# Surreal numbers as generalized Dedekind cuts

From the four postulates of the Dedekind cuts, namely (for (a,b) denoted as the cut, a,b being subsets of the rationals):

1. Every rational number lies in exactly one of the sets a,b,
2. a,b are not empty,
3. Every element of a is smaller than every element of b,
4. a has no biggest element,

it seems that Conway keeps only 3. Since 4. guarantees, that a real number x cannot be given by different cuts, can a surreal number be then given by different generalized cuts? (I'm just beginning to get into the Surreal numbers, so I don't have much preknowledge!)

Two different surreal numbers $$x,y$$ are equal if $$x\leq y$$ and $$y\leq x$$, where that order is defined in terms of their recursive parts. So you can have $$2=\{1\mid\}=\{0,1\mid\}=\{1\mid4\}=\{-17,1.5\mid\pi\}$$
If $$r$$ is real, then (using intervals of dyadics or rationals or reals) $$\{(-\infty,r)\mid(r,\infty)\}$$ is the surreal version of $$r$$ (note that condition 1 is violated). But $$\{(-\infty,r)\mid[r,\infty)\}$$ is less than $$r$$ by properties of this construction of surreals. In fact, it's infinitesimally less than $$r$$. Similarly, $$\{(-\infty,r]\mid(r,\infty)\}$$ is infinitesimally more than $$r$$.