Klein bottle

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The Klein bottle is a compact non-orientable surface (and hence, in particular, a connected two-dimensional manifold) defined in the following equivalent ways (up to homeomorphism)

  1. It is the connected sum of two copies of the real projective plane.
  2. It is obtained by taking a torus, removing one of the factor circles, and re-gluing this circle with the opposite orientation.

(More definitions, more precise definitions needed).

The Klein bottle is one of the compact non-orientable surfaces.

Algebraic topology


Further information: homology of Klein bottle

The Klein bottle has H_0 = \mathbb{Z}, H_1 = \mathbb{Z} \oplus \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}, H_2 = 0, and all higher homology groups are zero. The Betti numbers are b_0 = b_1 = 1, higher b_ks are zero, the Poincare polynomial is 1 + x, and the Euler characteristic is thus 0.


Further information: cohomology of Klein bottle


Further information: homotopy of Klein bottle