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Topology of cell complexes and manifolds, classification of manifolds (e.g. smoothing, surgery), low dimensional topology (e.g. knot theory, invariants of 4-manifolds), embedding theory, combinatorial and PL topology, geometric group theory, infinite dimensional topology (e.g. Hilbert cube manifolds, theory of retracts).

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Spec Z analogue of Thurston program?

It's been known for a while that primes in number fields can be thought of, from an algebraic point of view, to be similar to knots in 3-manifolds. A good reference (thanks to this question) would be ...
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Questions about analogy between Spec Z and 3-manifolds

I'm not sure if the questions make sense: Conc. primes as knots and Spec Z as 3-manifold - fits that to the Poincare conjecture? Topologists view 3-manifolds as Kirby-equivalence classes of framed ...
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Construction of maps $f:S^3 \to S^2$ with arbitrary Hopf invariant?

The well-known Hopf fibration $S^1 \rightarrow S^3 \rightarrow S^2$ has explicit constructions involving the geometry of $C^2$ and intersections of complex lines with the $3$-sphere. They don't seem ...
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Can you do surgery on framed tangles?

Surgery on framed links give orientable compact closed connected 3-manifolds. Can you do surgery on framed tangles? Would Fenn-Rourke moves be invariant?
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Legendrian homotopy of curves in a contact structure?

I'm aware of the great body of work on Legendrian knot theory in contact geometry, but suppose I'm curious just about homotopy and not isotopy. How does one understand the space of Legendrian loops ...

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