## MAGIC: Category Theory (MAGIC009) |

## GeneralThis course is part of the MAGIC core. Description
Category theory is the language of much of modern mathematics. It starts from the observation that the collection of all mathematical structures of a certain kind may itself be viewed as a mathematical object - a category. This is an introductory course in category theory. The main theme will be universal properties in their various manifestations, one of the most important uses of categories in mathematics.
Semester
Spring 2012 (Monday, January 16 to Friday, March 23) Timetable
- Mon 10:05 - 10:55
## Students
## PrerequisitesThere are few formal prerequisites to the material. However, I will be giving examples from mathematics to motivate the ideas and demonstrate how they are used, so an undergraduate degree in mathematics (rather than for example computer science or philosophy) would be an advantage. In particular, I will assume some knowledge of algebra such as vector spaces and their bases, and groups, but undergraduate level knowledge of these subjects is sufficient.
## SyllabusThe topics covered are:
- Categories: definitions, examples, special kinds of arrows and objects, duality
- Functors: definitions, examples, full and faithful functors, subcategories, Hom-functors, contravariant functors
- Universal properties: examples including vector space bases, fields of fractions, tensor products, quotients, products, and coproducts
- Natural transformations: definitions and examples, functor categories, equivalence of categories, horizontal composition
- Limits: examples, general definition, computing limits in Set, complete categories
- Colimits: definition, examples, computing colimits in Set
- Adjunctions: vector space bases, formal definition, examples, unit and counit
- Limit preservation: right adjoints preserve limits
- Limit creation: general adjoint functor theorem, examples
- The category of Sets
## Bibliography
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## AssignmentsExam for MAGIC009: Category Theory Spring 2012
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