A topos (plural topoi, toposes) is a category that behaves like the category of sheaves of sets on a topological space. Topos theory consists of the study of Grothendieck topoi, used in algebraic geometry, and the study of elementary topoi, used in logic.

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What does it take to divide by $2$?

Theorem 1 [ZFC, classical logic]: If $A,B$ are sets such that $\textbf{2}\times A\cong \textbf{2}\times B$, then $A\cong B$. That's because the axiom of choice allows for the definition of ...
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Does “cheap nonstandard analysis” take place in a topos?

Terence Tao's A cheap version of nonstandard analysis describes a way to do analysis halfway between ordinary analysis and nonstandard analysis which, if I'm not mistaken, cashes out to working in the ...
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How much set theory does the category of sets remember?

Question. Let $M$ be a model of enough set theory. Then we can form a category $\mathbf{Set}_M$ whose objects are the elements of $M$ and whose morphisms are the functions in $M$. To what extent is ...
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How to find exponential objects and subobject classifiers in a given category

In a course I'm learning about Topos theory, there are a lot of exercises which require you to prove explicitly some category is an elementary topos: i.e. to construct exponentials and a subobject ...
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What does a proof in an internal logic actually look like?

The nLab has a lot of nice things to say about how you can use the internal logic of various kinds of categories to prove interesting statements using more or less ordinary mathematical reasoning. ...
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Revisiting “What is Mazzola's ”Topos of Music“ about?”

This question has been asked here: What is Mazzola's "Topos of Music" about? But I am dissatisfied with the response for several reasons and would like Math SE to revisit this ...
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Importance of 'smallness' in a category, and functor categories

I feel like, having spent a little time doing category theory now, this is probably a silly question, but I keep coming up to many things (definitions, examples etc.) where smallness is required. I ...
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How does the internal language of a topos come to be?

There are several books and articles on topos theory which mention the internal language, but I can't manage to see the big picture from any of them. I would like a soft explanation of how the ...
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Motivation for the definition of an infinitesimal object

An infinitesimal object $D$ in a Cartesian closed category $\mathsf{C}$ is one for which the internal Hom functor $$(-)^D: \mathsf{C} \to \mathsf{C}$$ has a right adjoint. I am wondering what is the ...
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Is there a category whose internal logic is paraconsistent?

The internal language of topoi is higher-order typed intuitionistic logic. Now according to wikipedia, the dual of intuitionistic logic, in some sense is paraconsistent. They say Intuitionistic ...
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Fuzzy logic and topos theory

Why doesn't one develop fuzzy logic by extending topos theory, by simply extending the subobject classifier $\Omega$ to the unit interval [0,1]? Have people done that?
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Does this notion of morphism of noncommutative rings appear in the ring theory literature?

Definition: Let $R, S$ be two rings. A classical morphism $\phi : R \to S$ is a function from elements of $R$ to elements of $S$ which restricts to a homomorphism (of rings, in the usual sense) on ...
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What is Mazzola's “Topos of Music” about?

Disclaimers: I am neither a musician, nor I want to discredit Mazzola's work. Corollary of the first point: please use a plain style, without technical terms in the area of Music Theory. Corollary of ...
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Natural numbers objects in topoi: Recursion in a parameter

I am currently trying to prove an exercise from Sheaves in Geometry and Logic: A First Introduction to Topos Theory by Mac Lane and Moerdijk about natural numbers objects. First, we have the ...
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Category-theoretic properties of cardinals

Let $\kappa$ be a cardinal, let $\mathbf{H}_\kappa$ be the set of hereditarily $\kappa$-small sets, and let $\mathbf{Set}_{< \kappa}$ be the full subcategory of $\mathbf{Set}$ corresponding to ...
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What are the algebras of the double powerset monad?

Let $\mathscr{P} : \textbf{Set} \to \textbf{Set}^\textrm{op}$ be the (contravariant) powerset functor, taking a set $X$ to its powerset $\mathscr{P}(X)$ and a map $f : X \to Y$ to the inverse image ...
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Properties of the internal language of the category of sheaves.

Consider a simple case of sheaves on some topological space $X$, $\operatorname{Sh}(X)$ (recall that a sieve on $U$ is covering iff its $\operatorname{sup}$ is $U$). All of these are Grothendieck ...
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When does Sheafification commute with direct image?

Given a presheaf $\mathcal{F}$ on a space $X$ and a map $f: X \rightarrow Y$, when does $f_* A(\mathcal{F}) = A(f_* \mathcal{F})$, where $A$ is the associated sheaf/sheafification functor? Since ...
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Does the category framework permit new logics?

It appears to me that a topos permits a broader concept of subsets than the yes/no decission of a characteristic function in a set theory setting. Probably because the subobject classifier doesn't ...
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What's the best way to teach oneself both Category Theory & Model Theory?

I've done a bit of reading around both Category Theory & Model Theory (CT & MT) as a novice in each field. I'm interested in how they might combine, particularly when applied to Algebra. [So ...
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A locally constant sheaf on a locally connected space is a covering space; Proof?

As part of my hobby i'm learning about sheaves from Mac Lane and Moerdijk. I have a problem with Ch 2 Q 5, to the extent that i don't believe the claim to be proven is actually true, currently. Here ...
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Why are these two definitions of the left-adjoint to $u^p\colon PShv(D)\to PShv(C)$ equivalent?

Suppose $u\colon C\to D$ is a functor between categories. Then there is a functor $$ u^p\colon PShv(D)\to PShv(C) $$ between the associated presheaf categories by precomposition with $u$ as it is ...
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Examples of mathematical statements made with adjoint functors

I am wondering if it is possible to use the adjoint functors in topos theory for statements in analysis. Any examples would be warmly welcomed. Though I would prefer simpler, atomic, lemmas or ...
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What are the universally effective epimorphisms of topological spaces?

An effective epimorphism in a category is a morphism that is the coequaliser of its kernel pair, and a universally effective epimorphism is a morphism $f : X \to Y$ such that, for every pullback ...
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Is the map into the terminal object an epimorphism?

Let $C$ be a category with a terminal object $1$. Is the unique arrow from an object into $1$ necessarily an epimorphism? If not, is it an epimorphism if $C$ is a topos?
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Does an equivalence of $G$-sets and $H$-sets imply an isomorphism of $G$ and $H$?

Here $G$-sets denote the category of sets which have a left $G$-action. So the question is whether a functor $F \colon \text{$G$-sets} \to \text{$H$-sets}$ implies that we have an isomorphism of ...
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What is the relation between axiomatic set theory and logical quantifiers?

On the one hand, the logical predicates $\forall$ and $\exists$ are defined using the concept of a Domain of Discourse, which itself is defined as a set (at least according to wikipedia). On the ...
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Could there be an “$n$-th root” of the category $\mathsf{Set}$?

Here is a thought experiment: Suppose we did not know what sets and functions are. The general idea of a topos is, that it somehow serves as a foundation for mathematics. So let there be an alternate ...
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The dense topology

The definition of the dense topology confuses me. If $C$ is a category and $X \in C$, a sieve $S$ on $X$ is a covering for the dense topology iff for every $f : Y \to X$ there is some morphism $g : Z ...
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Definition of truth values in a topos.

I'm trying to understand what is meant exactly by a "truth value" in a topos. Take for example the topos of irreflexive graphs. It is known that the classifying morphism can take nodes to 2 different ...
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What was the Lawveres explanation of adjoint functors in terms of Hegelian Philosophy?

I was contemplating asking this question on Philsophy.SE but felt it was better directed here as there are a dearth of category theorists there. According to the wikipedia entry on Categorical Logic: ...
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Is there any point in a logician studying $\infty$-categories?

My primary areas of interest lately have been set theory, logic, and category theory, so naturally topos theory has been a large part of what I'm learning (in between getting caught up on some other ...
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How to prove that in this context epimorphisms are 'surjective'

In article AN ELEMENTARY THEORY OF THE CATEGORY OF SETS of William Lawvere I met a proposition left to reader (poor me) and I hope someone can help me with it. It wouldn't surprise me if it is not ...
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What fragment of ZFC do we need to prove Zorn's lemma?

It is extremely well-known that Zorn's lemma is a theorem of ZFC. My interest is in a certain finitely-axiomatisable fragment of ZFC, sometimes called RZC (restricted Zermelo with choice) or ZBQC. The ...
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What does category theory say about chains of set inclusions $\dots\in c\in b\in a$?

I'm currently trying to understand to what extend a set theory like ZFC can be mirrored within category theory, i.e. topos theory. What appears as an obstacle to me is the axiom of regularity, which ...
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Why are injective $\mathscr{O}$-modules flasque?

Let $X$ be a topological space, and let $\mathscr{O}$ be a sheaf of rings on $X$. It is easy to verify that the functor $\Gamma (U, -) : \textbf{Mod}(\mathscr{O}) \to \textbf{Ab}$ is representable, ...
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Example of a small topos

I'm currently trying to understand this article by T. Noll on the topos of triads in music theory (also, this) However, I can't get past section 2.2 where Noll introduces the subobject classifier, ...
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Presheaves over sieves and posets

I'm looking for a proof of the claim that given a poset P, the topos of presheaves over P is equivalent to the topos of presheaves over the complete Heyting algebra of sieves on elements of P. I found ...
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Where does one learn the algebraic geometry needed for topos theory?

I am a masters student familiar with category theory. I have started learning topos theory from MacLane-Moerdijk's book "Sheaves in Geometry and Logic: A First Introduction to topos Theory". I get the ...
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ETCS set theory: Are empty sets isomorphic?

Just a quick question about ETCS: Are any two empty sets isomorphic? Here, a set $X$ is empty if there exists no $x \in X$, i.e. no functions $x: 1 \to X$. The reason I'm asking is that I need this ...
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What's the difference between a logic, an internal logic (language) of a category, an internal logic of a topos and a type theory?

maybe this question doesn't make sense at all. I don't know exactly the meaning of all these concepts, except the internal language of a topos (and searching on the literature is not helping at all). ...
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Grothendieck topology on pre/sheaves

Given a Grothendieck topology $T$, say subcanonical, on a category $C$, we are able to talk about sheaves in $(C, T)$. Since pre/sheaves can be viewed as generalized objects of $C$ (via Yoneda ...
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Reference for forcing using topos theory

I've just saw in Maclane and Moerdijik's book ("Sheaves in Geometry and Logic: A First Introduction to Topos Theory") about the Cohen forcing viewed in a categorical way using Topos theory. Is there ...
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Can a general version of the covariant powerset monad be derived from the universal property of power objects?

As the title asks, I'm wondering if one can generally squeeze a "covariant power object monad" out of a topos (following the usual example in $\mathcal{Set}$ with functor part the direct image ...
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Exercise from Leinster's Informal introduction to topos theory

Forgive the basic question (and the typesetting!) I'm a relative novice regarding category theory, but I've recently decided to teach myself at least the rudiments of toposes. Having stumbled upon Tom ...
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An example of a Grothendieck topology

A Grothendieck topology on a category $\mathcal{C}$ with finite limits consists of, for each object $U$ in $\mathcal{C}$ a collection $\text{Cov}(U)$ of sets $\{ U_i \to U \}$ such that Isomorphisms ...
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Glueing sheaves on Grothendieck sites

Let $X$ be a topological space and $\{V_i\}$ a cover of $X$. Let $F_i:\mathsf{Open}(V_i)^{\mathrm{op}}\to \mathsf{Sets}$ be a family of sheaves. One can glue this family to obtain a sheaf ...
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Applications of category theory and topoi/topos theory in reality

I am an amateur mathematician with an interest in the subjects named in the title. I have recently come to understand that my B.A. in math gives me absolutely no qualification at all in the Swedish ...
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Does a geometric morphism $f\colon \cal E\to F$ preserves and reflects the subobject classifier?

I'm stuck in the apparently easy exercise in the title; I tried to prove it twice but both arguments were flawed (one of the two: one can easily obtain a natural map $Sub_\mathcal E(A)\to Sub_\mathcal ...
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What do coherent topoi have to do with completeness?

There is a theorem of Deligne that a "coherent" topos (e.g. one on a site where all objects are quasi-compact and quasi-separated) has enough points (i.e. isomorphisms can be detected via geometric ...