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Effective constructions in algebraic topology and applications

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Anibal Medina-Mardones
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/MPIM
Thu, 19/08/2021 - 15:00 - 16:00
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Meeting ID: 931 7291 0947
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There is some tension between functoriality and constructibility in algebraic topology reaching back to its origins. For example, the cohomology of a space X could be described in terms of homotopy classes of maps from X to certain spaces, or via a cochain complex generated by a combinatorial representation of X. In this survey talk we will discuss effective constructions of finer structure enhancing the cohomology of X in combinatorial terms. This so called E-infinity structure and associated cochain level operations on X, have become important for new applications of cohomology in the study of, for example, topological QFTs and persistent homology.

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