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### An orientable surface that cannot be embedded into $\Bbb R^3$? [duplicate]

I previously asked this question on MSE, without success. By Whitney's embedding theorem, every 2-dimensional manifold (aka. a surface) can be embedded into $\Bbb R^4$. Now, Wikipedia states in this ...
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### When does a graph have a minimally strong orientation?

Given an asymmetric relation $A\subseteq V^2$ a digraph $D=(V,A)$ is minimally strong iff $D$ is strongly connected and for all arcs $\alpha\in A$ the digraph $D−\alpha=(V,A\setminus\{\alpha\})$ is ...
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### Reference on complex cobordism

I am trying to study a little of algebraic cobordism and I lack background from the classic setting. Hence, I am looking for a textbook or expository writing covering the basics of complex cobordism. ...
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### Is there a notion of a connection for which the horizontal lift of a curve depends on its orientation?

Given a fiber bundle $\pi:E\to M$, a curve $\gamma:[0,1]\to M$, and a point $p \in \pi^{-1}(\gamma(0))$, a connection on the bundle allows us to uniquely lift $\gamma$ to a horizontal curve in E ...
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### Does an oriented $S^3$ fiber bundle admit the structure of a principal $SU(2)$-bundle?

Let $S \to X$ be an $S^3$-fiber bundle over a smooth manifold $X$. If $S$ is an oriented manifold does this fiber bundle admit the structure of an $SU(2)$-principal bundle? There is a similar theorem ...
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### Examples of interesting non orientable closed 3-manifolds

In dimension 2, there are two remarkable non-orientable closed manifolds, the projective plane (from synthetic geometry; has the fixed point property; algebraic compactification of the plane etc) and ...
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### Is there a well-known notion of orientability for finite geometries?

I'm wondering if the notion of an orientable/non-orientable manifold has any reasonable extension that allows for a similar classification of finite geometries. For example, the real projective plane ...
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### A topological group which is also a (not necessarily smooth) manifold is orientable

I am trying to show that a topological group which is also a (not necessarily smooth) manifold is automatically orientable. I know of a proof involving transition functions for smooth manifolds, in ...
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### Orientability and higher dimensional Moebius strip

A compact surface is non-orientable if and only if there is a Moebius strip on it. Is there a similar result in higher dimension? More specifically, at least in the smooth setting, we can define a ...
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### Proving that an $E$-oriented manifold has an $E$-oriented normal bundle

This is the setting we are working in: $M$ is a closed, smooth $n$-manifold embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+k}$ with a chosen embedding $e\colon M^n\to \mathbb{R}^{n+k}$. It is $E$-oriented, for $E$ a ...
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### Orientability of orbit type strata of Lie group actions

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group that acts on a smooth, finite dimensional, oriented manifold $M$, and suppose that such action preserves orientation, i.e., for each $g\in G$, the diffeomorphism $\mu_g$ ...
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### non-orientability of vector bundles induced from a symmetric group action

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the symmetric group on $k$-letters. Let $M$ be a manifold with a free $\Sigma_k$-action. Then we can form a $k$-dimensional vector bundle  \xi:\mathbb{R}^k\longrightarrow M\times_{\...
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### Constrained absolute orientation of 3D point sets

Let us assume we have two 3D point sets, $P=\{p_i\}$ and $Q=\{q_i\}$, and that we need to recover the transformation that takes $P$ as close to $Q$ as possible. In particular, I am interested in roto-...