping if somebody could help me out with the terminology. I've found that the "end of a manifold" is a function asigning to each compact set K a conected component e(K) of the ...
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Relating Euler characteristic, intersection product, Morse theory (plus SU(2) and 3-manifolds)

Suppose we have a (closed, oriented) 3-manifold M with a Heegard surface F of genus g. Let F* denote F with a puncture. Then the space H of representations of pi_1(F*) on SU(2) is just SU(2)^2g, and ...
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Baire category theorem

Let's call the following conditions (1): $X$ is a complete metric space with metric $d$, $X = \cup_{n=1}^\infty A_n$. Let $\bar{A}$ denote the closure of $A$. Let's call the following statement (2): ...
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What is the “right” universal property of the completion of a metric space?

I'm a little embarrassed to ask this one, but it could help for a class I'm teaching, so here goes: Let $X$ be a metric space. We all know that $X$ admits a completion, which is a complete metric ...
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Can topologies induce a metric?

Let {X,T} be a topology, T the set of open subsets of X. Definition: Three points x, y, z of X are in relation N (Nxyz, read "x is nearer to y than to z") iff there is a basis B of T and b in B ...
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What is the max number of points in R^3, interconnected by generic curves?

The largest complete graph that embeds in 2 dimensions is $K_4$, while the largest complete graph that embeds in 3 dimensions is $K_{\infty}$, right? However, I don't know any constructive proof of it....
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Quotient of a Hausdorff topological group by a closed subgroup

Sorry if this question is below the level of this site: I've read that the quotient of a Hausdorff topological group by a closed subgroup is again Hausdorff. I've thought about it but can't seem to ...
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Hausdorff Derived Series

There is a short section in the book Locally Compact Groups by Markus Stroppel (Chapter B7) on the notion of a "Hausdorff Solvable Group", which he defines as a topological group with a descending ...
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Are the C(S^n, S^n)'s homeomorphic ?

Let m, n > 1. Is it true that C(S^m, S^m), and C(S^n, S^n) are homeomorphic ? [both endowed with the sup metric (or equivalently the compact-open topology)] Generally, C(S^n, S^n), with n >= 1, is a ...
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Are mapping spaces paracompact?

Let X be a (finite dimensional) manifold. Consider smooth mapping space $$PX = C^\infty(I, X)$$ where I = [0,1] is the closed interval. Is this space paracompact? What if we fix a point x in X and ...
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Boundary of planar region

Is there a necessary and sufficient condition for the boundary of a planar region to be a finite union of Jordan curves?
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The “miracle” of Heegard Floer.

Taking tori in symmetric products and "miraculously" proving that the Floer homology is independent of choices always seemed, well, miraculous. Some time ago Max Lipyanski explained to me the origins ...
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Stable presentable categories as module categories

There is a theorem of Schwede and Shipley which classifies categories of modules over an A∞ ring spectrum as those stable presentable (∞,1)-categories with a compact generator. Suppose I ...
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properly interpreting Pi_0 in the homotopy exact sequence

Define the lens space L(m,n) as the quotient of S2m+1 by the action of the cyclic group ℤn⊂S1⊂ℂ*. We can create the infinite lens space L(∞,n) by a telescoping construction ...
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Convexity Theorem of Hamiltonian actions - the connectedness part

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian action of a torus T=T^m=R^m/Z^m on a compact, connected symplectic manifold M. According to the convexity theorem, we know every fiber of the momentum map \mu: M--->R^m ...
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Has anyone tabulated 2-knots? Would anyone like to try?

I'd love to have a list of 'small' 2-knots, for some sense of small. It's not clear what one should filter by, but there are two obvious candidates Write a movie presentation, and count the frames. ...
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Has anyone studied the applications which map open sets to either open or closed sets?

Consider two topological spaces X,Y and a function f from X to Y. Are the following concepts already in use? How are they called? 1) f sends open subsets of X to either open or closed subsets of Y. ...
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Computations in Knot Homology Theories

1) Relative to one another, how computable are the various knot homology theories? For example, how many crossings can we allow a knot and still hope to compute its Khovanov homology, versus its knot ...
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What is Floer homology of a knot?

I've heard that there are different theories providing knot invariants in form of homologies. My understanding is that if you embed knot in a special way into a space, there is a special homology ...
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Is a map that is locally fiberwise equivalent to a product a Hurewicz fibration?

The following is a result I feel like I've seen some form of before, but can't figure out how to prove or find a reference for. Suppose you have a map p:E \to B, with B paracompact, and suppose that ...
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Is every norm in R^n a continuous function?

Is every norm in R^n a continuous function?
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Something like Yoneda's lemma

This is inspired by The Whitehead for maps question. Consider two maps f, g: X\to Y which happen to induce the same maps (of discrete spaces) ...
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Equivalence of boundedness and total boundedness

Compact subspaces of metric spaces are totally bounded. In some spaces, however, this is equivalent to just being bounded. This (supposedly) holds in finite dimensional Banach spaces. Can we ...
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Homotopy type of stabilizers

Let X be a contractible metric space and G a topological group acting transitively on X (i.e. given any two points x,y \in X, there exists g \in G such that gx=y). My question is the following: is it ...
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Universal covers of domains in complex projective space

The Uniformization Theorem states that the universal cover of a Riemann surface is biholomorphic to the extended complex plane, the complex plane or the open unit disk. Each of these three is a domain ...
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cardinality of final coalgebras in Top

Let P be a polynomial functor from Top to Top, by which I mean a functor of the form P(X) = ∐i ≥ 0 Si × Xi where the Si are finite sets, all but finitely many of which are empty. ...