[Haskell-cafe] Category Theory woes
Nick Rudnick
joerg.rudnick at t-online.de
Wed Feb 17 22:27:31 EST 2010
I haven't seen anybody mentioning «Joy of Cats» by Adámek, Herrlich &
Strecker:
It is available online, and is very well-equipped with thorough
explanations, examples, exercises & funny illustrations, I would say
best of university lecture style: http://katmat.math.uni-bremen.de/acc/.
(Actually, the name of the book is a joke on the set theorists' book
«Joy of Set», which again is a joke on «Joy of Sex», which I once found
in my parents' bookshelf... ;-))
Another alternative: Personally, I had difficulties with the somewhat
arbitrary terminology, at times a hindrance to intuitive understanding -
and found intuitive access by programming examples, and the book was
«Computational Category Theory» by Rydeheart & Burstall, also now
available online at http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~david/categories/book/,
done with the functional language ML. Later I translated parts of it to
Haskell which was great fun, and the books content is more beginner
level than any other book I've seen yet.
The is also a programming language project dedicated to category theory,
«Charity», at the university of Calgary:
http://pll.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/charity1/www/home.html.
Any volunteers in doing a RENAME REFACTORING of category theory together
with me?? ;-))
Cheers,
Nick
Mark Spezzano wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I'm trying to learn Haskell and have come across Monads. I kind of understand monads now, but I would really like to understand where they come from. So I got a copy of Barr and Well's Category Theory for Computing Science Third Edition, but the book has really left me dumbfounded. It's a good book. But I'm just having trouble with the proofs in Chapter 1--let alone reading the rest of the text.
>
> Are there any references to things like "Hom Sets" and "Hom Functions" in the literature somewhere and how to use them? The only book I know that uses them is this one.
>
> Has anyone else found it frustratingly difficult to find details on easy-to-diget material on Category theory. The Chapter that I'm stuck on is actually labelled Preliminaries and so I reason that if I can't do this, then there's not much hope for me understanding the rest of the book...
>
> Maybe there are books on Discrete maths or Algebra or Set Theory that deal more with Hom Sets and Hom Functions?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mark Spezzano.
>
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