In the ZF set theory ordinals are transitive sets which are well-ordered by $\in$. They are canonical representatives for well-orderings under order-isomorphism. In addition to the intriguing ordinal arithmetics, ordinals give a sturdy backbone to models of ZF and operate as a direct extension of ...

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What is the proof-theoretic ordinal of the first-order theory of real closed fields?

I recently asked a question on MathOverflow, concerning a predicative second-order theory of real numbers. Now the standard way of developing predicativity in the case of second-order arithmetic is ...
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Prove: Suppose $\alpha > 1$ and $\beta, \gamma$ are ordinals with $\beta < \gamma$. Then $\alpha^\beta < \alpha^\gamma$.

In this question, $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$ are ordinals. I want to prove this by transfinite induction on $\gamma$, which typically has two or three cases. I'm considering three cases: the base ...
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(If exists) a set of all ordinals that set is an ordinal?

In set theory (ZF) an ordinal is a transitive set of transitive sets. Thus (if exists) a set of all ordinals gives a contradiction therefore there is no set of all ordinals. But what is wrong with ...
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In what sense $\alpha \times \alpha$ is the initial segment $(0,\alpha)$ in $Ord \times Ord$?

This is from Jech's book on set theory: "We define a well ordering of the class $Ord \times Ord$ of ordinal pairs. Under this well ordering, each $\alpha \times \alpha$ is an initial segment of ...
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Axiom of regularity and ordinal ranks

I am trying to prove that the following two statements are equivalent: Axiom of regularity $\forall x \exists \alpha (\alpha $ is an ordinal and $ x \in V_\alpha)$ I believe I understand how to ...
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Definition of continuity of ordinal function

In the book Introduction to Set Theory' by Hrbacek and Jech, chapter $6$ Ordinal Numbers, section $6$ Normal Form, I don't understand the definition of continuity of ordinal numbers. Ordinal ...
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Question regarding addition of order types

I have been reading through Herbert Endertons introductory book on set theory as I have stumbled upon a claim that baffled me through the day. As anyone I need sleep so I ask here for help. Namely ...
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Ordinal multiplication property: $\alpha<\beta$ implies $\alpha\gamma\le\beta\gamma$

I'm having trouble proving the following two ordinal multiplication properties. If $\alpha, \beta$, and $\gamma$ are such that $\alpha \lt \beta$ and $\gamma \gt 0$, then $\alpha\gamma \le ...
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Ordinal arithmetic question

The question is: find $\delta \le \omega_1$ and $\rho \lt \omega$ such as $\omega_1 = \omega \cdot \delta + \rho$. My guess is that $\delta = \omega_1$ and $\rho = 0$, abut I don't know how to prove ...
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Tarski's fixed point theorem

My professor stated the following "For every normal function $f \colon ON \to ON$ and for every ordinal $\beta$ there exist an ordinal $\gamma \ge \beta$ such that $f(\gamma)=\gamma$". (normal ...
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An alternative succinct proof needed for trivial cardinality fact

Let $|X|$ denote the cardinality of a set, i.e. the least ordinal $\alpha$ such that there is a bijection between X and $\alpha$. For any sets $X$ and $Y$ we write $X\preccurlyeq Y$ if the exists an ...
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Examples of $\omega_{1}<\alpha<\omega_{2}$ definable

Can you think of any examples of definable ordinals between $\omega_{1}<\alpha<\omega_{2}$? I am trying to show that countable $M\prec (H(\aleph_{2},\in)$ contains ordinals $>\omega_{1}$. ...
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The structure of countable ordinals

Consider the recursively defined hyperoperation sequence $\circ_i$ $$\begin{array}{rcrclclcl} x& \small{+}&(y\ {\small+}1)&:=&x& &&{\small+}&1\\ x& ...
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Computable increasing function from $\omega_1^{CK} \to \mathbb{R}$

If $f:\omega_1 \to [0,1]$ such that $f(0)=0$ and such that $f(\alpha)<1$ and $\alpha<\beta$ imply $f(\alpha)<f(\beta)$ then there is a $\gamma$ such that $f(\gamma)=1$. Non-constructive ...
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Raising a partial function to the power of an ordinal

Consider a set $X$, and let $f : X \rightarrow X$ denote a partial function. Then for natural $n$, we can define $f^n$ as iterated composition, e.g. $f^2 = f \circ f$. Now suppose that $X$ is also ...
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Largest provably existing ordinal in ZF without power set

If I remove the power set axiom from ZF, but retain the axiom of infinity, what will be the largest ordinal that can still be proven to exist. Or, if no largest such ordinal exist, what is the limit ...
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Nimber of selective compound games

Background/Definitions. Let $\alpha,\beta$ ordinal numbers. The Hessenberg sum $\alpha \# \beta$ is defined recursively as the smallest ordinal which is $>\alpha' \# \beta$ and $> \alpha \# ...
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Transfinite induction and valuation rank

In Engler's valued fields, exercise 3.5.2 goes as follows Construct valuations on $\Bbb{C}$ of rank $\kappa$ for every cardinal $\kappa \leq 2^{\aleph_0}$. The idea behind this (for any ...
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If a linearly ordered set $L$ has the property that every order-preserving injection $L \rightarrow L$ is expansive, is $L$ necessarily well-ordered?

Given a poset $P$, call a function $f : P \rightarrow P$ expansive iff $f(x) \geq x,$ for all $x \in P$. Now suppose a linearly ordered set $L$ has the property that every order-preserving injection ...
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Visualizations of ordinal numbers

I find this picture of the ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$ rather hard to grasp: I wonder if the following might be a more compelling way to visualize ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$: ...
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Soft Question: Scientific applications of ordinal arithmetic?

Are there any known scientific applications of ordinal arithmetic -- either direct applications or application of results in other areas that depend even indirectly on results from the study of ...
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How to derive Church-Kleene ordinal

Crossing-out: (How does one prove the existence of Church-Kleene ordinal? Also, why is it labeled as $\omega_1^{CK}$? And why is it first ordinal not hyperarithmetical, and is the first admissible ...
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what is the third term of the $\omega^{\omega}$-accelerated squares?

let $\{s_n\}_{n=0,1,2...}$ be a strictly increasing sequence of positive integers, indexed by the finite ordinals. if $S$ denotes the space of all such sequences, let the accelerator function, $\alpha ...
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Is there a nice characterization of posets induced by trees?

Define that a tree in $X$ is a set of ordinal-indexed sequences with codomain $X$ that is closed under the operations of restricting to an ordinal. (I do not know if this definition is standard.) ...
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Subsets of $ \mathbb Q $ of order type $ \omega^{\alpha}$ for each countable ordinal $\alpha $.

My introductory text in Set Theory (Stillwell) includes an exercise (6.3.1) asking for an explicit example of a subset of $ \mathbb Q $ or order type $ \omega^2 $. This seems straight forward enough. ...
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Ordinals as Trees

I'm trying to understand countable ordinals and their tree representation. I understand that $\omega$ is the first "non branching tree" of infinite height. I also understand that the exponent of ...
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Comprehending ordinals: from $\omega^\omega$ through $\omega^{\omega^2}$ to $\varepsilon_0$

I am currently trying to comprehend ordinal numbers by finding an order on some countable set (like natural numbers or tuples of natural numbers) that is isomorphic to some ordinal. For an instance, ...
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Chinese remainder theorem for infinite equations & equations of infinities

The Chinese remainder theorem is a very well-known theorem of arithmetic and algebra. Inspired by the following paper in model theory, Li Rong Yu, Li Bo Luo - The Generalization of the Chinese ...
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Prove that ordinal multiplication is left distributive

Suppose $\alpha, \beta$ and $\gamma$ are ordinals. Prove the distributive law $\alpha \cdot ( \beta + \gamma) = \alpha \cdot \beta + \alpha \cdot \gamma$. The following is my proof: Proof: We use ...
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Ordinal arithmetic and functions

I have two function $G$ and $F$ defined on ordinals and I know that $$G(\alpha +\omega )\subseteq F(\gamma +\alpha+\omega)$$ when $G(\alpha)\subseteq F(\gamma)$ and $\alpha$ is a limit ordinal. I ...
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show that ordinal multiplication is associative

Prove that ordinal multiplication $\alpha \cdot (\beta \cdot \gamma) = (\alpha \cdot \beta) \cdot \gamma$ is associative by using the following facts: $$\beta \cdot 0=0$$ $$\beta \cdot (\alpha ...
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ind-completion and ordinals

Given a category $C$, we have its ind-completion $Ind(C)$ whose objects are filtered diagrams in $C$. Assuming the axiom of choice, is any object in $Ind(C)$ isomorphic, in $Ind(C)$, to an ordinal ...
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$\sigma$-field and Uncountable ordinal

I have been trying to get my head around this question. Any help greatly appreciated. Let $\mathscr{C}$ be any class of subsets $\Omega$ with $\emptyset,\Omega\in \mathscr{C}$. Define ...
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How many omegas are there in $\large f_{\epsilon_0}$?

For a description look at fast growing hierarchy at wikipedia. $\large f_{\epsilon_0}$ is not defined any more, it is a power tower of omegas, but how many omegas ? I found a defition $$\large ...
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Find ordinal of a strange ordered set

I was asked the following question: for every $x\in \mathbb R$ we define the set $Q(x)=\{q \in \mathbb Q|q\leq x\}$, the set of all rational numbers less or equal to $x$. Let $M=\{Q(x)|x\in \mathbb ...
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Generalization of simple and transfinite induction

Definition For a set of ordinals $\boldsymbol\alpha$ and ordinals $\gamma$, $\beta$, let $$\boldsymbol\alpha \xrightarrow[\gamma]{}\beta$$ symbolize the proposition that ...
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Well ordering of type epsilon one

I have been very interested in the countable ordinals for awhile now, but one thing has eluded me despite my research into the subject. What is a well-ordering of the natural numbers corresponding to ...
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Is the space $X$ in the class dual to the spaces with the Souslin property?

Recall that $X$ is in the class dual to the spaces with the Souslin property: For any neighbourhood assignment $\{O_x: x\in X\}$, there is a subspace $Y \subseteq X$ such that $c(Y)=\omega$ and ...
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Relationship between ordinals and rank of well founded relations on $\mathbb N$

I want to understand the relation between ordinals and well founded relations on $\mathbb N$. I found a nice starting point here cut-the-knot/ordinals. Ordinals start like this 0={}, 1={0}, 2={0,1}, ...
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'Popular mathematics' resource about infinite ordinals

The 'popular mathematics' literature (think Martin Gardner, William Dunham, Hofstadter, and the like) abounds with material on the mathematics of infinite cardinals, starting - and quite often ending ...
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How to compare two ordinals given in finite variable Veblen function?

The two-variable Veblen function can be generalized to finitely many variables. Wikipedia describes this generalization as: $$\gamma \mapsto \varphi(\alpha_n,\cdots,\alpha_{i + ...
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Additively indecomposable ordinals

As a continuation to my question here: Ordinal inequalities. I have tried to write down a proof for this claim: If $\alpha$ is of the form $\omega^\delta$ for some ordinal $\delta$, then, For every ...
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Set of ordinals less than a given ordinal

Can anyone enlighten me about how this set can be well-ordered? That is, given any ordinal $\alpha$ the set of all ordinals less than $\alpha$, $W(\alpha)$, is well-ordered. I can show that this set ...
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Can we conclude that $|\prod_{\xi \in Ord, \xi=1}^{\xi<\alpha}\xi|=2^{|\alpha|}$ for all infinite ordinal $\alpha$ in $\mathsf{ZFC}$?

According to this question, $\prod_{\kappa \in Crd, \kappa=1}^{\kappa<\aleph_\alpha}\kappa$, the cardinal product of all positive cardinals smaller than a given infinite cardinal $\aleph_\alpha$ ...
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Problem 1.45 (Boolean-valued ordinals) (J.Bell, boolean-valued models and indipendence proof, 3rd edition)

Problem 1.45 (Boolean-valued ordinals) (J.Bell, boolean-valued models and indipendence proof, 3rd edition) (i) Show that, for any formula φ(x), $ [[ ∃α .φ(α)]] = \bigvee_α [[φ( \hat{α})]]$ and ...