Posted by Jason Polak on 26. June 2011 · Write a comment · Categories: category-theory

Category theory is tremendously useful now, so it’s amusing to read the following paragraph from the introduction to Mitchell’s “The Theory of Categories”:

A number of sophisticated people tend to disparage category theory as consistent as others disparage certain kinds of classical music. When obliged to speak of a category they do so in an apologetic tone, similar to the way some say, “It was a gift–I’ve never even played it” when a record of Chopin Nocturnes is discovered in their possession. For this reason I add to the usual prerequisite that the reader have a fair amount of mathematical sophistication, the further prerequisite that he have no other kind.

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