The Influence of M. H. Stone on the Origins of Category Theory

  • Saunders MacLane


This talk is a small piece of historical investigation, intended to be an example of history in the retrospective sense: Starting with some currently active ideas in category theory, it will examine their origins in particular in certain work of Marshall Stone. Hence this talk will not even mention many of Stone’s contributions (his theorem on one-parameter unitary groups, the Stone-Weierstrass theorem, or his results on spectra, on integration, or on convexity); instead we will examine the connection of just a few of his ideas with the subsequent development of category theory.


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  • Saunders MacLane
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  1. 1.The University of ChicagoUSA

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