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Dedekind-finite arithmetic vs natural numbers arithmetic

It is known that the Dedekind-finite cardinals are closed under addition and multiplication, so one may do arithmetic in them, as opposed to only natural numbers. How much can those two arithmetics ...
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The role of the rigid relation principle ($RR$) in the Kunen inconsistency

Consider the rigid relation ($RR$) principle, i.e. "every set admits a rigid binary relation", that is,"that for every set $A$ there is a binary relation $R$ on $A$ such that the structure $(A,R)$ is ...
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Does the countable $\sigma$-product of a separable Hilbert space have a first countable topology?

Let $\mathcal{l}^2$ be "the" separable real infinite dimensional hilbert space, e.g. the space of square-summable sequences of real numbers. Let $\Box^{\mathbb{N}}\mathcal{l}^2$ be the countable ...
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Existence of $\lambda$-transitive linear orders for $\lambda \geq \aleph_0$

A linear order $(L, <)$ is $\lambda$-transitive iff any order-preserving bijection between sets of size $\lambda$ can be extended to an order automorphism of $L$. For $\lambda < \aleph_0$, ...
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Existence of $\kappa$-Suslin trees above a measurable cardinal

We have learned from Joel David Hamkins and Monroe Eskew that: Answers: Having a measurable cardinal $\delta$ we can force a $\kappa$-Suslin tree for many $\kappa$'s above $\delta$. But is the ...
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Consistency strength of $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypothesis

Question 1. What is known about the consistency strength of $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypothesis? Question 2. What is known about the consistency strength of having both $\aleph_2$-Souslin hypotheis and ...
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Infinite non-splittable graphs

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. For $v\in V$ we set $N(v)=\{w\in V:\{v,w\}\in E\}$. We say that $G$ is splittable if there are $S,T\subseteq V$ with $S\cap T=\emptyset$ and $S\cup T = V$ such that for all ...
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Can the first ordinal in which $V\neq HOD$ be $\aleph_\omega$?

Assume that $V\neq HOD$ and let $\kappa = \min \{\alpha\in On \mid \mathcal{P}(\alpha) \not\subseteq HOD\}$. Clearly, $\kappa$ is a cardinal. Question: Is it consistent that $\kappa = ...
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Notions of infinity in $\mathsf{ZF}$ without choice

Consider the following statements about a given set $X$ in in $\mathsf{ZF}$: (1) There is $x_0\in X$ such that there is a surjective map $\varphi: X\setminus\{x_0\}\to X$. (2) There is an injective ...
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A generalization of SOCA

Roughly speaking, SOCA (Semi Open Coloring Axiom) says that for an open coloring of the unordered pairs over an uncountable separable metric space you can always find an uncountable homogeneous subset ...
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Reference for proof that consistency of $\omega_1$-Erdos cardinal implies Con(Chang's Conjecture)

What is a good source for Silver's proof (or a more modern version) that Con($\exists \omega_1$-Erdos cardinal) implies Con(Chang's Conjecture)? Silver's original proof seems to have never been ...
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Applications of set theory in physics

In the introduction of the paper "Links between physics and set theory", the following quote of Eris Chric is stated: "Set theory perhaps is too important to be left just to ...
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A property of the Frechet filter and every ultrafilter

(Joint question with Piotr Szewczak.) Definitions and notation. By filter we mean a filter on $\omega$ containing the cofinite sets at least. For a filter $\mathcal{F}$, let ...
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A classic cardinal characteristic of the continuum in disguise?

We believe the answer to the following question, that is relevant to a joint research project with Piotr Szewczak, should be known. We would appreciate any help or pointer. Needed definitions may be ...
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Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry Concretized

Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry says that for any function $f:[0,1]\to \mathcal{P}([0,1])$ such that for every $x\in [0,1]$ we have $|f(x)|=\aleph_0$, then there exist $y,z\in [0,1]$ such that $z\notin ...
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Is there a natural bijection from $\mathbb{N}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$?

In a conversation where it came up that the Pythagoreans probably found an enumeration of the rational numbers I erroneously remarked that Georg Cantor found a natural bijection from $\mathbb{N}$ to ...
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What algebraic identities does the iteration of forcing operation satisfy?

Let $G$ be the set of all formulas $\phi(x)$ in the language of such that $ZFC\vdash\exists x\phi(x)$ exists, $ZFC\vdash\phi(x)\rightarrow``x\,\textrm{is a complete Boolean algebra}"$, ...
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$\text{ZFGC}^{\text{−f}}+\text{BAFA}+\exists\kappa(κ \text{ is Reinhardt})$ and its implication

A. S. Daghighi, M. Golshani, J. D. Hamkins, and E. Jeřábek proved in "The foundation axiom and elementary self-embeddings of the universe" that, working in ZFGC$^{\text{−f}}$+BAFA, there are ...
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For a partition of $\mathbb{R}$ into countably infinite sets, must there be an almost-disjoint family of $2^{\frak c}$ many selectors?

My question arises from a construction I gave in my recent answer to a question of Alexander Pruss concerning large families of independent non-measurable sets of reals. In that argument, using the ...
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Is there some absoluteness between the Boolean valued universe $V^{B}$ and $V$?

It is well known that if $\phi$ is a $\Delta_{1}$-formula and $x_{1},..,x_{n}$ in $V$ and $V[G]$ is a forcing extension, then $V\models\phi(x_{1},...,x_{n})$ if and only if ...
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Images of $\{0,1\}^\kappa$

Is there a compact topological space $(X,\tau)$ such that for no cardinal $\kappa$ there is a surjective continuous map $e:\{0,1\}^\kappa \to X$? (We assume that $\{0,1\}$ is endowed with the ...
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Surjectivity from union of a set system to the set system

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a non-empty systems of non-empty sets such that there is an injective map $f:\bigcup \mathcal{A}\to \mathcal{A}$ such that $a\in f(a)$ for all $a\in\bigcup\mathcal{A}$. Assuming ...
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Surjective marriages

Let $M, W\neq \emptyset$ be sets and $K\subseteq M\times W$. We say that $(M, W, K)$ has a marriage if there is an injective function $f:M\to W$ such that $f\subseteq K$. If $(M,W, K)$ has a ...
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If $\kappa$ is weakly inaccessible and $A\subset\kappa$, can $L[A]$ violate $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$?

In some current work, my co-authors and I had wanted in a certain argument to appeal to $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ in $L[A]$, in a situation where $A\subset\kappa$ and $\kappa$ was weakly ...
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Surjective (strong) reducibility of Borel equivalence relations

Suppose $E$ and $F$ are Borel equivalence relations on Polish spaces $X$, $Y$, resp. Say that $E$ is surjectively Borel reducible to $F$ iff there is a Borel surjection $f:X \to Y$ such that $xEy$ iff ...
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Inaccessible cardinal and $\Sigma_1$ reflection

A theorem of A. Levy says that, if $\kappa$ is an inaccessible cardinal, then $V_\kappa\prec_{\Sigma_1}V$ namely $V_\kappa$ is an elementary submodel when considering only $\Sigma_1$ formulas. Where ...
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Independence of the countable axiom of choice

How does one proove that the Countable axiom of choice is not provable in ZF?Is there any brief proof?Does the Independence of the countable axiom of choice implies the independence of the axiom of ...
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$\mathfrak{p}=\mathfrak{b}=\mathfrak{a}=\aleph_1$ and $\mathfrak{d}=\mathfrak{c}=\kappa$

Asumme tha in $M$, $CH$ holds and $\kappa>\aleph_0$ and $\kappa^{\aleph_0}=\kappa$. Let $K$ be $Fn(\kappa,2)$-generic over $M$. Question: Then we can say in $M[K]$ that: $(i)$ ...
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Hamkins infinite time Turing machines: dovetailing ordinal time

It is claimed in the Hamkins and Lewis founding article "Infinite time Turing machines" (proof of the gap existence theorem 3.4) that for $\omega$ steps of a computation of a machine performing a ...
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$\kappa$-impediments (according to Shelah, Nash-Williams, Aharoni)

Let $\Gamma = (M, W, K)$ be a bipartite graph, that is $M, W$ are sets and $K\subseteq M\times W$. If there is an injective function $f:M\to W$ such that $f\subseteq K$ we say $f$ is an espousal and ...
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A query on how to climb inaccessibles in £

I am investigating to what extent extensions of the librationist property or set theory £ may support relative inaccessible sets; see Librationist Closures of the Paradoxes and Elements of ...
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“Namba forcing adds reals” independent of $ZFC + \neg CH$?

I know that, in the presence of $CH$, Namba forcing does not add reals. But when $CH$ fails, is it consistent that it still does not add reals?
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Scott-Solovay unpublished paper on ``Boolean valued models of set theory''

I have read some papers from 1970$^{th}$, and in some of them, the paper of Scott and Solovay on ``Boolean valued models of set theory'' is given as a main reference, with many references to the ...
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Borel cross section

It is known from metric space topology that a closed equivalence relation on a Polish space has either countably many or $\mathfrak{c}$ many equivalence classes. A short elementary proof is given in ...
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Reverse Skolem's paradox

By using the Löwenheim–Skolem theorem & Mostowski collapse, in every model $V$ of $ZF+Con(ZF)$ there is a countable transitive set $M$ such that $(M,\in_M) \models ZF$. Is the following "converse" ...
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Philosophical arguments in defense (or against) large cardinals

The question is essentially what is asked in the title. I split it into two parts (A) (Arguments supporting the existence of large cardinals) What are the main philosophical arguments in defense ...
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Are Sharps in Countable Models Really Sharps?

Suppose $M$ is a countable transitive model of $\mathsf{ZFC}$ (maybe more). Suppose $x, y \in {}^\omega\omega \cap M$ and $M \models y = x^\sharp$. Is it true (possible with additional assumptions), ...
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Is there a version of Miller forcing “guided by” an ultrafilter?

It’s well known that Mathias forcing factors as a two-step iteration $P(\omega)/\mathrm{fin}\ast \mathbb{M}_{\dot U}$, where $\mathbb{M}_{\dot U}$ is Mathias forcing guided by the generic ultrafilter ...
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Continuous functions and 2-bushy trees

The following problem was asked by Joe Miller in the fall of 2010 at a bar in Madison. A subtree $T \subseteq 4^{< \omega}$ is $2$-bushy if for some node $\sigma \in T$, every node above $\sigma$ ...
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Application of Fraïssé construction in set theory

As you know Fraïssé limit construction and its generalization, Hrushovski's construction, have many applications in model theory to build models with interesting property. Now I would like to know ...
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Quasi-disjoint subsets of an infinite set and $\neg \mathsf{AC}$

Is it consistent with $\mathsf{ZF}$ (without $\mathsf{AC}$) that there is an infinite set $X$ and a subset $S\subseteq\mathcal P(X)$ of the same cardinality as $\mathcal P(X)$ with the property that ...
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Do the real numbers “know” that they are countable in a larger model?

(This was first posted to math.stackexchange but had no answers there after several days): Let ${\mathbb R}$ be the set of real numbers in whatever is your favorite model of $ZFC$. Then (by Levy ...
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History of preservation theorems in forcing theory

For my honours thesis, I am studying a general preservation theorem using a framework provided by Shelah. I am mainly concerned about revised countable support iteration of $\dot{S}$-semiproper ...
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Questions about a possible way of representing construcive ordinal numbers

Let $K$ be the set of all total recursive functions of non-negative integers having only non-negative integers as values. Let $L$ be any well-ordered subset of $K$ in which the ordering $<$ is ...
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Adding sets not containing arithmetic progressions of length three by forcing

Consider the following forcing notion: conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ are pairs $(s, N),$ where: 1) $s\in 2^{<\omega}$, 2) $N\in \mathbb{N}$, 3) (by identifying $s$ with a subset of $lh(s)$) $s$ ...
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Tree property and singular strong limit cardinals

I heard that the following theorem is proved recently by Foreman-Magidor, which answers a famous old open question: Theorem. It is consistent, relative to the existence of large cardinals, that ...
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Non-Forcing and Independence

I asked this question about two weeks ago on MSE and haven't gotten an answer, so I thought I would post the question here. Do there exists sentences which are independent of ZFC, cannot be shown to ...
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Translates of meager sets

Does there exist a meager set of reals M such that every meager set can be covered by countably many translates of M? This is the category analogue of the following.
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Forcing and $\mathbb{P}$-name [closed]

If $\mathbb{P}$ be a poset, $\dot{Q}$ a $\mathbb{P}$-name and $\mu$ an infinite cardinal such that $\Vdash 0<|\dot{Q}|\leq\mu$. $(a)$ Exist names $\langle \dot{q}_\alpha\rangle_{\alpha<\mu}$ ...
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Confusion with proof about a fact $\mathbb{P}$-name [closed]

Let $\mathbb{P}$ be poset. Let $B$ be a set. We say that a $\mathbb{P}$-name $\dot{b}$ is a nice name for member of $B$ if there is a maximal antichain $A\subseteq\mathbb{P}$ and a function ...