Online seminar, U. Haifa Topology & Geometry seminar on April 25, 2021

A recording of the talk is available here.

Topology & Geometry Seminar

Speaker: Nir Gadish, MIT

Topic: Möbius inversion in homotopy theory

Place: This is an online seminar. Please email David Blanc “blanc at math dot haifa dot ac dot il” for the Zoom ID and password.

Time: 16:00

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021


Möbius inversion is classically a procedure in number theory that inverts summation of functions over the divisors of an integer. A similar construction is possible for every locally finite poset, and is governed by a so called Möbius function encoding the combinatorics. In 1936 Hall observed that the values of the Möbius function are Euler characteristics of intervals in the poset, suggesting a homotopy theoretic context for the inversion.
In this talk we will discuss a functorial ‘space-level’ realization of Möbius inversion for diagrams taking values in any pointed cocomplete infinity-category. The role of the Möbius function will be played by hömotopy types whose reduced Euler characteristics are the classical values, and inversion will hold up to extensions (think inclusion-exclusion but with the alternating signs replaced by even/odd spheres).
This provides a uniform perspective to many constructions in topology and algebra. Notable examples that I hope to mention include handle decompositions, Koszul resolutions, and filtrations of configuration spaces.