In

_{1} topology on any infinite set.
Any set can be given the cocountable topology, in which a set is defined as open if it is either empty or its complement is countable. When the set is uncountable, this topology serves as a counterexample in many situations.
The real line can also be given the

mathematics
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, a topological space is, roughly speaking, a geometrical space in which closeness is defined but cannot necessarily be measured by a numeric distance
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. More specifically, a topological space is a set whose elements are called points, along with an additional structure called a topology, which can be defined as a set of neighbourhood
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s for each point that satisfy some axiom
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s formalizing the concept of closeness. There are several equivalent definitions of a topology, the most commonly used of which is the definition through open set
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s, which is easier than the others to manipulate.
A topological space is the most general type of a mathematical space that allows for the definition of limits
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, continuity, and connectedness. Common types of topological spaces include Euclidean space
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s, metric space
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s and manifold
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s.
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.
History

Around1735
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, Leonhard Euler
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discovered the formula
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$V\; -\; E\; +\; F\; =\; 2$ relating the number of vertices, edges and faces of a convex polyhedron
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, and hence of a planar graph
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. The study and generalization of this formula, specifically by Cauchy (1789-1857) and L'Huilier (1750-1840), boosted the study of topology
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. In 1827
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, Carl Friedrich Gauss
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published ''General investigations of curved surfaces'', which in section 3 defines the curved surface in a similar manner to the modern topological understanding: "A curved surface is said to possess continuous curvature at one of its points A, if the direction of all the straight lines drawn from A to points of the surface at an infinitely small distance from A are deflected infinitely little from one and the same plane passing through A."
Yet, "until Riemann's work in the early 1850s, surfaces were always dealt with from a local point of view (as parametric surfaces) and topological issues were never considered". " Möbius and Jordan seem to be the first to realize that the main problem about the topology of (compact) surfaces is to find invariants (preferably numerical) to decide the equivalence of surfaces, that is, to decide whether two surfaces are homeomorphic or not."
The subject is clearly defined by Felix Klein
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in his "Erlangen Program
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" (1872): the geometry invariants of arbitrary continuous transformation, a kind of geometry. The term "topology" was introduced by Johann Benedict Listing
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in 1847, although he had used the term in correspondence some years earlier instead of previously used "Analysis situs". The foundation of this science, for a space of any dimension, was created by Henri Poincaré. His first article on this topic appeared in 1894
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. In the 1930s, James Waddell Alexander II
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and Hassler Whitney
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first expressed the idea that a surface is a topological space that is locally like a Euclidean plane.
Topological spaces were first defined by Felix Hausdorff
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in 1914 in his seminal "Principles of Set Theory". Metric spaces
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had been defined earlier in 1906 by Maurice Fréchet Maurice may refer to:
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, though it was Hausdorff who popularised the term "metric space" ( de , metrischer Raum).
Definitions

The utility of the concept of a ''topology'' is shown by the fact that there are several equivalent definitions of this mathematical structure. Thus one chooses the axiomatization suited for the application. The most commonly used is that in terms of , but perhaps more intuitive is that in terms of and so this is given first.Definition via neighbourhoods

This axiomatization is due toFelix Hausdorff
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.
Let $X$ be a set; the elements of $X$ are usually called , though they can be any mathematical object. We allow $X$ to be empty. Let $\backslash mathcal$ be a function assigning to each $x$ (point) in $X$ a non-empty collection $\backslash mathcal(x)$ of subsets of $X.$ The elements of $\backslash mathcal(x)$ will be called of $x$ with respect to $\backslash mathcal$ (or, simply, ). The function $\backslash mathcal$ is called a neighbourhood topology if the axiom
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s below are satisfied; and then $X$ with $\backslash mathcal$ is called a topological space.
# If $N$ is a neighbourhood of $x$ (i.e., $N\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathcal(x)$), then $x\; \backslash in\; N.$ In other words, each point belongs to every one of its neighbourhoods.
# If $N$ is a subset of $X$ and includes a neighbourhood of $x,$ then $N$ is a neighbourhood of $x.$ I.e., every superset
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of a neighbourhood of a point $x\; \backslash in\; X$ is again a neighbourhood of $x.$
# The intersection of two neighbourhoods of $x$ is a neighbourhood of $x.$
# Any neighbourhood $N$ of $x$ includes a neighbourhood $M$ of $x$ such that $N$ is a neighbourhood of each point of $M.$
The first three axioms for neighbourhoods have a clear meaning. The fourth axiom has a very important use in the structure of the theory, that of linking together the neighbourhoods of different points of $X.$
A standard example of such a system of neighbourhoods is for the real line $\backslash R,$ where a subset $N$ of $\backslash R$ is defined to be a of a real number $x$ if it includes an open interval containing $x.$
Given such a structure, a subset $U$ of $X$ is defined to be open if $U$ is a neighbourhood of all points in $U.$ The open sets then satisfy the axioms given below. Conversely, when given the open sets of a topological space, the neighbourhoods satisfying the above axioms can be recovered by defining $N$ to be a neighbourhood of $x$ if $N$ includes an open set $U$ such that $x\; \backslash in\; U.$
Definition via open sets

A ''topology'' on a set may be defined as a collection $\backslash tau$ ofsubset
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s of , called open sets and satisfying the following axioms:
# The empty set
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and $X$ itself belong to $\backslash tau.$
# Any arbitrary (finite or infinite) union of members of $\backslash tau$ belongs to $\backslash tau.$
# The intersection of any finite number of members of $\backslash tau$ belongs to $\backslash tau.$
As this definition of a topology is the most commonly used, the set $\backslash tau$ of the open sets is commonly called a topology on $X.$
A subset $C\; \backslash subseteq\; X$ is said to be in $(X,\; \backslash tau)$ if its complement
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$X\; \backslash setminus\; C$ is an open set.
Examples of topologies

# Given $X\; =\; \backslash ,$ the trivial or topology on $X$ is thefamily
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$\backslash tau\; =\; \backslash \; =\; \backslash $ consisting of only the two subsets of $X$ required by the axioms forms a topology of $X.$
# Given $X\; =\; \backslash ,$ the family $$\backslash tau\; =\; \backslash \; =\; \backslash $$ of six subsets of $X$ forms another topology of $X.$
# Given $X\; =\; \backslash ,$ the discrete topology
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on $X$ is the power set
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of $X,$ which is the family $\backslash tau\; =\; \backslash wp(X)$ consisting of all possible subsets of $X.$ In this case the topological space $(X,\; \backslash tau)$ is called a .
# Given $X\; =\; \backslash Z,$ the set of integers, the family $\backslash tau$ of all finite subsets of the integers plus $\backslash Z$ itself is a topology, because (for example) the union of all finite sets not containing zero is not finite but is also not all of $\backslash Z,$ and so it cannot be in $\backslash tau.$
Definition via closed sets

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, the above axioms defining open sets become axioms defining closed set
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s:
# The empty set and $X$ are closed.
# The intersection of any collection of closed sets is also closed.
# The union of any finite number of closed sets is also closed.
Using these axioms, another way to define a topological space is as a set $X$ together with a collection $\backslash tau$ of closed subsets of $X.$ Thus the sets in the topology $\backslash tau$ are the closed sets, and their complements in $X$ are the open sets.
Other definitions

There are many other equivalent ways to define a topological space: in other words the concepts of neighbourhood, or that of open or closed sets can be reconstructed from other starting points and satisfy the correct axioms. Another way to define a topological space is by using the Kuratowski closure axioms, which define the closed sets as the fixed points of an operator on thepower set
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of $X.$
A net
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is a generalisation of the concept of sequence
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. A topology is completely determined if for every net in $X$ the set of its accumulation points is specified.
Comparison of topologies

A variety of topologies can be placed on a set to form a topological space. When every set in a topology $\backslash tau\_1$ is also in a topology $\backslash tau\_2$ and $\backslash tau\_1$ is a subset of $\backslash tau\_2,$ we say that $\backslash tau\_2$is than $\backslash tau\_1,$ and $\backslash tau\_1$ is than $\backslash tau\_2.$ A proof that relies only on the existence of certain open sets will also hold for any finer topology, and similarly a proof that relies only on certain sets not being open applies to any coarser topology. The terms and are sometimes used in place of finer and coarser, respectively. The terms and are also used in the literature, but with little agreement on the meaning, so one should always be sure of an author's convention when reading. The collection of all topologies on a given fixed set $X$ forms acomplete lattice
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: if $F\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $ is a collection of topologies on $X,$ then the meet of $F$ is the intersection of $F,$ and the join of $F$ is the meet of the collection of all topologies on $X$ that contain every member of $F.$
Continuous functions

A function $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ between topological spaces is called continuous if for every $x\; \backslash in\; X$ and every neighbourhood $N$ of $f(x)$ there is a neighbourhood $M$ of $x$ such that $f(M)\; \backslash subseteq\; N.$ This relates easily to the usual definition in analysis. Equivalently, $f$ is continuous if theinverse image
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of every open set is open. This is an attempt to capture the intuition that there are no "jumps" or "separations" in the function. A homeomorphism
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is a bijection
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that is continuous and whose inverse is also continuous. Two spaces are called if there exists a homeomorphism between them. From the standpoint of topology, homeomorphic spaces are essentially identical.
In category theory
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, one of the fundamental categories is Top, which denotes the category of topological spaces whose objects are topological spaces and whose morphism
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s are continuous functions. The attempt to classify the objects of this category (up to Two Mathematical object, mathematical objects ''a'' and ''b'' are called equal up to an equivalence relation ''R''
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homeomorphism
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) by invariants has motivated areas of research, such as homotopy theory
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, homology theory
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, and K-theory.
Examples of topological spaces

A given set may have many different topologies. If a set is given a different topology, it is viewed as a different topological space. Any set can be given thediscrete topology
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in which every subset is open. The only convergent sequences or nets in this topology are those that are eventually constant. Also, any set can be given the trivial topology (also called the indiscrete topology), in which only the empty set and the whole space are open. Every sequence and net in this topology converges to every point of the space. This example shows that in general topological spaces, limits of sequences need not be unique. However, often topological spaces must be Hausdorff space
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s where limit points are unique.
Metric spaces

Metric spaces embody ametric
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, a precise notion of distance between points.
Every metric space
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can be given a metric topology, in which the basic open sets are open balls defined by the metric. This is the standard topology on any normed vector space
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. On a finite-dimensional vector space
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this topology is the same for all norms.
There are many ways of defining a topology on $\backslash R,$ the set of real number
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s. The standard topology on $\backslash R$ is generated by the open intervals. The set of all open intervals forms a base or basis for the topology, meaning that every open set is a union of some collection of sets from the base. In particular, this means that a set is open if there exists an open interval of non zero radius about every point in the set. More generally, the Euclidean space
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s $\backslash R^n$ can be given a topology. In the usual topology on $\backslash R^n$ the basic open sets are the open ball
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s. Similarly, $\backslash C,$ the set of complex number
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s, and $\backslash C^n$ have a standard topology in which the basic open sets are open balls.
Proximity spaces

Uniform spaces

Function spaces

Cauchy spaces

Convergence spaces

Grothendieck sites

Other spaces

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s in functional analysis
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are endowed with topologies that are defined by specifying when a particular sequence of functions converges to the zero function.
Any local field has a topology native to it, and this can be extended to vector spaces over that field.
Every manifold
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has a natural topology
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since it is locally Euclidean. Similarly, every simplex
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and every simplicial complex
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inherits a natural topology from .
The Zariski topology
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is defined algebraically on the spectrum of a ring
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or an algebraic variety
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. On $\backslash R^n$ or $\backslash C^n,$ the closed sets of the Zariski topology are the solution sets of systems of polynomial
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equations.
A linear graph has a natural topology that generalizes many of the geometric aspects of graph
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s with vertices and edges.
The Sierpiński space is the simplest non-discrete topological space. It has important relations to the theory of computation
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and semantics.
There exist numerous topologies on any given finite set
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. Such spaces are called finite topological spaces. Finite spaces are sometimes used to provide examples or counterexamples to conjectures about topological spaces in general.
Any set can be given the cofinite topology in which the open sets are the empty set and the sets whose complement is finite. This is the smallest Tlower limit topology
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. Here, the basic open sets are the half open intervals $[a,\; b).$ This topology on $\backslash R$ is strictly finer than the Euclidean topology defined above; a sequence converges to a point in this topology if and only if it converges from above in the Euclidean topology. This example shows that a set may have many distinct topologies defined on it.
If $\backslash Gamma$ is an ordinal number, then the set $\backslash Gamma\; =\; [0,\; \backslash Gamma)$ may be endowed with the order topology generated by the intervals $(a,\; b),$ $[0,\; b),$ and $(a,\; \backslash Gamma)$ where $a$ and $b$ are elements of $\backslash Gamma.$
Outer space
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of a free group
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$F\_n$ consists of the so-called "marked metric graph structures" of volume 1 on $F\_n.$
Topological constructions

Every subset of a topological space can be given thesubspace topology
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in which the open sets are the intersections of the open sets of the larger space with the subset. For any indexed family
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of topological spaces, the product can be given the product topology
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, which is generated by the inverse images of open sets of the factors under the projection mappings. For example, in finite products, a basis for the product topology consists of all products of open sets. For infinite products, there is the additional requirement that in a basic open set, all but finitely many of its projections are the entire space.
A quotient space is defined as follows: if $X$ is a topological space and $Y$ is a set, and if $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ is a surjective
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function, then the quotient topology on $Y$ is the collection of subsets of $Y$ that have open inverse image
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s under $f.$ In other words, the quotient topology is the finest topology on $Y$ for which $f$ is continuous. A common example of a quotient topology is when an equivalence relation
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is defined on the topological space $X.$ The map $f$ is then the natural projection onto the set of equivalence class
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es.
The Vietoris topology on the set of all non-empty subsets of a topological space $X,$ named for Leopold Vietoris, is generated by the following basis: for every $n$-tuple $U\_1,\; \backslash ldots,\; U\_n$ of open sets in $X,$ we construct a basis set consisting of all subsets of the union of the $U\_i$ that have non-empty intersections with each $U\_i.$
The Fell topology on the set of all non-empty closed subsets of a locally compact In topology and related branches of mathematics, a topological space is called locally compact if, roughly speaking, each small portion of the space looks like a small portion of a compact space. More precisely, it is a topological space in which ev ...

Polish space $X$ is a variant of the Vietoris topology, and is named after mathematician James Fell. It is generated by the following basis: for every $n$-tuple $U\_1,\; \backslash ldots,\; U\_n$ of open sets in $X$ and for every compact set $K,$ the set of all subsets of $X$ that are disjoint from $K$ and have nonempty intersections with each $U\_i$ is a member of the basis.
Classification of topological spaces

Topological spaces can be broadly classified,up to Two Mathematical object, mathematical objects ''a'' and ''b'' are called equal up to an equivalence relation ''R''
* if ''a'' and ''b'' are related by ''R'', that is,
* if ''aRb'' holds, that is,
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homeomorphism, by their topological properties. A topological property is a property of spaces that is invariant under homeomorphisms. To prove that two spaces are not homeomorphic it is sufficient to find a topological property not shared by them. Examples of such properties include connectedness, compactness
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, and various separation axioms. For algebraic invariants see algebraic topology
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Topological spaces with algebraic structure

For any algebraic objects we can introduce the discrete topology, under which the algebraic operations are continuous functions. For any such structure that is not finite, we often have a natural topology compatible with the algebraic operations, in the sense that the algebraic operations are still continuous. This leads to concepts such astopological group
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s, topological vector space
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s, topological rings and local fields.
Topological spaces with order structure

* Spectral: A space is '' spectral'' if and only if it is the primespectrum of a ring
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( Hochster theorem).
* Specialization preorder: In a space the ''specialization preorder'' (or ''canonical preorder'') is defined by $x\; \backslash leq\; y$ if and only if $\backslash operatorname\backslash \; \backslash subseteq\; \backslash operatorname\backslash ,$ where $\backslash operatorname$ denotes an operator satisfying the Kuratowski closure axioms.
See also

* *Complete Heyting algebra
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– The system of all open sets of a given topological space ordered by inclusion is a complete Heyting algebra.
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