# Proof for the relationship between Cardinality of Natural numbers and Cardinality of Real Numbers [duplicate]

(I am a 13 year old so when you answer please don't use things that are TOO hard even though I actually can understand quite complex stuff)

I was studying Infinite sets and their cardinality (not in school, but just for fun), and I know that card($\mathbb N$)=$\aleph_o$ and card($\mathbb R$)=c I now know that c=$2^{\aleph_o}$ which may or may not be $\aleph_1$.

Is there any proof that c=$2^{\aleph_o}$?

• It is possible to map the set of all subsets of the natural numbers to the set of real numbers with a bijection. I don't recall the map right now, so I'll let someone else supply it. Sep 16, 2013 at 3:34
• See mathoverflow.net/questions/56633/… for a thread about finding such a bijection Sep 16, 2013 at 3:35
• It's great that you want to learn more, but it seems that you're doing that in an unstructured way. And that can be very dangerous because you will have to make large skips between points. Try picking up a book. Sep 17, 2013 at 8:56
• @Asaf: Any suggestions?
– Zaz
Jul 8, 2015 at 17:06
• @Zaz: Suggestions for what? For studying set theory? Take a course. Preferably with a world renowned set theorist, with a reputation for being a great teacher. Jul 8, 2015 at 17:17

$\Bbb R$ contains the Cantor Ternary Set, so $\mathfrak{c} \geq 2^{\aleph_0}$.
On the other hand $\Bbb R$ is the set of all convergent sequences of rational numbers, so $\mathfrak{c} \leq {\aleph_0}^{\aleph_0} = 2^{\aleph_0}$.
Just to make notation clear. $c$ is the cardinality of $\mathbb R$, which is the same as the cardinality of $[0,1]$. $2^{\aleph_0}$ is the cardinality of the power set of a countable set (i.e., $2^{\aleph_0}=|\mathcal P (\mathbb N)|$). But $2^{\aleph_0}$ can also be defined as the cardinality of the set $\{f:\mathbb N \to \{0,1\}\}$, the set of all functions from $\mathbb N$ to the two-point set $\{0,1\}$. Equivalently, it is the set of all sequences of $0$'s and $1$'s.
The two meanings of $2^{\aleph_0}$ above coincide as one can show the relevant sets to admit a bijection, so they have the same cardinality. Now, to see that $c=2^{\aleph_0}$ it is convenient to represent real numbers in $[0,1]$ in binary notation. Thus, every real numbers $x\in [0,1]$ you write as $0.x_1x_2x_3\cdots$ where each $x_i$ is a binary digit, thus an element of $\{0,1\}$. There is a little difficulty here, namely some real numbers may have more than one binary expansion. Let's ignore this for a minute. Pretending that every real numbers $x\in [0,1]$ has a unique binary expansion (and clearly every binary expansion as above defines some such real number), this establishes a bijection between $[0,1]$ and $\{f:\mathbb N \to \{0,1\}\}$, mapping a real number to its sequence of digits in binary expansion. It follows that $c=2^{\aleph_0}$.