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Couple of questions on the Axiom of Extensionality

I understand that the axiom of Extensionality says that two sets are equal iff they have the same elements. Which is clear enough. But take a look the definition for this axiom given by ...
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Axioms for Group Action

Reading the Wikipedia article on group action, I am wondering, why are the axioms stipulating that a group action obey both "compatibility" and "identity"? If a group action is merely a group ...
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Continuum hypothesis and non measurable set

This is from Chap 8 of Real and Complex analysis of Rudin. The author does not present a proof (using the continuum hypothesis) for the existence of the function $j$. Where can I find such a ...
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CC for finite sets and equivalent condition

If we assume for all sequence of sets od cardinality exactly 2, there exist choice function. Can we prove Countable choice for finite sets
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CC and one of its equivalent condition [duplicate]

How we can prove: CC is equivalent to for all sequence(Xn) of non empty sets there exist (xn) which meets infinitely many (Xn) One side assuming CC is obvious. But what about converse. How we can ...
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Proof of identity A = A or 1 = 1

Is 1 = 1 an assumption? I feel it's a very good assumption, but is there a proof for it? Imagine a world where people were contesting it, where equivalence wasn't a common sense concept. In reality no ...
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Use the axioms for the field of real number to prove $1/(-a) = -(1/a)$

How would you prove using the axioms for the real numbers that $1/(-a) = -(1/a)$? I tried the following: $1/(-a) = 1/(-a) + 0(1/a) = 1/(-a) + (1+(-1))(1/a) = 1/(-a)+1/(a) + (-(1/a))$ But I don't ...
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Is this axiom self-contradicting?

I was on physics stackexchange and came across an unusual answer where it was stated that the axiom, $$\forall x ((x \in x) \land (x \notin x))$$ Creates an axiom system where "nothing" exists in ...
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Multiple order axioms independence [duplicate]

Let $T$ be a theory, let $L$ be its language, let $A$ be its set of axioms and let $P_0 \in L$ be a property. $P_0$ could be : Consequence of $A$ The negation of a consequence of $A$ Independent of ...
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What is a topology minus the axiom that $\varnothing \in \tau$.

For instance, this is the case with defining $U \subset \Bbb{N}$ to be open iff $\sum_{x \notin U} \frac{1}{x} \lt \infty$ if we let $\sum_{x \notin \Bbb{N}} = 0$. I can't seem to get $\varnothing$ ...
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Set Theory ZF Axioms Doubt

I have a pretty basic question about the symbolic representation of the axiom of extensionality for set theory, which states that $$ \forall A \forall B [ \forall x (x\in A \iff x\in B)] \iff A = B ...
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The theory in probability

Consider a real-life experiment (perhaps written as a problem in a textbook): A coin is continually tossed until two consecutive heads are observed. Assume that the results of the tosses are mutually ...
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Is this set of event axioms complete?

In the notes' first chapter of the course "Discrete Stochastic Processes" presented by Prof. Robert Gallager, the "Axioms for events" defined as follows: 1.2.1 Axioms for events [Chapter 1: ...
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A simple question about rational numbers without a simple proof?

As in this question, study the quasigroup $(Q_+,/)$ of positive rational numbers under division. There are two obvious identities: $a/(b/c)=c/(b/a)$, for all $a,b,c\in Q_+$ $(a/b)/c=(a/c)/b$, for ...
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Can the generalized continuum hypothesis be disguised as a principle of logic?

A cool way to formulate the axiom of choice (AC) is: AC. For all sets $X$ and $Y$ and all predicates $P : X \times Y \rightarrow \rm\{True,False\}$, we have: $$(\forall x:X)(\exists y:Y)P(x,y) ...
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A familiar quasigroup - about independent axioms

A quasigroup is a pair $(Q,/)$, where $/$ is a binary operation on $Q$, such that (1) for each $a,b\in Q$ there exists unique solutions to the equations $a/x=b$ and $y/a=b$. Now I want to extract a ...
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Alternate Axiom of Infinity

The Axiom of Infinity states that there is a set $S$ containing $\varnothing$ such that if $x$ is an element of $S$ then so is $x\cup\{x\}$. Is the following variant equivalent? There exists a ...
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How can the axiom of choice be called “axiom” if it is false in Cohen's model?

From what I know, Cohen constructed a model that satisfies $ ZF\neg C $. But if such a model exists, how can AC be an axiom? Wouldn't it be a contradiction to the existence of the model? Only ...
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Can the axiom of induction be replaced by simpler axioms from which it could be deduced and proved? [duplicate]

Can the axiom of induction be replaced by simpler axioms from which it could be deduced and proved? If that's possible does it require significant changes to the other peano axioms?
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Algebraic structures and axiomatic systems

In one textbook appears the following sentence: An algebraic structure is a nonempty set $M$ together with one or more operations (i.e. a function $*:M\times M\rightarrow M$) which satisfy some ...
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Foundation of ordering of real numbers

This might be a silly question, but what is the mathematical foundation for the ordering of the real numbers? How do we know that $1<2$ or $300<1000$... Are the real numbers simply defined as ...
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Does the Russell Set exist?

I am currently reading "Naive set Theory" by Paul Halmos. In the second chapter, on the axiom of specification we show that the Universal Set does not exist. The proof is the following: Lets ...
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What is the definition of axiom (mathematically speaking)

I'm wondering about the exactly definition of axiom (mathematically speaking). The definition of this term seems a little blur in my mind. For example, the definition of point in the Euclidean ...
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$A=\{A,\emptyset\}$ and axiom of regularity

The axiom of regularity says: (R) $\forall x[x\not=\emptyset\to\exists y(y\in x\land x\cap y=\emptyset)]$. From (R) it follows that there is no infinite membership chain (imc). Consider this set: ...
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The order isomorphism theorem without Replacement

In $\sf ZF$, there is the following theorem: Theorem: For any well-ordered set $\langle A,\prec\rangle$, there is a (unique) order isomorphism $F$ from $\langle\alpha,\in\rangle$ to $\langle ...
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Are there unsolved problems known to be not independent of the axiomatic system it is proposed in?

Are there unsolved problems known to be not independent of the axiomatic system it is proposed in? For example, is Goldbach's conjecture known to be provable using the axioms of PA? I believe I ...
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Difference between Logical Axioms and Rules of Inference

What's the difference between Logical Axioms and Rules of Inference? In my understanding, both are ordered pairs of formulas which are used to reach a conclusion through syllogisms. My questions ...
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How do we know that our definitions/axioms are not contradictory?

Let us assume that we have declared some axioms. Now, we wish to declare a new axiom too. How do we establish that the new axiom is not a consequence of, nor a contradiction to the original set of ...
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Why is the axiom of pairing needed in Von Neumann-Godel-Bernays Set Theory?

Why do we need the axiom of pairing in Von Neumann-Godel-Bernays Set Theory? Doesn't the following prove it? Suppose $A$ and $B$ are sets. Using the axiom of class comprehension, we can form a ...
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“Every set is equinumerous to a well-founded set” - provable in $\sf ZF-Reg$?

What is the relationship of the following to other axioms of $\sf ZFC$? $\sf WB$: Every set $A$ is in bijection with a set well-founded by $\in$. Obviously, $\sf ZF$ implies $\sf WB$ (because ...
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Axiom of foundation allows sets consisting of a descending sequences plus some 'atom'?

I am reading a text which describes how the Axiom of Foundation prevents sets that are built from a descending sequence such $$X=\{x_0, x_1,\ldots\},\text{ with } x_1\in x_0, x_2\in x_1,\ldots$$ ...
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What do the ZFC axioms look like in terms of subset?

I'm reasonably familiar with the ZFC axioms. I know they can be formalized in many different ways. However, I usually see them presented in terms of the elementary "propositional calculus primitives" ...
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Axiomatic definition of sin and cos?

I look for possiblity to define sin/cos through algebraic relations without involving power series, integrals, differential equation and geometric intuition. Is it possible to define sin and cos ...
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Why do we have Axiom of Pairing but we don't have its generalisation, i.e a collection exists instead of pairing axiom?

For unions we have the generalised axiom, not just union for pairs. But for pairing we don't have generalisation, that a collection exists for any number of sets. If we have some axiom that says ...
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is axiom of powers required?

we can form any subset of a set using axiom of specification. then we can form collection of subsets using axiom of pairing repeatedly. we have for every condition S , (A={x belongs to X & S(x)} ...
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Vector Spaces: Redundant Axiom?

Question Why are the axioms for vector space independent? More precisely $1x=x$ seems redundant... (I take the axioms from: Wikipedia) Explanation One has for zero vector: ...
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Left and Right hand associativity equivalent first order logic

Say we are in a first order theory, and one of our inference rules is the associative rule saying that we can infer $(A \vee B) \vee C$ from $A \vee (B \vee C)$. Using the other logical inference ...
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Does “$(\exists f:A\twoheadrightarrow B)\implies(\exists f:B\hookrightarrow A)$” implies the axiom of choice? [duplicate]

Let $P$ denotes the property that if there exists a surjection from set $A$ to set $B$, then there exists an injection from $B$ to $A$. It's apparent that $P$ can be proved in ZFC. My question is that ...
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The existence of the sequence corresponding to some asymptotic sequence

The following proof of the axiom of choice by induction is obviously false: Let $(\Lambda)_{i=1, 2, \ldots}$ be an infinite sequence of nonempty sets. When $i=1$, self-evident. We will assume this ...
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Models of the successor function

I would like to ask a few questions about models of the succesor function (s(x)=x+1), intact that is a bit vague, consider $T_{S}$ to be the set of axioms given by; S1: $\forall xy[s(x)=s(y) ...
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The necessity of the axiom of induction

$\underline{First\ question}$ Let $P(n)$ be a proposition about $n$. In standard mathematical induction, we require: (1)$P(0)$ holds. (2)If $P(n)$ holds, $P(n+1)$holds. Here we use "the axiom of ...
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Axiomatizability in monadic second-order logic

For my thesis in finite model theory I'm considering some basic classes of structures, and I want to show in which logical systems they can or cannot be axiomatized. I now consider the class ...
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Some weaker axiom than “no nontrivial zero divisors.”

I would like to know if there a standard term for or well-known applications of the following axiom for rings or semigroups with zero (which is weaker than the "no nontrivial zero divisors" axiom): ...
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Which axiom of set theory does this formula represent ? Why? [closed]

Which axiom of set theory does the statement below represent? Why? \begin{align}\exists x\bigg(&\forall y\Big(\neg\exists z\left(z\in y\right)\to y\in x\Big)\\&\land\forall w\Big(w\in ...
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Number of Distinct Axiomatic Systems

This may well be a vaguely formulated question. Please bear with me and help me modify it to make it meaningful and rigorous, or show that it is hopelessly meaningless. I understand an axiomatic ...
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Lebesgue Measurable Sets & Axiom of Determinacy

While reading some logic theory I bumped against the theorem which states that every set of reals is Lebesgue measurable, assuming the axiom of determinacy. To prove this theorem it apparently ...
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How can the axioms (and primitives) of Tarski's axiomatization of $\Bbb R$ be independent?

While reading through this Wikipedia page about Tarski's axiomatization of the reals, a particular bit of text jumped out at me: Tarski proved these 8 axioms and 4 primitive notions independent. ...
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Axioms of Newtonian Mechanics

Axiomatically speaking, could Newton's laws be derived (as theorems) from the conservation of momentum and energy -- along with a few suitable definitions of things like an inertia frame and force? ...
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If $a=b$ then $a+c=b+c$? [duplicate]

A friend of mine just asked me how to prove that if $a=b$ then $a+c=b+c$, where $a,b$ and $c$ are real numbers, I'm not sure what I should answer. I have a book called introduction to logic and to the ...
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Why are Euclid axioms of geometry considered 'not sound'?

The five postulates (axioms) are: "To draw a straight line from any point to any point." "To produce [extend] a finite straight line continuously in a straight line." "To describe a circle with ...