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A combinatorial formula for the Pontrjagin classes

Authors: I. M. GelЬfand and R. D. MacPherson
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 26 (1992), 304-309
MSC (2000): Primary 57R20; Secondary 05B35
MathSciNet review: 1129313
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Abstract: A combinatorial formula for the Pontrjagin classes of a triangulated manifold is given. The main ingredients are oriented matroid theory and a modified formulation of Chern-Weil theory.

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