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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Homotopy injection between the unit ball in the Euclidean n space and an n-dimensional metric AR

Let $D^n$ be the closed unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Given a compact, $n$-dimensional, AR(Absolute Retract) metric space $X$, must it happen that either $X$ embeds in $D^n$ or $D^n$ embeds in $X$? ...
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A construction with homotopy colimits and homotopy pullbacks for descent

I have some troubles in trying to give a meaningful interpretation to the following property which is stated in this preprint by professor Rezk (see Definition 6.5) as part of the requirement for a ...
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Explicit computations of the étale homotopy type?

Hi, I'm currently trying to learn about etale homotopy for schemes as introduced by Artin-Mazur. I know that by the Artin-Mazur comparision theorem, it is possible to compute the etale homotopy type ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange a week ago, but did not get an answer. First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general ...
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Glueing a property via homotopy colimits

I have a problem concerning a fact which is stated without proof in this Rezk's draft: http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~rezk/i-hate-the-pi-star-kan-condition.pdf . In the proof of Lemma 2.11, we are given a ...
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When do zero-simplices of a simplicial diagram determine its homotopy colimit?

Suppose that I have a diagram of simplicial sets $X_\bullet:\mathscr{C} \to Set^{\Delta^{op}},$ with $\mathscr{C}$ a small category such that for each $C \in \mathscr{C},$ $X_\bullet(C)$ is a Kan ...
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Homotopical categories, the 2-out-of-6 property, and saturation

A homotopical category is a cateogry with a class $\mathcal W$ of arrows called weak equivalences which satisfies the 2-out-of-6 property. The nlab article shows a deep connection between $\mathcal ...
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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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When does the Borel construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex?

Suppose that $G$ is a Lie group acting smoothly on a manifold $M,$ does the Borel $M \times_G EG$ construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex? If not, under what conditions would this be true? ...
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Why is the oriented $G$-homotopy type of a $G$-complex uniquely determined by the periodicity generator?

Say we have a periodicity generator $e \in H^k(BG)$. I can show that we then have a $(k-1)$-dimensional $G$-complex $X$ with free $G$-action. It's also not that difficult to see that it has trivial ...
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When are (weak) homotopy equivalence testable on open covers?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but did not get an answer. Let $f\colon X\rightarrow X'$ be a continuous map between two spaces $X,X'$, which might be arbitrary wild, especially I don't ...
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homology of a mapping spectrum

If $X$ and $Y$ are two spectra, I denote by $F(X,Y)$ their mapping spectrum. This is uniquely determined by the existence of a natural isomorphism $[X\wedge Y, Z]\cong [X,F(Y,Z)]$. I denote by $H_*$ ...
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What non-categorical applications are there of homotopical algebra?

(To be honest, I actually mean something more general than 'homotopical algebra' - topos theory, $\infty$-categories, operads, anything that sounds like its natural home would be on the nLab.) More ...
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cohomology ring of configuration spaces

In the paper configuration spaces: applications to Gelfand-Fuks cohomology, by F. Cohen and L. Taylor, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1978, theorem 1, I did not find the proof. What method did the author use ...
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Homotopy Type Theory: What is it?

My question is, broadly, what is the main project of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT). I asked a professor who is likely to be correct and he say the following: There are three directions: ...
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Criterion for projectively cofibrant diagrams? [duplicate]

(repost from math.stackexchange) Let $\mathbf{D}$ be a small category, $\mathbf{Set}$ the category of sets and $\mathbf{sSet}$ the category of simplicial sets with its usual model structure. The ...
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Two H-space structures on S^3 and [X,S^3] different as groups for each: Explicit Example?

There are twelve continuous maps $S^3\times S^3\to S^3$ up to homotopy that make the three-sphere $S^3$ into an H-space. This follows from a result of James [1], which says that if there exists one ...
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question about Computations of gelfand-fuks cohomology, the cohomology of function spaces, and the cohomology of configuration spaces

In the paper Computations of gelfand-fuks cohomology, the cohomology of function spaces, and the cohomology of configuration spaces, F. R. Cohen, L. R. Taylor, Geometric Applications of Homotopy ...
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Choice of fibrations is like a choice of a basis of a module

In some notes on derived stacks, in describing categories of fibrant objects, the author drops this parenthetical: (Grothendieck said in his famous letter to Quillen that the choice of $\mathscr ...
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Dimension leaking in homology as opposed to homotopy

In homotopy theory we have the Seifert van-Kampen theorem, which is a clean statement about the fundamental groupoid of a pushout in $\mathsf{Top}$. There is also a 2d version of SvK in R Brown's ...
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Dyer-Lashof algebra structures over graded modules

In Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 533, The homology of iterated loop spaces, Chapter 3, The homology of $C_{n+1}$-spaces, F. Cohen, Section 2, page 222, line 4, 5, 6: for an arbitrary graded ...
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Definition of an E-infinity algebra

Can anyone give me a plain-and-simple definition of an E-infinity algebra without using the words "operad," "ring spectrum," or "stable homotopy"? Sorry, but I honestly couldn't find it using all ...
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Properties of coefficients of ring spectra

This is an awkwardly backwards question, but bear with me here: Suppose I have a graded ring $R$ with unit, which has an invertible element $u$ in degree $2$. The multiplicative formal group law ...
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Topological Grothendieck Construction

Let $C$ be a small category and $F\colon C^{op}\rightarrow Set$ a functor. The Grothendieck construction is the category $F\wr C$ with objects being pairs $(c,x)$ where $c$ is a object of $C$ and ...
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Explict form of $E_\infty$-morphisms between differential graded commutative algebras

This is a partial duplicate to this MO question, I apologize for that. I'm asking since the answers there still do not allow me to work out an answer to my question, which is a bit more specific. ...
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Equivariant Homotopy

Let $G=\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ be $\{\pm1\}$ and let there be two $G$-spaces given: $X=$ The surface of a cylinder including its boundary circles and $S^4$. That means we two G-actions $f_1:G\times ...
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Lemma 2.1.1.4 in Lurie's HTT

I have encountered a problem in understanding Lurie's proof of the following fact: "Given a left fibration between simplicial sets $q:X \to S$, there exists a functor $$ho(S) \to Ho(sSet)$$ which is ...
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permutation action on cohomology of Stiefel manifolds

Let $V_k(\mathbb{R}^n)$ be Stiefel manifolds. In the paper The cohomology rings of real Stiefel manifolds with integer coefficients, Martin Čadek, Mamoru Mimura, and Jiří Vanžura, J. Math. Kyoto ...
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On Gromov's Theorem on Symplectic Homotopy

I want to understand the proof of the following theorem due to Gromov which I'll state in the context of Euclidean spaces. While I tried to read the proof from Macduff-Salamon, it turned out that my ...
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Homotopy bounds in simply connected complete Riemannian manifolds

Let $M$ be a simply connected complete Riemannian manifold, and let $x\in M$. Does there exist a nondecreasing function $R:\mathbb R_+\to\mathbb R_+$ such that, for every $r>0$ and all paths ...
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Spectral Sequences of Parametrized Spectra

I apologize if this question is of the form "what are some interesting problems in bla" but I was wondering if anybody have studied the following set-up: Suppose that I have a parametrized spectra ...
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permutation action on cohomology of configuration space

Let $F(M,n)$ be the $n$-th configuration (ordered) of manifold $M$. In the paper The Integral Cohomology Algebras of Ordered Configuration Spaces of Spheres, ...
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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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contractible configuration spaces

Let $F(M,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\mid x_1\cdots,x_k\in M,x_i\neq x_j, \text{ for } i\neq j \}$. It is known that $F(\mathbb{R}^\infty,k)$ is contractible for each $k$. My question: is $F(S^\infty,k)$ ...
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When does the canonical model structure on $\mathcal V$-$\mathbf{Cat}$ give a structure of monoidal model category?

Let $\mathcal V$ be a closed symmetric monoidal model category. It is well known that the category $\mathcal V$-$\mathbf{Cat}$ of $\mathcal V$-enriched categories is itself a closed symmetric monoidal ...
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Maps with Hopf invariant zero are suspensions

Let $h:\pi_{2n-1}(S^n) \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ be the Hopf invariant. I believe that in the same paper that proves his suspension theorem, Freudenthal proved that if $x \in \pi_{2n-1}(S^n)$ satisfies ...
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Generalized Thom spectra

I am currently trying to wrap my head around all kinds of different definitions of the notion of (generalized) Thom spectrum. My setup is as follows: Suppose I have a commutative (symmetric) ring ...
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When does a map in the stable homotopy group gets killed when smashed with cone of itself?

Consider an element $e \in \pi_n^s(S^0)$, in the stable homotopy groups of sphere. Let $C$ denote the spectrum which is cone of $e$, i.e. $C$ fits in the cofiber sequence $$ S^n \to S^0 \to C.$$ ...
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Do we still need model categories?

One modern POV on model categories is that they are presentations of $(\infty, 1)$-categories (namely, given a model category, you obtain an $\infty$-category by localizing at the category of weak ...
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Free Loop-Space Recognition Principle

It is well-known that one can detect based loopspaces using the machinery of operads. Namely, given a group-like space $X$ with an action of $\mathbb{E}_n$-operad, then it is homotopy equivalent as an ...
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Actions of cofibrations and induced maps of cofibres

Working in some nice category of based topological spaces (compactly generated with CW homotopy type, say) suppose we have a homotopy commutative diagram $$ \begin{array}{ccccc} & & j & ...
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fibrant generation of $sSet_{Quillen}$?

I wonder if someone has proved that $sSet_{Quillen}$ is not a fibrantly generated model structure ? Do we know something about the possible fibrant generation of $sSet_{Quillen}$ ? Thanks
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Are there pairs of highly connected finite CW-complexes with the same homotopy groups?

Fix an integer n. Can you find two finite CW-complexes X and Y which * are both n connected, * are not homotopy equivalent, yet * $\pi_q X \approx \pi_q Y$ for all $q$. In Are there two ...
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Descent properties of spaces

I am trying to make sense of what is written in Rezk's draft http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~rezk/i-hate-the-pi-star-kan-condition.pdf In particular, I am referring to Proposition 2.3, which is there stated ...
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Cartesian products between cofibrant simplicial presheaves

Let $Psh(\mathcal{C})$ be the category of simplicial presheaves equipped with the projective model structure. The cartesian product between two representables presheaves is clearly again representable ...
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homotopy tensor product of functors and bar construction

I'm trying to take familiarity with homotopy theory and I have the following questions. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category, and let $F\: : \:\mathcal{C}\to \mathcal{M}$ that take values in a ...
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Super-cobordisms

One can construct the $d$-dimensional bordism category by declaring the objects to be the $(d-1)$-dimensional compact manifolds without boundary and the morphisms the $d$-dimensional bordisms between ...
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A Cartesian model structure (and straightening for) on $n$-trivial simplicial sets

A pair $(X,tX)$, with $X$ a simplicial set and $tX$ a collection of simplices of $X$, is said to be stratified if no $0$-simplex is in $X$ and all degenerate simplices of $X$ are in $tX$. Recall a ...
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For a quasicategory $C$, why is $\mathrm{Fun}(\Lambda^2_0,C) \to \mathrm{Fun}(\Delta^{\{2\}},C) \cong C$ a cocartesian fibration?

More generally, I expect that the following is true: Let $D$ be a diagram quasicategory, let $d \in D$ be a vertex, and use this to define $D' = D \amalg_{\Delta^{\{0\}}} \Delta^1$. Then ...
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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 ...