Structuralism, Invariance, and Univalence
journal contributionposted on 2013-03-04, 00:00 authored by Steven AwodeySteven Awodey
The recent discovery of an interpretation of constructive type theory into abstract homotopy theory suggests a new approach to the foundations of mathematics with intrinsic geometric content and a computational implementation. Voevodsky has proposed such a program, including a new axiom with both geometric and logical significance: the Univalence Axiom. It captures the familiar aspect of informal mathematical practice according to which one can identify isomorphic objects. While it is incompatible with conventional foundations, it is a powerful addition to homotopy type theory. It also gives the new system of foundations a distinctly structural character.