This tag is for questions about cardinals and related topics such as cardinal arithmetics, regular cardinals and cofinality. Do not confuse with [large-cardinals] which is a technical concept about strong axioms of infinity.

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How do you prove the trichotomy law for cardinal numbers?

Law of trichotomy is that for any two cardinals $a$ and $b$, exactly one of the conditions $a<b$, $a=b$, or $a>b$ holds.
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Number of well-ordering relations on a well-orderable infinite set $A$?

Given a well-orderable infinite set $A$, can we always say that the set $$\left\{R\in A\times A:\langle A,R\rangle\, \text{is a well-ordering}\right\}$$ has cardinality $2^{|A|}$? How much Choice is ...
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Why do $2^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ and $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ when the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis holds?

I'm going to assume GCH here. If that holds, then why do we have the equalities $2^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ for every $\kappa$, and $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ for all regular $\kappa$?
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How to prove that a regular cardinal cannot be expressed as a union of sets with less cardinality?

My question is about the following: Using the Axiom of Choice show that: If $\kappa\ge\omega$ is a regular cardinal, $\gamma\le\kappa$, and $\langle A_\alpha\mid\alpha\lt\gamma\rangle$ is a ...
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What is known about the power set of the real number line?

Cantor's theorem states that the cardinality of a set's powerset is strictly greater than that of the set itself. This clearly applies to the reals also; if I'm not mistaken, the cardinality of the ...
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Let $X$ and $Y$ be countable sets. Then $X\cup Y$ is countable

Since $X$ and $Y$ are countable, we have two bijections: (1) $f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow X$ ; (2) $g: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow Y$. So to prove that $X\cup Y$ is countable, I figure I need to define ...
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For an infinite cardinal $\kappa$, $\aleph_0 \leq 2^{2^\kappa}$

I'm trying to do a past paper question which states: $$ \text{For all infinite cardinals $\kappa$, we have } \aleph_0 \leq 2^{2^\kappa}. $$ I'm supposed to be able to do this without the axiom of ...
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$V=L[A]$ implies GCH for $A\subset \aleph_1$

On page 14 of the introduction to Vol. II of Gödel's collected works: By a slightly more difficult argument one can show that GCH continues to hold if $V=L[a]$ and $a\subseteq\aleph_1$. Does ...
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On cardinality of equivalence classes

Say $R$ is the set of all Riemann integrable functions $f:[a,b]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. We define an equivalence relation in $R$ as follows: $f$ and $g$ are said to be integrally equivalent iff they ...
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Effective cardinality

Consider $X,Y \subseteq \mathbb{N}$. We say that $X \equiv Y$ iff there exists a bijection between $X$ and $Y$. We say that $X \equiv_c Y$ iff there exist a bijective computable function between ...
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$\kappa <\operatorname{cf}(2^\kappa)$ without König's inequality

How can I prove $\kappa<\operatorname{cf}(2^\kappa)$ inequality without using König's inequality? We got this as a practice exercise, but I don't know how to approach this without König. Any hint ...
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How to explain that $\Bbb{R}$ is not countable to a non-mathematician

What is the best way to explain that $\Bbb{R}$ is not countable assuming that the audience is formed of people who are not mathematicians? I ask this because these days I'm in a debate with someone ...
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Dominating strategically $\omega_1$ reals

For a given $\kappa > \omega$, define the game $d(\kappa)$ that runs for $\omega$ stages as follows: At stage $n$, player I chooses a sequence of elements of $\omega$, $g_n$ of length $\kappa$, and ...
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Finding the cardinality of a set

I have to construct a few things before I get to my question: it's possible we don't need all of it, but I am stuck on the very last step so I should recap everything so far. Let $\kappa$ be a ...
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cardinality of infinite sets

prove or disprove: If two infinite sets $A$,$B$ have the same cardinality, then $A\cup B$ and $A$ have the same cardinality. I even cannot make a judgement. P.S: Can this be done without using ...
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What is the standard proof that $\dim(k^{\mathbb N})$ is uncountable?

This is my (silly) proof to a claim on top of p. 54 of Rotman's "Homological algebra". For $k$ an infinite field (the finite case is trivial) prove that $k^\mathbb{N}$, the $k$-space of functions ...
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Is there an upper bound to the number of rings that can be obtained from a semigroup with zero by defining an additive operation?

Let $\mathscr S$ be the class of all semigroups with zero. For $(S,\times,0)\in\mathscr S,$ I want to count additive operations $+$ on $S$ such that $(S,+,\times,0)$ is a ring (possibly without ...
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Prove that transcendental numbers exist: Are there less paniful ways of doing it?

I've found this exercise on Boolos' Logic and Computability: A real number $x$ is called algebraic if it is a solution to some equation of the form: $$c_{\small d}x^{\small ...
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Why are infinite cardinals limit ordinals?

My book states this as obvious, but it isn't so trivial to me. thanks
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How to understand the regular cardinal? [closed]

How to understand the regular cardinal? Could someone give me some examples?
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$|\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{R}|$ vs $|P(\mathbb{R})|$ Which is bigger?

$|\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{R}|$ vs $|P(\mathbb{R})|$ where $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{R} =\{f | f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}\}$ Are they equal? Which is bigger? How can I prove it?
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Question about Generalized Continuum Hypothesis

I wonder how the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis reveal that $A\times A$ is equivalent to $A$? $A$ is any infinite set.
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How many $p$-adic numbers are there?

Let $\mathbb Q_p$ be $p$-adic numbers field. I know that the cardinal of $\mathbb Z_p$ (interger $p$-adic numbers) is continuum, and every $p$-adic number $x$ can be in form $x=p^nx^\prime$, where ...
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In set theory, what does the symbol $\mathfrak d$ mean?

What's meaning of this symbol in set theory as following, which seems like $b$? I know the symbol such as $\omega$, $\omega_1$, and so on, however, what does it denote in the lemma? Thanks ...
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Cantor-Bernstein-like theorem: If $f\colon A\to B$ is injection and $g\colon A\to B$ is surjective, can we prove there is a bijection as well?

I've been trying to find this proof: If there exists $f \colon A\to B$ injective and $g \colon A \to B$ surjective, prove there exists $h \colon A \to B$ bijective. I thought of using ...
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Cofinality of cardinals

I have read some of the related questions (cofinality and its consequences, for example) about cofinality, but I still have no idea how to calculate the cofinality of an aleph. So, let's say I have ...
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Question on a proof from Jech's Set Theory of: If $X$ is a set of cardinals, then $\sup X$ is a cardinal.

The proof: Let $\alpha= \sup X$. If $f$ is a bijective mapping of $\alpha$ onto some $\beta < \alpha$, let $\kappa \in X$ be such that $\beta < \kappa \le \alpha$. Then $|\kappa|=|\{f(\xi): \xi ...
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What does $H(\kappa)$ mean?

As the typical references (Wikipedia, Mathworld, etc.) don't seem to address this satisfactorily, I figured this would be a good place to put a nice formal definition. Hence: I've heard that if ...
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Is $\alpha^{\beta}=2^{\beta}$ for all infinite cardinalities $\alpha, \beta$?

Is $\alpha^{\beta}=2^{\beta}$ for all infinite cardinalities $\alpha, \beta$? I was wondering about this since I've encountered examples of times where this holds, but I can't seem to prove it myself ...
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Cardinality of $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{R}^2$

I am working on this exercise for an introductory Real Analysis course: Show that |$\mathbb{R}$| = |$\mathbb{R}^2$|. I know that $\mathbb{R}$ is uncountable. I also know that two sets $A$ and ...
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What is the value of $\aleph_1^{\aleph_0}$?

Is there any neat way to calculate the value of $\aleph_1^{\aleph_0}$?
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The cardinality of a countable union of sets with less than continuum cardiality

Can continuum be a countable union of sets with cardinality, less than continuum? I can prove it for a finite union by mathematical induction from this: $\mathbb R = A_1 + A_2 => |\mathbb R| = ...
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Intuition about the size of $\aleph_k$ with $k>1$

Assuming CH for simplicity, I know of some more or less intuitive way to think about difference in sizes of $\aleph_0$ and $\aleph_1$. The most straightforward is the distinction of natural/rational ...
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Problems about Countability related to Function Spaces

Suppose we have the following sets, and determine whether they are countably infinite or uncountable . The set of all functions from $\mathbb{N}$ to $\mathbb{N}$. The set of all non-increasing ...
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Cardinality != Density?

I was in a discussion where I argued that the density of two sets of the same cardinality could be different in respect to the infinite range of non-negative integers. Does cardinality imply that any ...
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Cardinality of Irrational Numbers

I know and I have proved more than once that the set of irrational numbers ($\mathbb{I}$) is uncountable, but now I'm given to solve this problem: Show that $|\mathbb{I}|=|\mathbb{R}|$, How can I ...
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some elementary questions about cardinality

I know little about set theory and while reading some Algebra proof I had difficulty on some details. So my questions are : If $X$ is an infinite set and $Y$ is the set of all finite subsets of $X$, ...
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What is the value of $\beth_{\omega_1}^{\aleph_0}$?

It is well known that $\beth_\omega^{\aleph_0} = \beth_{\omega+1}$. This follows since for strong limit $\kappa$, we have $\kappa^\kappa = \kappa^{\mathrm{cf}(\kappa)}.$ Question. To the extent that ...
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Uncountable Cardinals without AC

I am doing an exercise, proving that without AC or Replacement that there are uncountable cardinals. As a point of reference I looked at the proof in Kunen's "The Foundations of Mathematics" that ...
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Why continuum function isn't strictly increasing?

Is there any example that for cardinal numbers $\kappa < \lambda$, we have $2^\kappa = 2^\lambda$? My guess is that it only depends on whether GCH holds. Is it true?
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$\mathrm{card} ( \mathbb{Q})=\mathrm{card}( \mathbb{Q^c})$: Overcoming Wrong Intuition

This is a widespread intuitive argument, asserting that $\mathrm{card} ( \mathbb{Q})=\mathrm{card}( \mathbb{Q^c})$: Between any two rational numbers there's an irrational one and vice versa. So ...
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Question about proof of Hessenberg: $\kappa \cdot \lambda = \lambda$

The following is a theorem: (Hessenberg) Let $1 \le \kappa \le \lambda$ where $\lambda$ is an infinite cardinal. Then $\kappa \cdot \lambda = \lambda$. The proof in the book proceeds by transfinite ...
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Proving the Cantor Pairing Function Bijective

How would you prove the Cantor Pairing Function bijective? I only know how to prove a bijection by showing (1) If $f(x) = f(y)$, then $x=y$ and (2) There exists an $x$ such that $f(x) = y$ How would ...
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Landing between $\beth_\lambda$ and $\beth_{\lambda+1}.$

Main Question. Is it consistent with ZFC that there exists a limit ordinal $\lambda$ and a cardinal number $\nu$ satisfying $$\beth_\lambda < \beth_\lambda^\nu < \beth_{\lambda+1}?$$ I am also ...
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Existence of a regular uncountable $\aleph_{\alpha}$ without $\mathsf{AC}$

Set theory (Jech) $\text{p.}\;27:$ It is an open problem whether one can prove without the axiom of choice that there exists a regular uncountable $\aleph_{\alpha}\;($the informed guess is that ...
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Injective or constant function on measurable cardinal

I'm working on the following question: Let $\kappa$ regular cardinal, and $f:\kappa \rightarrow \kappa$. Prove that $\{\alpha < \kappa\mid f|_\alpha : \alpha \rightarrow \alpha\}$ is a ...
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Aleph arithmetic question

We want to prove that: $$\aleph_2^{\aleph_0} = \aleph_2\aleph_1^{\aleph_0}$$ My idea was to approach this by doing a Schroder-Bernstein style argument and proving this by showing two inequalities, ...
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Reference request, self study

I'm looking for references (books/lecture notes) for : Cardinality without choice, Scott's trick; Cardinal arithmetic without choice. Any suggestions ? Thanks in advance.
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Cardinality of a set A is strictly less than the cardinality of the power set of A

I am trying to prove the following statement but have trouble comprehending/going forward with some parts! Here is the statement: If $A$ is any set, then $|A|$ $<$ $|P(A)|$ Here is what I ...
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Constructing a vector space of dimension $\beth_\omega$

I'm trying to solve Exercise I.13.34 of Kunen's Set Theory, which goes as follows (paraphrased): Let $F$ be a field with $|F| < \beth_\omega$, and $W_0$ a vector space over $F$ with $\aleph_0 ...