Friday, March 03, 2006

When is one thing equal to some other thing?

That's the title of a rough draft of a paper by Barry Mazur (courtesy of Lambda the Ultimate). It's basically an introduction to the ideas of category theory but it has some nice comments along the way on what we mean by equivalence - often a tricky subject in category theory.

And here's a coincidence. I'd just done a web search to find out what properties the number 691 has. (It pops up in the theory of modular forms.) And then I see a link to this paper (completely independently) which uses 691 as an example on the first page. Weird!



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