• Saunders Mac Lane
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 5)


Category theory starts with the observation that many properties of mathematical systems can be unified and simplified by a presentation with diagrams of arrows. Each arrow f : XY represents a function; that is, a set X, a set Y, and a rule xf x which assigns to each element xX an element f xY; whenever possible we write f x and not f(x), omitting unnecessary parentheses.


Abelian Group Topological Space Diagram Commute Category Theory Universal Property 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Saunders Mac Lane
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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