[Haskell-cafe] Re: recommendations for reading list?

Heinrich Apfelmus apfelmus at quantentunnel.de
Thu Sep 9 04:04:51 EDT 2010

David Leimbach wrote:
> In my amazon shopping cart I currently have:
> *Conceptual Mathematics: A First Introduction to
> Categories<http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052171916X/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER>
>   *- F. William Lawvere
> *Categories for the Working Mathematician (Graduate Texts in
> Mathematics)<http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0387984038/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER>
>  *- Saunders Mac Lane
> *Categories and Computer Science (Cambridge Computer Science
> Texts)<http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0521422264/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER>
>  *- R. F. C. Walters
> Are all 3 of these worthwhile?  Any of them?
> I'm just trying to get a grasp on enough Category Theory to be able think
> more deeply about programming in general, and maybe grasp more Haskell
> terminology beyond the seemingly superficial meanings I understand today.

I would recommend against MacLane (unless you are indeed a working 
mathematician), his choice of topics and examples does not really help 
understanding the Haskell side of category theory.

Heinrich Apfelmus


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