abstract nonsense

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EtymologyEdit

Coined by Norman Steenrod, popularized by Serge Lang.

NounEdit

abstract nonsense (uncountable)

  1. (mathematics, humorous) Details which are straightforward but so tedious that an author or lecturer would rather skip them (especially those of a category theoretical nature).
  2. (mathematics, humorous) Details which involve diagram chasing.
  3. (mathematics, humorous) Category theory in general.

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Last modified on 16 September 2013, at 12:23