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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Unstable homotopy groups of spheres beyond Toda's range

In 1962 Toda published his book "Composition methods in homotopy groups of spheres", which contains computations of $\pi_{n+k}(S^n)$ for $k\le 19$ and $n\le 20$. The values of these groups are ...
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Cylinder in a topological space? [on hold]

There is a notion of path in a topological space $X$, namely a continuous function f with domain X and codomain the interval $[0, 1]$. Given that, in a Quillen model category, the dual of a path ...
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equivalence in simplicial category

Let $(\mathcal{C},W)$ be a category with weak equivalences. One can build from $(\mathcal{C},W)$ its hammock localization $L^{H}(\mathcal{C},W)$ which is a simplicial category $\textit{ie}$ a category ...
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Contractibility of a poset-indexed colimit

Let $(X,\leq)$ be a poset with distinguished element $p$, and let $P'$ be the poset of "finite chains which weakly descend to $p$" given by all $\sigma = (x_0 \geq x_1 \geq \cdots \geq x_k \geq p)$ ...
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To what extent are homotopy colimits over a weakly contractible category “determined by local data”?

[I'd be very happy for a better question title, if anyone has any suggestions.] I have a category $C$, two functors $F,G : C \to \mbox{Cat}$, a natural transformation $\alpha : F \to G$, and a ...
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Please help me to find a paper by J. Wu [closed]

I am looking for the following paper: J. Wu, Combinatorial descriptions of the homotopy groups of certain spaces, Math. Proc. Camb. Philos. Soc. 130 (2001), 489-513. Many thanks for helping me ...
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Can one make a category concrete by “enlarging the universe”?

This is more or less a followup of this question. There, it was established that (it is well known that) the homotopy category of topological spaces is not concrete, in other words, there is no ...
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Whitehead for maps

I made the following claim over at the Secret Blogging Seminar, and now I'm not sure it's true: Let $f: X \to Y$ and $g: X \to Y$ be two maps between finite CW complexes. If f and g induce the same ...
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Obstructions for $E_n$-algebras

In Alan Robinson's paper, Classical Obstructions and S-algebras, he provides conditions for a ring spectrum to have an $A_n$ and $\mathbb{E}_\infty$-structure. Have the obstructions for an object ...
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Reference request for non-commutative analogues of exterior algebras

I am reading Combinatorial Group Theory In Homotopy Theory I by Fred Cohen (preprint available on web page). Here is an extract of the paper: Cohen called $A^R_n$ "a standard tool used in ...
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Homogeneous spaces that are homotopy tori

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, and let $H$ be a closed subgroup such that $G/H$ is homotopy equivalent to a torus. Is it true that $H$ is normal and $G/H$ is isomorphic to a torus as a Lie group? ...
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String Orientation and Level Structures

Atiyah, Bott and Shapiro defined orientations of real and complex K-theory that were later refined to maps of ($E_\infty$-ring) spectra $$MSpin \to KO$$ and $$MSpin^c \to KU.$$ Likewise, but more ...
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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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$E_n$-space and n-connected pointed space

Is it true that the homotopy category of group-like $E_n$-spaces is equivalent to the homotopy category of pointed $n$-connected spaces ? If it is true, what should be the statement when ...
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What is a homotopy between bisimplicial maps

I originally posted it on stackexchange, but did not get any comments or answer, so I try my luck here. I am looking for the naive notion of homotopy. For maps $f, g: A\to B$ of simplicial sets ...
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Lusternik-Schnirelmann category of rational spaces of infinite type

Suppose I have an $n$-dimensional (simply-connected) rational space $X$ with L-S category $k$. Must there be a finite rational subcomplex $K \subseteq X$ with $\mathrm{cat}(K) = k$? Even better, I ...
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Second homotopy group of Cayley complex

Is there a good reference for information about the second homotopy group of the Cayley complex or Presentation complex of a finitely presented group, especially a hyperbolic group? I'm looking for ...
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Higher Homotopy Groups

Theorem 5.1 of this paper describes a map $K_n(R)\to \pi_{n+1}(SK(E(R),1))$, where $S$ denotes the suspension. My question: Do we have a map from $K_n(R)\to \pi_{n+1}(S^2K(E(R),1))$. Any reference is ...
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Computing naive algebraic singular homology

I'm not sure if this counts as research level, since it might just be an expression of my ignorance. But anyway. Let $\Delta^n_A = Spec(A[X_0, \dots, X_n]/\sum X_i - 1)$ denote the standard algebraic ...
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When is the diagonal inclusion a $\Sigma_2$-cofibration?

Recall that a space $X$ is called locally equiconnected or LEC if the diagonal map $d:X\hookrightarrow X\times X$ is a cofibration. For example, CW-complexes are LEC. There is some discussion of this ...
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What do loop groups and von Neumann algebras have to do with elliptic cohomology?

Recall that complex $K$-theory is a cohomology theory on topological spaces, which can be described in several equivalent ways: Given a finite complex $X$, $K^0(X)$ is the Grothendieck group of ...
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Is the classifying space of a symmetric monoidal category an infinite loop space?

Wikipedia states: The classifying space (geometric realization of the nerve) of a symmetric monoidal category is an infinite loop space. If my mind is correct, Segals delooping machine gives a ...
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Request a paper by Fred Cohen

I am looking for the following paper by Cohen, F. R.: On combinatorial group theory in homotopy. Homotopy theory and its applications (Cocoyoc, 1993), 57–63, Contemp. Math., 188, Amer. Math. ...
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Failure of “equivariant triangulation” for finite complexes equipped with a $G$-action

Let $\mathcal{S}$ be the $\infty$-category of spaces, and let $G$ be a finite group, and let $BG$ be the groupoid with one object and automorphisms given by $G$. Consider the $\infty$-category ...
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Thom Spectra and Hopf-Galois Extensions of Ring Spectra

So I've been fiddling with this for a long time, so apologies to anyone that's already heard me talk about this ad nauseum. I haven't been able to get anywhere with it, and it seemed that as such, it ...
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Thom isomorphism from the ABGHR perspective

In ABGHR Thom spectra are described in the following way: we start with a morphism of Kan complexes $X\to \mathbb{S}\text{-line}$, where $\mathbb{S}\text{-line}$ is an $\infty$-groupoid which is ...
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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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Whiskering a monad

In "The Geometry of Iterated Loop Spaces", May shows that any monad that is coming from an operad may be "whiskered", so that the unit map becomes a closed cofibration. The ability to do this is vital ...
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Cell(J) vs Cof(J) in $\text{sSet}_{\text{Quillen}}$

consider sSet equipped with its Quillen model structure $\text{sSet}_{\text{Quillen}}$, we know that a trivial cofibration is a retract of a transfinite composition of pushouts of horn inclusions. I ...
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Is an A-infinity thing the same the same as strict thing viewed through a homotopy equivalence?

If I have a topological monoid ($X,\mu$), a space $Y$ and a homotopy equivalence $f,g$ between them, then $Y$ has the structure of an $A_\infty$ space defined 'pointwise' by $$ y_1 * y_2 := g ...
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Simplicial version of the A-infinity operad

I am looking for a description of the $A_\infty$ operad in the category of simplicial sets. More specifically, I am looking for a formulation of the loop space recognition principle for simplicial ...
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When is a topological space the homotopy colimit of an open covering?

Suppose that $X$ is a topological space and $\left(U_i \to X\right)$ is an open cover. We can associate to it the Cech diagram of this cover $$C_U:\Delta^{op} \to Top.$$ I know that for many good ...
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Identifying a cohomology class arising from a Postnikov decomposition of BU(2)

For various reasons I'm currently interested in Principal $U(n)$-bundles $U(n)\hookrightarrow E\xrightarrow{p} S^m\times X_g$ over the Cartesian product of an $m$-sphere and a closed oriented surface ...
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Homotopy equivalence of certain kinds of adjunction spaces

Suppose that $X$, $Y$ and $Z$ are topological spaces, with $A\subset X$, a map $f:A\rightarrow Y$, and a homotopy equivalence $\phi:Y\rightarrow Z$. It seems fair to think that the adjunction spaces ...
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fixed point and homotopy fixed points

Let $G$ be a group and $X$ be a $G$-space (finite G-CW-complexe when needed). Let $p$ a prime number and $G= \mathbf{Z}/p\mathbf{Z}$, If I'm not wrong Miller-Lannes,... theory provides tools and ...
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What is a Homotopy between $L_\infty$-algebra morphisms II

I would like to continue on question I asking, what is a homotopy between Lie infinity algebras, since I'm not satisfied in two directions: 1.) The naive approach to define a homotopy would be ...
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Is there a category whose isomorphisms are precisely the simple homotopy equivalences?

If we start with the category of finite complexes and continuous maps, and then identify two morphisms iff they are homotopic, we get the homotopy category of finite complexes, and it is trivial to ...
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from a circle to higher spheres

Question: Is there a group $G$ and a CW-complex $X$ such that 1) $X$ is homotopy equivalent to the circle $S^{1}$. 2) $G$ acts on $X$ 3) the space of fixed points $X^{G}$ is weakly equivalent to ...
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Framed version of braided monoidal category

The operad $\mathcal{D}_2$ of little $2$-disks is an operad whose $n$-th space is a $K(PB_n,1)$ where $PB_n$ denotes the pure braid group on $n$-strands. Algebras over $\mathcal{D}_2$ have a ...
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Are all unstable homotopy groups of $U(n)$ torsion?

The first few unstable homotopy groups of the unitary groups $U(n)$ were calculated by Borel-Hirzebruch, Toda, and Kervaire, and they are all torsion. There is a paper by Matsunaga (details below) in ...
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Is the counit of geometric realization a Serre fibration?

Recall that a Serre fibration between topological spaces is a map which has the homotopy lifting property (HLP) for all CW complexes (equivalently for all disks $D^k$). The Serre fibrations are the ...
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Unseparability of two linked rings in higher dimensions [closed]

I am not familiar with topology. We know that in $R^3$, we cannot separate two "rings": two copies of $S^1$, if they are "linked". I wonder that is there any similar results for two copies of ...
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From the perspective of bordism categories, where does the ring structure on Thom spectra come from?

To fix ideas, let's consider the Thom spectrum of framed bordism $M$, the spectrum whose homotopy groups are the framed bordism groups. $M$ has a ring spectrum structure inducing the product of ...
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Eilenberg-Mac lane spaces and a generalization

Let $G$ and $H$ be two abelian groups and let $n>1, m>1$ be two different integers. How many different spaces $X$ (up to homotopy) do we have with the property $\pi_{n} X=G$ , $\pi_{m} X=H$ and ...
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What are the higher homotopy groups of Spec Z ?

The homotopy groups of the étale topos of a scheme were defined by Artin and Mazur. Are these known for Spec Z? Certainly π1 is trivial because Spec Z has no unramified étale ...
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Does “simplicial” commute with “Bousfield localization”?

Let $M$ be a model category and $S \subseteq \operatorname{Mor}(M)$ a set of arrows in (the underlying strict category of) $M$. Recall that the left Bousfield localization $L_SM$ of $M$ with respect ...
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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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$E_{\infty}$ spaces are $A_{\infty}$ spaces

While studying the well-known "Geometry of Iterated Loop Spaces", I found this corollary which is not completely clear to me. (By $\mathcal{M}$ is meant the operad given by $\mathcal{M}(j):=\Sigma_j$, ...
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Freely adding degeneracies does not change the homotopy type

Background: Let $S$ be a simplicial set. By freely adding degeneracies to $S$, I mean first applying the forgetfull functor from simplicial sets to semi-simplicial sets which forget the already ...
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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 ...