The Groove of Math

or in other words, the Devil is in the Details


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Random Exercise #4: The nonexistent 5-Manifold in Bredon’s book

Dear all, sorry for not having posted anything so far but my master thesis (stable classification of certain families of four manifolds) and PhD interviews have been keeping me very busy 🙂

This is a quick exercise which I was asked to solve by a friend of mine and since I found it funny I decided to spell some more details about it in order to show the importance of the Bockstein exact sequence. This could be a typical exam exercise in “Topology 2” here in Bonn, so dear fellows students, read and comment if anything is unclear!

The following is exercise 7, page 366 from Bredon’s Topology and Geometry:

Show that there can be no 5-manifold M with

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Filling the Details #4: Maps of Eilenberg MacLane Spectra induces stable cohomology operations

First of all, sorry for not having written lately. I’ve just done the GRE and GRE math examinations, together with the TOEFL. I really hope the result will be good, since I’m going to apply in the USA!

Ok, back to Math 🙂  As the title suggests, I want to write something about this known result, since I needed it for understanding why the first non-vanishing differential in the Atiyah-Hirzebruch Spectral Sequence is a stable operation. What I’m going to show is not the nicest way to prove it, but still I think it’s worth to take a look at a more “concrete” proof

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