What’s true, however, is fewer people learn about categories in school—so they think categories are scary.

Books like Tai-Danae Bradley’s are changing that.

]]>Most of what I’ve read on chemical reaction networks (as well as ecological, social and economic ones) use math formalism at a much more basic level than category theory (i.e. differential equations, graphs, statistical mechanics ). CT most likely is much more general but there is a gap—most people i know don’t even use calculus (at least explicity) to understand that a banana is a fruit (one applied example in the book). Chimpanzees don’t either. It’s a big wor(l)d.

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