Topologically Distinct – holier than thou

 

A necessary (but not sufficient) criteria for two surfaces to be topologically equivalent is that they have the same number of “holes”.  So if one surface is “holier” than “thou” (another), then they would be topologically distinct.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topology

 

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Topology.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeomorphism

 

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Homeomorphism.html

 

 

Note:  Be careful not to confuse “homomorphism” and “homeomorphism”.