Course pages 2016–17

# Category Theory and Logic

## Lecture slides and notes

**Lecture 1**(7 Oct) Introduction; some history; content of this course. Definition of category. The category of sets and functions. Commutative diagrams. Alternative definitions of category.**Lecture 2**(10 Oct) Examples of categories: pre-ordered sets and monotone functions; monoids and monoid homomorphisms; a pre-ordered set as a category; a monoid as a category. Definition of isomorphism.**Lecture 3**(14 Oct) Terminal objects. The opposite of a category and the duality principle. Initial objects. Free monoids as initial objects.**Lecture 4**(17 Oct) Binary products and coproducts.**Lecture 5**(21 Oct) Exponential objects: in the category of sets and in general. Cartesian closed categories: definition and examples.**Lecture 6**(24 Oct) Intuitionistic Propositional Logic (IPL) in Natural Deduction style. Semantics of IPL in a cartesian closed pre-ordered set.**Brief notes on the category theoretic semantics of Simply Typed Lambda Calculus.****Lecture 7**(28 Oct) Simply Typed Lambda Calculus (STLC). Alpha equivalence of terms. The typing relation. Semantics of STLC types in a cartesian closed category (ccc).**Lecture 8**(31 Oct) Semantics of STLC terms as morphisms in a ccc. Capture-avoiding substitution for lambda terms. Semantics of substitution in a ccc.**Lecture 9**(4 Nov) Soundness of the ccc semantics for beta-eta equality of lambda terms. The internal language of a ccc. Free cccs. The Curry-Howard-Lawvere/Lambek correspondence.**Lecture 10**(7 Nov) Functors. Contravariance. Identity and composition for functors. Size: small categories and locally small categories. The category of small categories. Finite products of categories.**Lecture 11**(11 Nov) Natural transformations. Functor categories. The category of small categories is cartesian closed.**Lecture 12**(14 Nov) Adjunctions. Examples of adjoint functors. Hom functors. Natural isomorphisms.**Lecture 13**(18 Nov) Theorem characterizing the existence of right (respectively left) adjoints in terms of a universal property.**Lecture 14**(21 Nov) Dependent types. Dependent product sets and dependent function sets as adjoint functors.**Lecture 15**(25 Nov) Equivalence of categories. Example: the category of I-indexed sets and functions is equivalent to the slice category Set/I. Presheaf categories. The Yoneda functor.**Lecture 16**(28 Nov) The Yoneda lemma. Presheaf categories are cartesian closed.

## Exercise sheets

- Exercise Sheet 1
- Exercise Sheet 2
- Exercise Sheet 3
- Exercise Sheet 4
- Exercise Sheet 5
- Exercise Sheet 6

## Office hours

- The module lecturer will be available to answer questions about the
course material and exercises
**on Wednesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 in FC08 during Full Term**.

## Additional material

- The following is the classic text on category theory and is
definitely worth looking at if you are feeling mathematically
mature:
Mac Lane, Saunders.

*Categories for the Working Mathematician*. Graduate Texts in Mathematics 5, second ed. (Springer, 1988), ISBN 0-387-98403-8. - A student-oriented guide to on-line material on Category Theory is available at http://www.logicmatters.net/categories/.
- The Category Theory Seminar is held at 2.15pm on Tuesdays in Room MR5 of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
- Julia Goedecke's Category Theory course for the 2013/4 Mathematical Tripos Part III / Masters of Mathematics.
- Category Theory in the nLab.
- The Catsters' Category Theory Videos.
- Eugenia Cheng's book on
*Cakes, Custard and Category Theory*(published in the US under the title "How to Bake Pi").