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 groups of $S^2$

in the paper Foundations of the theory of bounded cohomology, by N.V. Ivanov, the author considers the complex of bounded singular cochains on a simply connected CW-complex $X$, and constructs a ...
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p-local space vs p-completion.

I have some trouble to understand the difference between the p-completion and p-local space. if $X$ a simply connected spaces such that all higher homotopy groups are finitely generated groups then ...
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Representing classes in *relative* homology by submanifolds

There are nice results for representing homology classes by submanifolds, in particular for any class in $H_i(X)$ with $i\le 6$, see here. When $X$ is low-dimensional I can start getting explicit, but ...
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Model structures on diagrams indexed by a Reedy category

I'm interested in the way to put a model structure on the category of functors $F : P^{op} \rightarrow Ch(\mathbf{k})$ where $\mathbf{k}$ is a field of characteristic zero, $Ch(\mathbf{k})$ the ...
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Triangulated structure on $\mathbf{SH}(S)$: $\mathbb{P}^1$-suspension versus classical suspension

I am studying the construction of the motivic stable homotopy category of schemes $\mathbf{SH}(S)$ following Riou's paper Categorie homotopiquement stable d'un site suspendu avec intervalle (click to ...
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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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Example of fiber bundle that is not a fibration

It is well-known that a fiber bundle under some mild hypothesis is a fibration, but I don't know any examples of fiber bundles which aren't (Hurewicz) fibrations (they should be weird examples, I ...
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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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Standard model structures on $Top$

Call a model structure on $Top$ (the category of topological spaces) standard, if the weak equivalences are the weak homotopy equivalences. In this nLab page, two standard model structures on $Top$ ...
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Does the fat geometric realization take limits to homotopy limits?

I am deeply confused about geometric realizations and finite limits. Suppose that I am working with simplicial sets (I dont need simplicial spaces) that are "good" in the sense of Segal so that I can ...
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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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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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Geometric realization of simplicial spaces and finite limits

Let $X_{\bullet}$ be a simplicial space and denote the (non-fat!) geometric realization by $\lvert X_{\bullet} \rvert$. Does this geometric realization of simplicial spaces preserve finite ...
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Quasicategories for non-simplicial model categories

If I have a simplicially enriched model category, then I can take the coherent nerve of the full subcategory of bifibrant opjects to obtain a quasicategory. If I have a model category that is not ...
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reference for “Topological algebra of Grothendieck”

I would like to have some references for Grothendieck's theory of "Topological algebra": a synthesis of homotopical and homological algebra, with special emphasis on topoi.
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coproduct of the homology of iterated loop space on spheres

Let $\Omega^{n+1}S^{n+1}$ be the base-pointed $(n+1)$-iterated loop space on the $(n+1)$-sphere. In the paper The homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, Lecture notes in ...
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the homology of configuration spaces [closed]

In the paper ON THE HOMOLOGY OF CONFIGURATION SPACES, Section 5.4, Why $C(M\times \mathbb{R};X)\simeq \Omega C(M; SX)$? Does this hold for $X$ not connected?
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A fibrant-objects structure on Top

(Sorry for the crossposting, but I'm really interested in this question). One can define (Paragraph 1.5, page 10) a fibrant-object structure on a suitable cartesian closed category of topological ...
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Does a topological hypercover always have free degeneracies?

This question arises when I am reading Dugger and Isaksen's "Hypercovers in topology". According to Definition 4.1 in that paper, A hypercover of a space $X$ is an augmented simplicial space $U_*\to ...
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Is a pullback along a Dold fibration a homotopy pullback?

Let $$ \begin{array}{ccc} A & \to & B \cr\downarrow&&\downarrow \cr A'& \to &B' \end{array} $$ be a pullback square in the category of all topological spaces (not just in a ...
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reference for groupoid cohomology

In nLab (groupoid cohomology) says: "Under the homotopy hypothesis theorem, plain (non-internal) groupoid cohomology is the same as the cohomology of homotopy 1-types." Are there references for ...
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On combinatorial and cellular model categories and infinity categories

I am looking for a counterexample. Let me first give the set-up. When you work with model categories, it is extremely common to assume they are cofibrantly generated. For me, this means the definition ...
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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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When is the projective model structure cartesian? When is the internal hom invariant?

If M is a sufficiently nice model category and D is a small category then there are two natural model structures we can impose on the functor category $Fun(D,M)$ where the weak equivalences are the ...
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Why are we interested in the Fundamental Groupoid of a Space?

The classical version of the van Kampen theorem is concerned about the fundamental group of a based space. In fact, it says that the functor $\pi_1$ preserves certain types of pushouts in $Top_*$. ...
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Is there a generalization of homotopy groups to fractional dimensions

Does there exist a reasonable candidate for such an object as $\pi_{\frac12}(X)$?
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Loop space generalization

Let $X$ be a based connected space. The space of based continuous morphisms $Top_{\ast}(S^1,X)$ is the space of loops $\Omega X$. Since $S^1$ is homotopy equivalent to the Eilenberg-Mac Lane Space ...
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Are there connections between Homotopy type theory and Grothendieck's theory of motives? [closed]

Are there any "visions" (maybe "dreams"), future plans or connections between Homotopy type theory and Grothendieck's theory of motives (or at least "connections" with universal cohomology theory)?
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Dimension of two homotopy equivalent manifolds [closed]

Let $M,N$ be a closed (connected, without boundary, say smooth) manifolds which are homotopy equivalent. Does it follows that they are of the same dimension? One should be aware of examples of ...
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Quasicategorical Construction of a Cosimplicial Map of Rognes

In John Rognes' Galois theory monograph he constructs something called the Hopf-cobar complex for a coalgebra object $H$ (in spectra) and a comodule algebra $X$. It is, intuitively, the object whose ...
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section spaces related to configuration spaces

In the paper Configuration spaces of positive and negative particles, Dusa McDuff, a section space $\Gamma(M)$ is constructed: And in the paper ON THE HOMOLOGY OF CONFIGURATION SPACES. C.-F. ...
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homotopy equivalence between configuration spaces on non-homeomorphic spaces

(1). Let $D^m$ be the closed $m$-disc in $\mathbb{R}^m$. For each $k$, does the $k$-th configuration space on $D^m$ homotopy equivalent to the $k$-th configuration space on $\mathbb{R}^m$ $$ ...
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Properties of loop space functor from homotopy types to group objects in homotopy types

I am trying to understand some properties of categories enriched in homotopy types, and the following question has become important: When we take the loop-space of a (connected) homotopy type, we get ...
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Stabilization of a generic pointed model category

Let $\mathcal C$ be a pointed model category. It is well-known that its homotopy category $\mathrm{Ho}(\mathcal C)$ is naturally a $\mathrm{Ho}(\underline{\mathrm{sSet}}_*)$-category, where ...
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Is the simplicial set $(\Delta_3/\partial \Delta_3)^{\Delta_1}$ finite?

A simplicial set is called finite if it has only a finite number of non degenerate simplicies (or equivalently, if its number of $n$-simplicies grows polynomially with $n$). In an answer to a ...
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cohomology ring of mapping spaces

In the lecture notes The homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$–spaces, n ≥ 0. F. Cohen, 1978, page 228-231, the cohomology ring $$ H^*(\text{Map}_*(S^n, S^n\wedge X);\mathbb{Z}_p) $$ is obtained for any ...
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Group completion of labelled configuration space on Euclidean spaces

In the lecture notes The Homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, page 225 -226, it is obtained that there is a group completion on homology $$ \alpha_n: C(\mathbb{R}^n;X)\to ...
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Configuration spaces of positive and negative particles

In the paper Mapping class group and function spaces: a survey, F. Cohen, M.A. Maldonado, page 3, line from bottom 1-3, it is given that for a $m$-manifold $M$, there is a map from the labelled ...
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Equivalent definition of a Kan fibration

It is known (follows for example from Proposition 4.2 of Simplicial Homotopy Theory by Goerss and Jardine) that a Kan-fibration can be defined as a map having the right lifting property with respect ...
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maps from labelled configuration space to section space / iterated loop space

In the paper Mapping class group and function spaces: a survey, F. Cohen, M.A. Maldonado, 2014, page 3, Section 3: for a $m$-manifold $M$, consider the disc bundle $D(M)$ in the tangent bundle ...
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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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cohomology ring of unordered configuration space on Euclidean spaces

Let $F(\mathbb{R}^n,k)/\Sigma_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space on $\mathbb{R}^n$. In the lecture notes The Homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, page 226, it ...
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$(\infty,1)$-categories and model categories

I read several times that $(\infty,1)$-categories (weak Kan complexes, special simplicial sets) are a generalization of the concept of model categories. What does this mean? Can one associate an ...
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Infinity category of functors from a relative category to a model category

Let $M$ be a model category (maybe cofibrantly generated/combinatorial). Let $(C,W)$ be a relative category. I write $M^{(C,W)}$ for the full subcategory of $M^C$ on relative functors. This is a ...
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Natural transformations induce homotopies - Is this true in the “fat” world?

Let $\mathcal{C}, \mathcal{D}$ be categories internal to topological spaces (or compactly generated Hausdorff spaces, if you like) $F,G\colon\mathcal{C}\rightarrow\mathcal{D}$ be continuous functors ...
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Does the fat realization of simplicial spaces commute with finite limits up to homotopy?

I'm willing to work in the category of compactly generated Hausdorff spaces. The ordinary geometric realization of a simplicial space commutes with taking pullbacks and preserves the terminal object, ...
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Failure of smoothing theory for topological 4-manifolds

Smoothing theory fails for topological 4-manifolds, in that a smooth structure on a topological 4-manifold $M$ is not equivalent to a vector bundle structure on the tangent microbundle of $M$. Is ...
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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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Counterexamples for strengthening Whitehead's theorem?

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a pointed map of pointed connected $n$-dimensional CW complexes. Whitehead's theorem says that if $f_*:\pi_qX\to \pi_qY$ is an isomorphism for $q\le n$ and a surjection for $q=n+1$, ...
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$\pi_8(S^5)=\pi_8(SO(6))=\mathbb{Z}/24$?

I am currently thinking about a physics model related to framed bordism $\Omega_3^{fr}=Z/24=\pi^s_3$, and the first stable example is $\pi_8(S^5)$, so I was curious about the generator, and happened ...