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### A question about cardinal numbers when the Axiom of Choice is absent

The Axiom of Choice constrains every set of cardinal numbers which is linearly ordered by size to be well-ordered. By contrast, does ZF-without the Axiom of Choice (but with the Axiom of ...

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### Is there a “hereditary” construction for $L$?

Recall that $L$, Godel's constructible universe is constructed by defining the following hierarchy:
$L_0=\varnothing$, for a limit ordinal $\delta$, $L_\delta=\bigcup_{\alpha<\delta}L_\alpha$, and ...

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### A question about ordinal definable real numbers

If ZFC (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the Axiom of Choice) is consistent, does it remain consistent
when the following statement is added to it as a new axiom?
"There exists a denumerably ...

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### Re-interpreting vector spaces in a choice-less model of ZF as modules over a regular ring in ZFC

I am searching a module $M$ over a (von Neumann) regular ring $A$ ($\forall a\in A$, $\exists x\in A$: $axa=a$) with two properties:
(1) every finitely generated submodule of $M$ is projective ...

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### Ultracoproducts and Cartesian products

Let $X$ be a metrizable compact topological space, let $\mathcal U$ be an ultrafilter, and denote by $X^{\mathcal U}$ the ultracopower of $X$ with respect to $\mathcal U$.
As a C$^*$-algebraist, I ...

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### Is any axiom system for sets categorical? [on hold]

$ZF$ define membership by conditions demanding the existence of some constructable right-side-terms $M $ ($x \in M$). Is it meaningsful to ask for a categorical axiom system here? Shouldn't it be ...

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### Questions about Prikry forcing and Cohen forcing

I have some questions.
The first one is about the product of Prikry's forcing.
Let $\kappa$ be a measurable cardinal, $U_1, U_2$ be normal measures on $\kappa$ and let $\mathbb{P}_{U_1}, ...

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### Relationship between fragments of the axiom of choice and the dependent choice principles

The dependent choice principle ${\rm DC}_\kappa$ states that if $S$ is a nonempty set and $R$ is a binary relation such that for every $s\in S^{\lt\kappa}$, there is $x\in S$ with $sRx$, then there ...

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### Iteration of Proper Forcing and Support of Master Conditions

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a definable proper forcing (for instance Sacks forcing). Let $\alpha$ be some ordinal. Let $\mathbb{P}_\alpha$ be the countable support iteration of $\mathbb{P}$ of length ...

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### How short can we state the Axiom of Choice?

How short can we state a principle which is equivalent with the Axiom of Choice under $ZF$? The principle should be a sentence in the language of set theory with only $\in$ and$=$ as extralogical ...

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### Ideas behind Gitik's solution of PCF conjecture

Recently Moti Gitik has refuted Shelah's PCF conjecture (see Short extenders forcings II ) by proving the following theorem:
Theorem. Assuming the consistency of infinitely many strong cardinals, one ...

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### Are there fragments of set theory which are axiomatized with only bounded (restricted) quantifiers used in axioms?

Bounded quantifiers in set theory are represented as $(\forall x \in S)$ or $(\exists x \in S)$. But since the modifier "bounded" brings up an association with "bounded variable", I prefer the term ...

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### Let (A,≼A) and (B,≼B) be partially ordered sets. Define C = A×B and define the relation ≼ on C by (a,b)≼(a′,b′) ⇐⇒ (a≼A a′)∧(b≼B b′) [on hold]

Let (A,≼A) and (B,≼B) be partially ordered sets.
Define C = A×B and define the relation ≼' on C by (a,b)≼'(a′,b′) ⇐⇒ (a≼A a′)∧(b≼B b′).
(a) Prove that ≼' is a partial order on C.
(b) Prove that if ...

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### Does every Aronszajn tree has a Suslin or a Special subtree?

Question: Does every $\omega_1$-Aronszajn tree contains a Suslin sub-tree or a special Aronszajn sub-tree?
Recall that Suslin trees are $\omega_1$-trees (trees of height $\omega_1$, and countable ...

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### Does OCA imply $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_2$?

Is it known whether Todorcevic's Open Coloring Axiom implies $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_2$?
The only consistency proofs for OCA that I know are the following:
1) PFA implies OCA (and also ...

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### Partitioning $\omega_1$-branching trees of size and height $\omega_1$

Is it possible, in ZFC, to find an $\omega_1$-branching tree $(T,\leq)$ of size and height $\omega_1$ such that whenever $T$ is partitioned into countably many sets $T=\bigcup_{n<\omega} T_n$ one ...

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### Density with infinite cardinals [on hold]

Let κ ≤ µ infinite cardinals.
and lat D(µ, κ) = min{|D| : D ⊆ [µ]^κ ∧ (∀y ∈ [µ]^κ)(∃x ∈ D)(x ⊆ y)}
D(µ, κ) is called the density of κ-sets of µ.
1) Suppose κ = cf(µ) < µ. prove that D(µ, κ) > ...

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### A question about ordinal numbers and sub-theories of ZF

A number of set theories have been investigated which were obtained from ZF by restricting in various ways, or even deleting, some of the axioms of ZF-such as Power set, Aussonderung, Infinity, ...

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### splitting subsets of cardinals

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a separative partial order of uniform density $\kappa$, i.e. for all $p \in \mathbb{P}$, the least size of dense set below $p$ is $\kappa$. Does forcing with $\mathbb{P}$ add ...

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### Is not SH + not CH consistent?

I guess that $\lnot$SH + $\lnot$CH is consistent, but I have not found this question discussed anywhere. Is there any relatively simple model of $\lnot$SH + $\lnot$CH?

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### Even XOR Odd Infinities?

Modular Arithmetic (MA) has the same axioms as first order Peano Arithmetic (PA) except $\forall x (Sx \ne 0)$ is replaced with $\exists x(Sx = 0)$.
...

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### Inaccessible becomes successor of singular

Is it possible, starting from any large cardinal assumption, to find a countably closed forcing $\mathbb{P}$ such that for some inaccessible $\kappa$, $\Vdash_\mathbb{P} "\kappa = \lambda^+$ and ...

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### A not defined notion in Friedman's article about Generalized Fubini's Theorem

I intend to study Friedman's article, A Consistent Fubini-Tonelli Theorem for Nonmeasurable Functions (http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.ijm/1256047607). I think since I had a modern ...

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### non-Borel set which intersects every compact in a Borel set

I remember hearing some time ago that there is a locally compact Hausdorff space $X$ and a non-Borel subset $E$ which intersects every compact set in a Borel set. (This would contradict Lemma 13.9 of ...

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### Measure of the same set in different models of ZF

Let $A$ be a definable subset of $\mathbb{R}$ in $\mathsf{ZF}$, and let $\mathcal{M},\mathcal{N}\models\mathsf{ZF}$ such that $A$ is lebesgue measurable in both models.
Is ...

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### One or two questions about so-called “absolute” set theories

Nearly fifty years ago Takeuti called attention to a phenomenon that occurs in connection with the construction of set theories such as ZF that result in a hierarchy of sets (indexed by ordinal ...

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### continuum many mutually generic filters

Given a countable model $M$ of set theory and an atomless, separative partial order $\mathbb{P} \in M$, can we construct (in the real universe) $2^\omega$ many pairwise mutually $\mathbb{P}$-generic ...

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### Forcing, cuts, and Dedekind-finite cardinalities

Tl;dr version: there are two natural classes of cuts in the nonstandard model of arithmetic consisting of the Dedekind-finite sets (if, in fact, they constitute such a model); both these classes are ...

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### Question on the consistency of Zermelo set theory minus specification and extensionality [closed]

Let $W=Z^{-}-Specification$ where $Z^{-}=Z-Extensionality$ and Z is Zermelo set theory. What is known about models of $W$ or $W^{+}=W+Extensionality$?

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### Proofs of the uncountability of the reals.

Recently, I learnt in my analysis class the proof of the uncountability of the reals via the Nested Interval Theorem. At first, I was excited to see a variant proof (as it did not use the diagonal ...

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### A question about ordinal definable sets of real numbers revisited [duplicate]

Citing (almost)
A question about ordinal definable real numbers
If ZFC (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the Axiom of Choice) is consistent, does it remain consistent when the following statement is ...

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### Problem of book Kunen [closed]

Suppose $P$ is a notion of forcing in $M$ such that $\left | P \right | \leq \omega_{1}$ and $P$ is ccc. Suppose further $\Diamond$ holds in $M$. How does one show that $\Diamond$ also holds $M[G]$?

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### Can $Ded(\kappa)$ be a supremum?

Definition If there is a dense linear order w/o endpoints of size $\lambda$ with a dense subset of size $\kappa$ then write $D(\kappa,\lambda)$. $Ded(\kappa)=\sup_\lambda \{D(\kappa,\lambda)\}$.
It ...

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votes

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### A question about J.H. Conway's SURREAL NUMBERS

My quesion is: What set theory are the mathematicians who are developing the theory of
these numbers working in-or are they, in fact, working outside any of the standard set
theories?. Each surreal ...

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**1**answer

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### The word problem of the free left distributive algebra on one generator

A left distributive algebra is a set $A$ together with a binary operation, $\cdot$, satisfying $a\cdot(b\cdot c)=(a\cdot b)\cdot(a\cdot c)$.
One important example of left distributive algebras arises ...

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### Harrington's unpublished note “The constructible reals can be anything”

Around 1974, Leo Harringto wrote an unpublished note entitled "The constructible reals can be anything", in which he proved that it is consistent that being $\Delta^1_n$ is the same as being ...

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### Set-theoretic tautologies

Let us consider unquantifed formulas of a set theory (for example, NBG), more precisely,
the formulas, constructed from variables and the constants $\emptyset, V$ (the empty set
and the class of all ...

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### Cardinality of $C^*([0,1])$ [closed]

What is the cardinality of the continuous dual of $C([0,1])$ (the set of continuous functions from $[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}$)?

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### Does an arbitrarily selected infinite number of integers form a set? [closed]

A serial of arbitrarily selected infinite number of integers S = {I1, I2, ...} (not sorted) is a subset of the set of all the integers. But is it a set?
If yes, could we determine whether the ...

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### Boolean completion (of a forcing notion) isomorphic to each of its cones

Suppose $ \mathbb{P} := (P, {\leq_P}, 1_P) $ is a separative partial order. Let $ \mathbb{B} := \operatorname{RO}(\mathbb{P}) $ denote the Boolean completion.
Fix some dense embedding $ i \colon P ...

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### Embeddings of forcing notions - preserve properness?

Let $ M $ be a countable, transitive model for $ \mathsf{ZFC}^* $, i.e. for a sufficiently large finite fragment of $ \mathsf{ZFC} $. Suppose that $ \mathbb{P} := (P, {\leq_P}, \mathbb{1}_P) \in M $ ...

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### forcing square with small conditions

In the paper, Large cardinals and definable counterexamples to the continuum hypothesis, Foreman and Magidor mention a way to force $\square_{\omega_1}$ with countable conditions. (This is used in ...

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### Borel Sets in Sacks Generic Extension

Let $\mathbb{S}$ denote Sacks forcing. This is forcing with perfect trees or equivalently forcing with uncountable Borel subsets of ${}^\omega 2$ with the relation $\subseteq$.
Let $G \subseteq ...

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### Can we define an “empirically generic” real number?

Summary: My question, in a nutshell, is how we should intuitively imagine a generic real number (as opposed to a random one), and whether we can construct numbers which empirically behave like generic ...

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### Given a cardinal k, what's the biggest dense linear order with a dense subset of size k?

It's not hard to show that for any cardinal $\kappa$, there is no dense linear order without endpoints (DLO) of size greater than $2^{\kappa}$ that has a dense subset of size $\kappa$. But one can ...

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### Is the pseudomenon a statement? [migrated]

I'm asking this because I'm teaching a class on paradoxes for kids, and I realized I have no idea what the answer to this question is. It is a research question in the pedagogical sense, I suppose.
...

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### Is it compatible with ZF to assume that every amenable discrete group is finite?

The question is in the title, amenability being understood as the existence of a left-invariant finitely additive probability measure on the group of interest. The case of countable groups is treated ...

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### Without AC, which implications between the different definitions of amenability still hold?

More precisely, I would like to know which implications between the following definitions of amenability of a discrete countable (or even finitely generated) group can be proved to hold with only ZF ...

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### Is every set class generic over a given inner model?

In a paper by B. Mitchell, I stumbled into the following sentence:
"In the summer of 1986 Woodin discovered the second of the forcing orders
associated with a Woodin cardinal, the extender algebra. ...

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### What are the known implications of “There exists a Reinhardt cardinal” in the theory “ZF + j”?

This is, alas, in large part a series of questions on unpublished work of Hugh Woodin; it's also quite frivolous if Reinhardt cardinals turn out inconsistent.
Definitions:
Call $\kappa$ an ...