Categories of Understanding

Location: 125 Hayes-Healy



Since its incipience, category theory has
provided fruitful and novel ways of drawing
connections between mathematics, logic,
philosophy, and physics. The goal of this
interdisciplinary workshop is to survey new
questions about “physical theories” that
have arisen as a result of this interaction.
This workshop is open to all members of
the Notre Dame community, although we
ask that participants register at https:// so that lunch can be
catered accordingly. Graduate students are
especially welcome.
The organizers
gratefully acknowledge the support of an
ISLA Integrative Scholarship Grant.
Invited speakers and commentators:
Antonio Delgado (Physics, Notre Dame)
Hans Halvorson (Philosophy, Princeton)
Chris Kapulkin (Mathematics, UWO)
Christopher Kolda (Physics, Notre Dame)
Stephan Stolz (Mathematics, Notre Dame)
Nicholas Teh (Philosophy, Notre Dame)
Dimitris Tsementzis (Philosophy, Princeton)
Workshop schedule:
8:40: Coffee and Opening Remarks
9:00–9:50: The Categorical Approach
to Scientific Theories, Hans Halvorson
10:00–10:50: Extended Topological
Quantum Field Theory, Stephan Stolz
11:00–11:50: Categorical and Physical
Generalization, Nicholas Teh
12:00–12:45: Sandwich Lunch
12:50–1:40: Logical Foundations 1,
Dimitris Tsementzis
1:50–2:40: Logical Foundations 2,
Chris Kapulkin
2:50–3:40: Dualities and Theoretical
Equivalence, Antonio Delgado
3:50–4:30: Discussion