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### Why is it so hard to compute $\pi_n(S^n)$?

Of course it isn't really that hard - nowhere near as hard as $\pi_k(S^n)$ for $k>n$, for instance. The hardness that I'm referring to is based on the observation that apparently nobody knows how ...

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### cohomology of classifying space of permutation groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the permutation group of order $k$.
Let $r: \Sigma_k\to GL(k)$ be the regular representation by permuting the order of the standard basis of $\mathbb{R}^n$.
Let $\rho: ...

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### Chromatic Spectra and Cobordism

I apologize in advance, if some of the things I've written are incorrect.
The cobordism hypothesis states that $\mathbf{Bord}^\mathrm{fr}_n$ is the free symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-category with ...

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### Motion planning algorithm

Consider a path connected topological space $X$, one can equip its path space $PX=\{ \gamma: [0,1] \longrightarrow X \; continuous\}$ with the compact open topology. We call a motion planning ...

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### What suffices to check completeness in an n-fold Segal space?

Recall that a Segal space is a simplicial space $X : \Delta \to \mathrm{Spaces}$, $\bullet \mapsto X_\bullet$, which satisfies the
Segal condition: For each $j$, the map
$$ X_j \to ...

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### Why the Dold-Thom theorem?

Dold-Thom Theorem: $$\pi_i(SP(X))\cong\tilde{H}_i(X)$$
It's pretty miraculous, no? I've seen its proof, where you show that the composition of the functors on the left-side satisfies the axioms of a ...

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### Classifying space for fibrations with Eilenberg-MacLane space as fibers

The following result seems to be frequently quoted:
Consider the fibration $K(\pi,n)=\Omega K(\pi,n+1)\to PK(\pi,n+1)\to K(\pi,n+1)$. Let $B$ be any topological space (which is not too pathologic). ...

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### Goodwillie tower of $\Omega^n$?

What are layers of the Goodwillie tower of the functor "n-th iterated loop space" from based spaces to based spaces? I know the answer for n=0.

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### Is homology finitely generated as an algebra?

If a differential graded algebra is finitely generated as an algebra, is its homology finitely generated as an algebra?
Is it easier if we impose any of the three conditions: characteristic zero; ...

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### When is the product of an infinite family of simplicial sets also a homotopy product?

The homotopy product of an infinite family of simplicial sets can be computed
by deriving the product functor sSetW→sSet, for example,
by performing the componentwise fibrant replacement using Kan's ...

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### Explicit generators for homotopy groups of Lie groups

I would like to know explicit formulas for generators of the infinite cyclic summands in the homotopy groups of Lie groups, in the form of continuous (or smooth if possible) maps $S^n\to G$.
It is ...

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### Can this simple integral be zero for a Jordan curve?

The following simple problem came up while doing some unrelated research.
Does there exist a Jordan curve $\gamma : [0,2\pi] \to \mathbb{C}$ of positive orientation, lets say $C^1$-smooth (just to ...

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### Reference for maps whose pushouts are also homotopy pushouts

Consider a category C with weak equivalences, e.g., a model category.
For the purposes of this question, let's say that a morphism f in C is an i-cofibration if any pushout (alias cobase change) ...

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### Commutation of simplicial homotopy colimits and homotopy products in spaces

Edit: The claim below is wrong, as explained in the comments,
because infinite homotopy products of simplicial sets require their components to be fibrantly replaced first, unlike finite homotopy ...

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### Getting a Postnikov Tower from the Tot-tower?

I have had a problem I've been thinking of recently but can't seem to make anything of it.
Let $X$ be a simplicial set. It is well known that one can construct a Postnikov tower
$$P_nX \rightarrow ...

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### When localizing a category at a multiplicative system, is there a lemma utilizing Ore Condition/Cancellation once for all roof-independence proofs?

For example, given an additive category $\mathcal{C}$ with a (both sided) multiplicative system S, the localization $S^{-1}\mathcal{C}$ is also additive. Yet to prove that the addition of morphisms in ...

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### The action of Steenrod squares on the indeterminate in Bullett-Macdonald identities

The Bullet-Macdonald identity (c.f. On the Adem relations)is the following:
$$P(s^2+st)P(t^2)=P(t^2+st)P(s^2).$$
where we have $P(s)=\Sigma _s s^iSq^i$. This is known to be equivalent to the
Adem ...

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### When is a continous $\epsilon$-isometry of the sphere surjective?

Equip $\mathbb S^n$ with the standard round metric. Let $f : \mathbb S^n \to \mathbb S^n$ be a continous map satisfying $\vert d(f(x),f(y)) - d(x,y)\vert \leq \epsilon$.
Is $f$ is surjective for all ...

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### Categories of spans from categories of fibrant objects

Let $\mathscr{C}$ be a category of fibrant objects. For objects $X$, $Y$ of $\mathscr{C}$ we consider the category $\underline{\text{Hom}}(X,Y)$ of spans $X\leftarrow X'\rightarrow Y$, where $X'\to ...

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### Morava modules and completed $E$-homology

Let $E = E_n$ be the $n$-th Morava $E$-theory and let $\{ M_{I} \}$ be a tower of generalised Moore spectra. Then (see this previous question) there is a Milnor exact sequence
$$0 \to \varprojlim_I ...

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### “Economic” CW-structure for Eilenberg-MacLane spaces?

The only really "economic" cell structures for $K(\pi,n)$'s that I know is the one with a single cell in each dimension for $K(\mathbb Z/n\mathbb Z,1)$ and the one with a single cell in each even ...

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### Flat Connections on the Cotangent Complex

I'm trying to find a reference which defines and discusses some properties of connections and flat connections on the cotangent complex in a homotopical setting. That is to say, a connection or flat ...

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### $t$-structure on modules over highly structured ring spectra

Let $Sp$ be a suitably nice model of a suitably nice category of spectra. By this I mean that $Sp$ is a symmetric monoidal closed stable model category, where we can make sense of homotopy "groups" ...

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### Latching space functor in Reedy model strucutre

I am new to MO and I hope that this question is suitable for it.
Following Hovey's "Model Categories" ( http://ericmalm.net/ac/projects/symmetric-spectra/hovey--model-cats.pdf ) to study model ...

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### Large co-H-spaces

I'm searching for examples of co-H-spaces that are not suspensions and that do not admit a finite cone decomposition with respect to the collection of finite type wedges of spheres.
We have many ...

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### Why does $\pi_t$ preserve pullbacks in this special case?

Let $X$ be a fibrant pointed cosimplicial space.
Following Bousfield-Kan, let $\text{lim}^{\partial \Delta_{n+1}} X = M^{n}X$ be the nth matching object of $X$. Onecan then show that there is a ...

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### In a Simplicial group the Degenerate elements don't intersect the kernel of the face maps.

Let $G_{\bullet}$ be a simplical group. I denote by $D_n \subset G_n$ the subgroup generated by all the degeneracy maps $s_i:G_{n-1} \to G_n$.
I also denote $$M_n = \bigcap_{i>0} \mathrm{Ker} d_i ...

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### The topology of the classifying space of U(n)

In $\textit{Atiyah and Bott: The Yang-Mills equations over riemann surfaces}$, there is a sentence about the topology of BU(n) (i.e. the classifying space of U(n)):
Here $K(\mathbb{Z},n)$ means the ...

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### Aspheric functors and Grothendieck fibrations

Following Grothendieck, let us say that a category is aspheric if its nerve is weakly contractible and a functor $u : \mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{B}$ is aspheric if for every object $b$ in $\mathcal{B}$, ...

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### Is there an analog of the Barratt-Eccles construction for group-like E_∞-spaces and E_∞-ring spaces?

The Barratt-Eccles operad is an operad in simplicial sets
that provides a particularly nice model of an E∞-operad;
algebras in spaces over the Barratt-Eccles operad model E∞-spaces,
i.e., homotopy ...

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### Homotopy addition theorem and lifting in a certain diagram

If I am confusing somewhere here, please excuse me and ask me to clarify. The proof I am having trouble with is lemma 1.19 of Goerss-Jardine, pg. 398. I have tried to isolate the troublesome ...

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### Quotes from Connes

I found the following remark by Connes HERE:
"the main quality of the homotopy type of a manifold is to satisfy Poincare duality not only in ordinary homology but in K-homology with the Fredholm ...

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### questions on steenrod algebra

I plan to give a talk on Steenrod algebra in a student seminar. but there are some questions that I didn't find an answer to, and it seems to me that I'm missing something:
if the algebra of ...

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### what is the stabilization of pointed sets?

Given a(n $\infty$-)category, there is a process called "stabilitazion" which spits out a stable $\infty$-category (as one can read about in either Higher Algebra or the nlab).
The famous example is ...

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### Homology theory represented by Madsen-Tillman spectra

The generalized homology theory of the Thom spectrum $MO=\varinjlim\Sigma^nMTO_n$ is bordism theory:\begin{equation*}\pi_k(MO\wedge X)=\Omega^O_k(X)\end{equation*}These groups form the ring of ...

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### Higher Degree Data in a Cosimplicial Quasicategory and Delooping

If there is a short answer to this question and someone can write it here that'd be wonderful, but if it's longer, I'm also perfectly happy with a reference.
My question is regarding accessing data ...

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### Nonunital $E_\infty$-rings

An elementary fact of algebra is that the category of nonunital commutative rings is equivalent to that of $\mathbb{Z}$-augmented unital commutative rings, the equivalence being given by forming ...

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### Clutching functions and Classifying maps

Let $E\xrightarrow{p} \Sigma X$ be a principal G-bundle over a suspension. Write $\Sigma X= C_+X\cup_X C_-X$. Then there are trivialisations of the restrictions $E|_{C_+X}\cong C_+X\times G$, ...

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### Does the right adjoint of the category of simplices functor is “homotopicaly inverse” to the category of simplices functor?

Short Version (the question)
Let $\text{Cat}$ be the category of (small) categories and $\text{sSet}$ the category of simplicial sets. There is a functor $\Gamma:\text{sSet}\to \text{Cat}$ that takes ...

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### Other examples of the algebro-geometric Ran space

First off, sorry if this seems vague.
Let's recall some definition. Let $X$ be a curve over a field $k$ and $G$ an algebraic group, then the space $Ran_G(X)$ as defined by Lurie in his Tamagawa ...

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### Zigzags and contractibility of categories

Let $\mathbf{C}$ be a small category and $\mathbf{C}'$ its hammock localization in the sense of Dwyer and Kan. I am looking for a proof (or counterexample) of the following assertion:
If there is ...

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### A general theory of quasi-functors, generalizing from dg-categories to $\mathcal V$-categories, with $\mathcal V$ monoidal model category

I employ the vast majority of the post to develop the notion of quasi-functor between dg-categories: I think it is important to get the idea.
Let $k$ be a field, and let $\mathcal V =\mathbf C(k)$ ...

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### Cell attachment in rational homotopy theory

In Rational Homotopy Theory, there is a model of cell-attachment.
In the book "Rational Homotopy Theory", the model is given for attaching only one cell, which is:
If $X$ is simply connected space ...

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### Splitting the Hopf map in two

Given the Hopf map $h:S^3\to S^2$ and an inclusion $i:S^2\hookrightarrow S^3$, the map $h\circ i:S^2\to S^2$ has mapping degree zero. Therefore, it is homotopic to the constant map and the image of ...

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### How much of homotopy theory can be done using only finite topological spaces?

Let $X$ be a finite simplicial complex and let $B$ denote the set of barycenters of the simplices of $X$. McCord constructed a $T_0$ topology on $B$ with the property that the inclusion $B \to X$ is ...

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### Quotienting disk inside sphere result in sphere

Let $S^k$ be a topological $k$-dimensional sphere. Let $D^k$ be a $k$ dimensional disk that includes in $S^k$. Let
$q: D^k \to D^r$ be a map and $r \leq k$. Let
$$W = S^k \sqcup D^r/\sim$$
where ...

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### Fibrations and Cofibrations of spectra are “the same”

My question refers to a folklore statement that I have now seen a couple of times, but never really precise. One avatar is:
"For spectra every cofibration is equivalent to a fibration" (e.g. in the ...

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### Algebraic $K$-theory of algebras in symmetric spectra: reference

I want to use the technicalities of structured ring spectra for the first time in my life, and I am not really familiar with the relevant literature. I am looking for a reference that defines ...

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### Reference for analyticity of $K$-theory

This is a follow-up to my last question, Homotopy excision for structured ring spectra -- reference?. The immediate reason why I care about Blakers-Massey theorems for ring spectra is to prove that ...

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### Homotopy excision for structured ring spectra — reference?

I'm looking for a reference for analogues of the Blakers-Massey triad connectivity theorem (and its higher-order generalization) for ring spectra. That is:
Suppose that $A\to A_1$ is a ...