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    Differential topology basics

    Wow. Thanks for the speedy response. And, yeah, I'm pretty sure it was mentioned as an aside in class that most interesting manifolds embed in R^n, it's just that the class started last week, and we aren't using that result yet. Hell, I don't even know what an embedding is beyond some...
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    Differential topology basics

    I was just wondering if anyone had a decent web site explaining some of the basic terminology of differential topology. Specifically, I'm having a bit of trouble understanding charts and atlases and how one defines a smooth manifold in an arbitrary setting (i.e., not necessarily embedded in R^n)
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    Spivak Calc on Manifolds, p.85

    Spivak most definitely deserves some of your money. Possibly most of it.