More on Tie-points and homeomorphism in $\mathbb N^*$

by Dow and Shelah. [DwSh:917]
Fundamenta Math, 2009
A point x is a (bow) tie-point of a space X if X setminus {x} can be partitioned into (relatively) clopen sets each with x in its closure. Tie-points have appeared in the construction of non-trivial autohomeomorphisms of beta N setminus N = N^* and in the recent study of (precisely) 2-to-1 maps on N^* . In these cases the tie-points have been the unique fixed point of an involution on N^* . One application of the results in this paper is the consistency of there being a 2-to-1 continuous image of N^* which is not a homeomorph of N^* .

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