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An Introduction to Category Theory Paperback – November 21, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521283045 ISBN-10: 0521283043

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521283043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521283045
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This textbook presents a useful introduction to basic category theory, and would be suitable for a first course at the undergraduate level in computer science or mathematics."
Steve Awodey, Mathematical Reviews

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A crystal clear introduction to category theory that demystifies functors, natural transformations, limits and colimits, adjunctions and more. Any beginning postgraduate mathematician will find all they need in this excellent text to access the subject. Over 200 exercises are provided with solutions available online.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Judy Weisman on February 20, 2013
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This review specifically applies only to the Kindle edition of what my knowledgable friends tell me is a fine book in paper editions.

Do not under any circumstances purchase the Kindle edition of this book, as I did.

The diagrams are tiny and do not enlarge with the font. They are so faint that even a magnifying glass doesn't let you read them.

In another kind of book, this would be only annoying. But in a real sense, category theory IS the diagrams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sergey Starodubtsev on May 27, 2014
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Maybe this book is good for one who already new Category Theory but not for a person who tries to learn it from scratch. What I don't like basically is that not every term was explained. I had to go over all wikipedia for explanation. Even though those missed terms were closely related to Category theory, not that I don't know math at all. I'm quite technical guy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Situated Agent on September 16, 2013
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Some reviews indicate this book is an "easy" introduction to category theory (CT)--and it is well written--but that's not its primary virtue. It is something even better: Simmons has the knack for writing concretely about an inherently abstract topic.

One aspect of this talent is that he focuses on CT as a problem-solving tool. I've extensively explored the CT literature, and chapter four of this book provides one of the most cogent descriptions that I have seen of how to use CT as an analytic technique. The book also has one of the better accounts of how CT's many 'gadgets' work together.

Simmons provides an extensive number of exercises, with solutions available online. Any reader who works through them will be well prepared for the more abstract CT exemplars that dominate the field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2014
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I just bought the Kindle edition, and I can read the diagrams perfectly on my iPad. I am not sure why someone gave a one star review because she could not read the Kindle edition diagrams.

I bought this book because I wanted to hopefully improve my facility with the Haskell programming language. So far, this book satisfies that need.
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