Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Groups, rings, modules, and compact Hausdorff spaces have underlying sets ("forgetting" structure) and admit "free" constructions. Moreover, each type of object is completely characterized by the shadow of this free-forgetful duality cast on the category of sets, and this syntactic encoding provides formulas for direct and inverse limits. After we describe a typical encounter with adjunctions, monads, and their algebras, we introduce a new "homotopy coherent" version of this adjoint duality together with a graphical calculus that is used to define a homotopy coherent algebra in quite general contexts, such as appear in abstract homotopy theory or derived algebraic geometry.