[Haskell-cafe] recommendations for reading list?

David Leimbach leimy2k at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 23:50:13 EDT 2010

2010/9/8 Benedict Eastaugh <ionfish at gmail.com>

> 2010/9/9 Николай Кудасов <crazy.fizruk at gmail.com>:
> > Consider this book:
> >
> > Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists (Foundations of Computing)
> > -- Benjamin C.Pierce
> Hi David,
> Николай Кудасов is quite right--Pierce's book is excellent. Apart from
> being a good introduction to category theory, it's worth buying for
> the fourth chapter alone, which is an annotated bibliography of
> textbooks, introductory articles and reference works on category
> theory. It would be an excellent guide to where to go next after
> finishing Basic Category Theory.
> Graham Hutton also taught a course on category theory at MGS 2010, and
> his slides are online. I found them quite enlightening, and they move
> at a good pace for a beginner, with an appropriate level of formality.
> http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~gmh/cat.html
> Category theorists tend to give lots of examples from abstract
> algebra, so a basic understanding of some algebraic structures is,
> I've found, a lot of help when trying to appreciate category-theoretic
> ideas.
> Hope this helps a little.

Thank you Benedict, it does help a bit.  I don't have really any significant
exposure to abstract algebra either.  I think that might help a bit.

If only there was a resource like Khan's Academy for this stuff.  (I don't
think he goes in this direction for abstract math).


> Benedict.
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