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Splitting Stationary Sets

So by a theorem of Solovay we know that a stationary subset of a regular (uncountable) cardinal $\kappa$ can always be split into $\kappa$-many stationary subsets. Is the regularity assumption ...
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Is the proof to FLT, assuming the continuum hypothesis to be true or false? [on hold]

Ok, I just read about the CH theorem by Cantor, and it totally bamboozled me regarding philosophy and even theology.
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Ordinal arithmetic and limit ordinals

Suppose $1\leq\xi<\omega_1$ is a countable ordinal and that $1\leq\zeta<\omega^\xi$. Is it always true that $\zeta+\omega^\xi=\omega^\xi$? If so, why?
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Hanf Numbers and Decidability

Currently reading J.L. Bell's Models and Ultraproducts and at the end of Chapter 4 section 4 the authors comment that "In spite of the fact that most languages can easily be shown to possess Hanf ...
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Not meager in $V^{\mathbb{C}_I}$

Assume $A\subseteq 2^\omega $ is not meager in any non-empty open set, in The ground model $V $. Then is not meager in any non-empty open set, in $ V^{\mathbb{C}_I}$ where $\mathbb{C}_I$ is Cohen ...
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If $M\prec L_{\omega_1}$ then $M = L_\alpha$ for some $\alpha$ - we need a condition to prove it?

I try to prove the exercise 13.17 in Jech: If $M\prec (L_{\omega_1},\in)$, then $M=L_\alpha$ for some $\alpha.$ [Show that $M$ is transitive. Let $X\in M$. Let $f$ be the $<_L$-least ...
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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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Can a sum of a nonprincipal ultrafilter and a principal ultrafilter be equal to the nonprincipal ultrafilter?

If $ \mathcal U$ is a nonprincipal ultrafilter and $\mathcal V$ is a principal ultrafilter, can $ \mathcal U \oplus \mathcal V$ be equal to $\mathcal U$ ?
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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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The ethics of Borel determinacy

I was speaking with a friend the other day, and I happened to say "morally, Borel determinacy is as strong as ZF." I was riffing on the well-known result of Harvey Friedman, that we need ...
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Proving that 2 intervals have the same cardinality [on hold]

How can I Prove that the invervals [0, 1) and (0, 2] have the same cardinality by finding a bijection between them? And how can I Prove that the intervals (0, 1) and [0, 1] have the same cardinality ...
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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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Saturated models and $\kappa=\kappa^{<\kappa}$

Do not assume GCH. Can you characterize the cardinals $\kappa$ such that every theory $T$ with an infinite model has a saturated model of cardinality $\kappa$? I guess these are the cardinals such ...
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Banach Tarski Notation

Okay, I think I have a full notation and the rules of it how to extend the Banach-Tarski Paradox to an abritary number of cutoffs, as I introduced in Another way of extending the Banach-Tarski ...
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Clarifying some doubts on the definition of “extensional classes”

On page 68 of Jech's "Set Theory" 4th Edition there is the following definition : A class $\mathcal{M}$ is extensional if the relation $\in$ on $\mathcal{M}$ is extensional, i.e., if for any ...
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The set of ordinals $< \alpha$ of a given cofinality $\kappa< \text{cf}(\alpha)$ is stationary

I don't understand the last line of the following proof : I understand that we climbed up to $g(\kappa)$ in $\kappa$ steps (i.e. cf$\big(g(\kappa)\big) \leq \kappa$) but can we be sure that we did ...
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Lists of sets as objects of ZF axiomatics

I have a naive question about foundations of mathematics. A common opinion of most mathematicians is that the essential part of mathematics can be reduced to ZF(C) axioms. I do not quite understand ...
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What is the future of Set Theory if it is NOT the foundation of Mathematics?

Homotopy Type Theory has been receiving a lot of hype during the last couple of years and been hailed as the most effective foundation of all Mathematics compared with Set Theory. My question: If ...
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What do we call well-founded posets whose elements have a unique height?

What do we call those well-founded posets $P$ with the property that for every $x \in P$, all maximal chains in the lowerset generated by $x$ have the same length? Examples: The set of all finite ...
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Is this behavior of the continuum function consistent with ZFC.

I have an axiom, based on how finite cardinalities work. As we know, every ordinal can be written as the sum of a unique limit ordinal $L$ (where $0$ is a limit ordinal axiom for the purposes of this ...
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$|\alpha\times\alpha|=|\alpha|$ for infinite ordinal $\alpha$, definably

I am trying to prove Proposition 1.7 of http://math.bu.edu/people/aki/7.pdf: Proposition 1.7 (Halbeisen–Shelah). If $\aleph_0\le|X|$, then $|{\cal P}(X)|\not\le|{\rm Seq}(X)|$. In words, ...
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What's wrong with this proof of the inconsistency of the axiom of choice?

Let $\mathscr{T}$ be the (countable) collection of all theorems provable in ZFC. Define an equivalence relation on $\mathscr{T}$ by $\phi\sim\psi$ iff $(\phi \iff \psi)$. In other words, two theorems ...
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Justification for ordinal arithmetic at limit ordinals

Wikipedia tells me that: $$\alpha + \lambda := \bigcup_{\beta < \lambda} \left ( \alpha + \beta \right ) $$ for a limit ordinal $\lambda$. Multiplication and exponentiation, as Wikipedia says, ...
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Supplementing FOL with the Härtig quantifier

"The Härtig quantifier captures a certain fairly large fragment of second-order logic and contributes to understanding higher-order logic." (p. 1154 ...
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Condition for an Ultrafilter to be Ramsey.

I read in the english Ultrafilter article on Wikipedia that one can prove that a non-principal ultrafilter $D$ on $\omega$ is a Ramsey ultrafilter if and only if for every coloration $c:[\omega]^2 ...
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Indiscernibles and colorations.

Let $L$ be a language, and $(X,\leq)$ be a total order contained in an $L$-structure $\frak{A}$. Now if we denote by $[X]^n$ the set of $n$-sized sequences in $X$ and consider a set $\Gamma$ of ...
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If $|A|<|B|$ does $B$ surject onto $\aleph(A)$?

After reading Proving existence of a surjection $2^{\aleph_0} \to \aleph_1$ without AC I became curious if there is a generalization to arbitrary cardinals. That is, if $\frak m<n$, does it follow ...
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P-names are comprehensible in the ground model

If my understanding of $\mathbb{P}$-names $\tau$ is correct, they must be comprehensible by someone living in the ground model $\mathcal{M}$. However, the value $\tau[G]$ of $\tau$ need not be ...
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How to show countability of $\omega^\omega$ or $\epsilon_0$ in ZF?

I know that with choice, the countable union of countable sets is countable, making $\omega^\omega$ and $\epsilon_0$ both countable. Can we show this without choice? E.g. in the case that $\omega_1$ ...
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Must $\mathfrak{sd} = \mathfrak{d}$?

This should be fun. Let $\mathfrak{sd}$ be the least cardinal $\kappa$ such that there exists $\langle s_i : i < \kappa \rangle$ satisfying the following. (1) Each $s_i: \omega^{\omega} \to ...
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How to prove that $\sf CH$ implies $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_1$

Of course, most of you will, upon reading the title, exclaim "But isn't that the definition of the continuum hypothesis?" So I need to be a little more careful about the exact definitions. Let ...
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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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Intersection with the empty set in Principia Mathematica

In Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica, "arithmetical class-sum" is defined as I have tried my best to decipher the dated notation in the book. It seems that the sum is defined as the ...
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ZF and weakly inaccessible cardinals

This question should probably have been asked 3 years ago (perhaps it has and was removed for some reason?) In 2011, Alexander Kiselev claimed to have proved in ZF that there are no weakly ...
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Question about $\text{non}(\mathsf{nonstat}_\gamma)$

A lemma in Kunen's (2011) set theory states that if $\gamma$ is a limit ordinal with $\kappa=\text{cf}(\gamma)>\omega$, then $\text{add}(\mathsf{nonstat}_\gamma)$ $=$ ...
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Is there a simple formula for the cardinality of $\{A\subseteq\kappa\mid |A|\leq\lambda\}$ when $\lambda\leq\kappa$?

If $\lambda\leq\kappa$ are infinite cardinals, how many subsets of $\kappa$ of size $\lambda$ are there? And of size $\leq\lambda$? Is there some sort of explicite formula for this? The internet isn't ...
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Are there any nontrivial examples of contradictions arising in non-foundational or applied math due to naive set theory?

I understand that naive set theory, whose axioms are extensionality and unrestricted comprehension, is inconsistent, due to paradoxes like Russell, Curry, Cantor, and Burali-Forti. But these all ...
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Set Theory : Unusual proof of Well Founded Closure in T Forster Logic, Induction and Sets [closed]

I am reading the Lemma 82 proof in T Forster Logic, Induction and Sets, but I can't understand the working in the red circled text below.
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Can $T$, $T+A$, and $T+\neg A$ all have different consistency strengths?

Let $T$ be a consistent theory, and let $A$ be a statement in the same language. Consider the three theories $T$ $T+A$ $T+\neg A$ Is it possible for them to be pairwise distinct in consistency ...
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The number of subsets of cardinality less than $\kappa$ of a cardinal $\kappa$ is $\kappa$

Let $L=\bigcup_{\alpha \in Ord} L_\alpha$ be Godel's constructible universe and thus $L \models GCH$. Let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal and $S:=\{A \subseteq \kappa : \#A < \kappa \}$. Is it ...
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Why is it important, that mathematics can be formalized in set theory?

Why is it important, that mathematics can be formalized in set theory? As one can read in the thread Are there areas of mathematics that cannot be formalized in set theory? Today known mathematical ...
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Is every mathematical object representable by sets? [duplicate]

I know that most mathematical objects can be represented by a complex structure of sets. For example one can use von Neumann ordinals for representing natural numbers: $$\begin{align} 0 & = \{\} ...
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Equivalence between different forms of the Axiom of Infinity

In Zermelo-Frankel set theory, the Axiom of Infinity is often stated as "There exists a set $X$ such that $\emptyset \in X$ and such that if $y\in X$ then $S^{+}_1(y)\in X$", where we take the ...
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Limiting the set of “constructible” properties, and loosening comprehension axiom

My historical understanding (which may very well be wrong) is that initially there was naive comprehension for set construction, which required no superset. Russell's Paradox came along and blew that ...
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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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Diamond at singulars

I'm sure this is a silly question. Suppose $\lambda$ is a singular cardinal of uncountable cofinality. Then surely $\diamondsuit_\lambda$ must fail. But why? Just in case, let me specify that by ...
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Is there a 'largest' second-order categorical axiomatization of set theory, extended from ZFC2

While it's possible to obtain categorical second-order axiomatizations of set theory by extending ZFC2 with additional axioms (see [1]), these axioms seem somewhat arbitrary (e.g. adding an axiom that ...
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Find a dense embedding from specific forcing poset to any countable forcing poset

I tried to prove this in the Kunen's set theory: Let $P$ be a countable non-atomic partial order. Show that there is a dense embedding from $T = \{p\in\operatorname{Fn}(\omega,\omega) ...
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Are categorical second-order axiomatizations of set theory inconsistent due to the axiom of replacement

Second-order ZFC is nearly categorical, except that it does not determine the 'height' of the cumulative hierarchy (intuitively speaking). However, additional axioms can be added to second-order ZFC ...
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Another way of extending the Banach-Tarski paradox?

This question is kinda a follow-up on Extending Banach-Tarski paradox? On a sphere, we can do all kinds of translations. We will, as usual, look to the translations that are a string of two ...