# Tagged Questions

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### I think I have a category enriched in $(\infty,n-1)$-categories. Is it an $(\infty,n)$-category?

I have recently been thinking about some mathematical gadgetry that should together combine into an $(\infty,n)$-category (actually, an $(n,n)$-category) for $n = 4$. I don't know what axioms I need ...

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### Is there a homology theory that gives a *necessary and sufficient* condition for homotopy equivalence?

Is there a (non-Abelian) homology theory that realizes the following:
Let $X,Y$ be manifolds with complexes $C(X),C(Y)$.
Then $X$ and $Y$ are homotopy-equivalent if and only if $C(X)$ and $C(Y)$ ...

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### Are the higher homotopy groups of the Hawaiian earring trivial?

The fundamental group of the Hawaiian earring is very complicated, but since it's "1-dimensional" one might guess that the higher homotopy groups vanish. Do they? Since the Hawaiian earring does not ...

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### sphere bundles over spheres

Localized at an odd prime there is a space $B_k$ which sits in a fibration $S^{2k+2p-3}\rightarrow B_k \rightarrow S^{2k-1}$ and has homology $H_{\ast}(B_k;\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})\cong ...

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### Possible homotopy-theoretical approach to Gauss-Bonnet

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...

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### Infinite loop of a p-completed specta vs p-completion of infinite loop of the spectra

Assume that we have a connective spectrum $X$, and denote the $p$-completion of this spectrum in the sense of Bousfield by $X^{\wedge}_p$ (which is given by the function spectrum ...

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### Are there models for homotopy colimits and limits of simplicial sets that generalize Kan's suspension and loop functors?

Consider the category C of pointed simplicial sets.
The pair of functors X∈C↦X∧S¹∈C and Y∈C↦Map(S¹,Y)∈C
models the suspension and loop functors on the underlying ∞-category of C.
There is another ...

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### Does the holonomy map define a homomorphism $\pi_k(X)\to\pi_{k-1}(Hol(\nabla))$?

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...

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### Reducing the simplices in the nerve of a category with an object with trivial endomorphism monoid

Let $C$ be a category with an object $X$ such that there are no non-trivial endomorphisms $X\rightarrow X$. Consider a simplex $\sigma$ of the nerve $NC$ of $C$. It is just a string of composable ...

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### Homotopy of localisations of colimits

Let $X_k$ be a family of spectra equipped with maps $f_k: X_k \to X_{k+1}$. If $Y$ is a compact object (such as a sphere), then I can compute homotopy classes of maps from $Y$ into the homotopy ...

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### Is a 'join' of two cofibrations a cofibration?

I have encountered with following problem while I was learning homotopy theory.
Let $A\rightarrow X$ and $B\rightarrow Y$ are cofibrations (in a good category). Is it true that a map $A\times ...

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### Topological fundamental group of spec(R)

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Assume that $X = Spec(R)$ with the Zariski topology.
When is this space path connected? And also we want to know the topological fundamental group of ...

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### Computing the fundamental group of a flag variety

Let $G$ be a compact and connected and simply connected Lie group and $\mathfrak{g}$ be its Lie algebra and $x\in\mathfrak{g}^*$. How can we compute the fundamental group of $G/G_x$ where $G_x$ is ...

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### Problem on infinite dimensional metric space, with rigidity assumption

By inspiring from this answer of S. Ivanov, here is a specialization with a rigidity assumption.
Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of complete geodesic metric spaces verifying :
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### Adams' theorems on the Hopf-Whitehead J-homomorphism

The J-homomorphism is a well-known and classical map $\pi_n (O(k)) \to \pi_{n+k} (S^k)$, or after stabilizing with respect to $k$,
a map $J_n:\pi_n (O) \to \pi_{n}^{st}$, from the stable homotopy of ...

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### origin of spectral sequences in algebraic topology

I have the following somewhat vague question. I am not sure if it is appropriate for this forum, please feel free to close (or migrate to stackexchange).
I have been "brought up" as an algebraic ...

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### Reference Request: Compact manifolds with boundary have the homotopy type of a CW-complex

Let $M$ be a compact manifold (possibly non-smooth) manifold with boundary $\partial M$.
Is the inclusion $\partial M\hookrightarrow M$ homotopy equivalent to the inclusion of a subcomplex into a ...

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### What's the relationship between B Aut(G) and B Aut(BG) for a (discrete) group G?

(Some of the notational choices I"m about to make might be iffy; I'm happy to take suggestions for improvements.)
Let $G$ be a (discrete) group. Think of it as an object in the $2$-category of small ...

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### Equivariant homotopy, simplicially

It is a classic result of Kan that the homotopy categories (with appropriate model structures) of simplicial sets and of topological spaces (in fact, one could only care about CW-complexes) are ...

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### Stable moduli interpretation of $\mathbb{R}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1}$

I attended a talk recently which closed with the following tantalizing facts: there is a naturally occurring map of spectra $$K(\mathbb{S}) \to \Sigma \mathbb{C}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1},$$ which can be ...

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### Is there an analog of Sperner's lemma for the Hopf invariant?

Recall that Sperner's lemma is essentially a combinatorial version of the topological statement "A map from $S^n$ to $S^n$ with degree one cannot be nullhomotopic."
My question is, does there exist ...

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### Homotopy category of groupoids

The nlab Ho(Cat) page says: morphisms in the homotopy category of groupoids $Ho(Gpd)$, have two equivalent description:
iso-classes of functors.
formally invert equivalence functors (i.e. ...

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### Sullivan's $H$-space equivalence between $G/PL[1/2]$ and $BO[1/2]$

There is a theorem by Sullivan of the following form:
Theorem: There is an equivalence of $H$-spaces
$$ G/PL[\tfrac{1}{2}] \simeq BO_{\otimes}[ \tfrac{1}{2} ]\ . $$
It can be found for example ...

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### What are simplicial topological spaces intuitively?

(This is a repost of a question from MSE. I hope there is more to say.)
I tend to imagine simplicial objects in a category as some kind of "topological objects", with a notion of homotopy. Simplicial ...

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### Massey product in Dual Steenrod Algebra

Let $\tau_0$ be the element of dual Steenrod algebra $A_p^{*}$ at a prime $p$ which is dual to Bockstein $\beta \in A_p$. It is well known $\tau_0^2 =0$. Is it true/known that the elemnet $\xi_1$ ...

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### Why should I care about topological modular forms?

There seems to be a lot of recent activity concerning topological modular forms (TMF), which I gather is an extraordinary cohomology theory constructed from the classical theory of modular forms on ...

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### Homotopy groups of filtered homotopy limits

Let $X$ be the homotopy limit of a filtered system of simplicial sets $X_i$. When are the morphisms $\pi_j(X)\to \varprojlim \pi_j(X_i)$ surjective for all $j\ge 0$? This seems to be no problem when ...

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### What are the Čech-local equivalences of (simplicial pre)sheaves?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be small category and let $J$ be a Grothendieck topology on $\mathcal{C}$. The Čech model structure on $[\mathcal{C}^\mathrm{op}, \mathbf{sSet}]$ is defined to be the left Bousfield ...

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### Homotopy versus path-homotopy on punctured surface

I have some problems with homotopies.
The situation is this:
Let $X$ be a surface, which is homeomorphic to a 2-Sphere with a finite number (at least 3) of points removed (equivalently, an open ...

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### What is the “higher version” of chain homotopy in singular homology?

In basic algebraic topology, we know the following well-known chain homotopy theorem:
Let $X$ be a topological space and $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Let $S_*(X)$ and $S_*(X\times I)$ be the ...

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### About maps inducing bijections on homotopy classes

Let us assume that $f:X \to Y$ is a map of connected CW complexes, having the following property: if $K$ is a finite CW complex, then the induced map $f_{\ast}:[K,X] \to [K,Y]$ on \emph{free} homotopy ...

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### Weak equivalences of left Bousfield localizations

Suppose C is a complete and cocomplete category with two model structures (C0,F0,W0) and (C1,F1,W1) such that C0⊃C1, F0⊂F1, W0⊂W1.
If necessary, the model structures can be assumed to be simplicial, ...

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### Factorization of morphisms in a diagram category

Let us suppose that $I$ is a small category and $\mathcal{E}$ a combinatorial model category. Then there exists two Quillen equivalent combinatorial model category structures on the diagram category ...

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### Distinct manifolds with the same configuration spaces?

For a space $X$, let $C_k X$ denote the space of configurations of $k$ distinct unordered points in $X$.
What is an example of a pair of smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$ that are not homeomorphic but ...

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### Is there a good way to understand the free loop space of a sphere?

I'd like to understand the structure of the free loop space of $S^n$ for small values of $n$. Here "understand" means roughly that I'd like to know a CW complex with the same homotopy type.
I ...

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### Does compactly supported cohomology make sense for cosimplicial spaces?

As far as I understand, whenever one has something (co)simplicial in spaces, one should take a sort of diagonal to reduce the study to a single space. I'm never sure though whether one preserves only ...

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### Exponentiation in finite simplicial sets

A finite simplicial set is a simplicial set having only a finite number of non degenerate simplicies. My question is: if $A$ and $B$ are finite simplicial sets, does this imply that the simplicial set ...

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### Is every connected space equivalent to some B(Aut(X))?

Given a connected space $B$, is there always some space $X$ with $B \simeq \mathbf{B}(\mathrm{Aut}(X))$?
Here by space I mean simplicial set, by $\mathrm{Aut}(X)$ I mean the simplicial monoid of ...

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### Why not a Roadmap for Homotopy Theory and Spectra?

MO has seen plenty of roadmap questions but oddly enough I haven't seen one for homotopy theory. As an algebraic geometer who's fond of derived categories I would like some guidance on how to build up ...

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### chain complexes and homotopy limits

Let $\mathbf{Ch}$ be the category of unbounded chain complexes (with the standard model structure ). The differential increases the degree $d_{n}:M_{n}\rightarrow M_{n+1}$. Consider the full ...

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### Finite spectrum annihilated by multiplication by two

Let $X$ be a finite spectrum. Say that $X$ has characteristic two if multiplication by two on $X$ is nullhomotopic.
Does there exist a noncontractible finite spectrum of characteristic two?
(This ...

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### Yoneda embeddings of stable model categories; composition with Bousfield localizations

For a stable model category $C$ and a set $M$ of object of it I would like to construct a natural functor from $C$ to some stable 'category of functors' on $M$. I suspect that the 'natural' question ...

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### Maps between classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $BG \simeq K(G,1)$ be its classifying space. Let $H$ be a topological group with classifying space $BH$.
In case $H$ is also discrete, it was pointed out in the ...

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### Homotopy theory of acyclic categories

Homotopy theory of category of posets is well-developed and explained in various places. My interest is in acyclic categories. Recall that in acyclic categories only invertible morphisms are the ...

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### The spectral sequence of a tower of principal fibrations

Assume we have a tower of fibrations (of simplicial sets, let's say):
$$\cdots\rightarrow X_{n+1}\rightarrow X_n\rightarrow\cdots\rightarrow X_0.$$
Let $X=\lim_nX_n$ be the (homotopy) inverse limit. ...

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### Homotopy unites of a differential graded algebra

I apologize in advance if the question is too basic.
Let $A$ be a differential graded algebra and $H^{0}A$ the 0-cohomology of $A$ (which is an ordinary ring) and $A^0$ is the 0-level of $ A$ . An ...

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### can we say fixed point existance of a set valued map over a compact set is homotopy invariant?

Consider two set valued maps over different compact sets as $F(\mathbf{x}):D\rightarrow\rightarrow D$, $G(\mathbf{x}):E\rightarrow\rightarrow E$ where $D,R\subset Y$. Assume there is a homotopy pair ...

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### What interesting homotopy invariants can I write down using the universal property of homotopy types?

I've recently been led to believe some version of the following statement:
Weak homotopy types, or equivalently $\infty$-groupoids (let me not commit myself to a particular model of these), are ...

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### Must the union of these two aspherical spaces be aspherical?

Let $X$ be a reasonably nice topological space (say, a connected CW complex), and let $Y$ and $Z$ be reasonably nice connected subspaces of $X$ such that $X = Y \cup Z$.
Suppose that $Y$, $Z$, and ...

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### What does it mean for the $\Pi_\infty$ groupoid to be fully fibrant?

The original question I had was:
If I have a sequence of simplicial spaces
$$A\to B\to C$$
which is degree-wise a homotopy fibration, under which conditions is
the geometric ...