Categories and functors, universal properties, algebras and algebraic theories, topoi, enriched and internal categories, structured categories (abelian, monoidal, etc), higher categories.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

28
votes
0answers
821 views

a naive question about the second dual of a vector space

Let $K$ be a field. Are there non-scalar endomorphisms of the endofunctor $$ V\mapsto V^{**}/V $$ of the category of $K$-vector spaces? I asked a related question on Mathematics Stackexchange, but ...
26
votes
0answers
587 views

Enriched Categories: Ideals/Submodules and algebraic geometry

While working through Atiyah/MacDonald for my final exams I realized the following: The category(poset) of ideals $I(A)$ of a commutative ring A is a closed symmetric monoidal category if endowed ...
25
votes
0answers
640 views

Computer calculations in A_infinity categories?

Is there a good computer program for doing calculations in A-infinity categories? Explicit calculations in A-infinity categories are an important, useful, yet very tedious task. One has to keep ...
20
votes
0answers
631 views

categorical characterization of large cardinals

Question 1. Is there a categorical representation of Kunen's inconsistency result? Question 2. Is there a categorical characterization of very large cardinals (in particular for strong and ...
19
votes
0answers
665 views

Pre-triangulated category that isn't triangulated

I've been working through some of the early parts of Neeman's book on triangulated categories, and he mentions that he does not know of a pre-triangulated category that is not triangulated. Is this ...
18
votes
0answers
545 views

The topologies for which a presheaf is a sheaf?

Given a set $S$, let $Top(S)$ denote the partially ordered set (poset) of topologies on $S$, ordered by fineness, so the discrete topology, $Disc(S)$, is maximal. Suppose that $Q$ is a presheaf on ...
17
votes
0answers
619 views

$\infty$-topos and localic $\infty$-groupoids?

It's known that every classical (Grothendieck) topos is equivalent to the topos of sheaves on a localic groupoid (a groupoid in the category of locales). For the record, this is proved by, starting ...
16
votes
0answers
478 views

Is there a category of topological spaces such that open surjections admit local sections?

The class of open surjections $Q \to X$ is a Grothendieck pretopology on the category $Top$ of spaces, and includes the class of maps $\amalg U_\alpha \to X$ where $\{U_\alpha\}$ is an open cover of ...
15
votes
0answers
188 views

Finite limits in the category of smooth manifolds?

The category of smooth manifolds does not have all finite limits. However, it does have some limits: it has finite products, it has splittings of idempotents, and it has certain other limits if we ...
15
votes
0answers
384 views

Relative consistency of ETCS over the theory of a well-pointed topos with NNO

EDIT: I'm bumping this, because I'm still curious, and because I have a relative consistency result over the theory of a well-pointed topos with NNO, and I am wondering how much baggage I save by not ...
14
votes
0answers
604 views

Is the category of smooth manifolds equivalent to the opposite category of the category of commutative monoids of some additive symmetric monoidal category?

This is a followup to my previous question, which asked whether the category of commutative or noncommutative C*-algebras or von Neumann algebras is equivalent to the category of commutative or ...
13
votes
0answers
509 views

Recognizing classifying toposes

Suppose $\mathbb{T}$ is a geometric theory, $\mathcal{E}$ is a topos, and $M$ is a model of $\mathbb{T}$ in $\mathcal{E}$. Is there any sort of elementary condition on $M$ and $\mathcal{E}$ (or, even ...
13
votes
0answers
610 views

Fully dualizable objects in classical field theories

This is a follow up to this MO question: Free symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-categories with duals Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman define a classical field theory as a symmetric monoidal functor $I$ ...
12
votes
0answers
345 views

How much choice is required to prove concretizability theorems in category theory?

A concretization of a category is a faithful functor to the category of sets. A category is concretizable if there exists such a functor. An evident necessary condition for concretizability is ...
12
votes
0answers
428 views

What are some examples of weak ω-categories?

As is usual, let's say an (n, k)-category is something with objects, morphisms, 2-morphisms, ..., n-morphisms, such that all j-morphisms for j > k are invertible, everything meant in the weak sense. ...
12
votes
0answers
379 views

Categorifications of Zorn's lemma

I'm wondering about categorifications of Zorn's lemma along the following lines. Lemma: if $\mathbf{C}$ is a small category in which every directed diagram of monomorphisms has a cocone of ...
12
votes
0answers
194 views

Is there a common framework for Tannaka and Gabriel-Ulmer reconstruction theorems?

Gabriel-Ulmer duality is a biequivalence between the 2-category of finite limit categories and the 2-category of locally finitely presentable categories. It allows for the reconstruction of a theory ...
12
votes
0answers
682 views

Homotopy flat DG-modules

A right DG-module $F$ over an associative DG-algebra (or DG-category) $A$ is said to be homotopy flat (h-flat for brevity) if for any acyclic left DG-module $M$ over $A$ the complex of abelian groups ...
11
votes
0answers
191 views

Is there a quantum group or loop group description of a braided monoidal 2-category giving Khovanov homology?

Recall that there are (at least) two ways to describe the modular tensor category that $3$-dimensional Chern-Simons (with gauge group $G$ and level $k$) assigns to a circle: one involving ...
11
votes
0answers
341 views

When can we tell if PROPs, Algebraic Theories, etc. are faithfully detected in a given category?

I am interested in understanding a certain phenomenon. I am hoping this sort of problem has been studied before, but I don't know the proper terminology and am having trouble finding answers. I am ...
11
votes
0answers
457 views

Can the similarity between the Riesz representation theorem and the Yoneda embedding lemma be given a formal undergirding?

For example, by viewing Hilbert spaces as enriched categories in some fashion? (I suppose the same idea of considering the inner product of a Hilbert space as a generalized Hom-set has also been ...
11
votes
0answers
494 views

Is there some way to see a Hilbert space as a C-enriched category?

The inner product of vectors in a Hilbert space has many properties in common with a hom functor. I know that one can make a projectivized Hilbert space into a metric space with the Fubini-Study ...
10
votes
0answers
210 views

Goodwillie calculus and morphisms of functors

Let $F,G: \mathcal{T}\to \mathcal{S}$ be two functors from topological spaces to spectra (or topological spaces) and let $s: F\to G$ be a morphism between them. Suppose $F$ and $G$ are analytic and ...
10
votes
0answers
181 views

Does every commutative variety of algebras have a cogenerator?

By a commutative variety $\mathcal{V}$ I mean a classical variety of algebras for some $(\Sigma,E)$, such that each pair of operations in $\Sigma$ commutes. Equivalently (i) every interpretation of ...
10
votes
0answers
176 views

Smallest class of rings closed under familiar operations

Suppose I start out with the ring $\mathbb{Z}$, and call $\mathcal{C}$ the smallest collection of (commutative, unital) rings closed under the following list of operations (which I am aware has some ...
10
votes
0answers
355 views

Higher holonomies for higher local systems

In Jacob Lurie's classification of tqfts, one finds a version of the cobordism hypothesis for $(X,\zeta)$-structure, where an $(X,\zeta)$ structure on a manifold $M$ is the datum of a continuous map ...
10
votes
0answers
399 views

Can we describe equivariant vector bundles of free group action in terms of descent theory (Barr-Beck theorem)?

It is well known that for a compact topological group $G$ acts (say, from the right) freely on a compact space $X$. Then the category of equivariant complex vector bundles on $X$, $\text{Vect}_G(X)$, ...
10
votes
0answers
276 views

What is the history of the notion of subdivision of categories?

A recent answer by Peter May prompts me to ask a question which I have been considering to ask for several months. (The reason why I have not asked it before is that it is not directly related to my ...
10
votes
0answers
547 views

Categorical Schur's Lemma

In attempt to prove (and compute) a formula for the dimensions of the HOMFLY homology of the (p,q)-torus knot one could try to follow original proof by Jones of a formula for HOMFLY polynomial of ...
9
votes
0answers
327 views

Categorification of the integers

I would like to know a natural categorification of the rig of integers $\mathbb{Z}$. This should be a $2$-rig. Among the various notions of 2-rigs, we obviously have to exclude those where $+$ is a ...
9
votes
0answers
232 views

Unitary structures on fusion categories

A unitary fusion category is a fusion category with a $C^*$-tensor structure. Hence, in principle, a fusion category could have more than one unitary structure. Does exist a fusion category with more ...
9
votes
0answers
242 views

Can a composition with itself of a universal self-map be non-universal?

I have formulated (and published) the notion of a universal map (and of a universal morphism), and the problems below, in the early 1960-ies. DEFINITION   A continuous map   $u: ...
9
votes
0answers
460 views

Is “being a full ring of quotients” a Morita invariant property?

Definition and context: An (associative, unital, not necessarily commutative) ring $R$ is called classical if every regular element of $R$ is a unit. Equivalently, $R$ is its own classical ring of ...
9
votes
0answers
364 views

Can we categorify the formula for the quadratic Gauss sum?

Background Fix an odd prime $p$ and set $\zeta=e^{2\pi i/p}$. We define the quadratic Gauss sum as $$g=\sum_{n=0}^{p-1} \zeta^{n^2}.$$ It's pretty easy to show that $$g^2= \begin{cases} p & ...
9
votes
0answers
169 views

Are pivotal categories the algebras for a cartesian monad?

It seems to be "known" but not written down that the following are more-or-less equivalent: ...
9
votes
0answers
430 views

The open problem of nth quantization

In trying to explain a quote by E. Nelson, "First quantization is a mystery, but second quantization is a functor!" Baez points out what follows (full text available in this week find; I'm also ...
9
votes
0answers
432 views

Is there any elementary text unravelling the definitions of 2-category, lax functor and lax transformation, allowing people who do not know in the first place what these things are to really understand the definitions?

The question is in the title. My current research subject is the homotopy theory of $2$-categories. It may be slightly unreasonable to expect my PhD thesis to be read or even looked at by people ...
9
votes
0answers
482 views

Characterizing the surcomplex numbers

Conway showed that the Field of surreal numbers ("${\bf No}$") is the maximal totally ordered Field. Later Jacob Lurie showed that the Group of all partizan games ${\bf Pg}$ is the universally ...
9
votes
0answers
616 views

monomorphisms and epimorphisms of local rings

I want to understand the structure of monomorphisms/epimorphisms in the category of local rings (with local homomorphisms), or dually in the category of local schemes. Let $LR$ denote this category. ...
8
votes
0answers
195 views

Quotient of a category by a group

Let $G$ be a group acting on a category $\mathcal{C}$; that is, a monoidal functor $G\rightarrow \mathrm{Aut}(\mathcal{C})$, where the latter is the 2-group of auto-equivalences of $G$. Explicitly, ...
8
votes
0answers
71 views

What are filtered colimits in the category of complete semilattices?

My question is basically stated in the title. Does somebody know an explicit description of the filtered colimits in the category of complete semilattices? I am happy to provide background explaining ...
8
votes
0answers
204 views

Two model categories I would like to know if they are Quillen equivalent or not

It is the motivation of the question Examples of non Quillen-equivalent model categories having equivalent homotopy categories. I did not give at first the motivation because i don't think that people ...
8
votes
0answers
354 views

The category theory of $(\infty, 1)$-categories

There are many proposed models for the theory of $(\infty, 1)$-categories and it has now been shown that many of these theories have Quillen-equivalent model categories, i.e. that they are equivalent ...
8
votes
0answers
253 views

Twisted duality in a symmetric monoidal category

I would like to know if the following definition is already known or even well-known. Is there a reference in the literature? Do you know prominent examples? Definition. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a ...
8
votes
0answers
423 views

Conceptual proofs for the computation of the structure sheaf

The following lemma in commutative algebra is important for the foundations of algebraic geometry: If $A$ is a commutative ring, $U \subseteq A$ is a finite subset generating the unit ideal, then ...
8
votes
0answers
431 views

Compact objects in triangulated and infinity categories

Hello, I think of a compact object in a category as an object, $Hom$ from which commutes with filtered colimits. I guess that in an infinity category, one also defines a compact object as an object, ...
8
votes
0answers
460 views

Categorification of finite type invariants

Recall that finite type invariants are those numerical knots invariants vanishing on knots with enough singularities. The value of an invariant on a singular knots is computed using the Vassiliev ...
8
votes
0answers
245 views

Adjoint functor theorem for infinity categories

In HTT, a version of the adjoint functor theorem for (locally) presentable infinity categories is proven (Corollary 5.5.2.9). Is there a more refined version of this somewhere, which more closely ...
8
votes
0answers
618 views

Monads and Comonads that interact

Hi, I am reading Awodey's text "Category Theory". In section 10.4 he talks about comonads and monads that occur together and interact and he says that "possibility" and "necessity" in propositional ...
8
votes
0answers
350 views

Deducing properness from H^i(X,F) finitely generated over \Gamma(O_X)

Suppose that $X$ is a quasi-projective variety over a field $k$ and that we further know that for every coherent sheaf $\mathcal{F}$, $H^i(X,\mathcal{F})$ is finitely generated over $\Gamma(O_X)$. Is ...