Homotopy theory is an important sub-field of algebraic topology. It is mainly concerned with the properties and structures of spaces which are invariant under homotopy. Chief among these are the homotopy groups of spaces, specifically those of spheres. Homotopy theory includes a broad set of ideas ...

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smash product of pointed spaces preserve weak equivalences

Consider the category of pointed simplicial sets with usual notion of weak equivalence. The question is does the functor $$Y \mapsto X\wedge Y$$ preserve weak equivalences? or at the very least does ...
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configuration space and iterated loop space

Let the topological monoid $M$ be the configuration space $C(\mathbb{R}^n;X)=C_n(X)$ as in the book The geometry of iterated loop spaces, Theorem 5.2. I want to prove that the map $\alpha_n$ in ...
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Derived functors - homotopical vs homological approach

This question is a crosspost of the second part of this MSE question. In my first course in homological algebra, derived functors were defined in terms of universal $\delta$-functors. In the text ...
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localization and $E_{\infty}$-spaces

Let $\mathrm{Top}$ be the model category of topological spaces. Define a new model structure on $\mathrm{Top}$ where $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a weak equivalence iff ...
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Pull-back of a fibration along a homotopy equivalence and homotopy classes of sections

I previously asked this on Math.SE but didn't receive a satisfactory answer. Let $p:E\rightarrow B$ be a fibration (i.e. have the homotopy lifting property with respect to all spaces), and $f: ...
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group completion of topological monoid

Let $M$ be a topological monoid. The group completion of $M$ is defined as $\Omega BM$, where $BM$ is the classifying space of $M$. In Lecture Notes in Math. 533, The homology of C n+1 spaces, n>=0, ...
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Nilpotency of BG^+

I have become interested in knowing if there are conditions, in the literature, under which the action of the fundamental group of BG^+ acts nilpotently on its higher homotopy groups, where the + ...
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Segal maps for Segal precategories

A Segal precategory is just a simplicial space $X:\Delta^{op} \to sSet$ such that its $0$-th space is discrete (i.e. constant). A Segal category is defined everywhere in the literature as a Segal ...
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Direct proof that $U$ is an $E_\infty$-space

An immediate consequence of Bott periodicity is that the infinite unitary space is an infinite loop space and so an $E_\infty$-space. I wonder if there is a direct proof (not using $U = \Omega^2 U$) ...
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iterated loop spaces and configuration spaces [closed]

In the lecture notes by J.P. May, The geometry of iterated loop spaces, Chapter 5, formula (1), (2) and (10), a map $$ \phi: Hom_T(X,\Omega Y)\to Hom_T(SX,Y) $$ is defined. And a map $$ ...
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When does the free loop space fibration split?

This question is a repost from stack.exchange. It didn't get a lot of attention there. Perhaps it is badly written (or silly?). If so, I'd be happy to get comments/suggestions about that. Let $X$ be ...
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Map between homotopy groups of O, related to J-homomorphism and K-theory of Z

Let $s \geq 0$ be fixed. The $J$-homomorphism includes $\pi_{8s+1}(SO) = \mathbb Z/2$ in $\pi_{8s+1}^s$, the $(8s+1)$-th stable homotopy group of spheres. Now regard $\pi_{8s+1}^s = \pi_{8s+1} ...
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What can topological modular forms do for number theory?

Topological modular forms ($TMF$) have in the recent years made an impact in algebraic topology. Roughly, the spectrum $tmf$ is the (derived) global sections of the sheaf of $E_\infty$ ring spectra ...
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What's the detailed proof of “the composition of planar tangles is well-defined”?

In the planar algebra theory (see here or there section 2), a planar tangle is an isotopy class; then to define the composition of two tangles, we need to choose a representative in each classes. See ...
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Convergence of a sum with the ranks of homotopy groups

Let $F$ be a (nontrivial) topological space that satisfies the following conditions: 1) $\pi_n(F)$ has a trivial action of $\pi_1(F)$ for $n>0$ and 2) its homology groups are finitely generated. ...
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stable splitting into a wedge sum [closed]

Suppose $X$ is a CW-complex such that there is a stable splitting of $X$ into wedge sum $$ \Sigma^t X\cong \bigvee _{k=1}^\infty Y_k. $$ (1). Does this imply $$ X\to \Sigma^tX\to \bigvee ...
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Homotopy pullback preserving functor

In the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0101162.pdf, the authors claim during the proof of Prop. 4.2 that a functor $F:A \to B$ which preserves fibrations and weak equivalences preserves homotopy ...
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a construction on Stiefel manifolds

Are there any references concerning the following space $V(k,N,X)$ and $U(k,N,X)$? And the cohomology of these spaces? Thanks.
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The multiplication on $THH$ of finite fields

Let $k$ be a finite field, $THH(k)$ its topological Hochschild homology spectrum. For essentially formal reasons, we know that it's an $E_\infty$-algebra over the Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectrum $Hk$, and ...
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Alexander duality for non-manifolds

Let $X$ be a CW complex and $A$ a subcomplex. I will assume that both are compact, and that $X$ is $n$-dimensional. Furthermore, assume that the local homology of $X$ is that of a manifold in a ...
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is there a moduli of stable infinity categories?

I know there exists a groupoid-valued prestack parameterizing (connected) triangulated dg-categories (ie the points of this moduli are not objects of a fixed dg-category, but rather dg-categories ...
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Inverse limit in shape theory

Is the shape theory of Hausdorff compact spaces complete with respect to the inverse limit operation?--complete means that for every inverse system of Hausdorff compact spaces, and the shape morphisms ...
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Model structure on non-negative differential graded algebras with homological grading

I was wondering if there exists a model structure on the category of non-negative differential graded algebras with homological grading. To be more precise: Let $Ch_{k}$ the model category of ...
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Why does $Mf$ always support an $Mf$-orientation?

Let $f:X\to BGL_1(\mathbb{S})$ be a morphism of $E_n$-spaces and determine a principle $GL_1(\mathbb{S})$-bundle over $X$. Then it can be shown in the classical case that there is always a Thom ...
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Homotopy transfer in the opposite direction

Let $X\rightleftarrows Y\circlearrowleft$ be a strong deformation retraction of chain complexes (a.k.a. contraction), i.e. $X\rightarrow Y\rightarrow X$ is the identity, $Y\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy ...
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When can a class in $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be represented by a fiber bundle over $S^1$

For a topological space M, It is known from homotopy theory that the elements of the first cohomology $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ are in 1-1 correspondence with homotopy classes of maps $[M,S^1]$ In my case ...
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The classifying space of an infinite totally ordered set is contractible

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but no one answered. Let $(X,\le)$ be a totally ordered set. Regarding it as a category, it has a classifying space $B(X,\le)=|N_\bullet(X,\le)|$. This ...
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Fundamental groups of stably parallelizable manifolds

Is it possible to realize every finitely presented solvable group as a fundamental group of a stably parallelizable closed n-manifold? If not, are there any known counterexamples?
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Generalize $\pi_0(B\mathcal{C})\cong\{\text{objects}\}/\{\text{morphisms}\}$ to categories internal to topological spaces

Warmup: Let $\mathcal{C}$ be an ordinary category. Denote by $$B\mathcal{C}=(\coprod_{i\in\mathbb{N_0}}N_{i}(\mathcal{C})\times\Delta^i)/\tilde{}$$ its classifying space, i.e. the geometric ...
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unordered configuration space of pointed space

Let $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space. Let $F(X,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid x_i\neq x_j, i\neq j\}$. Let $F(X,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space. Is there an inclusion ...
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How to show the following two definitions of homotopy monomorphism are equivalent?

Let $M$ be a model category. In Toen's The homotopy theory of dg-categories and derived Morita theory Page 11 it is written: a morphism $x \to y$ in a model category $M$ is called a homotopy ...
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Is the suspension of a weak equivalence again a weak equivalence?

Of course, the answer to this question depends on what we mean by suspension. If we work with based spaces and take the reduced suspension, the answer seems to be NO: Take $X = \mathbb N$ (a ...
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Unordered configuration space of $\mathbb{R}P^1$

In the paper GEOMETRY OF TRUNCATED SYMMETRIC PRODUCTS AND REAL ROOTS OF REAL POLYNOMIALS, JACOB MOSTOVOY, Bull. London Math. Soc. (1998) 30 (2): 159-165, Theorem 2. (b): ...
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Do there exist nontrivial motivic cohomology operations preserving weights?

Suppose that for each field $F$ a linear map $X(F): H_M^{p,q}(F, \mathbb{Q}) \longrightarrow H_M^{p,q}(F,\mathbb{Q})$ is given, such that $X$ commutes with inclusions of fields and transfers for ...
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Homotopy (co)limit (co)cones

Let $\mathscr{M}$ be a model category and let $\mathscr{I}$ be a small category. Consider any homotopy colimit functor ...
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$\pi_0$ of a cosimplicial space

Let $n\mapsto X^n$ be a cosimplicial simplicial set and $X:= \underset{\longleftarrow}{\rm holim}\ X^n$ the homotopy limit. Is the natural map $$ \pi_0(X) \to \underset{\longleftarrow}{\rm lim}\ ...
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What if homotopy were expanded to allow any connected space instead of [0,1]?

What would happen to homotopy theory if we used a more general definition of homotopy, based on general connected spaces rather than [0,1]? Given continuous $f,g:X\to Y$, define $f$ and $g$ to be ...
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Direct proof that the model category of cdgas is left proper

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. The projective model structure on the category $cdga$ of commutative differential graded $k$-algebras is proper. Since this model structure is transferred ...
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Dyer-Lashof operations and the homology of GL_n

For any ring R, $\bigsqcup_n {BGL}_n(R)$ is an $E_\infty$-space. Are there examples of rings where people have calculated $H_*(\bigsqcup_n {BGL}_n(R);\mathbb{Z}/2)$ and determined the Dyer-Lashof ...
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Classifying space of a colimit of topological categories

Say I have a diagram $D:I\rightarrow\text{Cat}(\text{Top})$ of categories internal to compactly generated topological spaces. This induces a diagram $BD:I\rightarrow \text{Top}$ of classifying spaces. ...
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Why should have Peter May worked with CGWH instead of CGH in “The Geometry of Iterated Loop Space”?

This is a follow-up to Dan Ramras' answer of this question. The following correction can be found in the errata to The Geometry of Iterated Loop space (Page 484 here). The weak Hausdorff rather ...
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When are principal bundles preserved by colimits?

Let $G$ be a topological group and consider a family $$G\rightarrow E_i\rightarrow B_i$$ of $G$-principal bundles indexed over the natural numbers. Suppose we have $G$-bundle morphisms (equivariant ...
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Example s.t. the unbased loop-space is not $\Omega X \times X$

For a connected pointed CW-complex $X$, let us write (as usual) $\Omega X$ for the space of based loops at $X$. I am looking for an example where the space $\Omega' X$ of all (unbased) loops in $X$ is ...
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Maps to the group completion

Let $M$ be an H-space, topological monoid (homotopy-commutative if necessary): What does the group comletion $\Omega BM$ represent in homotopy category? Is $[X,\Omega B M]$ always equal to the ...
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Groups acting on complexes

Let $G$ be a finite group. We define a $G$-simplicial complex $\mathcal{A}(G)$ with set of vertices $G^*:=G-\{e\}$ and the simplices are the abelian subsets of $G^*$. The groupe $G$ act simplicially ...
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Cohomology of the Image of J spectrum

Let $J$ denote the image of $J$-homomorphism spectrum and let $j$ denote its connective cover. I am interested in knowing the cohomology of $j$ i.e. $$ [j, HZ/p]_*$$ as a module over Steenrod algebra. ...
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Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite CW complex finitely-presented?

An infinity-groupoid is finitely-presented when it is equivalent to the free infinity-groupoid on a finite family of generators, possibly of different dimensions. Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite ...
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Reference Request: Grouplike Algebras over the little $n$-cubes operad are $n$-fold loop spaces

In Geometry of the iterated loop space, Peter May proved his famous recognition theorem, which is, in a simple form, stated on page 3 as the following. There exist $\Sigma$-free operads ...
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Explicit calculation of G-CW(V) structure of a G-space

I know explicitly the $Z/6$-CW($ξ^2$)-complex structure of $D(ξ^2)$, where $ξ$ is the non-trivial irreducible representation of $Z/6$ without fixed points. I am looking for an explicit calculation of ...
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Homotopy invariance of Kan nerve of simplicial categories

The following question concerns the well-known paper of Dwyer and Kan "Localization of Simplicial Categories". They define a nerve for simplicial categories (with fixed set of objects $O$), by the ...