Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists

Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists

Paperback Research Monographs in Parallel and Distributed Computing

By (author) Benjamin C. Pierce

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 116 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 231mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262660717
  • ISBN 13: 9780262660716
  • Illustrations note: 60
  • Sales rank: 194,759

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Category theory is a branch of pure mathematics that is becoming an increasingly important tool in theoretical computer science, especially in programming language semantics, domain theory, and concurrency, where it is already a standard language of discourse. Assuming a minimum of mathematical preparation, Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists provides a straightforward presentation of the basic constructions and terminology of category theory, including limits, functors, natural transformations, adjoints, and cartesian closed categories. Four case studies illustrate applications of category theory to programming language design, semantics, and the solution of recursive domain equations. A brief literature survey offers suggestions for further study in more advanced texts. Benjamin C. Pierce received his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University.Contents : Tutorial. Applications. Further Reading.

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Benjamin C. Pierce is Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of contents

Tutorial; applications; further reading