# nLab Categories Work

Categories Work is a book on category theory by Saunders Mac Lane.

The full title is Categories for the Working Mathematician. The original edition has the following chapters

• I. Categories, functors, and natural transformations
• II. Constructions on categories
• III. Universals and limits
• V. Limits
• VII. Monoids
• VIII. Abelian categories
• IX. Special limits
• X. Kan extensions

The 2nd edition was published in 1997 with two additional chapters:

• XI. Symmetry and braidings in monoidal categories

• XII. Structures in categories

Categories Work is the standard reference for category theory, and we may often cite it here. Almost all of its terminology is widely adopted, although its approach to foundations (one Grothendieck universe) is not as widely used (see discussion at nForum).

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