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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Closed model categories in the sense of Quillen [1969] vs the modern sense

The modern definition of (closed) model category differs in two ways from Quillen's 1969 definition: Model categories are now required to be complete and cocomplete, whereas Quillen only asked for ...
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Is a pathwise-continuous function continuous?

Suppose that $X$ is a locally connected and simply connected space and $f:X\to Y$ is a function such that for every path $\phi:[a,b]\to X$ the composition $f\circ\phi$ is continuous. Does it follow ...
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Mapping cylinder is a CW complex

If you read the question entirely, it is not a duplicate. The first time I asked the question, I already gave the link to the similar question and explained why the answer is not satisfying. If you ...
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The status of $\mathbb{R}$ in homotopy theory.

The definition of a path as a continuous map $I \rightarrow X$ is a completely natural one. But this raises two questions in my mind. First, what properties of the interval give rise to useful ...
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Embedding of two-dimensional CW complexes which induces a zero homomorphism on second homotopy groups

I am interested in the following question. How to find three two-dimensional CW complexes $K_1, K_2, K_3$ with non-trivial $\pi_2$ and injective embeddings $f:K_1\rightarrow K_2, g:K_2\rightarrow ...
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History of the term “anodyne” in homotopy theory

There is a notion of an anodyne morphism (usually of simplicial sets). This type of morphisms is used, for instance, to establish basic properties of quasicategories. But the name is quite mysterious. ...
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Bousfield–Kan spectral sequence for homotopy colimits

Let $\mathcal{J}$ be a small category and let $X : \mathcal{J} \to \mathbf{sSet}$ be a diagram. We define its homotopy colimit $\newcommand{\hocolim}{\mathop{\mathrm{ho}{\varinjlim}}}\hocolim X$ ...
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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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How strong is the analogy between spectra and abelian groups?

I am led to understand that spectra are some kind of $\infty$-analogue of (discrete) abelian groups, or perhaps more accurately, some kind of generalisation of chain complexes of abelian groups. How ...
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Good Reference for Large Cardinals/Homotopy Theory

I'm planning on attending a conference in Barcelona in September called "Large Cardinal Methods in Homotopy Theory" and want to try to be as prepared as I possibly can. Are there good references for ...
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How do the direct and inverse image sheaf functors interact with homotopy?

The direct image sheaf functor $f_\ast$ and inverse image sheaf functor $f^\ast$ (here I mean the usual inverse image sheaf functor often denoted by $f^{-1}$) form a well-known adjunction for ...
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Homotopy type vs. weak homotopy type, and repercussions for EG

This is another basic question. I'm aware that weak homotopy equivalence is strictly weaker than homotopy equivalence. For one thing, there is a weak homotopy equivalence from $S^1$ to a four-point ...
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Understanding J homomorphism

I was trying to understand J homomorphism $J:\pi_r(SO(q)\rightarrow \pi_{r+q}(S^q)$from the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-homomorphism. It's clear that an element of $\pi_r(SO(q)$ ...
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Homotopy equivalence in the category of arrows.

I'm reading Jeff Strom's book on Homotopy Theory and I am trying to make some sense of a certain exercise. On page 91, "Homotopy in Mapping Categories" we consider the category of arrows of ...
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Composition, fibrations?

Let $p: D \to B$ and $q: E \to B$ be fibrations and let $f: D \to E$ be a map such that $q \circ f = p$. Suppose that $f$ is a homotopy equivalence. My question is, does it follow that $f$ is a fiber ...
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Is wedge sum for finite CW complexes cancellative in the homotopy category?

Let $X,Y,Z$ be finite pointed CW complexes. Is it possible that $X\vee Z$ and $Y\vee Z$ are homotopy equivalent, but $X$ and $Y$ are not? Remark 1: Without the finiteness assumption on $Z$, there are ...
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Is the sphere with a diameter homotopy equivalent to a surface?

This is for a homework problem: Take the unit sphere $\mathbb{S}^2$ and join the north and south poles with a line segment. Is the resulting space homotopy equivalent to a surface? Intuitively, ...
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Transversality and homotopic maps

I'm trying to solve some problems in differential topology, and I came across the following: suppose $f:M\times [0,1]\rightarrow N$ is a homotopy, where $M$ is a compact manifold, such that $f_0$ and ...
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What is this relation on the set of paths called in graph theory?

Suppose I have a directed simple graph $\Gamma$ (no edge loops or multi-edges) and a directed path $v_0v_1\cdots v_k$ joining vertex $s=v_0$ to vertex $t=v_k$. By directed path I mean that each pair ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general situation. Especially I do not work in any "convenient" category of spaces. Wikipedia ...
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Homotopic properties of the Spin group from geometric algebra

There are two possible ways to define the $\mathrm{Spin}(n)$ group of Euclidean $n$-space from $\mathrm{Pin}(n)$. First is that $\mathrm{Spin}(n)$ is the identity component of $\mathrm{Pin}(n)$. ...
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representatives of $\pi_n(U(n))$

I know that $\pi_n(U(n)) \cong \mathbb{Z}$ for $n$ odd. I am looking for a description of an explicit map $S^n \rightarrow U(n)$ that represents the generator in this group. By precomposing with maps ...
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The Seifert-Van Kampen theorem as a push-out

My question concerns the proof of the Seifert-Van Kampen theorem. The version of such a statement that interests me is the following. Let $X$ be a topological space, and $U, V\subseteq X$ two ...
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Direct way to show that 2-out-of-6 holds for weak equivalences in a model category?

In a model category, when weak equivalences are inverted, nothing else gets inverted. It follows that weak equivalences satsify 2-out-of-6. But the first sentence takes some work to show. Is there a ...
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Viewing Homotopies as Paths in $\mathcal{C}^0(X,Y)$

When I think intuitively about homotopies, I think about them as paths between two functions. This is more comfortable and suggestive than any categorical talk about "morphisms between morphisms", so ...
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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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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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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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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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map to product of eilenberg-maclane spaces

Given a space $X$, and an Eilenberg-MacLane space $K(G,n)$ (hereafter referred to as $K$), and two maps $f: X \to K$ and $g:X \to K$, let $f \times g:X \to K \times K$ map $x \in X$ to $(f(x),g(x))$. ...
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what can you say about the degree of $f:\mathbb{C}P^n \to \mathbb{C}P^n$

Any thoughts on this problem: If $M$ and $N$ are simply-connected, $n$-dimensional manifolds, then $H^n(M;\mathbb{Z}) \cong \mathbb{Z} \cong H^n(N;\mathbb{Z})$. A map $f:M \to N$ induces a map ...
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Fundamental group of CW-Complex only depends on 2-Skeleton

I was just about to write down my answer to an exercise in algebraic topology and I wanted to use the fact that $\pi_1 (X)$ only depends on the $2$-Skeleton of $X$ for any $CW$-Complex $X$. I am very ...
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Does an equivariant weak equivalence induce weak equivalences on all orbits?

This question arose from another, which was not well formulated and completely answered by this MO thread as pointed out by the user roman. Let $G$ be a discrete group, $X$ and $Y$ be $G$-spaces (and ...
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$J$-homomorphism and homotopy

We have Bott periodicity theorem for unitary group $U(n)$: $$ \pi_{i-1}^{s}(U) = \pi_{i-1}(U(m)) \simeq \pi_{i}(Gr_m(\mathbb{C}^{2m})) \simeq \pi_{i+1}(SU(2m)) \simeq \pi_{i+1}^{s}(U) .$$ So we can ...
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algebraic or homotopical proof for Kakutani fixed point theorem

As Kakutani fixed point theorem is a genral case of Brouwer fixed point theorem, and one can read the proof from homotopy theory books. I wonder if there is any proof for the Kakutani using homotopy ...
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Is there any relation between homotopy pushout and mapping cone?

Given two maps $f:A \to B$ and $g:A \to C$, we can have the homotopy push out square \begin{array}{rcl}A& \stackrel{f}{\rightarrow} &B\\ {\tiny g}\downarrow&& {\tiny b}\downarrow\\ ...
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Contractible and Compact space can be contained in an open set after time $t_0$?

$X$ is a topological space that is contractible and compact. Show that if $U$ is an open set in $X$ containing $x_0$ then there exists $t_0<1$ so that $H(x,t)∈U$, for all $x∈X$, and all $t_0≤t≤1$. ...
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What is an “absolute, equational pushout”?

I was leafing through Joyal and Tierney's Notes on simplicial homotopy theory. In the first few lines of the section on the skeleton of a simplicial set they display the simplicial identities as a ...
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A fibrant-objects structure on $\bf Top$

One can define (Paragraph 1.5, page 10) a fibrant-object structure on a suitable cartesian closed category of topological spaces $\bf Top$, called the $\pi_0$-fibrant structure: A ...
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homotopy type of the closure of a subset

Let $X$ be a topological space and $N$ a subset of $X$. Is it true that the closure of $N$ in $X$ is homotopy equivalent to $N$. I think it is not. take for example $N=\mathbb Q\subset \mathbb ...
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Why is well-pointedness necessary for $X\hookrightarrow M_f$ to be a pointed cofibration?

In Jeffrey Strom's Modern Classical Homotopy Theory on page $125$, it is stated that "Now we come to one of the crucial differences between the pointed and the unpointed categories. The mapping ...
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Why is $\pi_2(S^1 \vee S^2)$ not finitely generated?

This is an exercise following a discussion of fibrations. preceding that there was a discussion of cofibrations and the long exact sequence of homotopy groups of a pair. Any hints would be greatly ...
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Can the disk bundle associated to a vector bundle over a finite CW-complex be obtained by attaching cells?

Let $V$ be a vector bundle (with a chosen metric) over a finite CW-complex $X$ and $B(V), S(V)$ the associated (unit) disk resp. sphere bundles. In the paper Clifford-Modules the authors remark that ...
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If weak-equivalences in a model category are generated by an equivalence relation $\sim$ on hom-sets…

Suppose that $C$ is a bicomplete category, and $\sim$ is an equivalence relation defined on every hom-set of $C$, compatible with composition. Then we can define the quotient category $C/\sim$ whose ...
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Is the signature of inverse images of diffeomorphic submanifolds (along a homotopy equivalence) the same?

Suppose it is given an orientation preserving homotopy equivalence $h:N\to M$ between closed oriented connected manifolds. Let $X$ and $Y$ be diffeomorphic submanifolds of $M$, and assume $h$ to be ...
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Intuition for homotopy (co)limits in triangulated categories

The following definition is taken from Daniel Murfet's Triangulated Categories Part I notes. Let $\mathcal T$ be a triangulated category with countable coproducts. Suppose we are given a ...
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Number of path components of a function space

Let $X,Y$ be compact topological spaces. $Map(X,Y)$ is the set of continuous functions from $X$ to $Y$ with the compact-open topology (but any reasonable topology should do, am I wrong?). What ...
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The relation between homotopy equivalence and contractible mapping cone?

In this MO thread, the OP claimed that it is obvious that homotopy equivalence implies the mapping cone contractible, whereas the converse proposition is wrong. I hate to admit that it's not obvious ...
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Criterion for homotopy equivalence in the category of pair of spaces

I am trying to prove the following statement : Let $\{ * \} \subset A \subset B \subset X$ be a chain of topological spaces (all subsets have the subspace topology). It is given that $A \to X$ ...
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A construction with homotopy colimits and homotopy pullbacks for descent.

I have some troubles in trying to give a meaningful interpretation to the following property which is stated in this preprint by professor Rezk (see Definition 6.5) as part of the requirement for a ...