Let and be complete flags over an -dimensional vector space . Show that there is a set of lines compatible with the two flags, in the sense that there exists a permutation such that and .

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# Kill the Killing form

Let be a Lie algebra and its Killing form. Is the kernel of always equal to the radical of ?

# Centers

Let be a connected Lie subgroup of . Then commutes with all of iff it commutes with all of .

# Bounding the projective plane

Is there a compact 3-manifold having as boundary?

# (Not) on a plane

A plane flies 100 km north, 100 km east, 100 km south and then 100 km west. Give a necessary and sufficient condition for it to land on the same spot where it took off.

# No Eckmann-Hilton

Prove the following two statements and conclude that the fundamental group of a (connected) topological group is abelian:

1) A discrete normal subgroup of a connected topological group is central.

2) If is the universal covering, the total space admits a topological group structure such that is a group morphism. The kernel of is then isomorphic to the fundamental group of .

# More of not everything being abstract nonsense

The exponential map is surjective for but not for .