Basic Category Theory


Basic Category Theory is an introductory category theory textbook. Features:
  • It doesn't assume much, either in terms of background or mathematical maturity.
  • It sticks to the basics.
  • It's short.
Advanced topics are omitted, leaving more space for careful explanations of the core concepts. I used earlier versions of the text to teach master's-level courses at the University of Glasgow.

Cover of Basic Category Theory Samples


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Publication and purchase

The book is published by Cambridge University Press. You can find all the publication data, and buy it, at the book's CUP web page. It was published on 24 July 2014 in hardback and e-book formats.

By arrangement with CUP, a free online version will be released soon after January 2016. (Note added February 2016: I'll do this as soon as I find time to update the files.) This will be not only freely downloadable but also freely editable, under a Creative Commons licence. So, for instance, if parts of the book are unsuitable for the course you're teaching, or if you don't like the notation, you can change it. More details will appear here when the time comes.

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