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### Can the epsilon induction condition be presented with successor case and limit case, similar to transfinite induction?

The epsilon induction looks like this:
$\forall x \Big(\forall y (y \in x \rightarrow P(y)) \rightarrow P(x)\Big) \rightarrow \forall x P(x)$
Here, the quantifiers "run over" any sets and not only ...

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### Graph on the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$

Let $V$ be the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$. Let two distinct functions $f,g:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ form an edge if and only if they differ in exactly one input $n\in\mathbb{N}$.
...

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### Graph $G$ with $\omega(G) = 2$ but $\chi(G) \geq \aleph_0$

Given an infinite cardinal $\kappa$, is there a graph $G$ that has no clique consisting of more than 2 points, but $\chi(G) = \kappa$?

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### How to prove that $h^*(A)$ exists and $h^*(A)=\{x\in ON : x \leq A\}$? [on hold]

Definition : $h^*(A)$ is the least aleph such that $\not\leq^* A$.
$Z \not\leq^* X$ means theie is no map from $X$ onto $Z$.
How to prove that $h^*(A)$ exists and $h^*(A)=\{x\in ON : x \leq A\}$? ...

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### Analytic equivalence relations whose classes are sometimes Borel

There are analytic equivalence relations for which the statement "All classes are Borel" is independent of $ZFC$. In all the examples I know about, the classes are non Borel in $L$ or $L[z]$ for some ...

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### Does $Add(\kappa,1)^L$ ever collapse cardinals?

In general, we know that adding a subset to a regular cardinal $\kappa$ can collapse cardinals. If, for example, there is $\gamma < \kappa$ with $2^\gamma >\kappa$, then $Add(\kappa,1)$ will ...

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268 views

### 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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504 views

### Does van der Waerden's Theorem hold for $\omega_1$?

One way to phrase van der Waerden's Theorem is:
For every finite coloring of $\mathbb N$ and every finite $F \subseteq \mathbb N$, there exist $a,b \in \mathbb N$ such that $a + b \cdot F$ is ...

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230 views

### Borel coloring of a graph on the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$

The following question was asked in a comment by Joel David Hamkins in Graph on the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$.
Let $V$ be the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$. ...

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### Lists of sets as objects of ZF axiomatics [migrated]

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 are the practical applications of sets in our daily life? [on hold]

I don`t know the answer to this question?I know I sound stupid writing something in my own question but the computer was forcing me to write something.

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### Should there be a true model of set theory?

As I understand it, there is a program in set theory to produce an ultimate, canonical model of set theory which, among other things, positively answers the Continuum Hypothesis and various questions ...

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**1**answer

310 views

### Is this version of van der Waerden's Theorem consistent with ZFC?

One way to phrase van der Waerden's Theorem is:
For every finite coloring of $\mathbb N$ and every finite $F \subseteq \mathbb N$, there exist $a,b \in \mathbb N$ such that $a + b \cdot F$ is ...

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673 views

### Bidi: A new cardinal characteristic of the continuum?

This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal
characteristics of the continuum.
Identify an infinite set $a\subseteq\mathbb{N}$ with its increasing
enumeration. Thus, for each natural ...

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143 views

### Order dimension of $\omega^\omega/(fin)$

Let $\omega^\omega$ denote the collection of all functions $f:\omega\to\omega$. For $f,g\in\omega$ we say $f\simeq g$ if and only if $\exists N \in \omega$ such that $f(n) = g(n)$ for all $n\geq N$.
...

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297 views

### 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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votes

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122 views

### ${\frak b}$ and ${\frak d}$ defined with $\leq$ instead of $\leq^*$

Let $\omega^\omega$ denote the collection of all functions $f:\omega\to\omega$. For $f,g\in\omega$ we define
$f\leq g$ if $f(n)\leq g(n)$ for all $n\in\omega$;
$f\leq^* g$ if there is $N\in\omega$ ...

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### completions of regular suborders

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a regular suborder of the separative partial order $\mathbb{Q}$ (see below for definitions). Must there always exist some complete boolean algebra $\mathbb{B}$ such that:
...

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### Where does this strengthening of I1 stand?

Let's call a cardinal $\delta$ an $\text{I1}$-tower cardinal if for each $A\subseteq V_{\delta}$, there exists a $\kappa<\delta$ such that whenever $\kappa<\alpha<\delta$ there is some ...

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### solving f(f(x))=g(x)

This question is of course inspired by the question How to solve f(f(x))=cosx
and Joel David Hamkins' answer, which somehow gives a formal trick for solving equations of the form $f(f(x))=g(x)$ on a ...

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### What are some reasonable-sounding statements that are independent of ZFC?

Every now and then, somebody will tell me about a question. When I start thinking about it, they say, "actually, it's undecidable in ZFC."
For example, suppose A is an abelian group such that every ...

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263 views

### Under $\neg CH$, have countable unions of rationally independent numbers inner measure zero?

In their 1943 paper On non-denumerable graphs, Erdos and Kakutani suggest as likely the following proposition.
(EK*) Suppose CH fails and $\lbrace M_n : n \in \omega \rbrace$ is a countable family of ...

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### The dominating number $\mathfrak{d}$ and convergent sequences

All spaces considered below are compact Hausdorff.
If $K$ is a space, then $w(K)$ is its weight. For a Boolean algebra $\mathcal{A}$, $K_\mathcal{A}$ denotes its Stone space. I am interested in ...

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votes

**1**answer

318 views

### Formulating Kunen's inconsistency and Reinhardt cardinals in term of category theory

It is known that one can formulate certain large cardinal axioms (e.g. Vopenka's principle--see Mike Shulman's answer to Harry Gindi's mathoverflow question "Reasons to believe Vopenka's ...

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### Partition refinement of a clopen covering in $\Box (\omega+1)^\omega$

Consider $\omega+1$ with the interval topology, that is $U\subseteq (\omega+1)$ is open if and only if $U\subseteq\omega$ or $(\omega+1)\setminus U$ is finite.
We write $(\omega+1)^\omega$ for the ...

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187 views

### $\text{cov}(\mathcal{M})$ vs. $\mathfrak{b}$ vs. $\mathfrak{s}$

Let me first recall some pretty standard notations:
$\text{cov}(\mathcal{M})$ is the covering number of the ideal $\mathcal{M}$ of all meager subsets of $\mathbb{R}$;
$\mathfrak{b}$ is the bounding ...

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471 views

### 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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vote

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264 views

### Is second-order ZFC categorical with regard to its proper class models

Second-order ZFC offers partial categoricity in the sense that, given any two models, one of them must be isomorphic to an initial segment of the other [1]. However, this leaves questions regarding ...

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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 tend to be somewhat arbitrary (e.g. adding an ...

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### Is the lowenheim-skolem number of nth order logic larger than the corresponding number for 2nd order logic

According to this paper, by Vaananen, the $LS$ number for $2^{nd}$ order logic is given by "the supremum of $Π_{2}$-definable ordinals", where "The Lowenheim-Skolem number $LS(L)$ of $L$ is the ...

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**1**answer

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### Canonical functions in set theory and their applications

Given regular cardinal $\kappa>\omega,$ we can define the canonical functions $f_\alpha: \kappa\to \kappa,$ for $\alpha<\kappa^+.$
Some of their properties are presented in Chapter 22 of the ...

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### monochromatic cycle-free colouring of the complete graph on R?

Hi
So there is an edge-colouring of a complete graph on R (the reals), with countably many colours that as no monochromatic triangle. To find it map R to (0,1) write the numbers in binary and if 2 ...

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193 views

### What consistency results follow the assumption: $\forall\alpha(\aleph_{\alpha+1}\nleq2^{\aleph_\alpha})$?

In a recent question on Math.SE it was asked whether or not For every infinite cardinal $\mathfrak m$ there is no $\aleph$ number, $\kappa$, such that $\mathfrak m<\kappa<2^{\mathfrak m}$.
By ...

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### Knuth's intuition that Goldbach might be unprovable

Knuth's intuition that Goldbach's conjecture (every even number greater than 2 can be written as a sum of two primes) might be one of the statements that can neither be proved nor disproved really ...

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425 views

### Whatever happened to $L(j)$?

So this question probably shows my inner model theoretic ignorance, but:
In "Two remarks on elementary embeddings of the universe" (http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.pjm/1102969567), ...

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votes

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287 views

### Are there trees for $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{uB}}$?

If there is a proper class of Woodin cardinals, then Woodin showed (using stationary towers) that $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{uB}}$ statements are generically absolute, where $\text{uB}$ denotes the ...

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### Logic in mathematics and philosophy

What are the relations between logic as an area of (modern) philosophy and mathematical logic.
The world "modern" refers to 20th century and later, and I am curious mainly about the second half of ...

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274 views

### Assuming AD, is every infinite cardinal closed under power set in a choice model?

Assume AD+DC. Assume $\kappa$ is an infinite cardinal and $N$ is a (set or class) transitive model of ZFC containing $\kappa$.
Is it true that for all $\alpha<\kappa$, $N$ thinks that the power ...

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votes

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224 views

### A question about Cantor's Power Set theorem without the Axiom of Choice

Assume that we are working in ZF set theory without the Axiom of Choice. If S is an infinite set, let $S(f)$ denote the set of all finite subsets of $S$, let $S(I)$ denote the set of all infinite ...

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39 views

### Uncountability of the set of subsets of $\mathbb N$ [migrated]

Denote by $\mathbb{N}$ the set of natural numbers and by $2^{\mathbb N}$ the set of all subsets of $\mathbb N$. Let $E$ be some subset of $2^{\mathbb N}$ such that for every pair of elements in $E$, ...

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vote

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### What can be said about a Boolean-valued structure from what the Boolean-valued forcing extension thinks about it?

Suppose that $\phi$ is a formula in the language of set theory such that
there are some $n_{1},...,n_{k}$ such that if $V\models\phi(x)$, then $x=(X,R_{1},...,R_{k})$ and ...

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votes

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621 views

### A question on rank-to-rank embeddings

Consider a non-trivial elementary embedding $j:V_\lambda\to V_\lambda$ and, for each $A\subset V_\lambda$, set $j(A)=\bigcup_{\delta<\lambda}j(A\cap V_\delta)$.
In Implications between strong ...

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### A question about finitely additive extensions of Lebesgue measure

Suppose $m:P([0, 1]) \to [0, 1]$ is a finitely additive measure extending the Lebesgue measure. Must there exist some $X \subseteq [0, 1]$ such that $m(X \cap I) = |I|/2$ for every sub interval $I ...

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### Universally Baire Tree Representation of Projective Sets

In Feng, Magidor, and Woodin "Universally Baire Sets of Reals", they show that if $A$ is a $\mathbf{\Pi}_2^1$ set and $U$ and $V$ are any pair of trees witnessing the universal baireness of $A$, then ...

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votes

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162 views

### Extending hyperconnected spaces

A hyperconnected space is a topological space such that every two non-empty open sets have non-empty intersection. Let's call a space $(X,\cal{T})$ maximally hyperconnected if it is hyperconnected and ...

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### Reference to forcing with a sigma ideal $\cong$ Cohen forcing

This is a historical question: Who was the first person to notice the following?
If $V \models \kappa$ is measurable and $P$ adds $\kappa$ Cohen reals, then in $V^P$, letting $\hat{I}$ to be the ...

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votes

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### Hausdorff gaps and $\mathfrak{p}=\mathfrak{t}$

Recently Malliaris and Shelah proved that $\mathfrak{p}=\mathfrak{t}$
(see: http://math.uchicago.edu/~mem/Malliaris-Shelah-CST.pdf). Their results are far more general, however for the specify context ...

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votes

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165 views

### Are the failure of SCH and “$cf([\mu]^{cf (\mu)},\subset)>\mu^+$ for some singular” equiconsistent?

Is it true that the following two statements are equiconsistent?
(1) $2^\mu>\mu^+$ for some strong limit singular cardinal $\mu$
(2) $cf([\mu]^{cf (\mu)},\subset)>\mu^+$ for some singular ...

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votes

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### Partition on a Closed Set A= [2,3] [migrated]

Is it possible to define a partition on a closed set,such that the union of the partitions will give [2,3] and their intersection to be empty?

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### Are Conway's omnific integers the Grothendieck group of the ordinals under commutative addition?

This is a question in two parts.
Say that $\mathbf{On}$ is the proper class of all ordinal numbers in ZFC. We can define a binary operator over $\mathbf{On}$ which corresponds to the commutative ...