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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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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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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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Stephen Wolfram on axiomatic systems?

I was watching a video where Wolfram was discussing the development of Mathematics, he said something along the lines of: " There is a whole universe of possible mathematics. I was curious about this ...
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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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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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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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Which statements are equivalent to the parallel postulate?

I would like to have a long-ish list of statements that are equivalent to the parallel postulate. If a line segment intersects two straight lines forming two interior angles on the same side that ...
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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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a problem in Stein's book 'Real analysis', relate to continuum hypothesis.

The question is from chapter 2, problem 5 in Stein's book 'Real analysis': 5.There is an ordering $≺$ of $\mathbb R$ with the property that for each $y\in\mathbb R$ the set $\{x\in\mathbb R : x ≺ ...
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Russell's paradox and axiom of separation

I don't quite understand how the axiom of separation resolves Russell's paradox in an entirely satisfactory way (without relying on other axioms). I see that it removes the immediate contradiction ...
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Strength of “Every finite dimensional subspace of a vector space has a complement”

Does the following choice principle have a name? Every finite dimensional subspace of a vector space has a complement. Equivalently, every line inside a vector space has a complementary ...
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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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with Tarki's axioms of geometry what is a plane?

Reading about Tarski's axioms of geometry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarski%27s_axioms I was puzzeling how they would look for 3 dimensional geometry. the big problem then is the upper dimension ...
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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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Is the Bourbaki treatment of Set Theory outdated?

On page 5 of the following write up, the author asks why the Bourbaki did not notice that their system of Zermelo set theory with AC was inadequate for existing mathematics. Throughout the rest of the ...
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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 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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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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Explain Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory in layman terms

What does Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory mean? According to Wikipedia, Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory is a set theory that is proposed to overcome issues in naive set theory. I really appreciate if ...
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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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Why the axioms for a topological space are those axioms?

This question might have even been asked here before, I don't really know, so sorry if it's duplicate. I've started to study topological spaces and I've found the axioms for such spaces kind of hard ...
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Definition: Mathematical way to define the “left” and the “right”

How do we define the left and the right, (such as left/right handness) from a mathematical way of definition? How can we explain this definition to some inhabitant of a distant stellar system who has ...
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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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Justification for the Axiom of Union

Is the Axiom of Union included in $\sf ZFC $ because one cannot construct the union of two sets using the Axiom Schema of Specification?
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Can you explain the “Axiom of choice” in simple terms?

As I'm sure many of you do, I read the XKCD webcomic regularly. The most recent one involves a joke about the Axiom of Choice, which I didn't get. I went to Wikipedia to see what the Axiom of ...
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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 ...
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How to demystify the axioms of propositional logic?

How might I go about getting some intuition on the typical axiom schemes given for propositional logic? They seem rather mysterious at first glance. For example, these are taken from: ...
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Can a sequence whose final term is an axiom, be considered a formal proof?

Wikipedia gives the following definition of a formal proof: A formal proof or derivation is a finite sequence of sentences (called well-formed formulas in the case of a formal language) each of ...
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Order Axioms: '<' or '$\leq$'?

In the axioms given for the real numbers, I see that the order axioms are sometimes given for the '<' relation and sometimes for '$\leq$'. Which is more commonly used these days?
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Dependence of axioms of Zermelo set theory

I'm reading a book about Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory, and I was told that there are a lot of dependence relation among the commonly used axiom system (in the question What axioms does ZF have, ...
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Axiom of Completeness for set of integers

If $A$ is a subset of the integers $\mathbb{Z}$, and is bounded above, then A has a supremum $\alpha$ that is an element of the integers $\mathbb{Z}$. Is this statement true?
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Transfinite Induction in Peano Arithmetic

I have heard that Peano Arithmetic (PA) cannot perform transfinite induction up to $\varepsilon_0$. This seems to imply that it can induct up to smaller ordinals, like $\omega$ or $\omega^\omega$ or ...
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Proof that if $a > 0$, then $\frac{1}{a} > 0$ using just field and order axioms

This is my attempt to prove that, if $a > 0$, then $\frac{1}{a} > 0$, using just field and order axioms. $$a > 0 \implies a \cdot \left(\frac{1}{a}\right)^2 > 0 \cdot ...
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What separates an axiom from a proposition?

I have read that an axiom is defined as "an obvious truth." I have also heard that an axiom is a truth so obvious that no proof could make it more clear. My question is: why is one thing considered an ...
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Axiom of Induction Question

I have to use the axiom of induction to prove the summation of k^3 from 0 to n is $(n(n+1)/2)^2$. Here's what I have so far: Let P(n) be the assertion that $0^3+1^3+⋯+n^3=(n(n+1)/2)^2$ Base Case ...
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Set of axioms for finite subset of Natural Numbers

I would like to get a set of Peano like first-order axioms for a finite subset of natural numbers $N'$ such that $0 \leq N' \leq Max$, with $Max$ denoting the upper-bound. (So my signature might be ...
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Why is the Generalization Axiom considered a Pure Axiom?

If $\varphi$ is a formula in a first order language $\mathcal{L}$ and $x$ is a variable that is not free in $\varphi$, then the following is a pure axiom $$\varphi \to \forall x\varphi$$ The ...