All readings and assignments are from the textbook, which is available online:
Spivak, David I. Category Theory for Scientists, 2013.
Key to the Readings
Chapter 1.1–1.3 means:
Read: Chapter 1, sections 1, 2, and 3.
Homework assignments are worth 33% of the final grade, are collected weekly, and are due during the session listed.
|SES #||READINGS||HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS|
|3||Chapter 1–Chapter 2.2||All exercises in sections 2.1, 2.2|
|5||Chapter 2.3–2.5||Sections 2.3, 2.4, 2.5: your choice of four exercises in each section|
|8||Chapter 2.6–Chapter 3.1||Sections 2.6, 2.7, 3.1: your choice of four exercises in each section|
|12||Chapter 3.2–3.4||Sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4: your choice of four exercises in each section|
|15||Chapter 3.5–Chapter 4.1||
Section 3.5: your choice of four exercises
Section 4.1: your choice of eight exercises
Section 4.1, after 184.108.40.206: your choice of four exercises
Section 4.2: your choice of eight exercises
|21||Chapter 4.3–4.5.1||Sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.5.1: your choice of four exercises in each section|
Literature review: Find past work on your proposed topic
Sections 4.5.2, 4.5.3: your choice of four exercises in each section
Begin research on your final project
|27||Chapter 4.6.1–Chapter 5.1.3||Sections 4.6, 5.1 (up through 5.1.3): your choice of three exercises in each section|
|28||Chapter 5.1.4–5.2||Sections 5.1.4, 5.2: your choice of three exercises in each section|
Section 5.3: your choice of three exercises
Final project due
Section 5.4: your choice of two exercises
Summarize your experience in this class
Perhaps also of Interest
Baez, John C., and Mike Stay. “Physics, Topology, Logic, and Computation: A Rosetta Stone.” March 2, 2009.
Gromov, Misha. “In a Search for a Structure, Part 1: On Entropy.” (PDF) July 10, 2012.
Weinstein, Alan. “Groupoids Unifying Internal and External Symmetry: A Tour through Some Examples.” Notices of the American Mathematical Society 43 (1996): 744–52.