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Higher Categories and Homotopical Algebra


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Preface; 1. Prelude; 2. Basic homotopical algebra; 3. The homotopy theory of -categories; 4. Presheaves: externally; 5. Presheaves: internally; 6. Adjoints, limits and Kan extensions; 7. Homotopical algebra; References; Notation; Index.

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At last, a friendly introduction to modern homotopy theory after Joyal and Lurie, reaching advanced tools and starting from scratch.

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Denis-Charles Cisinski is Professor of Mathematics at the Universitat Regensburg, Germany. His research focuses on homotopical algebra, category theory, K-theory and the cohomology of schemes. He is also the author of a monograph entitled Les prefaisceaux comme modeles des types d'homotopie (2007).


'Category theory is concerned with the organisation and construction of general mathematical structures, while homotopy theory is devoted to the study of abstract shapes associated to geometric forms. This book is a window into the new field of mathematics emerging from the convergence of these two branches of mathematics ... It was conjectured a few decades ago that category theory has a natural extension to quasi-categories (also called infinity-category), a notion introduced by Michael Boardman and Reiner Vogt in the early nineteen-seventies ... This book widens and deepens the extension with the addition of a new theory of presheaves inspired by type theory and a new theory of localisation; it proposes an extension of homotopical algebra to quasi-categories, offers new applications, and brings important simplification to earlier works. It is an excellent introduction to the subject and may be used for an advanced course.' Andre Joyal, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada
'Denis-Charles Cisinski offers a masterful introduction to the world of infinity-categories, illustrating the necessary intuition all throughout. A complete and clear exposition of the foundations leads naturally to a full course teaching us how to handle all aspects of homotopical algebra within the theory.' Carlos Simpson, French National Center for Scientific Research, Universite Cote d'Azur, France
'In recent years the methods of homotopy theory have seen increasingly wide applications in mathematics, and the framework of abstract homotopy theory has been found to be an important lens through which to view many mathematical structures. This book offers a single, self-contained place to learn about the extensive modern facets of abstract homotopy theory. Readers will appreciate Cisinski's thoughtful choice of details and his carefully articulated philosophical point of view. This is an excellent resource for mathematicians experiencing first contact with the subject and for more seasoned researchers in the area.' Michael Hopkins, Harvard University
'As someone doing research and advising graduate students in a closely-related area, I am happy to see a book like this in the literature. It will help readers to learn this subject, and to gain a deep understanding of the foundational ideas.' Julie Bergner, MAA Reviews

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