Spectra provide a way of understanding cohomology theories in terms of homotopy theory. Spectra are a bit like CW-complexes, they have homotopy groups which may be used to characterize homotopy equivalences. However, a spectrum has homotopy groups in negative degrees, too, and they are abelian groups in all degrees. We will discuss spectra representing ordinary cohomology, bordism, and K-theory.
- Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar