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An Invitation to Applied Category Theory

An Invitation to Applied Category Theory
Seven Sketches in Compositionality

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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108711821

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  • Category theory is unmatched in its ability to organize and layer abstractions and to find commonalities between structures of all sorts. No longer the exclusive preserve of pure mathematicians, it is now proving itself to be a powerful tool in science, informatics, and industry. By facilitating communication between communities and building rigorous bridges between disparate worlds, applied category theory has the potential to be a major organizing force. This book offers a self-contained tour of applied category theory. Each chapter follows a single thread motivated by a real-world application and discussed with category-theoretic tools. We see data migration as an adjoint functor, electrical circuits in terms of monoidal categories and operads, and collaborative design via enriched profunctors. All the relevant category theory, from simple to sophisticated, is introduced in an accessible way with many examples and exercises, making this an ideal guide even for those without experience of university-level mathematics.

    • Contains more than 200 fully worked-out exercises for students to test their understanding
    • Collects many examples of applied category theory in one place, a useful resource for researchers
    • Provides an accessible introduction to category theory for non-mathematicians
    • Enriched with many colour diagrams
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    ‘Category theory was always applied, but traditionally within pure mathematics. Now it is being used to clarify and synthesize a broad range of topics outside mathematics: from computer science to linguistics, from quantum theory to chemistry, and beyond. Charmingly informal yet crystal clear, Fong and Spivak's book does a wonderful job of demonstrating the power of category theory to beginners – even beginners without much background in pure mathematics.' John Baez, University of California, Riverside

    ‘The authors quite rightly describe category theory as a tool for thinking. So if your work requires thinking, this book is for you.' Bartosz Milewski, author of Category Theory for Programmers

    ‘This book provides a fantastic introduction to how category is not just abstract nonsense but can be applied to real-world engineering problems, pedagogical while still broad, and fun. A must read for all those entering the exciting emerging field of applied category theory by two key players of this community.' Bob Coecke, University of Oxford

    ‘An invitation to Applied Category Theory: Seven Sketches in Compositionality provides a grand tour of the fascinating emergent field of applied category theory that centers examples and use cases before gently introducing the accompanying abstract notions. Fong and Spivak should be congratulated for providing this accessible broad viewpoint to illustrate what category theory is all about vis-à-vis the real world.' Emily Riehl, The Johns Hopkins University

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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108711821
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 60 colour illus. 240 exercises
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Generative effects: orders and Galois connections
    2. Resource theories: monoidal preorders and enrichment
    3. Databases: categories, functors, and universal constructions
    4. Collaborative design: profunctors, categorification, and monoidal categories
    5. Signal flow graphs: props, presentations, and proofs
    6. Electric circuits: hypergraph categories and operads
    7. Logic of behavior: sheaves, toposes, and internal languages
    Appendix. Exercise solutions
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Brendan Fong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Brendan Fong is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research explores how we use pictures to represent and reason about the systems around us, and how to understand the world from a relational point of view. These topics find their intersection in applied category theory.

    David I. Spivak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    David I. Spivak is a research scientist in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has found applications of category theory ranging from database integration to knowledge representation, from materials science to dynamical systems and behaviour. He is the author of two other books in category theory.

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