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Manifold and metric

  1. Nov 20, 2007 #1
    Does a manifold necessarily have a metric?
    Does a manifold without metric exist? If it exists, what is its name?
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  3. Nov 20, 2007 #2
    Bob. :)
  4. Nov 20, 2007 #3

    Chris Hillman

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    Well, you posted this in the General Astronomy forum but I will interpret your question to concern the theory of manifolds in mathematics. With that assumption, no, in general, smooth manifolds need not be provided with any Riemannian (or Lorentzian) metric. There are in fact several intermediate levels of structure between the basic notion of a smooth manifold and the notion of a Riemannian (or Lorentzian) manifold.

    Any smooth manifold which has not been provided with a metric tensor in the sense of Riemannian (or Lorentzian) geometry.
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