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"This textbook presents a useful introduction to basic category theory, and would be suitable for a first course at the undergraduate level in computer science or mathematics."
Steve Awodey, Mathematical Reviews

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A crystal clear introduction to category theory that demystifies functors, natural transformations, limits and colimits, adjunctions and more. Any beginning postgraduate mathematician will find all they need in this excellent text to access the subject. Over 200 exercises are provided with solutions available online.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
avoid the Kindle edition 20 Feb. 2013
By Judy Weisman - Published on Amazon.com
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This review specifically applies only to the Kindle edition of what my knowledgable friends tell me is a fine book in paper editions.

Do not under any circumstances purchase the Kindle edition of this book, as I did.

The diagrams are tiny and do not enlarge with the font. They are so faint that even a magnifying glass doesn't let you read them.

In another kind of book, this would be only annoying. But in a real sense, category theory IS the diagrams.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kindle edition works fine for me 29 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just bought the Kindle edition, and I can read the diagrams perfectly on my iPad. I am not sure why someone gave a one star review because she could not read the Kindle edition diagrams.

I bought this book because I wanted to hopefully improve my facility with the Haskell programming language. So far, this book satisfies that need.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Computational problem-solving with categories 17 Sept. 2013
By Situated Agent - Published on Amazon.com
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Some reviews indicate this book is an "easy" introduction to category theory (CT)--and it is well written--but that's not its primary virtue. It is something even better: Simmons has the knack for writing concretely about an inherently abstract topic.

One aspect of this talent is that he focuses on CT as a problem-solving tool. I've extensively explored the CT literature, and chapter four of this book provides one of the most cogent descriptions that I have seen of how to use CT as an analytic technique. The book also has one of the better accounts of how CT's many 'gadgets' work together.

Simmons provides an extensive number of exercises, with solutions available online. Any reader who works through them will be well prepared for the more abstract CT exemplars that dominate the field.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Many missed terms 27 May 2014
By Sergey Starodubtsev - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe this book is good for one who already new Category Theory but not for a person who tries to learn it from scratch. What I don't like basically is that not every term was explained. I had to go over all wikipedia for explanation. Even though those missed terms were closely related to Category theory, not that I don't know math at all. I'm quite technical guy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very basic, nice and slow intro but need to take your time with it. 9 July 2014
By DR J HEGEDUS - Published on Amazon.com
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Very basic, nice and slow intro but need to take your time with it, if you are not a professional mathematician.
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