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Categories and Computer Science (Cambridge Computer Science Texts) Paperback – August 28, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0521422260 ISBN-10: 0521422264 Edition: Reissue

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  • Series: Cambridge Computer Science Texts (Book 28)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (August 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521422264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521422260
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nice, crisp introduction to category theory, motivated by examples and use in computer science. Mathematical sophistication blends nicely with fundamental concepts and examples to make the connections (and usefulness) understandable to good undergraduates." The American Mathematical Monthly

"Within the setting of distributive categories, nicely explained here, one sees data structure abstractions done properly. The example of queues is the most compelling in that all of the structure of distributive categories is used....strongly recommend[ed]. David B. Benson, Computing Reviews

"...probably the clearest introduction to category theory written to date." The Bulletin of Mathematics Books

Book Description

Category theory has, in recent years, become increasingly important and popular in computer science, and many universities now include it as part of their curriculums. This text is geared to students of mathematics as well as undergraduate computer scientists.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Михал Орела on September 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
In September 1997 we needed a book on Category Theory for our first year undergraduate class in the B.A. (Mod) honors degree in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. This book was at that time the only one that satisfied our requirements. Now we have chosen (Lawvere and Schanuel 1997) in addition. It is our opinion that one ought to start with the latter, a most excellent introduction of great profundity, and, for application to computing, use the Walters text. It is hard to beat this combination for a first year undergraduate course, as far as we know at this time (Sept.98)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1996
Format: Hardcover
The Book begins with the plain definition of a category, as
does any other book. However, it points out a category as a
kind of (abstract) Data Type. Distributive Categories are
discussed as a milestone for developing the basic concepts
in computation, as those of imperative programs and Data Types.
The Book has a lot of examples (from computation) and the
author took care of drawning conclusions from them before
develop an abstract framework. The concepts of automata
and automata with inputs are shown (the later in a functorial
category). Grammars and Graphs are discussed as well.
The book has a very good introduction to the concept of
freeness and adjunctions. Its latest chapter treats the
computational category theory in the context of Knuth-Bendix
procedure. The exercises present in the book are great !!
They guide the student gradualy into deeper questions without
any frustation. There are very easy exercises which have
the only goal of finding out ones undersating of a new definition.
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