# A categorical study of compactness via closure

(2009-03)

Thesis (MSc (Mathemathical Sciences))--Stellenbosch University, 2009.

Thesis

We have the familiar Kuratowski-Mr owka theorem in topology, where compactness is characterised by a closure and a projection-map (X is compact i p : X Y ! Y is a closed mapping, for any space Y , i.e. p(A) = p(A) A X Y ). Using this as our starting point, we generalise compactness to a categorical setting. We then generalise even further to "asymmetric" compactness. Then we discuss a functional approach to compactness, where we do not explicitly mention closure operators. All this provides economical proofs as well as applications in di erent areas of mathematics.