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Probing L-S category with maps

1993
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Transactions of the American Mathematical Society
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For any map X -> Y , we introduce two new homotopy invariants, dcat/ and rcat/. The classical category cat/ is a lower bound for both, while dcat / < cat X and rcat f < cat Y . When Y is an Eilenberg-Mac Lane space, / represents a cohomology class and dcat / often gives a good estimate for cat X . We prove that if SI e H" (M ; Z) is the fundamental class of a compact, simply connected «-manifold, then dcat Í2 = cat M . Similarly, when X is sphere, then / is a homotopy class and while cat / = 1

doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1993-1112375-x
fatcat:nzxttmczl5dkxg7pkrpto772aa