People interested in category theory as applied to systems may wish to check out the following article, reporting work I carried out while engaged in a systems engineering program at Oakland University.
The problem addressed is a longstanding one, that of building bridges to negotiate the gap between qualitative and quantitative descriptions of complex phenomena, like those we meet in analyzing and engineering systems, especially intelligent systems endowed with a capacity for processing information and acquiring knowledge of objective reality.
One of the ways this problem arises has to do with describing change in logical, qualitative, or symbolic terms, long before we grasp the reality beneath the appearances firmly enough to cast it in measured, quantitative, real number form.
Development on the quantitative shore got no further than a Sisyphean beachhead until the discovery/invention of differential calculus by Leibniz and Newton, after which things advanced by leaps and bounds.
And there’s our clue what we need to do on the qualitative shore, namely, to discover/invent the missing logical analogue of differential calculus.
With that pre-ramble …
- Differential Logic and Dynamic Systems
This article develops a differential extension of propositional calculus and applies it to a context of problems arising in dynamic systems. The work pursued here is coordinated with a parallel application that focuses on neural network systems, but the dependencies are arranged to make the present article the main and the more self-contained work, to serve as a conceptual frame and a technical background for the network project.