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Category of metric spaces

Summary
In , Met is a that has metric spaces as its and metric maps (continuous functions between metric spaces that do not increase any pairwise distance) as its morphisms. This is a category because the composition of two metric maps is again a metric map. It was first considered by . Arrows The monomorphisms in Met are the injective metric maps. The epimorphisms are the metric maps for which the domain of the map has a dense in the range. The isomorphisms are the isometries, i.e. metric maps which are injective, surjective, and distance-preserving. As an example, the inclusion of the rational numbers into the real numbers is a monomorphism and an epimorphism, but it is clearly not an isomorphism; this example shows that Met is not a . Objects The empty metric space is the initial object of Met; any singleton metric space is a terminal object. Because the initial object and the terminal objects differ, there are no zero objects in Met. The injective objects in Met a
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