abstract nonsense

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Coined by Norman Steenrod, popularized by Serge Lang.

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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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