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2) 3 2 gives rise to a functor CRing → Set. 2). Whenever f : A → B is a ring homomorphism and (x, y, z) ∈ F(A), we have ( f (x), f (y), f (z)) ∈ F(B); so the map of rings f : A → B induces a map of sets F( f ) : F(A) → F(B). This defines a functor F : CRing → Set. In algebraic geometry, a scheme is a functor CRing → Set with certain properties. ) The functor F above is a simple example. 7 Let G and H be monoids (or groups, if you prefer), regarded as one-object categories G and H . A functor F : G → H must send the unique object of G to the unique object of H , so it is determined by its effect 22 Categories, functors and natural transformations on maps.

Suppose, for example, that we have maps g q F(A) −→ B −→ B in B. There are two things we can do with this data: either compose then take the transpose, which produces a map q ◦ g : A → G(B ), or take the transpose of g then compose it with G(q), which produces a potentially different map G(q) ◦ g¯ : A → G(B ). 2). The second is its dual, and can be explained in a similar way. For each A ∈ A , we have a map ηA 1 A −→ GF(A) = F(A) −→ F(A) . Dually, for each B ∈ B, we have a map εB 1 FG(B) −→ B = G(B) −→ G(B) .

In a nutshell, the main property of algebras for an algebraic theory is that the operations are defined everywhere on the set, and the equations hold everywhere too. For example, every element of a group has a specified inverse, and every element x satisfies the equation x · x−1 = 1. This is why the theories of groups, rings, and so on, are algebraic theories, but the theory of fields is not. 5 There are adjunctions y D Top U Set y I where U sends a space to its set of points, D equips a set with the discrete topology, and I equips a set with the indiscrete topology.