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Surprising applications of cohomology

The concept of cohomology is one of the most subtle and powerful in modern mathematics. While its application to topology and integrability is immediate (it was probably how cohomology was born in the ...
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Making modular representation theory and cohomology 'compelling' and 'accesible'

I'm currently putting together an application for a dissertation completion fellowship offered through my university. A part of the application includes 500-1000 words describing my dissertation. ...
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Cohomology theories that arise in different fields of mathematics

During my studies in university I have encountered several cohomology theories. Part of them I've met in topology\differential geometry\analysis on manifolds courses (simplicial, singular, cell, ...
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A few questions about nonabelian cohomology of finite groups.

I apologize in advance if these questions are broad or basic. I tried to read about them at the Wikipedia, but everything is written in the language of category theory, in which I have had no formal ...
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The “need” for cohomology theories

In many surveys or introductions, one can see sentences such as "there was a need for this type of cohomology" or "X succeeded in inventing the cohomology of...". My question is: why is there a need ...
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Why are injective $\mathscr{O}$-modules flasque?

Let $X$ be a topological space, and let $\mathscr{O}$ be a sheaf of rings on $X$. It is easy to verify that the functor $\Gamma (U, -) : \textbf{Mod}(\mathscr{O}) \to \textbf{Ab}$ is representable, ...
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Tensors as matrices vs. Tensors as multi-linear maps

So I read the answers in this question, and don't feel that much closer to an answer about how tensors as multi-linear maps and tensors as "multi-dimensional" matrices are truly related. For ...