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Algebras over the little disks operad

Hello, The so-called "recognition principle" of Boardman-Vogt and May leaves me unsatisfied. My problem is the following: The "recognition principle" says that every "group-like" algebra over the ...
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Why should have Peter May worked with CGWH instead of CGH in “The Geometry of Iterated Loop Space”?

This is a follow-up to Dan Ramras' answer of this question. The following correction can be found in the errata to The Geometry of Iterated Loop space (Page 484 here). The weak Hausdorff rather ...
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How to define the equivalence of Maurer-Cartan elements in an $L_{\infty}$-algebra?

First let $L^{\bullet}$ be a pro-nilpotent differential graded Lie algebra (dgla). We have the set of Maurer-Cartan elements in $L^{\bullet}$ ($MC(L^{\bullet})$) which are $\alpha \in L^1$ such that ...
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Little disks operad and $Gal (\bar {Q}/Q)$

My question is simple: How do the little disks operad and $Gal (\bar {Q}/Q)$ relate? I realize that a huge amount of heavy-machinery can be brought into an answer to this, but I'm struggling ...
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Are $E_n$-operads not formal in characteristic not equal to zero?

This is a short question: Is it just unproven folklore (yet), or is it definitively known that $E_n$-operads are not formal, if the characteristic of the underlying field is not equal to zero?
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Boardman-Vogt tensor product

Let $\mathbf{sSet}$ be the model category of simplicial sets and $\mathbf{Op}$ the model category of symmetric operads. Equipped with Boardman-Vogt tensor product $ \otimes_{BV}$, the category $\...
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Recognition principle

Hello, The classical statement of the recognition principle (after Boardman, Vogt, Milgram and May) that I know is: Let $X$ be a (group-like) topological space acted on by the little $n$-discs ...