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Why is $\operatorname{Spec}(\mathbb Z)$ supposed to lie over $\operatorname{Spec}(\mathbb F_1)$ rather than the other way around?

$\DeclareMathOperator\Spec{Spec}$I understand that one major motivation for the field with one element is supposed to be that there should be a map $\Spec(\mathbb Z) \to \Spec(\mathbb F_1)$, which has ...
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Intermediate arithmetic results in F_1 geometry

Much is made of the search for a proof of the Riemann hypothesis via the field with one element. Are there any lesser classic arithmetic results that have been proved with F_1 geometry, such as the ...
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Lax monoidal structure on the right Kan extension of a partially monoidal Γ-set

First some preliminaries. Let me write $Fin_\ast$ for the skeleton of the category of finite pointed sets and pointed maps between them on the objects $n_+=\{0,1,...,n\}$, where $0$ is the base point (...
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Representations of finite groups over the "field with one element"

Have there been any attempts to extend the "F_un" analogy to the representation theory of finite groups? If I might be allowed some speculation: If combinatorics can be regarded as analagous ...
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Is there a homotopical analogue of short exact sequence?

For $R$-modules for a commutative ring $R$, submodules and quotients are put on roughly the same footing; the kernel of a quotient is an injection into the source, and the cokernel of this injection ...
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Connections between Borger's absolute geometry and Connes' and Consani's $\Gamma$-spaces

As the idea of an absolute geometry over the field with one element $\mathbb{F}_1$ becomes more clear, two approaches seem to have crystallized, being based on different assumptions and going into ...
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Étale cohomology of the field with one element

In the function field - number field analogy, some expect progress on RH to come from reproducing various aspects of the Grothendieck program in a way where $\mathbb{Z}$ could be treated as a function ...
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Does the $\mathbb{F}_1$ point of view lead to any testable predictions?

In number theory we can informally consider number rings as curves over something like a field with one element. For example it is mentioned here by Kedlaya. The question is does this perspective lead ...
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What do we know about $\mathbb{Z}\otimes_{\mathbb{S}}\mathbb{Z}$ and the spectral DM Stack $\mathrm{Spét}(\mathbb{Z}\otimes_{\mathbb{S}}\mathbb{Z})$?

These days I've been trying to wrap my head around the current proposed approaches to algebraic geometry over the elusive "field with one element", one of whose main objects of interest is ...
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Does the category of rings embed fully faithfully into the category of $\mathbb{F}_{1}$-algebras?

The idea of a theory of algebraic geometry over the "field with one element" $\mathbb{F}_{1}$ is to give a fully faithfully embedding of categories $$\mathsf{Sch}_{\mathbb{Z}}\hookrightarrow\...
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Connes–Consani's absolute geometry and Lurie's spectral algebraic geometry

Alain Connes and Caterina Consani seem to be currently working on "absolute algebraic geometry", which is a kind of "algebraic geometry over the sphere spectrum" (https://arxiv.org/...
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In what sense do the real and complex places correspond to setting q equal to 1 or -1?

It often happens that if we have a scheme $X/\mathbb Z$ (or an open subset thereof) and we denote by $p(q) = X(\mathbb F_q)$, then $p(1)$ and $p(-1)$ compute the euler characteristic of $X(\mathbb C)$ ...
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Durov approach to Arakelov geometry and $\mathbb{F}_1$

Durov's thesis on algebraic geometry over generalized rings looks extremely intriguing: it promises to unify scheme based and Arakelov geometry, even in singular cases, as well as including geometry ...
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The term "absolute geometry"

My question concerns the so-called absolute geometry over the "field with one element" F_1 or over the spectrum $\mathrm{Spec}(F_1)$, cf. https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/Borger%27s+absolute+geometry. I ...
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Generating function for lattice paths making aribitrary (i,j)-up-right move in one step and fitting rectangular (m,n)?

There is the following beautiful formula (see Qiaochu Yuan excellent blog): $$ \sum_{\lambda \in Young~diagrams~fitting~rectangle~m~n} q^{Box~count(="area~under~the~curve")~of~\lambda} = \binom{n+m}{...
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$q$ as a prime power and a root of unity

The number of points on the $(n-1)$-dimensional projective space $P^{n-1}(\mathbb{F}_q)$ over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$ is the $q$-integer $$[n]_q := \frac{q^n-1}{q-1}.$$ In analogy, the number of ...
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Schur-Weyl duality and q-symmetric functions

Disclaimer: I'm far from an expert on any of the topics of this question. I apologize in advance for any horrible mistakes and/or inaccuracies I have made and I hope that the spirit of the question ...
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What is $\mathbb{Q}_1$, the "field of $1$-adic numbers"?

(Disclaimer: I'm totally ignorant about $\mathbb{F}_1$ theory) There are now (several) working definitions of the "field with one element" $\mathbb{F}_1$ (not literally a field, of course), and ...
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Combinatorial/probabilistic statements having $F_{\text{un}}$/$F_q$ geometric interpetation

$\newcommand{\Fun}{F_\text{un}}$There was lots of "Fun with $\Fun$" (field with one element) in recent years. One of the points is that it provides bridge between geometrical and ...
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Can one divide algebraic manifolds ? Make sense: $Gr(2,n)/ Gr(2,n+m) = P^{n-1}/P^{n+m-1} P^{n-2}/P^{n+m-2}$

Let's start from a little bit far. Basic probability theory - chain rule reads: $$ P(AB) = P(A)P(B|A)$$ Example: consider n+m balls, where n - white balls, m - black balls, consider A - first ...
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Is there a lift of the q-Vandermonde identity to some geometric (motivic) identity for Grassmannians over $F_q$?

The q-Vandermonde identity reads: $$ \binom{m + n}{k}_{\!\!q} =\sum_{j} \binom{m}{k - j}_{\!\!q} \binom{n}{j}_{\!\!q} q^{j(m-k+j)} $$ The q-binomial coefficients: $$ \binom{ a }{ b}_{\!\!q} $$ ...
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What are the analogs of a Levi/Parabolic/Borel/Bruhat over the field with 1 element?

This is inevitably an imprecise question, but there are already several questions like this on the site so I thought i'd try anyway. If I understand correctly, for any reductive algebraic group $G$ ...
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How is Borger's approach to $\mathbb{F_{1}}$ related to previous approaches (e.g. Deitmar's)?

The "traditional" approach to the so-called "field with one element" $\mathbb{F}_{1}$ is by using monoids, or, to put it in another way, by forgetting the additive structure of ...
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Inter-Universal Teichmuller Theory and the Field with One Element

The idea of the "field with one element", or $\mathbb{F}_{1}$, is supposed to allow us to do for number fields what we can do for function fields. Hence this idea often comes up regarding problems ...
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Field with one element look at counting index-$n$ subgroups in terms of Homs to $S_n$, generalization to $F_{1^k}$?

Main idea shortly: As we discussed recently MO272045, there is beautiful fomula which counts index-n subgroups in terms of homomorphisms to $S_n$. Let me give "field with one element" interpretation ...
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Buildings, projective geometry - what led Tits to think of "the field with one element"?

The mysterious object "field with one element" seems to appear first in J. Tits papers on buildings. It is mentioned in almost any text on $\mathbb{F}_1$. However, I have never seen any exposition of ...
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What are the points of simple algebraic groups over extensions of $\mathbb{F}_1$?

The "field with one element" $\mathbb{F}_1$ is, of course, a very speculative object. Nevertheless, some things about it seem to be generally agreed, even if the theory underpinning them is not; in ...
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Analogies supporting heuristic: Weyl groups = algebraic groups over field with one element?

There is well-known heuristic that Weyl groups are reductive algebraic groups over "field with one element". Probably the best known analogy supporting that heuristic is the limit $q\to1$ ...
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Bijection between conjugacy classes and irreducible representation of Weyl group = Langlands correspondence over "field with one element"

Context: The number of conjugacy classes equals to the number of irreducuble representations (over C) for any finite group. Moreover for the symmetric group there is well-known "natural bijection" ...
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Gauss, Jacobi, Kloosterman sums and representation theory in the $\mathbb F_1$-world

This question is inspired by Why are Bessel function and Kloosterman sum similar? - it developed in me desire to understand Kloosterman sums better. There seems to be common knowledge that Gauss, ...
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Can MacLane's notion of universality inform $\mathbb{F}_1$?

MacLane (1939) calls a field $F$ universal if every other field $F'$ of the same cardinality and characteristic as $F$ is a subfield of $F$. He then exhibits an example, viz. a field of generalized ...
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What "should" be the absolute galois group of a field with one element

As far as I know there is many "suggestions" of what should be a "field with one element" $\mathbf{F}_{1}$. My question is the following: How we should think or what should be the "absolute Galois ...
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Descent of flatness from algebras to monoids

Consider a morphism of commutative monoids $u\colon M\rightarrow N$. We say that $u$ is flat, if the tensor product functor $\bullet\otimes_MN$ from the category of $M$-modules to the category of $N$-...
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Is an ordinary scheme in Borger's Absolute Geometry the same as a "scheme over 𝔽₁" with a map to Spec(ℤ)?

$\newcommand{\Z}{\mathbb{Z}} \newcommand{\F}{\mathbb{F}_1} \newcommand{\spec}{\operatorname{Spec}}$If I understand correctly, in Borger's paper $\Lambda$-rings and the field with one element about the ...
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What is the significance of the $-1$-simplex?

The number of $k$-simplex elements in an $n$-simplex is counted by the binomial coefficient $\binom{n+1}{k+1}$. For example, the $3$-simplex is the tetrahedron, which has the following elements: $4$ ...
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What is known about the $q$-analogue of the simplex?

I am interested in the field with one element. I am thus interested in combinatorial interpretations of the Gaussian binomial coefficients. Richard Stanley's "Enumerative combinatorics" mentions ...
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A geometric theory of Blueprints? (Algebras over the field with one element)

In my attempt to tackle the various approaches of defining algebraic geometry over $\mathbb F_1$, I was just reading through Lorscheid's paper The geometry of blueprints. I certainly like the idea a ...
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Laurent and power series over the field with one element?

Question. Is there a suitable notion of the Laurent series ring $\mathbb{F}_1((t))$ and power series ring $\mathbb{F}_1[[t]]$ in some framework for the field with one element $\mathbb{F}_1$? For ...
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Are binomial coefficients $F_1$ analogs of $q$-binomial coefficients?

This is a mostly philosophical question. Is it fair to think of usual binomial coefficients and their identities as an $F_1$ case of $q$-binomial coefficients and identities? Here $F_1$ is the field ...
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Fundamental theorem of K-theory for loop groups over $\mathbb{F}_1$?

As the title says, I would like to know what the fundamental theorem of algebraic K-theory would say over the field with one element. Recall that the fundamental theorem of K-theory provides a ...
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Connes' idea to use the hyperfinite $III_1$ factor for the archimedian place of Spec(Z)?

I recently gave a talk, where I talked about the tensor category of (all, not just finite index) bimodules over the hyperfinite $III_1$ factor. Vaughan Jones, who was in the audience, later told me ...
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The logarithm over $\mathbb F_1$

In 'Cyclotomy and analytic geometry over F1', Manin proposes a version of the notion of `analytic function' over the 'field with one element $\mathbb F_1$'. Question 1: can somebody explain or give ...
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Categorizing epimorphisms in $\mathscr{L}ex(\mathcal{B}^{Str},\mathsf{Set}_*)$

This is a follow up to this question of mine. The setup: Let $\mathcal{B}$ be an $\mathbb{F}_1$-linear category (Deitmar uses the term Belian); that is, $\mathcal{B}$ is pointed; balanced; contains ...
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Is $Lex(\mathcal B,\mathsf{Set}_*)$ an $\mathbb F_1$-linear category?

Following Anton Deitmar, let $\mathcal B$ be an "$\mathbb F_1$-linear category" (Deitmar uses the term "Belian"); i.e., $\mathcal B$ is balanced, pointed, contains finite products, kernels, and ...
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The non-simplicity of $SO(4)$ and $A_4$

It is well known that the alternating group $A_n$ is simple unless $n=4$. It is likewise well known that the special orthogonal group $SO(n)$ is essentially simple unless $n=4$ (specifically, the ...
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The symmetric group and the field with one element

I've heard a few times that the symmetric group is an algebraic group over a field with one element, and that the alternating group is quite specifically $SO_n(\mathbb{F}_1)$. This does make a lot of ...
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Are there F_un Lie algebras ?

Background See WP-article on F_1 = F_{un} = Field with one element (and also this MO question). Paraphrasing someone: we do not know what is it, but it is not a field :). For this question it is ...
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affine and projective schemes over $\mathbf{F}_1$?

What should affine and projective schemes over $\mathbf{F}_1$ be?
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Connections between various generalized algebraic geometries (Toen-Vaquié, Durov, Diers, Lurie)?

As far as I know, there are four possible ways to generalize algebraic geometry by 'simply' replacing the basic category of rings with something similar but more general: $\bullet$ In the approach by ...
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Terminology for certain monoids which are to monoids like fields are to rings

Let $M$ be a commutative monoid with zero. Then the condition $M^* = M \setminus \{0\}$ is very similar to the condition for a commutative ring to be a field. This analogy is also used in the work "...