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A •  is an abstract mathematical space in which every point has a neighborhood which
resembles Euclidean space, but in which the global structure may be more complicated. In
discussing manifolds, the idea of dimension is important. For example, lines are one-
dimensional, and planes two-dimensional.

In a one dimensional manifold (or one-manifold), every point has a neighborhood that looks like
a segment of a line. Examples of one-manifolds include a line, a circle, and two separate circles.
In a two-manifold, every point has a neighborhood that looks like a disk. Examples include a
plane, the surface of a sphere, and the surface of a torus.

Manifolds are important objects in mathematics and physics because they allow more
complicated structures to be expressed and understood in terms of the relatively well-understood
properties of simpler spaces.


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