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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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### 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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### 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 ...