PhD Course, Category Theory (May-June 2018)

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Topics of the course

  • Categories, universal properties, functors.
  • Natural transformations, adjoint functors and categorical equivalences.
  • Concrete dualities.
  • Yoneda Lemma.
  • Sheaves and topoi.

Course material


  • Lecturer: Luca Spada
  • Duration of the course: 20 hours.

Preliminary programme

  • Friday 18 May 2018, from 11:00 to 13:00;
  • Monday 21 May 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Wednesday 23 May 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Friday 25 May 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Monday 4 June 2018, from 15:00 to 17:00;
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Friday 8 June 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Thursday 21 June 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;
  • Monday 9 July 2018, from 15:00 to 17:00;
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00;

Comments, complaints, questions: write to Luca Spada

General affine adjunctions, Nullstellensätze, and dualities

At last, we have finished and submitted our paper on “General affine adjunctions, Nullstellensätze, and dualities” co-authored with Olivia Caramello and Vincenzo Marra.

Abstract. We introduce and investigate a category-theoretic abstraction of the standard “system-solution” adjunction in affine algebraic geometry. We then look further into these geometric adjunctions at different levels of generality, from syntactic categories to (possibly infinitary) equational classes of algebras. In doing so, we discuss the relationships between the dualities induced by our framework and the well-established theory of concrete dual adjunctions. In the context of general algebra we prove an analogue of Hilbert’s Nullstellensatz, thereby achieving a complete characterisation of the fixed points on the algebraic side of the adjunction.

The preprint is available on arXiv.  We made another preprint available some years ago(!), but the manuscript has changed in many respects.  The main differences between the two versions on arXiv are the following:

  1. The comparison with the existing literature is now more thorough.
  2. The categories R and D are now taken directly without passing through the quotient categories. In our opinion, this is cleaner and, as a consequence, it is now clearer what are the minimal assumption on the triplet I: T -> S.
  3. There is now a section studying the issue of concreteness of the adjunction and comparing with the theory of concrete adjunction.

Tutorial on Dualities

These are the slides of my tutorial on Dualities at the $16^{th}$ Latin American Symposium on Mathematical Logic. 28th July – 1st August 2014. Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A shorter version can be found here.

Slides on Duality (SLALM 2014)

Dualities and geometry

Finally I wrote some slides about the long-waiting article I am writing together with Olivia Caramello and Vincenzo Marra on adjunctions, dualities, and Nullstellensätze .  These slides where presented at the AILA meeting in Pisa and at the Apllied Logic seminar in Delft.

Dualities and geometry

Geometrical dualities for Łukasiewicz logic

This is the transcript of a featured talk given on the 15th of September 2011 at the XIX Congeresso dell’Unione Matematica Italiana held in Bologna, Italy.  It is based on a joint work with Vincenzo Marra of the University of Milan that was published in Vincenzo Marra and Luca Spada. The dual adjunction between MV-algebras and Tychonoff spacesStudia Logica 100(1-2):253-278, 2012. Special issue of Studia Logica in memoriam Leo Esakia (L. Beklemishev, G. Bezhanishvili, D. Mundici and Y. Venema Editors).  

The article develops a general dual adjunction between MV-algebras (the algebraic equivalents of Łukasiewicz logic) and subspaces of Tychonoff cubes, endowed with the transformations that are definable in the language of MV-algebras. Such a dual adjunction restricts to a duality between semisimple MV-algebras and closed subspaces of Tychonoff cubes. Further the duality theorem for finitely presented objects is obtained from the general adjunction by a further specialisation. The treatment is aimed at emphasising the generality of the framework considered here in the prototypical case of MV-algebras.

Geometrical dualities for Łukasiewicz logic

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