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abstract nonsense

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Coined by Norman Steenrod, popularized by Serge Lang.

Noun

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abstract nonsense

Plural
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abstract nonsense (-)
  1. (idiomatic) (mathematics) Details which are straightforward but so tedious that an author or lecturer would rather skip them (especially those of a category theoretical nature).
  2. (idiomatic) (mathematics) Details which involve diagram chasing.

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