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ISBN-13: 9780805394856

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Most of this material has been introduced in [G1, G3, G4, G21]. The starting point, in the classical (reversible) case, goes back to Kan’s abstract cylinder approach [Ka2]. 23) for preordered spaces. e. ∂ − R = R∂ + : R → RI. 37) Since RR = 1, the transformation r is invertible with r−1 = RrR : RI → IR. ∂ + R = R∂ − . ∂ α X = f α . When we want to distinguish the homotopy from the map which represents it, we write the latter as ϕ. If : IX → Y . 38) and (ϕop )op = ϕ, (0f )op = 0f o p . An object X is said to be reversive or self-dual if it is isomorphic to op X .

We have already said that directed homotopy equivalence in Cat will be studied later. Ordinary equivalence of categories is a stricter, far simpler notion. 30) with the obvious reversion r, deﬁned above. This gives rise to a reversible cylinder functor X ×i, with right adjoint Y i (the full subcategory of Y 2 whose objects are the isomorphisms of Y ); thus, a reversible homotopy ϕ : f → g : X → Y is the same as a natural isomorphism of functors. This reversible homotopy structure will be written as Cati .

The presence of the transposition symmetry, for preordered spaces and d-spaces, reveals that the directed character of these structures does not go beyond the one-dimensional level: after distinguishing some paths ↑I → X and forbidding others, no higher choice is needed: namely, a n continuous mapping a : ↑I → X (in pTop or dTop) is a map of the n category if and only if, for every increasing map f : ↑I → ↑I , the path af : ↑I → X is a map. 1 From classical homotopy to the directed case 23 we can also notice that an element of Kn need not have any counterpart with faces permuted (for n 2).