# Tagged Questions

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### Quillen's motivation of higher algebraic K-theory

Almost the same question was already asked on MO Motivation for algebraic K-theory?
However, to my taste, the answers there consider the subject from a more modern point of view.
When I open a book ...

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### Additivity theorem for algebraic L-theory?

There is an additivity theorem for algebraic K-theory. My question is is there an additivity theorem for algebraic L-theory?

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### Algebraic K-theory of odd-dimensional spheres

Let $A(X)$ denote the Waldhausen's algebraic K-theory of a space $X$, and let $n$ be odd.
Are the rational homotopy groups of $A(S^n)$ known?
Is the group $\pi_{2k}(A(S^n))$ finite for all ...

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### Torsion in Whitehead group

Let $\pi$ be a finite group of odd order. What do we know about the torsion subgroup of $Wh(\pi)$? I am especially interested in the $2$-primary part. Is it always trivial?

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### Algebraic K-theory and Homotopy Sheaves

Recently, when I was reading the definition of higher algebraic K-theory, I tried to give myself some motivation by looking at derived algebraic geometry. The constructions for algebraic K-theory ...

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### Waldhausen $K$-theory for $G$-spaces

I would guess that the following is true, and that somebody has worked it out, but I don't recall ever seeing it. Can anyone point me to any literature on it?
Let $G$ be a finite group. We know that ...

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### What arithmetic information is contained in the algebraic K-theory of the integers

I'm always looking for applications of homotopy theory to other fields, mostly as a way to make my talks more interesting or to motivate the field to non-specialists. It seems like most talks about ...

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### homology of $B S^{-1} S$ computation in the proof that $+ = Q$

Let $S$ denote the category of projective (left) $R$-modules with isomorphisms for arrows. We have that
$BS^{-1}S \sim B \text{GL}(R)^+ \times K_0(R)$
In proving this, in Srinivas' algebraic ...

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### Intuition as to why the K-theory of a ring should be the homotopy theory of an H-space

For an ideal $I \subset R$ with relative K-groups $K_i(R,I)$ we have an exact sequence
$K_2(R) \to K_2(R,I) \to K_2(R/I) \to K_1(R) \to K_1(R,I) \to K_1(R/I)$
$\to K_0(R) \to K_0(R,I) \to K_0(R/I)$
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### Simplicial sets from bisimplicial sets, and their realisations.

From a bisimplicial space $T$, one can consider the simplicial spaces $\underline p \mapsto T_{pp} $, $\underline p \mapsto |\underline q \mapsto T_{pq} |$, and $\underline q \mapsto |\underline p ...

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### Path components of a monoidal category form a monoid?

In Grayson's 'Higher Algebraic K-theory II', leading up to the categorical generalisation of the plus construction, he considers $\pi_0(S) = \pi_0(BS)$, where $S$ is a (small, symmetric) monoidal ...

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### Plus construction considerations.

In order to realise the K-groups of a ring as the homotopy groups of some space associated to that ring, Quillen proposed the following (roughly-sketched) construction:
Recall that $K_1(R) = ...

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### Waldhausen Additivity in a More General Context

The following arose when I was thinking about a talk at the Midwest Topology Seminar:
Background
I want to consider a generalization of a Waldhausen-like structure on a category $C$ with 0-object ...

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### Is every ''group-completion'' map an acyclic map?

I start with a longer discussion which will result in a precise version of the question. A am puzzled about an issue with the
Quillen plus construction. I have seen outstanding experts being confused ...

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### K-Theory space of finite abelian groups

Consider the abelian category $\mathsf{finAb}$ of finite abelian groups. It is easy to prove that there is an isomorphism $\mathrm{ord} : K_0(\mathsf{finAb}) \to \mathbb{Q}^+$. Can you give a ...

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### Cube of cofibrations II

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category with cofibrations in the sense of (Waldhausen, Algebraic K-Theory of Spaces) and denote by $F_n(\mathcal{C})$ the category with cofibrations consisting of sequences of ...

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### Can anyone explain to me what is an assembly map?

Or can you give me a good place to read about things related to assembly map, besides wikipedia? I am specially interested in the case of algebraic K-theory. Would appreciated if you could provide ...

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### The K-theoretic Farrell-Jones conjecture for cat(0) groups

Is the fibered K-theoretic farrell-jones conjecture true for cat(0)-groups?

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### A Reference on Multicategories with “Internal Hom”

The multicategory of Waldhausen categories is "enriched over itself": the Hom-set of $k$-exact functors can be given a Waldhausen category structure by letting the morphisms be natural ...

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### A modified version of K-theory for manifolds ?

If $X$ is a compact smooth manifold, $K^{0}(X)$ can be defined as the algebraic $K_{0}$-group of $C^{\infty}(X)$. In order to do that we use the following equivalence relation: we say that two ...

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### Algorithm to calculate $Wh(G)$ for finitely presented group $G$?

Let $G$ be a finitely presented group.
Are there any algorithm to calculate whitehead group $G$, $Wh(G)$ in terms of presentation of $G$?

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### Why was it reasonable to ask what the higher K-groups are?

To say I am a novice in $K$-theory is to overstate my experience with the field. I've been reading the various wiki articles so as to have some preparation before jumping in, and I couldn't answer the ...

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### Which of Quillen's Papers Should I read?

I just heard that Dan Quillen passed on. I am not familiar with his work
and want to celebrate his life by reading some of his papers. Which one(s?)
should I read?
I am an algebraic geometry who is ...

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### Why does the map $BG\to A(*)$ fail to split?

There is a map $BG \to A(\ast)$ where $BG$ classifies stable spherical fibrations and $A(\ast)$ is
Waldhausen's algebraic $K$-theory of a point. The map is induced by applying Quillen's plus ...

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### homotopy domination that splits a non-split epimorphism and still wants to be a homotopy equivalence

Can a homotopy domination by a space supporting a free action of $G$ be promoted to a homotopy equivalence with such a space? As stated, this is not a serious question (multiply by an $EG$). But with ...

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### Algebraic K-groups and braids

This is (I think) a reference request:
Are there calculations of any algebraic K-groups for the (group ring of) the Artin braid groups?

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### Morava on Shafarevich

Jack Morava has some interesting ideas stemming from stable homotopy theory and geometric topology on the Shafarevich Conjecture.
The Shafarevich Conjecture states: $Gal(\bar Q / Q_{cycl})$ is free. ...

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### Definition for fundamental group (higher homotopy groups) for a category?

How to define homotopy groups in categories as in Quillen's definition for Higher algebraic K-theory: K_i(M)=\pi_{i+1}(BQM, 0), where M is a small category and BQM is the classifying space of QM. ...

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### (Co-) Homology associated to Waldhausen K-Theory

Waldhausen K-Theory takes as input a Waldhausen category C and produces a spectrum K(C). I would like to know what is known about generalized (co-) homology theories that can be realized by this ...

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### Motivation for algebraic K-theory?

I'm looking for a big-picture treatment of algebraic K-theory and why it's important. I've seen various abstract definitions (Quillen's plus and Q constructions, some spectral constructions like ...