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### Why are quasi-isomorphisms of homotopy algebras only defined for arity 1?

When reading about homotopy algebras (e.g. $L_\infty$-algebras, $A_\infty$-algebras), an $\infty$-morphism $f$ is called an $\infty$-quasi-isomorphism if $f_1$ is a quasi-isomorphism.
Recall/Example (...

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### H-space structures on non-sphere suspensions?

It is well known that $S^n$ admits an H-space structure if and only if $n=0,1,3,7$. I'm interested in whether there are other suspensions $\Sigma X$ that admit H-space structures:
Question 1 For ...

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### Discrete Morse theory: how do zig-zag paths determine homotopy type?

Let $\Delta$ be a simplicial complex (or more generally, a regular CW complex). Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a Morse matching (or equivalently, a discrete Morse function) on $\Delta$.
By Forman's theorems, $...

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### From relative categories to marked simplicial sets

Both relative categories and marked simplicial sets (over Δ^0) present the ∞-category of ∞-categories.
Naturally, one could ask whether there is a reasonably direct way to pass between these two ...

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240 views

### Closed formulas for topological K-theory?

Let $X$ be a compact manifold. I'm interested in whether any of the following cases admits a general closed formula for (complex)-$K$-theory. Let $E$ be a complex vector bundle with a given line ...

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### The homotopy type of the mapping space $Map_{B\rho}(BS^1,BG)$? for $G$ a compact Lie group

Given a homomorphism $\rho:S^1\rightarrow G$ with $G$ a compact Lie group there is an induced map of classifying spaces $B\rho:BS^1\rightarrow BG$. What is known about the homotopy type of the mapping ...

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### Homotopy groups of the Grassmannians

What are the homotopy groups of the oriented Grassmannian $Gr^{+}(p,q)$ (p-planes in $R^{p+q}$) $\pi_{r}(Gr^{+}(p,q))$, $r \le pq$?
Do you know any references on the web about it?

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399 views

### When do colimits agree with homotopy colimits?

I'm wondering about when the colimit and the homotopy colimit agree with diagrams of simplicial sets. I know that hocolim$(F)=$colim$(F_c)$ where $F_c$ is the cofibrant replacement of $F$. However, it ...

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### Homotopy fiber of a map between classifying spaces

I'm looking for a reference (and precise hypothesis if more are needed) for the following facts (or a correction, if I'm just plain wrong):
Let $G$ and $H$ be topological groups and $f : G \to H$ be ...

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### $RO(G)$-graded homotopy groups vs. Mackey functors

Everything here is model-independent: either take co/fibrant replacements wherever appropriate, or work $\infty$-categorically.
Also, I've looked through other similar MO questions, but I didn't find ...

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### Relative version of Quillen's theorem A

Quillen's Theorem A is formulated as follows:
Let $F:X\to Y$ be a functor between small categories. Suppose for each $y\in Y$ the category
$F/y$ is contractible. Then $F$ induces a weak equivalence ...

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votes

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### SImple homotopy type of a mapping cone

Consider two CW complexes A and B. Let f be a continuous map from A to B. Take a cone of f and denote it by Cone(f). If homology complex of Cone(f) is acyclic, one can identify homologies of A and B. ...

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### What is the mistake in the proof of the Homotopy hypothesis by Kapranov and Voevodsky?

In 1991, Kapranov and Voevodsky published a proof of a now famously false result, roughly saying that the homotopy category of spaces is equivalent to the homotopy category of strict infinity ...

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### Solving polynomial systems with homotopy. Where is the bottleneck?

I have a polynomial system with $n+k$ unknowns ($n+k$ can be greater than 8), that is known to have a limited number of isolated solutions.
I want to solve this system numerically, but if I plug it ...

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### What makes Reedy model categories useful?

I have been reading up a bit on the Reedy model structure on the category of simplicial objects in a model category $\mathcal{C}$ in Goerss-Jardine. One thing I find a bit unclear is what the Reedy ...

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vote

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### pullback square in Goerss-Jardine

In proving the the existence of the Reedy model structure on the category of simplicial objects in a model category $\mathcal{C}$, Goerss-Jardine prove there is a pullback square induced by a map of ...

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### Does the “holomorphic spheres-to-continuous spheres” forgetful function respect the mixed Hodge structures on homotopy groups?

For each smooth, projective, complex variety $X$ that is simply connected, John Morgan constructed a natural mixed Hodge structure on the homotopy group $\pi_k(X,x)\otimes \mathbb{Q}$. This was ...

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253 views

### Whitehead products and Framed Manifolds

The attaching map for the top cell of the torus $S^n \times S^n$ is a map
$$
[x,y]: S^{2n-1} \to S^n \vee S^n
$$
where the notation is such that
$x,y : S^n \to S^n \vee S^n$ are the two inclusions–––...

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**1**answer

294 views

### Can the groupoid completion of a topological category be recovered from its classifying space?

Let $C$ be a category. The groupoid completion of $C$ is the free groupoid on $C$, i.e. the category $C[C^{-1}]$ obtained by localizing at everything. Recall that the classifying space $\mathbf{B}C$ ...

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130 views

### Push forward of the constant sheaf for a Serre's fibration

Let $f\colon X\to Y$ be a proper continuous map of topological spaces which is a Serre's fibration. $X$ and $Y$ may be assumed to be locally compact, $Y$ is connected topological manifold of finite ...

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**1**answer

676 views

### How to stop worrying about enriched categories?

Recently I realized that ordinary category theory is not a suitable language for a big portion of the math I'm having a hard time with these days. One thing in common to all my examples is that they ...

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votes

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### Homotopy type of diffeomorphism which are the identity on and near the boundary

Let $M$ be a compact manifold with boundary. Denote by $Diff(M), Diff_\partial(M)$ and $Diff_{U\partial}(M)$ the groups of diffeomorphisms of $M$ and the subgroups of the ones that are the identity on ...

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### Homology of simplicial manifolds

Let $M_{\bullet}$ be a simplicial manifold. There are two ways to computing its cohomology. Consider the cosimplicial module $A_{DR}(M)$. It defines a functor $A_{DR}(M_{\bullet})\: : \: \boldsymbol{\...

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114 views

### Structures on the free path space object

Let $X$ be a connected topological space. Then its based loops space $\Omega X$ is an examples of $A_{\infty}$ space. Let $PX$ be the free paths space. Which type of homotopical structures are ...

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### Path space of a simplicial topological space?

Given a connected topological space $X$, its space of path $PX$ is again a topological space. On the other hand, for a simplicial set $K_{\bullet}$, its path space is given by
$$
PK_{n}:=\...

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### cohomology ring of configuration spaces on $S^2$ and the projective plane

For a manifold $M$ and a positive integer $n$, the unordered configuration space $B(M,n)$ is the space consisting of all unordered collections of $n$ distinct points on $M$. Precisely,
$$
B(M,n)=\{(...

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### Model category of cofibrant topological spaces

By browsing the list of open problems in Mark Hovey's book "Model categories", I came across the following one (Problem 8.3): find a model structure on topological spaces, with the same weak ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Bousfield Localization and Quillen Equivalence

The notion of a (left, say) Bousfield localization of a model category doesn't seem to be invariant under Quillen equivalence. There are a lot of things that could go wrong. But I don't know any ...

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314 views

### Dimension of a homotopy type

What is the state of knowledge about the dimension of homotopy types? By the latter I mean the minimal number which is the dimension of a topological space representing the homotopy type. The open ...

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### Intuition behind small object argument and cofibrantly generated model categories?

With regards to model categories, what is the intuition behind the small object argument and cofibrantly generated model categories?

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### 'Accidental' isomorphisms for $Spin^C(n)$

The complex spin groups $Spin^C(n)$ appear in the fibration
$Spin(n)\rightarrow Spin^C(n)\rightarrow\ S^1$
which must split since $BSpin(n)$ is 3-connected to give a homotopy equivalence
$Spin^C(n)\...

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### Does the Amitsur complex have a universal property?

The question is essentially the title. In other words, is there some universal property that the Amitsur complex for a morphism of rings $\phi:A\to B$ satisfies as a cosimplicial ring, or cosimplicial ...

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votes

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### When does the projective model structure on functors exist?

What this boils down to is: if $\mathcal{K}$ is cofibrantly-generated model category which permits the small object argument and $\mathcal{D}$ is a small category, then when does $\mathcal{K}^\mathcal{...

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### real and complex vector spaces as topological categories

Let $Vect_{\mathbb{R}}$ be the category of (say, finite dimensional) vector spaces over $\mathbb{R}$. The automorphism group of the object $\mathbb{R}^n\in Vect_{\mathbb{R}}$, is $GL_n(\mathbb{R})$. ...

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### Reference request: Whitehead product and the Borel construction

This is a question about signs.
Fix
a based space $(X,x_0)$,
a topological group $G$
acting on $X$ from the left, so that the basepoint $x_0$ is fixed,
a based map $\alpha\colon S^p\to G$ ($p\geq1$...

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### Is the hom-simplicial set in the hammock localization a nerve?

Let $(C,w)$ be a relative category. Then associated to it we have its hammock localization, $L^H(C,w)$, which is a simplicially enriched category.
If $X,Y\in C$, the description of the simplicial set ...

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**1**answer

254 views

### Cap product on Leray-Serre spectral sequences

Let $\ p:X\to B\ $ be a fibration of spaces with fiber $F$. Then there are homological and cohomological Leray-Serre spectral sequences $E^{r}_{pq}$ and $E_r^{pq}$ that converge to $H_*(X)$ and $H^*(...

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### Bott-Samelson theorem for simplicial sets

Let $X\in \mathrm{sSet}$ and $FX$ be the Milnor's construction (model for $\Omega\Sigma |X|$) - in each dimension $n$ this is the free group on $X_n$ with one relation $*=1$. I'm interested in $\...

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335 views

### Stable homotopy groups of $RP^{\infty}$

Are the stable homotopy groups $\pi^s_i(\mathbb R P^{\infty})$ known for small $i$? In particular, I would be interested in the values for $i = 5,6$. A quick Internet search did not lead to anything.

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votes

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### Homeomorphism between (-1,1)×[-1,1) and [-1,1]×[-1,1) [closed]

Can one construct homeomorphism between (-1,1)×[-1,1) and [-1,1]×[-1,1)?
If so, please show me how to construct it.

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votes

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461 views

### Definition of E-infinity operad

What is the definition of $E_\infty$-operad in the category of chain complexes over $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$? J. Smith in http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0004003 define it for complexes over $\mathbb{Z}$ (...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Samelson Products in $SO(n)$

Given a topological group $G$ one forms the commutator $c\colon G\times G\rightarrow G$, $(x,y)\mapsto xyx^{-1}y^{-1}$. This map then factors through the smash $G\wedge G$. This map is the most ...

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### Why do people say DG-algebras behave badly in positive characteristic?

It seems to be a common wisdom in derived algebraic geometry that commutative DG-algebras are not, in general, a good model for derived rings, with the stated reason that they behave badly in positive ...

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### Detection tools for (reduced) suspension

I'm learning about loop spaces and the work of Stasheff on $A_{\infty}$-spaces. The broad idea that I'm getting is the following. Given a space $Y$, we want to know under which conditions there exists ...

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### What structure of a monoidal simplicial model category is preserved by taking the opposite category?

Suppose we have $(M,\otimes,1)$, a monoidal simplicial model category. Then we can consider the opposite model category $M^{op}$ with the opposite model structure (fibrations become cofibrations, etc.)...

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### Two different Thom diagonals in recent literature?

Taking the point of view that a Thom spectrum functor should be a map $Top_{/BGL_1(R)}\to LMod_R$, for $R$ some $\mathbb{E}_n$-ring spectrum, there seem to be two morphisms (in $Top_{/BGL_1(R)}$) that ...

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votes

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### What is the Status of Borel conjecture today?

Let me recall the conjecture: $M$ and $N$ two aspherical closed $n$-manifolds with isomorphic fundamental groups, then $M$ and $N$ are homeomorphic.

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### References for bilinear forms on chain complexes?

I am looking for references that include general results and theorems for bilinear forms defined on chain complexes. That is, bilinear forms $\langle \cdot , \cdot \rangle_i : C_i \times C_i \to \...

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votes

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### What does convergence of a Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence say about the homotopy type of the totalization?

Given a cosimplicial space or spectrum $X^\bullet$, there is an associated Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence. This starts out as the bigraded object obtained by taking homotopy groups of each $X^n$ and ...

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### What is modern algebraic topology(homotopy theory) about?

At a basic level, algebraic topology is the study of topological spaces by means of algebraic invariants. The key word here is "topological spaces". (Basic) algebraic topology is very useful in other ...