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H. A. Newman, J. H. C. Whitehead, and S. Wylie were all working at Bletchley Park during the war, along with many other mathematicians. 5 p. xxx This work progressed in the 1970s when we abandoned the attempt to define a ‘higher homotopy groupoid’ for a space and instead worked with pairs of spaces and for higher dimensions with filtered spaces. X / which is at the heart of this work. -groupoid. There is a tendency to call the simplicial complex SX the ‘fundamental 1-groupoid’ of the space X , and even to label it …X, see for example [Lur09].

A. Newman, J. H. C. Whitehead, and S. Wylie were all working at Bletchley Park during the war, along with many other mathematicians. 5 p. xxx This work progressed in the 1970s when we abandoned the attempt to define a ‘higher homotopy groupoid’ for a space and instead worked with pairs of spaces and for higher dimensions with filtered spaces. X / which is at the heart of this work. -groupoid. There is a tendency to call the simplicial complex SX the ‘fundamental 1-groupoid’ of the space X , and even to label it …X, see for example [Lur09].

As the abelian higher homotopy groups came to be accepted, a considerable amount of work in homotopy theory moved as far as possible from group theory and the nonabelian fundamental group, and the original concern about the abelian nature of the higher homotopy groups came to be seen as a quirk of history, an unwillingness to accept a basic fact of life. Indeed, Alexandrov and Finikov in their Obituary Notice ˇ ˇ for Cech, [AF61], referred to the unfortunate lack of appreciation of Cech’s work on higher homotopy groups, resulting from too much attention to the disadvantage of their abelian nature.

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