# $\mathbb {R}^{\omega}$ in the box topology is not first countable.

I'm trying to show that $\mathbb {R}^{\omega}$ in the box topology is not first countable. But I cannot come up with a contradiction by assuming that for each $x \in \mathbb {R}^{\omega}$, there is a countable basis. My intuition is that I need to use the fact that a countable product of countable sets is uncountable, so I need to show that for any local basis, I can come up with a basis consisting of the product of countable open intervals in each coordinate. Can anyone help me through?

• Diagonal argument. – aes Dec 4 '14 at 5:02

Use a diagonal argument. Given a putative countable basis at x (wlog x = all zeros), construct a basic open set not containing any of the countable ones by making sure it's smaller than the $i^{\mathrm{th}}$ open set in the $i^{\mathrm{th}}$ coordinate.