Homotopy Type Theory
A mechanization of the Blakers-Massey connectivity theorem in Homotopy Type Theory

A mechanization of the Blakers-Massey connectivity theorem in Homotopy Type Theory, LICS 2016 Kuen-Bang Hou (Favonia), Eric Finster, Dan Licata, Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine

Abstract

This paper continues investigations in “synthetic homotopy theory”: the use of homotopy type theory to give machine-checked proofs of constructions from homotopy theory. We present a mechanized proof of the Blakers-Massey connectivity theorem, a result relating the higher-dimensional homotopy groups of a pushout type (roughly, a space constructed by gluing two spaces along a shared subspace) to those of the components of the pushout. This theorem gives important information about the pushout type, and has a number of useful corollaries, including the Freudenthal suspension theorem, which has been studied in previous formalizations. The new proof is more elementary than existing ones in abstract homotopy-theoretic settings, and the mechanization is concise and high-level, thanks to novel combinations of ideas from homotopy theory and type theory.

See also

  • Blakers-Massey Theorem?
  • connectivity?
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