# abstract nonsense

## EnglishEdit

### EtymologyEdit

Coined by Norman Steenrod, popularized by Serge Lang.

### NounEdit

**abstract nonsense** (*uncountable*)

- (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).
- (mathematics, humorous) Details which involve diagram chasing.
- (mathematics, humorous) Category theory in general.

#### Coordinate termsEdit

- (skipped details): handwave

#### TranslationsEdit

straightforward and tedious details

category theory