From Encyclopedia of Mathematics
Revision as of 22:27, 24 November 2013 by Ulf Rehmann (talk | contribs) (empty comment removed)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

2020 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 14-XX [MSN][ZBL]

A section or section surface of a surjective (continuous) map or of a fibre space $p:X\to Y$ is a (continuous) mapping $s:Y\to X$ such that $p\circ s={\rm id}_Y$.

If $(X,p,Y)$ is a Serre fibration, then

$$\pi_n(X) = \pi_n(p^{-1}(pt))\oplus \pi_n(Y).$$ For a principal fibre bundle the existence of a section implies its triviality. A vector bundle always possesses the so-called zero section.


[Sp] E.H. Spanier, "Algebraic topology", McGraw-Hill (1966) pp. 77 MR0210112 MR1325242 Zbl 0145.43303
How to Cite This Entry:
Section. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:
This article was adapted from an original article by A.F. Kharshiladze (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article