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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

**Abstract:** (Joint with Tomer Schlank) A finite set has an interesting numerical invariant - its cardinality. There are two natural generalizations of "cardinality" to an (homotopy) invariant for (suitably finite) spaces. One is the classical Euler characteristic. The other is the Baez-Dolan "homotopy cardianlity". These two invariants, both natural from a certain perspective, seem to be very different from each other yet mysteriously connected. The question of the precise relation between them was popularized by John Baez as one of the "mysteries of counting". Inspired by this, we show that (p-locally) there is a unique common generalization of these two invariants satisfying some desirable properties. The construction of this invariant relies on a certain l-adic continuity property of the sequence of Morava-Euler characteristics of a given space, which seems to be an interesting "trans-chromatic" phenomenon by itself.