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Rational Homotopy Theory

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Part of the book series: Graduate Texts in Mathematics (GTM, volume 205)

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as well as by the list of open problems in the final section of this monograph. The computational power of rational homotopy theory is due to the discovery by Quillen [135] and by Sullivan [144] of an explicit algebraic formulation. In each case the rational homotopy type of a topological space is the same as the isomorphism class of its algebraic model and the rational homotopy type of a continuous map is the same as the algebraic homotopy class of the correspond­ ing morphism between models. These models make the rational homology and homotopy of a space transparent. They also (in principle, always, and in prac­ tice, sometimes) enable the calculation of other homotopy invariants such as the cup product in cohomology, the Whitehead product in homotopy and rational Lusternik-Schnirelmann category. In its initial phase research in rational homotopy theory focused on the identi­ of these models. These included fication of rational homotopy invariants in terms the homotopy Lie algebra (the translation of the Whitehead product to the homo­ topy groups of the loop space OX under the isomorphism 11'+1 (X) ~ 1I.(OX», LS category and cone length. Since then, however, work has concentrated on the properties of these in­ variants, and has uncovered some truly remarkable, and previously unsuspected phenomena. For example • If X is an n-dimensional simply connected finite CW complex, then either its rational homotopy groups vanish in degrees 2': 2n, or else they grow exponentially.

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Table of contents (40 chapters)

  1. Homotopy Theory, Resolutions for Fibrations, and P-local Spaces

  2. Sullivan Models


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"In 535 pages, the authors give a complete and thorough development of rational homotopy theory as well as a review (of virtually) all relevant notions of from basic homotopy theory and homological algebra. This is a truly remarkable achievement, for the subject comes in many guises."


Y. Felix, S. Halperin, and J.-C. Thomas

Rational Homotopy Theory

"A complete and thorough development of rational homotopy theory as well as a review of (virtually) all relevant notions from basic homotopy theory and homological algebra. This is truly a magnificent achievement . . . a true appreciation for the goals and techniques of rational homotopy theory, as well as an effective toolkit for explicit computation of examples throughout algebraic topology."


Authors and Affiliations

  • Institut Mathematiques, Universite de Louvain La Neuve, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

    Yves Félix

  • College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Science, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Stephen Halperin

  • Faculte des Sciences, Universite d’Angers, Angers, France

    Jean-Claude Thomas

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rational Homotopy Theory

  • Authors: Yves Félix, Stephen Halperin, Jean-Claude Thomas

  • Series Title: Graduate Texts in Mathematics

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-95068-6Published: 21 December 2000

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4612-6516-0Published: 13 October 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4613-0105-9Published: 06 December 2012

  • Series ISSN: 0072-5285

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-5612

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIII, 539

  • Topics: Algebraic Topology

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