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### Homotopy type of TOP(4)/PL(4)

It is known (e.g. the Kirby-Siebenmann book) that $\mathrm{TOP}(n)/\mathrm{PL}(n)\simeq K({\mathbb Z}/2,3)$ for $n>4$. I believe it is also known (Freedman-Quinn) that ...

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### Finite complexes whose homotopy groups are not “finitely generated”

I'll say $K$ has "finitely generated" homotopy groups if there is a finite wedge of spheres $W = \bigvee S^{n_i}$ and a map $f: W\to K$ which induces a surjection on $\pi_*$.
It seems likely that ...

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### Functor that maps to both $KO^n$ and $KO^{-n}$

(my question is also meaningful for complex K-theory, but since Kn(X) is always isomorphic to K-n(X), it's less interesting)
I start by recalling the analytic definition of KO-theory:
The following ...

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### On the (derived) dual to the James construction.

Background
If $X$ is a based space then the James construction on $X$ is the space $J(X)$ given by
$$
X \quad \cup \quad X^{\times 2} \quad \cup \quad X^{\times 3} \quad \cup \quad \cdots
$$
in ...

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### Is there a (discrete) monoid M injecting into its group completion G for which BM is not homotopy equivalent to BG?

For a (discrete) monoid $M$, the classifying space $BM$ is the
geometric realization of the nerve of the one object category whose
hom-set is $M$. (This definition gives the usual classfiying space
...

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### Other examples of computations using transfer of structure from the chains to the homology?

There is a `long' history of transfer (up to homotopy!) of algebraic structure from a dg _ algebra A to its homology H(A) (e.g. Kadeishvili for the associative case and Heubschmann for the Lie case). ...

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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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### Lipschitz constant of a homotopy

Let $n>0$, $\mathbb S^n$ be $n$-sphere and $1\in \mathbb S^n$ be its north pole.
A am looking for an example of compact manifold $M$ with a continuous $n$-parameter family off maps $h_x\colon M\to ...

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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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### The spectral sequence of a tower of principal fibrations

Assume we have a tower of fibrations (of simplicial sets, let's say):
$$\cdots\rightarrow X_{n+1}\rightarrow X_n\rightarrow\cdots\rightarrow X_0.$$
Let $X=\lim_nX_n$ be the (homotopy) inverse limit. ...

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### Does the category of strict $2$-categories together with Dwyer-Kan equivalences provide a model for $(\infty,1)$-categories?

The question is the title.
In what follows, all $2$-categories and $2$-functors will be strict. Let $2-Cat$ denote the categories whose objects are $2$-categories and whose morphisms are ...

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### Homological algebra is linearized homotopical algebra?

I have stumbled across statements like
Homological algebra is linearized homotopical algebra.
Chain complexes are linearizations of simplicial complexes.
The Dold-Kan correspondence was ...

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### Motivic derived algebraic geometry

In algebraic geometry one studies spaces locally modelled on commutative algebras, i.e. commutative algebra objects in the symmetric monoidal category Ab of abelian groups. Now supposedly in the ...

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### About maps inducing bijections on homotopy classes

Let us assume that $f:X \to Y$ is a map of connected CW complexes, having the following property: if $K$ is a finite CW complex, then the induced map $f_{\ast}:[K,X] \to [K,Y]$ on \emph{free} homotopy ...

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### Homotopy groups of the orthogonal group

I'm interested in knowing what $n$-dimensional vector bundles on the $n$-sphere look like, or equivalently in determining $\pi_{n-1}(SO(n))$; here's a case that I haven't been able to solve.
Let $n ...

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### What's so difficult about $\pi_{15}(SO)$?

Regarding the table of $SO(n)$s-of-origin in Davis+Mahowald (if you can get MathSciNet), is there a good reason that it should take longer for $\pi_{15}(SO)$ to be representable than $\pi_{19}(SO)$, ...

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### Mapping cylinders of fibrations

If $p: E\to B$ is a fibration, is the map $q:M_p \to B$ from the mapping cylinder
of $p$ also a fibration?
I know that it is if $p$ is trivial, or locally trivial; and I know (from Strøm's "The ...

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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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### When is the one-point compactification well-pointed?

This is a follow up to my previous
question.
Question:
Is there a reasonably natural set of conditions which guarantee that the one-point
compactification $X^+$ of a locally compact Hausdorff ...

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### Hilton-Eckmann dual of the Steenrod Algebra

In essence my question can be stated as follows: fill in the analogy
$$
\text{cup product} \qquad\qquad \leftrightarrow \qquad \text{Samelson product}
$$
$$
\updownarrow \qquad\qquad ...

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### A combinatorial approximation functor sSet->qCat

Let $sSet_J$ denote the category of simplicial sets equipped with the Joyal model structure. Simply by the fact that $sSet_J$ is locally presentable and its class of anodynes ($\neq \mathbf{Cof} \cap ...

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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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### Two constructions for BU×Z

Consider the following two ways of getting the zeroth space in the $K$-theory spectrum $BU \times \mathbb{Z}$:
1) Take the groupoid of finite dimensional complex inner product spaces with isometries ...

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### Why are Delta-generated spaces locally presentable?

Does anybody understand why Delta-generated spaces are locally presentable? This is of course claimed by Jeff Smith, and there is a paper by Fajstrup and Rosicky
A convenient category for directed ...

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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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### Simplices and cubes

Question: What is the first appearance in the literature of one of the
following statements:
The result of intersecting a simplex with a cell of the dual
subdivision is a cube
There ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Does simplicial localization with a 3-arrow calculus commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...

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### The spheres operad

I have a rather naive question. Consider the space of all maps
$$ S^{j_1} \times S^{j_2} \times \cdots \times S^{j_k} \to S^n $$
for all possible natural numbers $n, k, j_1, \cdots , j_k$.
This ...

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### Tangent space, metrics etc. on simplicial sets

Is there a way to attach some sensible notion of tangent space to a simplicial set? If yes, is it possible to transfer typical local data from differential geometry such as metrics to this setting?
...

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### Differentials in the Adams-Novikov spectral sequence and the geometric boundary theorem

$\newcommand\Ext{\mathrm{Ext}}
\newcommand\Z{\mathbb{Z}}
\newcommand\G{\mathbb{G}}$
The reference for this question will be the paper by Henn, Karamanov and Mahowald - "The homotopy of the ...

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### Completion of n-fold Segal spaces

During a reading course about Jacob Lurie's paper about Local TQFTs, I came across the notion of Segal spaces as models for $(\infty,1)$-categories. Looking at things like the "double nerve" for ...

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### Question about $A_\infty$ maps

Given $A_\infty$-spaces $X$ and $Y$, Boardman and Vogt defined an $A_\infty$-map from $X$ to $Y$ to be a map $f: X \to Y$ of underlying based spaces and an $A_\infty$-structure on the reduced mapping ...

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### toy examples of equivariant homotopy theory

I've heard a little recently about equivariant homotopy theory, and so I decided to try out some baby examples just to get a feel for it. I'm not even sure if these are the right thing to look at, ...

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### Applications of sheaf theory to the computation of invariants of LS-category type

I would like to know if sheaf theory can be applied to a particular class of questions in topology.
The Schwarz genus (also known as sectional category) of a continuous map $p\colon\thinspace E\to ...

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### Is a functor which is a sheaf for open covers and finite closed covers automatically a sheaf for covers by simplices?

Suppose $F:Top^{op}\rightarrow Set$ is a functor which is a sheaf for open coverings as well as for finite closed coverings, i.e. such that, apart from the usual sheaf property we also have that for ...

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### Algebraic geometry introduction for homotopy theorists/algebraic topologists

Algebraic geometry has a plenty of decent introductory texts now. Some are of the classical commutative algebraic approach(following EGA), like Ravi Vakil's "Foundations".
Some use facts from ...

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### When do contributions of $\pi_*(L_{K(n)}S^0)$ to $\pi_*(S^0)$ stabilize?

I apologize if this question is obvious as I am just beginning to learn this field. I am also abusing the dependance on $p$ for notational ease. The Chromatic Convergence theorem establishes that ...

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### How stable is the top cell of Lie group?

It is well know fundamental class of a compact lie group $G$ is stably spherical (see "H-Spaces and Duality" by Browder and Spanier, or "Thom Complexes" by Atiyah), and there is a stable equivalence ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 type of complex algebraic varieties

In his 1974 ICM adress "Poids dans la cohomologie des variétés algébriques", Pierre Deligne explains that any finite polyhedron has the same homotopy type as a complex algebraic variety (section 6.).
...

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### $v_1$-periodic homotopy and principal bundle classification

This question came back to my mind while pondering this MO question. The classification of principal bundles is seriously difficult because of our lack of understanding of homotopy groups of compact ...

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### Notes by Bousfield

I am looking for a copy of "Operations on derived functors of non-additive functors" by Bousfield. It is referenced in many papers and is supposedly from 1967.
Obviously, and electronic copy would be ...

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### Generating acyclic cofibrations for the various model structures in higher category theory

There are a number of model categories important in higher category theory, which provide a "presentation" of some $\infty$-category of $\infty$-categories. For example:
The Joyal model structure on ...