Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly

Volume 9 (2013)

Number 2

Special Issue: In Honor of Dennis Sullivan, Part 2 of 2

How Dennis and I intersected

Pages: 371 – 385

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/PAMQ.2013.v9.n2.a4


Jim Stasheff (Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn., U.S.A.)


This paper is a slightly modified version of the talk I gave at the Dennisfest. After some reminiscences about how things were in the good old days, including how Dennis’ work and mine were somewhat transverse ;-) I will review and update my ancient, unpublished (now arXived) paper with Mike Schlessinger on the deformation theory of rational homotopy types. Then, I will return briefly to another transverse intersection of my work with Dennis’.


deformation theory, rational homotopy theory, classifying space, moduli space, $L_{\infty}$-structure

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