Calculations Involving the Classical Groups
In this chapter we consider fibre bundles with the classical groups as fibre. By studying these bundles, we are able to calculate homotopy groups of the Stiefel varieties and classical groups. In the course of the development, we derive a homotopy classification for general fibre bundles over a suspension. Using this classification theorem and the homotopy groups of the classical groups, we are able to classify all vector bundles over a sphere of dimension ≦ 4.
KeywordsExact Sequence Vector Bundle Classical Group Fibre Bundle Commutative Diagram
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