Topology Seminar

Title: A-Complexity and Good Spaces
Speaker: Professor Jeff Strom
Speaker Info: Western Michigan
Brief Description:
Special Note:

(Joint work with Michele Intermont)

A closed class is a class of spaces which is closed under weak equivalences and pointed homotopy colimits. Every space $A$ generates a closed class $\mathcal{C}(A)$; the $A$-complexity of a space $X\in \mathcal{C}(A)$ is the minimum number of homotopy colimit operations required to construct $X$ starting with wedges of copies of $A$.

A space $A$ is called a good space if $\mathcal{C}(A)$ is closed under extensions by fibrations (any sphere $S^n$ is an example of such a space).

We will derive some useful estimates of the $A$-complexity. Then we will turn our attention to finding some special properties enjoyed by good spaces, including a characterization of good spaces. Finally, we will tie these two strands together, by showing that, if $A$ is a good space, then there is a countable bound on the $\s A$ complexity of every space that is \textit{indpendent of both $X$ and $A$}.

Date: Monday, April 26, 2004
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Prof. Paul Goerss
Contact email: pgoerss@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-8544
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