Simply connected at infinity
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In topology, a branch of mathematics, a topological space X is said to be simply connected at infinity if for all compact subsets C of X, there is a compact set D in X containing C so that the induced map
is trivial. Intuitively, this is the property that loops far away from a small subspace of X can be collapsed, no matter how bad the small subspace is.
The Whitehead manifold is an example of a 3-manifold that is contractible but not simply connected at infinity. Since this property is invariant under homeomorphism, this proves that the Whitehead manifold is not homeomorphic to R3.
- "Theory : Chapter 10" (PDF). Math.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
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