Graduate Student Seminar, 5:00pm April 28, 2003, Hayes-Healy 229


Julie Bergner


Talkin' 'Bout Good Fibrations (and Other Aspects of Model Categories)


In the study of homotopy groups of topological spaces, three kinds of maps are particularly important: fibrations, cofibrations, and weak homotopy equivalences. Viewing them as morphisms in the category of topological spaces, the ideas behind them can be generalized to other categories, leading to the notion of a model category structure. The category of chain complexes of R-modules, for example, has a nice model category structure relating to the study of homological algebra. In my talk, I will use these examples to motivate the definition of a model category and show why it is an interesting structure to study.

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