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Leads to Delta-complex - very important for algebraic topology


A CW-complex is a topological space [ilmath](X,\mathcal{ J })[/ilmath] and a collection of disjoint open cells (open [ilmath]n[/ilmath]-cells of various dimensions), [ilmath]\{e_\alpha\}_{\alpha\in I} [/ilmath] where [ilmath]X\eq\bigcup_{\alpha\in I}e_\alpha[/ilmath], such that[1]:

  1. [ilmath](X,\mathcal{ J })[/ilmath] is Hausdorff
  2. For each open [ilmath]m[/ilmath]-cell, [ilmath]e\in\{e_\alpha\}_{\alpha\in I} [/ilmath], there exists a continuous map, [ilmath]f_\alpha:\overline{\mathbb{B}^n}\rightarrow X[/ilmath] such that:
  3. A set [ilmath]A\in\mathcal{P}(X)[/ilmath] is closed if and only if [ilmath]A\cap\overline{e_\alpha} [/ilmath] is closed for each [ilmath]\alpha\in I[/ilmath]


  1. Elements of Algebraic Topology - James R. Munkres