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Cardinal Arithmetic and a permutation function.

I am working on the following problem and am having difficulties getting started: We define a permutation of $K$ to be any one-to-one function from $K$ onto $K$. We can then define the factorial ...
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The preorder of countable order types

Consider the set $\mathcal{O}$ of order types corresponding to all posets of cardinality at most $\aleph_0$. The set $\mathcal{O}$ is a preorder under embeddability of its elements (note that some ...
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Proof that aleph null is the smallest transfinite number?

The wikipedia page on the cardinal numbers says that $\aleph_0$, the cardinality of the set of natural numbers, is the smallest transfinite number. It doesn't provide a proof. Similarly, this page ...
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A question about cardinal numbers in ZF set theory.

It is well known that cardinal numbers and the relations between them can be defined in ZF set theory (using the notion of "rank"), without the need of additional axioms. Can the following statement ...
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Understanding the proof of: If $|A| = \kappa$, then $|\mathcal{P}(A)|=2^{\kappa}$.

I don't quite understand the part where the author writes that $f$ is a one-to-one correspondence between the power set of $A$ and the set of all mappings from $A$ into $\{0, 1\}$. Isn't the ...
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$\aleph_\alpha^{\aleph_1} = \aleph_\alpha^{\aleph_0}\cdot 2^{\aleph_1}$ for all $\omega \le \alpha < \omega_1$

I'd like someone to check my proof that $\aleph_\alpha^{\aleph_1} = \aleph_\alpha^{\aleph_0} \cdot 2^{\aleph_1}$ for all $\omega \le \alpha < \omega_1$. First, let's prove that ...
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prove that set of reals numbers and complex numbers are equipotent.

I have to prove that set of reals R and set of complex C are equipotent. " i know that set A and B are equipotent iff there is one to one mapping of A onto B. " please anyone give me answer of ...
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Question about cardinals in ZF

In Lévy's basic set theory refers a theorem of Bernstein as exercise problem: Theorem. (Bernstein) Let $\mathfrak{a,b}$ be cardinals. If $\mathfrak{a+a=a+b}$, then $\mathfrak{b\le a}$. I try to ...
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Show that $2^\mathbb{N} $ is equinumerous with $2^\mathbb{N\times N} $.

I need to show that $2^\mathbb{N} $ is equinumerous with $2^\mathbb{N\times N} $. I already found a function from $2^\mathbb{N} $ to $2^\mathbb{N \times N} $, wich just returns a pair containing ...
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Cardinality of set and its power set [duplicate]

Prove that for any set $X$ we have the $|X| < |\mathcal{P}(X)|$ (power set of $X$) How would you prove this using the definitions of bijection, surjection, and injection? Also, does this mean ...
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A problem with an assumption in a previous lemma for the proof of Silver´s Theorem on SCH in Jech´s “Set Theory”

In the Jech´s textbook proof of Silver´s Theorem, specifically in the Lemma 8.15, there are an assumption in the beginning of the proof. First, the Lemma 8.15 says that, under the assumption that ...
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Cantor diagonalization and fundamental theorem

Can the Cantor diagonal argument be use to check countability of natural numbers? I know how it sounds, but anyway. According to the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, any natural number can be ...
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Is the Axiom of Choice necessary to prove $\mathbb R \approx \mathcal P(\omega)$?

I am self-studying Horst Herrlich, Axiom of Choice (Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 1876), and I'm getting quite confused about cardinal arithmetic without AC. Here (Which sets are well-orderable ...
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The function space from $n$ to $m$ and the exponent $m^n$ are equinumerous (proof)

Can someone provide a tip with creating the bijection for the titular problem? Any tip is helpful! Update: $n=\{ 0,\ldots,n-1 \}$, $m=\{ 0,\ldots,m-1 \}$, and $ m^n=\{0,\ldots,m^n-1\} $. In other ...
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Prove that the sets $S$ and $D$ have the same cardinality

Prove that the sets $S$ and $D$ have the same cardinality, where $S = \{(x,y)\mid-1\leq x \leq 1\text{ and }-1\leq y\leq 1\}$ and $D = \{(x,y)\mid x^2 + y^2 \leq 1\}$.
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Prove $|A| = |B|$

Let $A= \{a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots\}$. Define $B = A − \{a_{n^2} : n \in\mathbb N\}$. Prove that $|A|=|B|$. I would say that $B = \{a_2,a_3,a_5,a_6,\ldots\}$. Thus $B$ is a infinite subset of $A$ and ...
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The Continuum Hypothesis & The Axiom of Choice

Does anyone here know of a reference to an analysis on a proposed relationship between The Continuum Hypothesis and The Axiom of Choice?
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$a\le b$ iff there exist $\left|A\right|=a, \left|B\right|=b$ and $A\subseteq B$ [duplicate]

$a\le b$ iff there exist $\left|A\right|=a, \left|B\right|=b$ and $A\subseteq B$ My Proof: $(\Leftarrow)$ $A\subseteq B$ implies immediately that $\left|A\right|\le\left|B\right|$. Hence, $a\le ...
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Proving $X\sim Y$

Let $f:A\rightarrow B$, a bijection. Suppose $X\subseteq A$ and $Y\subseteq B$ are two sets such that $f(X)\subseteq Y$ and $f^{-1}(Y)\subseteq X$. Show that $X\sim Y$ and $f/X$ is the bijection ...
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Upper bound on cardinality of a field

Is there an upper bound on the cardinality of a field? The "biggest" fields I know are the field of real numbers, or the field of complex numbers. Is there a field with cardinality greater than ...
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$\aleph_\omega$ and large ordinals?

Assuming the GCH, each time you take the powerset of an aleph number, the subscript increases by one. So there is $\aleph_0, \aleph_1, \aleph_2\ldots \aleph_\omega\ldots \aleph_{\epsilon_0}\ldots$ and ...
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How to prove there is no surjection [duplicate]

This is the following problem: Let $X$ be a set. Prove that there is not a surjection from $X \rightarrow 2^X$ (Hint: Assume to the contrary that f : X 2^X is a surjection and consider the set $M=\{ ...
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Does taking the power set give you the “next biggest cardinal”

I know that if you take the power set of a set, it has a higher cardinality. Therefore there are an infinite number of them as $P^{n}(\mathbb{N})$(the nth power set of the naturals) Let's say $$C_{n} ...
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What is the cardinality of free product $\mathbb{Z} * \mathbb{Z}$? [closed]

I want to know cardinality of $\mathbb{Z} * \mathbb{Z}$. Is it countable? or uncountable?
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Constructing a Banach space of cardinality $\beth_{\omega+1}$

This is related to yesterday's question Constructing a vector space of dimension $\beth_\omega$; it's the next exercise (I.13.35 (a)) in Kunen's Set Theory. Let $B_0 = \ell^1$ and let $B_{n+1} = ...
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An injection from $\mathbb{N}$ to $\mathbb{N}^n$.

I'm currently attempting to prove $\mathbb{N}^n \sim \mathbb{N}$ via Cantor-Schroeder-Berstein (because I found no other way). In my work so far I've managed to find an injective function $f$ from ...
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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 ...
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How can one rigorously determine the cardinality of an infinite dimensional vector space?

Suppose $V$ is a vector space over a scalar field $F$. If $\dim(V)=n$, then $|V|=|F|^n$. How can I rigorously determine the cardinality of $V$ when $V$ is infinite dimensional? My thought was that if ...
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Functions with cardinals as domain

How do we actually define a function with cardinals as domain? For example, take domain of the function as $\aleph_1$. Do we define it for all cardinal numbers strictly less than $\aleph_1$?
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Cardinal Arithmetic, Regular Cardinals, and Exponentiation

I cannot solve a simple cardinal exponentiation/regularity exercise. Let $\kappa$ be a regular cardinal. Why is the cardinal $\kappa^{\lt \kappa}=\sum_{\alpha<\kappa}\kappa^\alpha$ regular as ...
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Finding a limit using arithmetic over cardinals

What is the value of: $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{n}{2^n} (n \in \mathbb{N})$$ It seems to me that I can use L'Hopital's rule, but does that rule take into account types of infinity? More precisely, ...
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Proving there's a set with the cardinality $\mathfrak c$ on the $x$ axis of points that do not belong to the set of disks

Prove/disprove: On the $x$ axis there's a set with the cardinality $\mathfrak c$ of points that do not belong to any disk of a set $O$ of disjoint disks of positive radius $\{(x,y)\in \mathbb ...
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Can I assign a distinct homomorphism to every function?

I consider an algebraic structure and particular structure preserving morphisms (think groups and group homomorphism). I wonder if I can assign a distinct such morphisms to every function between any ...
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Cardinality of Reals vs that of the power set of the natural numbers. [duplicate]

How does the cardinality of the reals (c) compare to the cardinality of the Power Set of the natural numbers?
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Is the sum of all natural numbers countable?

I do not even know if the question makes sense. The point is rather simply. If I have the sum of all natural numbers, $$\sum_{n\in \mathbb{N}}n$$ this is clearly "equal to infinity". But since ...
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How can you compare the number of real numbers in the interval [0,1] and [0,10]?

There are infinite number of real numbers between 0 and 1,i.e in the interval [0,1]. So definitely there should be more numbers in the interval [0,10] because it includes the numbers in the first case ...
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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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Does any uncountable set contain two disjoint uncountable sets?

Is it true that for any uncountable $S$, there exits two uncountable subsets $S_1,S_2 \subseteq S$ with $S_1 \cap S_2 = \emptyset$? I can find no counter example, but no proof either. I am aware of ...
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$l_{\infty}$ is the quotient of $l_{1}(\aleph_{1})$?

I wonder if $l_{\infty}$ is the quotient of $l_{1}(\aleph_{1})$. If so, how to prove it?
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Let $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ be cardinals, $\beta \leq \gamma$, prove $\alpha ^{\beta}\le \alpha ^{\gamma}$

Let $|A|=\alpha, |B|=\beta, |C|= \gamma$ be cardinals and $\beta \leq \gamma$. Prove $\alpha ^{\beta}\le \alpha ^{\gamma}$. So from the given we know that there's an injection $f:B\to C$ and some ...
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$|A|=\mathcal c \ \ |B|=\aleph_0 \ \ A\cap B=\emptyset$ prove that $ |A\cup B|=\mathcal c$

Let $|A|=\mathcal c, \ |B|=\aleph_0, \ A\cap B=\emptyset,$ Prove that $ |A\cup B|=\mathcal c$ So $|A\cup B|=|A|+|B|$ but this just leads to cardinal arithmetic which I don't think is the right ...
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Cardinal Arithmetic 2: $\beth_{\omega_1}$

This is question is simple to write but (I think) hard to solve. Does the following equality hold? $$\bigcup_{{\beta}<\beth_{\omega_1}}\beth_{\omega+1}(|\beta+\omega|) =\beth_{\omega_1} $$ Where ...
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Covering $\mathbb R^2$ with function graphs

Suppose we have a countable family of function graphs (each function is $\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$, not necessary continuous). Obviously, they cannot cover the whole plane $\mathbb R^2$, because they ...
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What is exactly meant by a countable collection in the defintion of a sigma-algebra

This a just a small question about the definition of a sigma-algebra and what is eaxactly meant by countable? Would be grateful for any clarification on this. Most texts define a sigma-algebra ...
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Partitioning an infinite cardinal number

Can we partition an infinite cardinal greater than aleph null, into countable number of cofinal subsets? Can we have restriction on the cardinality of cofinal subsets? For example, suppose $\alpha$ ...
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Cardinal Arithmetic: $\beth_\omega$

Is the following equality independent of ZFC: $$\bigcup_{\aleph_{\beta}<\beth_{\omega}}2^{\aleph_{\beta}}=\beth_\omega $$ Consistent: Now that the equality is consistent with ZFC since it holds ...
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cardinality of infinite sets with cartesian product

claim: $A,B,C,D$ are infinite if $|A\times B|=|C\times D|$ then $|A|=|C|$, $|B|=|D|$ , prove or give a counter example. So imo, the claim is false, using $A=D=\mathbb{R}$ , $B=C=\mathbb{N}$ , is it ...
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Is it true , if $|A|=|B|$ and $|C|=|D|$, then $|A \times C| = |B \times D|$?

Check my proof, please. Divide into subsets $A \times C$ and $B \times D$ so that , all pairs with the same element belong to the same subset. Each such subset $|A \times C|$ bijective $C$, $|C|=|D|$ ...
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In $ \mathsf{ZFC} $, is it true that $ \text{cf}(\kappa) < \text{cf}(2^{\kappa}) $ for all cardinals $ \kappa $?

Question. In $ \mathsf{ZFC} $, is it true that $ \text{cf}(\kappa) < \text{cf}(2^{\kappa}) $ for all cardinals $ \kappa $? I am particularly interested in the case when $ \kappa = \mathfrak{c} ...
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What is the cardinality of the set of all higher order functions mapping real functions to real functions?

What is the cardinality of the set of all higher order functions mapping real functions to real functions? To be specific, this set includes all higher order functions with the type signature: ...