Saturday, 27 July 2013

"Structuralism, Invariance and Univalence" (Steve Awodey)

A link to a new paper by Steve Awodey (CMU and MCMP) on structuralism and univalence:
"Structuralism, Invariance and Univalence"
Recent advances in foundations of mathematics have led to some developments that are significant for the philosophy of mathematics, particularly structuralism. Specifically, the discovery of an interpretation of Martin-Löf’s constructive type theory into abstract homotopy theory suggests a new approach to the foundations of mathematics, with both intrinsic geometric content and a computational implementation. Leading homotopy theorist Vladimir Voevodsky has proposed an ambitious new program of foundations on this basis, including a new axiom with both geometric and logical significance: the Univalence Axiom. It captures the familiar aspect of informal mathematical practice according to which one can identify isomorphic objects. While it is incompatible with conventional foundations, it is a powerful addition to the framework of homotopical type theory.
(Hat-tip: Richard Zach!)

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