Homotopy Groups

  • George W. Whitehead
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 61)


In Chapter III we saw that, if X is any space with base point, then π n (X) = [S n , X] is a group for any positive integer n. In fact, n n is a functor from the category K 0 to the category of groups if n = 1, abelian groups if n > 1. In certain respects, they resemble the homology groups, and one of the objectives of this chapter is to pursue this analogy and see where it may lead.


Base Point Fundamental Group Homology Group Homotopy Class Homotopy Group 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • George W. Whitehead
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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