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Introduction: Arshad Mahmood

edited April 2018 in Chat

Hi,

I am a mature student with the Open University in the United Kingdom, studying Mathematics & Physics. My goal is to start a PhD next year in some aspect of Quantum Gravity. I have been interested in Category Theory since reading the work that Chris Isham and Samson Abramsky have been doing in applying Category Theory to Mathematical Physics.

I have read the Pierce Book on Category Theory (my background is Computer Science), but I wouldn't say I have fully absorbed it. I am doing quite a bit of Pure Mathematics at part of my course with the OU and now is the right time to study the subject in greater detail.

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    Hello! Welcome to the Azimuth Forum.

    I used to talk to Chris Isham when I was working on quantum gravity. I bet you didn't know he had a flight simulator in his home! He was always skeptical of all approaches to quantum gravity, believing they weren't radical enough. But then he fell in love with topos theory. I haven't seen that helping quantum gravity yet, but it's certainly a wonderful subject.

    I haven't looked at Pierce's Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists. I should.

    Comment Source:Hello! Welcome to the Azimuth Forum. I used to talk to Chris Isham when I was working on quantum gravity. I bet you didn't know he had a flight simulator in his home! He was always skeptical of all approaches to quantum gravity, believing they weren't radical enough. But then he fell in love with topos theory. I haven't seen that helping quantum gravity yet, but it's certainly a wonderful subject. I haven't looked at Pierce's _Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists_. I should.
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    edited April 2018

    Hi,

    Fortunately I'm too old to to have any sense !. As for the Pierce book I could understand it quite well because I was doing a Theoretical Computer Science PhD at Edinburgh (where I believe he was a postdoc when I was a graduate student), so it made quite a lot of the more abstract stuff a bit more concrete for me.

    Regards.

    Comment Source:Hi, Fortunately I'm too old to to have any sense !. As for the Pierce book I could understand it quite well because I was doing a Theoretical Computer Science PhD at Edinburgh (where I believe he was a postdoc when I was a graduate student), so it made quite a lot of the more abstract stuff a bit more concrete for me. Regards.
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