Two functions are homotopic, if one of them can by continuously deformed to another. This gives rise to an equivalence relation. A group called homotopy group can be obtained from the equivalence classes. The simplest homotopy group is fundamental group. Homotopy groups are important invariants in ...

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Hatcher, p.35, $\mathbb{R^{n}} - \{x\}$ is homeomorphic to $S^{n-1} \times \mathbb{R}$

Could some help me understand how $\mathbb{R^{n}} - \{x\}$ is homeomorphic to $S^{n-1} \times \mathbb{R}$. Also, if the one point set is replaced by any finite set, how does the argument work. This ...
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Motivation for the proof of the associativity of multiplication of equivalence classes of paths

After having defined the equivalence classes of paths in a topological space in chapter two of the book A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology, William S. Massey proves the lemma The multiplication ...
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When may the bar resolution be truncated for calculating $\operatorname{hocolim}$?

Suppose $D$ is a small category and $F\colon D\to sSets$ a functor. I want to calculate the simplicial set $$\operatorname{hocolim}F$$ via the bar construction: $\operatorname{hocolim}F$ is the ...
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prove that the identity map $i:S^n\to S^n$ is not nullhomotopic.

Using the fact that: For all $n\in \mathbb{N}$ there is no retraction $r:B^{n+1} \to S^n$, prove that the identity map $i:S^n\to S^n$ is not nullhomotopic. This is a problem in section 56 of Munkres' ...
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Skeletality of a simplicial set $X$ vs. highest degree of a non-degenerate simplex

Let $X$ be a simplicial set with a non-degenetate simplex in degree $n$ and suppose that all simplices in higher degrees are degenerate. Is $X$ an $n$-skeletal simplicial set and not ...
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$X$ is contained in an annulus containing a circle in the annulus.Show that $\pi_1(X)$ contains a subgroup isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}$.

In $\mathbb{R^2}$ let $C=\{|x|=2\}$ and $A=\{1<|x|<3\}$, let $X$ be a path connected set such that $C \subset X \subset A$. Show that $\pi_1(X)$ contains a subgroup isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}$. ...
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Homotopy direct limit versus direct limit

Let $X_1\to X_2\to \cdots$ be an infinite sequence of maps. Then, as I understand, the homotopy direct limit of this sequence is the space formed by taking the disjoint union of the $X_i\times I$ and ...
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Does the $\Omega$-spectrum functor send exact triangles to homotopy cofiber sequences?

The functor $\Omega^\infty\colon Spectra\to Spaces$ which takes a spectrum, replaces it by the associated $\Omega$-spectrum and then takes its $0$th space sends exact triangles to homotopy fiber ...
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A curve not homotopic to constant path but index of every point is zero.

I want to find a curve which is not homotopic to constant path but the index of every point not on the curve is zero. Here the domain is an open subset of Complex Plane.I was unable to find any such ...
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Homotopic maps of a compact polyhedron

My friend and I are trying to solve the following exercise. Problem: Let $X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a compact polyhedron. Show that there exists $\alpha > 0$ such that for any pair of maps $f, g ...
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Extending a homeomorphism of the open disk to the boundary.

Let $D^2 = \{x \in \mathbb{R}^2 : ||x||\leq 1\}$ denote the closed disk and $int(D^2)$ denote its interior. If I have a homeomorphism $\ f: int(D^2) \rightarrow int(D^2)$ it is clear that it is not ...
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why does the flipping map $S^1 \wedge S^1 \to S^1 \wedge S^1$ introduce a minus sign in homotopy?

Suppose we have a map $f:S^1 \wedge S^1 \to X$ of pointed spaces ($S^1$ is the circle), let $T:S^1 \wedge S^1$ be the map that flips the factors, (so $T(x,y)=(y,x)$) and let $f'=f \circ T:S^1 \wedge ...
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Simple example of $X$ with torsion in $H^1(X,\mathbb{Z})$?

Question: Is there a simple example of a space $X$ possessing torsion in its first integral cohomology group $H^1(X,\mathbb{Z})$? For reasonable spaces $X$, e.g. CW-complexes, one has ...
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Proof of the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem

The Borsuk-Ulam Theorem says the following: For any continuous map $g: S^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ there exists $x \in S^n$ such that $g(x)=g(-x)$. I'm trying to work through the proof given in ...
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Is the homotopy class given by the degree?

Let $X$ be a topological space such that $\pi_n(X)=H_n(X)=Z$. A continuous map $f: S^n \rightarrow X$ is an element of $\pi_N(X)=Z$ therefore $[f]_{\mathrm{homotopy}}$ is characterised by an integer ...
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Loop space of $S^1$

How concretely can the (based) loop space $\Omega S^1$ of $S^1$ be described? I know it's a space with homotopy groups $\pi_0(\Omega S^1) \simeq \mathbb{Z}$ and $\pi_i(\Omega S^1) \simeq 0$ for ...
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Higher homotopy groups: Basepoint independence.

Let $f,g: [0,1]^n=I^n \rightarrow X$ be contiuous maps s.t. $f(\partial I^n)=g(\partial I^n)=x_1$. If $\gamma:I \rightarrow X$ is a path joining $x_0$ and $x_1$ ...
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cohomology is dual to homology of a spectrum if homology is free

Let $E$ be a multiplicative spectrum (and $X$ a space with $H_n(X; \mathbb{Z})$ free abelian for every $n$). The following excerpt is taken from the notes here claim that item (1) below easily implies ...
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Showing that two maps are homotopic

Let $X$ be a topological space and let $S^2 \subset \mathbb{R^3}$ be the unit sphere with the metric $d$ inherited from $\mathbb{R^3}$. Show that if $f,g:X\to S^2$ are continuous maps such that ...
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Exercise 2, chapter 4, Hatcher.

Show that if $\varphi: X \rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy equivalence, then the induced homomorphisms $\varphi_{*}:\pi_n(X,x_0) \rightarrow\pi_n(Y,\varphi(x_0))$ are isomorphisms, for all n$\in ...
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Intuition behind certain examples of fundamental groups

I have some intuition behind the interpretation of having nontrivial fundamental group, detecting the holes in the space and so on. But I don't quite see how interpret the fact that the fundamental ...
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definitions of various spectra: $E^X$ and $E \wedge \Sigma^\infty X$

Let $E=\{E_n\}$ be a spectrum given by a sequence of pointed CW complexes $E_n$ and inclusions $\Sigma E_n \to E_{n+1}$. Let $X$ a pointed CW complex. I had a few very naive questions I had while ...
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If a thread is pulled out of a floating blob of water, must the thread be tangent to the surface of the blob at some point?

My motivation is the recent question I just answered, and my answer use too many hypothesis that I considered superfluous: Always "one double root" between "no root" and "at ...
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A doubt in Hatcher's Algebraic Topology.

I refer to pg. 27 of Hatcher's Algebraic Topology. I refer to the part where Hatcher proves that $f.(g.h)\cong (f.g).h$ For the life of me, I cannot figure out how the diagram on the right proves ...
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Can all null-homotopy be made differentiable on arbitrary metric space?

Let $M$ be a metric, and assume that it is simply connected. For a closed curve $f$, we define it to be differentiable iff for any $x$ then $\lim\limits_{h\rightarrow 0}\frac{d(f(x),f(x+h))}{h}$ ...
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Homotopy classes of maps from the projective plane to $S^1 \times S^3$

I have a past qual question here: characterize the space $[(\mathbb{RP}^2,x),(S^1 \times S^3,y)]$ of homotopy classes of maps from $(\mathbb{RP}^2,x)$ to $(S^1 \times S^3,y)$, where here $x \in ...
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Homotopy groups relating to toric varieties

It is known that the toric variety $X_\Sigma$ of a simplicial fan $\Sigma$ can be constructed as a quotient $$X_\Sigma = \bigl(\mathbb C^N \setminus V(B)\bigr)/G.$$ Here $N$ is the number of rays, ...
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Realization (in the sense of homotopy coherent nerve) of $\partial\Delta^n$

I need some help understanding the working of the homotopy coherent nerve (as described in Lurie's HTT). Let $i < j$, then $\mathrm{Hom}_{\mathfrak{C}\Delta^n}(i, j) \simeq (\Delta^1)^{(j-i-1)}$, ...
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The cone minus its apex deformation retracts onto its basis

Let $X$ be a topological space and $$C(X)=X\times [0,1]/X\times \{0\}$$ be the cone on $X$. Call $P$ the apex of the cone. I want to show that $C(X)-P$ deformation retracts onto $X\times \{1\}$. My ...
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Role of the Thom space in the Pontryagin-Thom construction

I am trying to understand the Pontryagin-Thom theorem; especially how the Thom space comes into play. Just to bring everyone on the same page: I am specifically talking about the construction of an ...
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Homotopy for the complement when slightly thickening a subspace of $ℝ^n$

For a given subspace $X \subset ℝ^n$ there is a homotopy equivalence $X \times \{0\} \simeq X \times I$ (subspaces of $ℝ^{n+1}$), where $I$ is the unit interval. However, the complements in $ℝ^{n+1}$ ...
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Is this Space Homotopy Equivalent to $S^2$

Let $X$ be the space $S^1$ with two $2$-cells attached via maps of relatively prime degrees. This space is simply connected and has the homology of $S^2$, but is it homotopy equivalent to $S^2$?
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Homotopy groups of unitary groups

in this paper I found some explicit generators of homotopy groups of unitary groups, for example $\pi_3[SU_2]$: $\begin{bmatrix}z_1\\z_2\end{bmatrix}$$\rightarrow $$\begin{bmatrix}z_1 ...
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$\pi_0$ of $M(2) \wedge M(2)$

My motivation is trying to understand Tom Goodwillie's argument here: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/87919/difficulties-with-the-mod-2-moore-spectrum and the only thing I don't get is why ...
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Expressing homotopy groups of spaces of (unpointed) maps $S^1\to M$ in terms of homotopy groups of spaces of pointed maps.

I came across the following problem while studying for a topology exam: Let $M$ be a topological space, let $\Lambda(M)=M^{S^1}$, the space of continuous maps $S^1\to M$ with the compact-open ...
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Homotopy of Involutory Matrices?

I want to construct a homotopy from the matrix $$ \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & -1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & -1 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\ \end{bmatrix} $$ ...
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Mathematical background for TQFT

I am physicist. I`ve started studying Topological QFT. What would you recommend to read in mathematical field for understanding Witten’s old articles of 80s-90s? What books/articles could help form ...
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Definition of the algebraic intersection number of oriented closed curves.

Can anyone point me to a reference (book/paper) where I can read up on the the algebraic intersection number of closed curves on an orientable surface? In this paper by John Franks it is used to ...
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Being smooth homotopic relation: proof

Suppose we have an open set $U$ in the plane and two $\cal C^\infty$ paths $\gamma,\eta:[a,b]\to U$ with the same endpoints (i.e., $P:=\gamma(a)=\eta(a)$ and $Q:=\gamma(b)=\eta(b)$). We say that ...
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How an empty set is collapsed to a point?

In the original book of Conley Index Theory: Isolated Invariant Sets and the Morse Index chp3.3, p6, Charles Conley mentioned that ...
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What is the meaning of “Homotopy of Little disc Operads”

I want to understand what means the homotopy of the little discs operad. I'm starting to research in this area and I have some questions. 1) I don't understand why little discs operad is a ...
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Topological/homotopical classification for 1-dim CW-complexes?

It's a common exercise to classify a collection of 1-dim objects, say the figures of 0-9, or A-Z, up to homeomorphism or homotopy equivalence. I suddenly raise a question in general: Is there any ...
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Good pair vs. cofibration

It can be shown that $i:A\hookrightarrow X$ is a closed cofibration if and only if there is a map $\varphi:X\to I=[0,1]$ and a homotopy $H:U\times I\to X$ on some neighborhood $U$ of $A$ such that ...
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Showing this Null homotopic composite factors through a Null homotopic map

I was having some trouble with this concept which makes sense to me intuitively but the understanding of which is not yet fully clear. Suppose $CS^n$ is the unreduced cone on the n-sphere $S^n$. By ...
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Do freely homotopic maps induce the same homomorphism on fundamental groups?

Let $f,g\colon X\to Y$ be two continuous maps that are freely homotopic, such that there is some $x_0\in X$ with $f(x_0)=g(x_0)$. Is it true that the induced homomorphisms $f_*,g_*\colon ...
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Proof the Associative Property of H-group

I would like to prove the following proposition: Let $X$ and $Y$ be based topological spaces and let $[X,Y]$ be the set of homotopy classes of based maps $X\to Y$. If for every $X$, $[X,Y]$ is a ...
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Homology of mapping telescope

It is stated here http://math.uchicago.edu/~may/CONCISE/ConciseRevised.pdf that if $X$ is an increasing union of the type $X=\bigcup_{i \in I}X_i$ (where $X_i \subset X_{i+1}$), then we have an ...
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Contractible Subspace and Homotopy Equivalence

It is known that if pair $(X,A)$ has the homotopy extension property and $A$ is contractible, then the quotient map $q:X\to X/A$ is a homotopy equivalence. I am wondering what if the homotopy ...
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Homotopy equivalent iff isomorphic homotopy groups?

Is it true that two spaces or $\infty$-groupoids are homotopy equivalent if and only if they have isomorphic homotopy groups?
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Can we simultaneously realize arbitrary homotopy groups and arbitrary homology groups?

Let's keep our groups finitely presented for the time being. All spaces in this post are path connected. Background: By a standard construction (e.g., on p. 365 of Hatcher), there exists a $K(\pi, ...