Tetrahedra on deformed spheres and integral group cohomology
Pavle V. M. Blagojević and Günter M. Ziegler – 2009
We show that for every injective continuous map f: S^2 --> R^3 there are four distinct points in the image of f such that the convex hull is a tetrahedron with the property that two opposite edges have the same length and the other four edges are also of equal length. This result represents a partial result for the topological Borsuk problem for R^3. Our proof of the geometrical claim, via Fadell-Husseini index theory, provides an instance where arguments based on group cohomology with integer coefficients yield results that cannot be accessed using only field coefficients.