Chevalley fundamental group

The term Chevalley fundamental group is sometimes used for the fundamental group of a space defined via the automorphisms of a universal cover.

This terminology is used by Borceux and Janeldize in their book on Galois Theories. To quote from that source:

” There are two classical definitions of the fundamental group of a topological space which give isomorphic groups for certain ”good” spaces.”

The Chevalley fundamental group Aut(p)=Aut(E,p) is defined only for connected spaces B which admit a universal covering map p:EB with connected E, and, of course, depends on it, but again, different p produce isomorphic groups.”

The term algebraic fundamental group is also sometimes used for this, although more usually that term is reserved for Grothendieck’s fundamental group of a scheme.


Revised on September 19, 2012 09:51:55 by Tim Porter (