Homotopy, stable homotopy, homology and cohomology, homotopical algebra.

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### Covering Spaces and Vector Bundles

Suppose $f: Y \rightarrow X$ is a covering map between compact Hausdorff spaces $X$ and $Y$. Then $f$ induces a algebra homomorphism $f^*:C(X) \rightarrow C(Y)$ and gives $C(Y)$ the structure of a ...

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### From the perspective of bordism categories, where does the ring structure on Thom spectra come from?

To fix ideas, let's consider the Thom spectrum of framed bordism $M$, the spectrum whose homotopy groups are the framed bordism groups. $M$ has a ring spectrum structure inducing the product of ...

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### Why localize spaces with respect to homology?

A basic construction in algebraic topology is the localization of spaces or spectra with respect to a homology theory: one formally inverts the $E$-homology isomorphisms, reflecting each space into ...

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### Does simplicial localization with a 3-arrow calculus commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...

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### 1D TQFT in Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman

In the first section of Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman they construct a one-dimensional Topological Quantum Field Theory.
$F(\circ_+)$ is a vector space and $F(\circ_-)$ is the dual.
$F(\circ-\circ)$ ...

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### What does Freed-Hopkins-Teleman say about finite groups?

The third in the "Loop groups and twisted K-theory" series by FHT treats compact Lie groups without any connectedness assumptions. I am trying to unwind what Theorem 2 of that paper (available here, ...

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### LS-cat of Hspaces and that of co-Hspaces

I'm searching to learn more about any results or/and proofs (new or recent) about LS-category of H-spaces and that of co-Hspaces. Any references are welcomed Thanks

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### Topological fundamental group of a variety

I have an explicit question. I have a complex projective variety defined by 2X2 minors of a matrix. The entries are polynomials from a weighted projective space. In fact its a singular 3-fold, with ...

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### matrix ring spectra

I am trying to understand matrix ring spectra. Apparently, I have two different definitions of those and I did not manage to show that they are equivalent - maybe they even are not in the general ...

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### When does simplicial localization commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...

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### Cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties?

How is the cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties (desingularizations of Schubert Varieties ) usually calculated? Let's fix the Lie group to be $GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ or $SL_n(\mathbb{C})$ here.
Is there ...

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### Reference request: modern proof of the recognition principle [closed]

I'm looking for a modern version of P. May's proof of the recognition principle (in "geometry of iterated loop spaces"). Can someone help me?

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### endomorphisms of modules over symmetric ring spectra

I have a probably very basic question about modules over symmetric ring spectra:
Let $R$ be a commutative symmetric ring spectrum and let $M$ and $N$ be module spectra over $R$. Moreover, let ...

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### Simplest example of non-trivial Toda bracket in spaces

Many sources give an easy definition of a Toda bracket $\{f,g,h\}$ of appropriate maps $W \to X \to Y \to Z$ in spaces as a subset of the homotopy classes of maps $[\Sigma W, Z]$ (for example, ...

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### Universal bundles: construction of the map associated to a group homomorphism

For a Lie group $G$ let $EG \to BG$ denote the universal bundle. A Lie group homomorphism $\rho: G \to H$ determines a map $B \rho: BG \to BH$ as the classifying map for the principal $H$-bundle $EG ...

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### What is the determinant of Poincare duality?

For a complex $C^{\bullet}$ of finite dimensional vector spaces, one has a determinant
$$|C^\bullet|:= \bigotimes \left(\Lambda^{top} C^i\right)^{(-1)^i}$$
functorial with respect to ...

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### How nilpotent is the ring of stable homotopy groups of spheres?

Are there any known or conjectured bounds on the exponent $d(r)$ such that $x^{d(r)} = 0$ for all $x \in \pi_r^S(S^0)$?

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### Which framed manifolds are in the image of J?

The stable homotopy groups of spheres are in natural correspondence with framed cobordism classes of framed manifolds.
Is there a good way to tell if the class of framed manifold is in the image of ...

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### Manifolds such that every homeomorphism of a submanifold to itself extends to the full manifold

Let manifold $S$ (connected, without boundary) have next property: for every submanifold $D \subset S$ (connected, compact, without boundary), every homeomorphism $f:D \to D$ extends to a ...

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### Analytic maps in homotopy classes

Let $\mathcal M$ be a compact connected real-analytic manifold. It is well known that every continuous map $f\colon\mathcal M\to\mathbb S^1$ is homotopic to a smooth map. My question is the following. ...

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### Equivalence of the total spaces of two Serre fibrations with equivalent fibers

Let $B$ be a connected pointed CW complex, let $E$ and $E'$ be two CW complexes and let $f\colon E\to B$ and $f'\colon E'\to B$ be two Serre fibrations. Let $g\colon E\to E'$ be a continuous map such ...

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### extension problem for the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence

For a generalized homology theory $h$ and a Serre fibration $F\rightarrow E\rightarrow B$, we can define an Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence\begin{equation}E^2_{p,q}=H_p(B,h_q(F))\Rightarrow ...

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### stability results for the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence

For a generalized homology theory $h$ and a Serre fibration $F\rightarrow E\rightarrow B$, we can define an Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence\begin{equation}E^2_{p,q}=H_p(B,h_q(F))\Rightarrow ...

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### Cap product in strong homology theories

I'm looking for a (co)homology theory for compact metric pairs with cup/cap product that equals to singular (co)homology for CW complexes, the cap product equals to the "singular" cap product for CW ...

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### Question about the fundamental group of rational homology 3-spheres

By a rational homology 3-sphere, I mean a compact oriented manifold three-manifold $Y$ with $H_1(Y)$ finite. My question is whether there exists a reasonable classification of such manifolds such that ...

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### Is there a non-zero ghost map between finite suspension spectra?

A morphism $f\colon X\to Y$ of spectra such that for every integer $n$ the induced map $\pi_n(f)\colon\pi_n(X)\to\pi_n(Y)$ on stable homotopy groups is zero is called a ghost map.
Not every ghost map ...

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### Codimension $k$ homeomorphism extensions

Let $f:D \to D$ homeomorphism of $k$ codimension manifold (closed, compact, without boundary) to itself. ($D \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+k}$). For which $f$ does homeorophism $g: \mathbb{R}^{n+k} \to ...

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### Zero Dimension Intersection

Let $M$ be smooth and purely $r$-dimensional, $E$ be a vector bundle of rank $r$ over $M$, $s$ be a regular section of $E$ and $Z$ the zero scheme of $s$. Then $[Z]$ is dual to the top Chern class ...

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### Compact Lie groups with only 3 dimensional cohomology generators

Let $M$ be a compact connected semi-simple Lie group. Then by Hopf's Theorem $H^*(M;\mathbb Q)=\Lambda[\omega_1,...,\omega_s]$ where $\omega_i\in H^i(M;\mathbb Q)$ , $i\ge 3$ is odd.
For which $M$, ...

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### Lower dimensional Pin cobordisms

I'm studying Pin cobordism groups of a point for some low dimensions. I found a general result by Anderson, Brown, Peterson in Theorem 5.1 of their paper "Pin cobordism and related topics" ...

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### On the fundamental group of closed 3-manifolds

I know that every finitely presented group can be realized as the fundamental group of a compact, connected, smooth manifold of dimension 4 (or higher). In dimension 2 there are strong restriction on ...

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### Topological quotient Hopf-algebras and “change-of-rings”

One way of constructing coalgebra objects in the homotopy theorist's category of spectra is to take the suspension spectrum of a space, with the diagonal providing a cocommutative comultiplication. ...

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### If $E$ maps onto a contractible space with contractible fibers, must $E$ be contractible?

Let $p\colon E\to C$ be a continuous, surjective map between topological spaces with $C$ contractible. Suppose that $p^{-1}(c)$ is contractible for each $c\in C$. Is it true that $E$ is weakly ...

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### Explicit reference on generator of $H^4(BQ_8;\mathbb{Z})\cong \mathbb{Z}_8$ identified with second Chern class of standard representation

It is extremely well-known that $H^*(BQ_8;\mathbb{Z})=\mathbb{Z}[\alpha,\beta,\gamma]$ with relations $2\alpha=2\beta=8\gamma=\alpha^2=\beta^2=\alpha\beta-4\gamma=0$, $|\alpha|=|\beta|=2$ and ...

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### Rational homology and finite group actions

I'm looking for examples of the following phenomena. Let $X$ be a reasonable space (say, a CW complex) and $G$ be a finite group acting on $X$. For all $k \geq 1$, the projection map $X \rightarrow ...

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### Dennis trace map K----> THH

I have some questions about Dennis trace map in algebraic K-Theory. I was wondering if there is some conceptual way to look at this map $K(-)\rightarrow THH(-)$ (natural transformation from K-Theory ...

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### The error in Petrovski and Landis' proof of the 16th Hilbert problem

What was the main error in the proof of the second part of the 16th Hilbert problem by Petrovski and Landis?
Please see : Most interesting mathematics mistake?
Added : According to their method, ...

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### Which reflexive coequalizer diagrams are projectively cofibrant?

Consider the walking reflexive pair category W,
which consists of two objects 0 and 1 and three generating
morphisms f: 0→1, g: 0→1, and h: 1→0
satisfying the relation fh=gh=id₁.
Consider the ...

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### Homotopy spheres with vanishing and non-vanishing $\alpha$-invariant

I'm unsure whether this question is appropriate for mathoverflow, so feel free to criticize.
All manifolds are closed, smooth and have dimensions $n\ge 5$.
The Atiyah-Shapiro-Bott-Orientation gives ...

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### What's special about the Simplex category?

I have been wondering lately what makes simplicial sets 'tick'.
Edited
The category $\Delta$can be viewed as the category of standard $n$-simplices and order preserving simplicial maps. The goal of ...

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### Obstructions to the existence of stable (and unstable?) complex structures?

Let $V$ be a real vector bundle on a space $X$, perhaps the tangent bundle of a smooth compact manifold. I'm interested in understanding the obstructions to $V$ admitting a stable complex structure, ...

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### Picard-Brauer exact sequence for infinity categories

This question may be very naive, or the answer may be well-known. In any case, a good amount of googling did not bring up anything useful (maybe I'm using the wrong words?).
If $f:A\to B$ is a ...

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### Why does the singular simplicial space geometrically realize to the original space?

I have seen it claimed that (for compactly generated Hausdorff spaces) the geometric realization of the singular (internal) simplicial space is homotopy equivalent to the original space. I know how to ...

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### Cohomology class of the group extension from a principal bundle

Let $M$ be a closed connected manifold and fix a basepoint $q \in M$ and a Riemannian metric on $M$. Let $F(M)$ denote the orthonormal frame bundle of $M$. This is a principal $O(n)$-bundle over $M$ ...

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### Complex non stably trivial complex vector bundle with vanishing Chern classes

There have been some discussions of a similar question, but I'd like an example of a non-trivial class in complex K-theory of an orientable manifold, for which all Chern classes vanish. This does not ...

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### Divisibility in homology/homotopy

I have a simply-connected CW-complex $F$ of finite-type, and I know that the imprimitivity of its particular integral homology is divisible by an odd prime $p$; that is,
$$ \forall n,\exists \delta, ...

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### Is the geometric realization of a level-wise weak equivalence a weak equivalence?

For the purposes of this question a topological space will mean a compactly generated weak Hausdorff space, though I am actually somewhat flexible on what category of topological spaces we use. I ...

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### Conditions for a parametric curve to avoid self-intersection?

Suppose a planar curve $C$ is defined by parametric
equations in $t$: $x(t)$ and $y(t)$.
Are there conditions on these two functions that guarantee
that $C$ does not self-intersect?
For example,
the ...

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### What (if anything) unifies stable homotopy theory and Grothendieck's six functors formalism?

I know of two very general frameworks for describing generalizations of what a "cohomology theory" should be: Grothendieck's "six functors", and the theory of spectra.
In the former, one assigns to ...

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### Homotopy groups of linearization of a space

If $X$ is a pointed space and $A$ is an abelian group, then we can form the space $A[X]$ whose points are finite formal sums $\sum a_i x_i$ with $a_i \in A, x_i \in X$ subject to some natural ...