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25 October 2003 note -
Whenever I used the term "parallelizable" for a manifold, I should have said
Please read all my material about parallelizability accordingly.
This matter came to my attention on 25 October 2003 when I read a post to sci.physics.research on the subject parallelizable manifolds by Alan Weinstein, which post is at
and the text of which says (the links are not his - I added them):
"... From: Alan Weinstein (alanw@RemoveThis.Math.AndThis.Berkeley.EDU) Subject: parallelizable manifolds This is the only article in this thread View: Original FormatNewsgroups: sci.physics.research Date: 2003-10-24 17:37:20 PST A Letter About Parallelizable Manifolds (to appear in the AMS Notices) Alan Weinstein and Joseph Wolf Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA It has recently come to the attention of one of us (AW) that an old result due to Cartan and Schouten  and the other of us  is frequently misquoted in the mathematics and physics literature (on the sci.physics.research newsgroup, as well as in published books and papers). We hope that this letter will help to prevent further misquotations. The "theorem" is frequently stated in a form like: "Every compact, simply-connected, parallelizable manifold is (diffeomorphic to) a product of 7-spheres and Lie groups." In fact, the theorem requires a strong geometric hypothesis, namely that, among the pseudo-riemannian metrics which are invariant under the flat connection naturally associated to a parallelization, there is at least one whose geodesics are the same as those of the connection. Without this hypothesis, the Poincare conjecture would be an easy corollary. It is not hard to find counterexamples when the geometric hypothesis is dropped. For instance, Kervaire  proved that a product of spheres is parallelizable as long as at least one of them has odd dimension; most such products are not diffeomorphic to products of Lie groups, since a compact, simply connected Lie group has nontrivial third cohomology. We would like to thank Robert Bryant, Rob Kirby, and Jack Lee for some interesting discussion of this matter. Bibliography  Cartan, E., and Schouten, J.A., On riemannian geometries admitting an absolute parallelism, Nederl. Akad. Wetensch. Proc. Ser. A 29 (1926), 933-946.  Kervaire, M., Courbure integrale generalise et homotopie, Math. Ann. 131} (1956), 219-252.  Wolf, J.A., On the geometry and classification of absolute parallelisms. I,II, J. Diff. Geom. 6 (1971/72), 317-342, 7 (1972), 19-44. ...".