YOW! Night 2018 Brisbane – Eugenia Cheng – May 28
CATEGORY THEORY AND LIFE
Category theory can be thought of as being “very abstract algebra”. It is thought of as “too abstract” by some people, and as “abstract nonsense” by some others. In this talk I will show that while it is abstract, it is far from being nonsense. I will argue that the abstraction has a purpose and that broad applicability is one of the powerful consequences. To demonstrate this, I will show how I apply concepts of category theory to important questions of life such as prejudice, privilege, blame and responsibility. I will introduce the category theory concepts from scratch so no prior knowledge is needed. These concepts will include objects and morphisms, isomorphisms and universal properties.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: EUGENIA CHENG
Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist. She is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won tenure at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has previously taught at the universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice and holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of “maths phobia”. Eugenia was an early pioneer of maths on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over 10 million times to date. Her first popular maths book “How to Bake Pi” was featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and “Beyond Infinity” was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017. She also writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal, and recently completely her first mathematical art commission, for Hotel EMC2 in Chicago. She is the founder of the Liederstube, an intimate oasis for art song based in Chicago. Her next book, “Thinking Better: The Art of Logic in an Illogical World” is due out in 2018.
5:30 pm Welcome networking with refreshments
6:00 pm Presentation followed by Q&A
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