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Categorification as a Heuristic Device

Corfield, David Neil (2004) Categorification as a Heuristic Device. [Preprint]

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    Higher-dimensional algebra, also known as higher-dimensional category theory, is a large-scale contemporary effort to organise the contents of mathematics, that makes genuine contact with, and goes along the grain of, valued findings. It gives an account of the development of episodes from the past, and suggests lines for the future expansion of mathematics. In this paper I describe the power of this new language, and discuss some of the philosophical issues it raises.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Category theory, categorification
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    Depositing User: David Corfield
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1959
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1959

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