This is an overview on Serre-Swan theorem and some ideas on the construction of K-groups for a Banach category. Serre-Swan theorem establishes equivalences between the categories of topological vector bundles over a compact Hausdorff space , the category of finitely generated projective -modules and the categories of algebraic vector bundles of finite rank over

the affine scheme . This theorem connects different objects of interest in K-theory.

It also introduces some ideas on the construction of K-groups for a Banach category and

in particular for compact topological spaces and Banach algebras.

# Category: Mathematics

# A simple visual editor for creating commutative diagrams

A simple visual editor for creating commutative diagrams.

Announcing quiver: a new commutative diagram editor for the web: https://varkor.github.io/blog/2020/11/25/announcing-quiver.html

# Calculate (co)limits as (co)equalisers (two examples)

There is a general formulation for constructing limits as equalisers: see Theorem 1 in Section V.2, Maclane. For the dual version, see Theorem A.2.1 in Appendix A written by me.

The constructions look like these (see the links above for details):

But in practice, these diagrams may not be helpful to see what the equalisers should be. Now I give proofs for the (co)equalisers in two examples: **the connected component of a simplicial set** and **the sheaf condition**.

### The connected components [Background]

For definitions and other backgrounds, see Subsection 00G5. For the record, see [P12, DLOR07] for the cosimplicial identities and Tag 000G for simplicial identities. (These identities are used in my proofs.)

### Two examples of (co)limits as (co)equalisers

# [Short Notes] Non-compactness of the closed unit ball in an infinite-dimensional Banach space

This is about an exercise in [Bass]:

Exercise 19.5. Prove that if is infinte-dimensional, that is, it has no finite basis, then the closed unit ball in is not compact.

Proof. Choose an orthonormal basis , then . This means the sequence is not Cauchy hence has no convergent subsequence.

For a Banach space, by Riesz’s lemma to find a non-Cauchy sequence.

[Bass] Bass, R. F. (2013). *Real analysis for graduate students*. Createspace Ind Pub.

# [Soft Question] Category theory and set theory: just a different language, or different foundation of mathematics?

A question about the philosophy of mathematics for casual reading:

Category theory and set theory: just a different language, or different foundation of mathematics?

# Krull’s Principal Ideal Theorem in Dimension Theory and Regularity

This post is about some applications of Krull’s Principal Ideal Theorem and regular local rings in dimension theory and regularity of schemes [Part IV, Vakil], with the aim of **connecting the 2018-2019 Warwick course MA4H8 Ring Theory with algebraic geometry**. The lecture notes/algebraic references are here: 2018-2019 Ring Theory. Note that the algebraic results included here follow the notes. Alternatively, one can also find them in [Vakil] either as exercises or proved results for which I have included the references.

Besides including results in both their geometric and algebraic statements, I have given proofs to a selection of exercises in Part IV, [Vakil] to illustrate more applications and other connections to the contents in the Ring Theory course. The indexes for exercises follow those in [Vakil].

See here for the full post: Application of Krull’s Principal Ideal Theorem

Please also let me know if you find any errors or have suggestions on any of my posts.

# The “Dunce Cap” Space Is Contractible

Here is the exercise 6 on P. 50 in the book *Topology and Geometry *by Glen Bredon. I put it here because I found the drawing of this cap very lovely. Indeed I like that most of the pictures in this book are lovely sketches.

Question.The “dunce cap” space is the quotient of a triangle (and interior) obtained by identifying all three edges in an inconsistent manner. That is, if the vertices of the triangle are then we identify the line segment with and with in the

orientation indicated by the order given of the vertices. (See Figure 1-6.) Show that

the dunce cap is contractible.

Following the development in the book, I will use the following theorem that the homotopy type of a mapping cylinder or cone

depends only on the homotopy class of the map [Theorem 14.18, *Topology and Geometry *by Glen Bredon]. The idea is to identify the dunce cap as a mapping cone.

Theorem 14.18.If

**Proof of the Qustion.** Suppose is a map from to itself. The cone for is obtained by pinching the top of the mapping cylinder to a point. As is the cylinder with the bottom pasted to by the map , is with pasted to by the map . So the dunce cap is just defined as

which is homotopic to the identity by a linear homotopy (note that we make the choice of for an easy definition of the homotopy)

.

So the dunce cap is homotopic to which is contractible.

# On A Question about Quintic Del Pezzo 3-fold of Degree 5

A question from my classmate:

**Question.** The Quintic Del Pezzo 3-fold of Degree is the intersection of with a codimension linear subspace. Show that for any point , there is a line not passing through that point.

**Proof.** I posted my answer on MO here: https://mathoverflow.net/a/354809/144294. Sasha gave a short answer in the same post using the fact that the Hilbert scheme of lines on has dimension (it’s isomorphic to ). This fact is not within my specialisation. But related to this fact, I have added a discussion that the dimension of the subvariety of characterising lines on is by an incidence correspondence argument.

# [Soft Question] Why higher category theory?

Here is a MO post asking a question that I’ve had in mind for a while: Why higher category theory?

Having studied some elementary topos before, I have been interested in higher topos since I attended a summer school lecture last year. Besides formal generalisations, I expect to see applications which provide new results or meaningful insights. Though the meaning of “new” and “useful” very much diverse between different mathematical cultures.

Here are some important applications of higher categories in K-theory (added on Mar 05, 2020), suggested by my supervisor Schlichting.

Dustin-Mathew-Morrow, Algebraic K-theory and descent for blow-ups

Nikolaus-Scholze, On topological cyclic homology

Clausen-Mathew-Morrow, K-theory and topological cyclic homology of henselian pairs

Antieau-Gepner-Heller, K-theoretic obstructions to bounded t-structures

Blumberg-Gepner-Tabuada, A universal characterization of higher algebraic K-theory

Barwick, On exact infinity-categories and the Theorem of the Heart

# Characterisation of Quasicoherent Sheaves by Distinguished Inclusions

This is my work on the six exercises **Exercise 13.3.D-13.3.I** in Section 13.3.3 of Vakil’s notes. We look at a useful characterisation of quasicoherent sheaves in terms of distinguished inclusions and prove some properties in reasonable circumstances (quasicompact and quasiseparated).

Here is the pdf file: Characterisation of quasicoherent sheaves