Symmetry between mathematical constructions is a very desired phenomena in mathematics in general, and in algebraic geometry in particular. For line arrangements, symmetry between topological characterizations and the combinatorics of the arrangement has often been studied, and the first counterexample where symmetry breaks is in dimension 13. In the first part of this paper, we shall prove that two arrangements of smooth compact manifolds of any dimension that are connected through smooth functions are homeomorphic. In the second part, we prove this in the affine case in dimension 4.
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Funding: This research was supported by the ISF-NSFC joint research program (grant No. 3210/19).
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- Smooth manifold