4-sphere


Is there an algorithm to determine if a triangulated 4-manifold is combinatorially equivalent to the 4-sphere? ★★★

Author(s): Novikov

\begin{problem} Is there an algorithm which takes as input a triangulated 4-manifold, and determines whether or not this manifold is combinatorially equivalent to the 4-sphere? \end{problem}

Keywords: 4-sphere; algorithm

What is the homotopy type of the group of diffeomorphisms of the 4-sphere? ★★★★

Author(s): Smale

\begin{problem} $Diff(S^4)$ has the homotopy-type of a product space $Diff(S^4) \simeq \mathbb O_5 \times Diff(D^4)$ where $Diff(D^4)$ is the group of diffeomorphisms of the 4-ball which restrict to the identity on the boundary. Determine some (any?) homotopy or homology groups of $Diff(D^4)$. \end{problem}

Keywords: 4-sphere; diffeomorphisms

Which compact boundaryless 3-manifolds embed smoothly in the 4-sphere? ★★★

Author(s): Kirby

\begin{problem} Determine a computable set of invariants that allow one to determine, given a compact boundaryless 3-manifold, whether or not it embeds smoothly in the 4-sphere. This should include a constructive procedure to find an embedding if the manifold is embeddable. % Enter your conjecture in LaTeX % You may change "conjecture" to "question" or "problem" if you prefer. \end{problem}

Keywords: 3-manifold; 4-sphere; embedding

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