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Hey guys , what is the best book to read about category theory ?

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Hey guys , what is the best book to read about category theory ?

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The most elementary book is probably Conceptual Mathematics by Lawvere and Schanuel. It is of the kind that can be read not necessarily at a desk with a pen in hand, but it does teach you the right concepts, up to the ones that we covered only at the end of a graduate-level semester course. Also, Lawvere is one of the pillars in CT. I want to re-read this book. Another accessible (though oldish) book is Topoi: The Categorial Analysis of Logic by Goldblatt. It is available online.

I was recommended Category Theory by Steve Awodey. They say that he also has lecture notes online. There is also Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists by Benjamin Pierce. I have not seen it, but I respect the author and read another of his books. The book used in the course that I took was Category Theory: An Introduction by Herrlich and Strecker. It's not bad, but uses a lot of examples from math (rings, topological spaces, etc.). The authors also have the book Abstract and Concrete Categories available online.

I recommend searching at math.stackexchange.com. There are several similar questions there and some good recommendations, including books for programmers, connections with other subjects, such as analysis, links to lecture notes, videos and so on.

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