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.