Univalent Foudations – Homotopy Type Theory

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The expression Curry–Howard–Lambek correspondence is now used by some people to refer to the three way isomorphism between intuitionistic logic, typed lambda calculus and cartesian closed categories, with objects being interpreted as types or propositions and morphisms as terms or proofs. The correspondence works at the equational level and is not the expression of a syntactic identity of structures as it is the case for each of Curry’s and Howard’s correspondences: i.e. the structure of a well-defined morphism in a cartesian-closed category is not comparable to the structure of a proof of the corresponding judgment in either Hilbert-style logic or natural deduction.

Recently, the isomorphism has been proposed as a way to define search space partition in genetic programming.[9] The method indexes sets of genotypes (the program trees evolved by the GP system) by their Curry–Howard isomorphic proof (referred to as a species).


The correspondences listed here go much farther and deeper. For example, cartesian closed categories are generalized by closed monoidal categories. The internal language of these categories is the linear type system (corresponding to linear logic), which generalizes simply-typed lambda calculus as the internal language of cartesian closed categories. Moreover, these can be shown to correspond to cobordisms,[10] which play a vital role in string theory.

An extended set of equivalences is also explored in homotopy type theory, which became a very active area of research around 2013 and as of 2018 still is.[11] Here, type theory is extended by the univalence axiom (“equivalence is equivalent to equality”) which permits homotopy type theory to be used as a foundation for all of mathematics (including set theory and classical logic, providing new ways to discuss the axiom of choice and many other things). That is, the Curry–Howard correspondence that proofs are elements of inhabited types is generalized to the notion homotopic equivalence of proofs (as paths in space, the identity type or equality type of type theory being interpreted as a path).[12]


Genetic programming possibly relevant to model technology evolving.

Inverse semigroups look a lot like univalence.

Could be useful to learn Haskell while learning lambda calculus.

Coq and Agda both used with HoTT.



Agda less well established than Coq. Uses Haskell like syntax and implemented in Haskell.

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Uses emacs Agda mode. Can compile to Haskell. Potentially good book to also learn Haskell.

Microsoft also has a open source prover that might be relevant:


Has a maths library that might include the basics needed:




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