Course pages 2019–20

# Category Theory

## Lecture slides

**Lecture 1**(10 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**(15 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**(17 Oct) Terminal objects. The opposite of a category and the duality principle. Initial objects. Free monoids as initial objects.**Lecture 4**(22 Oct) Binary products and coproducts.**Lecture 5**(24 Oct) Exponential objects: in the category of sets and in general. Cartesian closed categories: definition and examples.**Lecture 6**(29 Oct) Intuitionistic Propositional Logic (IPL) in Natural Deduction style. Semantics of IPL in a cartesian closed pre-ordered set.**Lecture 7**(31 Oct) Simply Typed Lambda Calculus (STLC). Semantics of STLC types in a cartesian closed category (ccc).**Lecture 8**(5 Nov) Semantics of STLC terms as morphisms in a ccc. Capture-avoiding substitution and its semantics in a ccc.**Lecture 9**(7 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.

## Exercise sheets

## Office hours

- The module lecturer will be available to answer questions about the
course material and exercises
**on Mondays between 14:00 and 15:00 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 in Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
- 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"). - David Spivak's book on
*Category Theory for the Sciences*. - The
*Applied Category Theory*web site.