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Category Theory now permeates most of Mathematics, large parts of theoretical Computer Science and parts of theoretical Physics. Its unifying power brings together different branches, and leads to a deeper understanding of their roots.
This book is addressed to students and researchers of these fields and can be used as a text for a first course in Category Theory. It covers its basic tools, like universal properties, limits, adjoint functors and monads. These are presented in a concrete way, starting from examples and exercises taken from elementary Algebra, Lattice Theory and Topology, then developing the theory together with new exercises and applications.
Applications of Category Theory form a vast and differentiated domain. This book wants to present the basic applications and a choice of more advanced ones, based on the interests of the author. References are given for applications in many other fields.
Contents: IntroductionCategories, Functors and Natural TransformationsLimits and ColimitsAdjunctions and MonadsApplications in AlgebraApplications in Topology and Algebraic TopologyApplications in Homological AlgebraHints at Higher Dimensional Category TheoryReferencesIndices
Readership: Graduate students and researchers of mathematics, computer science, physics.
Keywords:Category TheoryReview:Key Features:The main notions of Category Theory are presented in a concrete way, starting from examples taken from the elementary part of well-known disciplines: Algebra, Lattice Theory and TopologyThe theory is developed presenting other examples and some 300 exercises; the latter are endowed with a solution, or a partial solution, or adequate hintsThree chapters and some extra sections are devoted to applications