Category theory: what's it good for?

Mathematical Conversations
Topic:Category theory: what's it good for?
Speaker:Inna Zakharevich
Affiliation:University of Chicago; Member, School of Mathematics
Date:Wednesday, October 23
Time/Room:6:00pm - 7:30pm/Dilworth Room

The most common question I get from people outside my field is "what is category theory good for? does it actually help solve problems?" The very very short answer is "yes"; in this talk, I will give a slightly longer answer by explaining some of the connections between category theory and topology. To finish, I will present a problem that is solved using category theory.