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Conceptual Mathematics


  • 575 b/w illus. 12 tables 213 exercises
  • Page extent: 404 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 0.78 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521719162)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published August 2009

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In the last 60 years, the use of the notion of category has led to a remarkable unification and simplification of mathematics. Conceptual Mathematics, Second Edition, introduces the concept of ‘category’ for the learning, development, and use of mathematics, to both beginning students and general readers, and to practicing mathematical scientists. The treatment does not presuppose knowledge of specific fields, but rather develops, from basic definitions, such elementary categories as discrete dynamical systems and directed graphs; the fundamental ideas are then illuminated by examples in these categories.


Foreword; Note to the reader; Preview; Part I. The Category of Sets: 1. Sets, maps, composition; Part II. The Algebra of Composition: 2. Isomorphisms; Part III. Categories of Structured Sets: 3. Examples of categories; Part IV. Elementary Universal Mapping Properties: 4. Universal mapping properties; Part V. Higher Universal Mapping Properties: 5. Map objects; 6. The contravariant parts functor; 7. The components functor; Appendix 1. Geometry of figures and algebra of functions; Appendix 2. Adjoint functors; Appendix 3. The emergence of category theory within mathematics; Appendix 4. Annotated bibliography.


"This outstanding book on category theory is in a class by itself. It should be consulted at various stages of one’s mastery of this fundamental body of knowledge."
George Hacken,

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