Graduate Student Seminar, 4:30 pm November 8, 2004; HH127


Julie Bergner


An Introduction to Algebraic Theories


The notion of an algebraic theory provides a basis-free way of discussing algebraic structures such as monoids, groups, and commutative rings. In addition, an algebraic theory can be used to describe an algebraic structure on a topological space. This talk will include some (very basic) category theory background, the definition of algebraic theories, and examples illustrating how they provide a concise way of expressing algebraic structures. In particular, I will discuss the ways in which algebraic theories and a generalization of them have been a useful tool in my research.

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