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An old theorem of Pospisil asserts that for any infinite set $I$ the power-set algebra $\wp(I)$ has $\exp \exp |I|$ many maximal ideals containing the ideal of finite sets. This result is published in a rather obscure Czech journal but it seems it should be well-known and described in many textbooks/monographs. I would appreciate any references for that.

Also, I am interested in more general results, that is, what are the sufficient conditions for a given Boolean algebra $\mathcal{A}\subseteq \wp(I)$ with $\mbox{fin}(I)\subseteq \mathcal{A}$ to have $\exp \exp |I|$ many maximal ideals containing $\mbox{fin}(I)$.

Thank you.

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Pospíšil's result is published in Annals of Mathematics 38 (1937), no. 4, 845­-846 ( – Emil Jeřábek Apr 5 '12 at 13:31
Thanks, I have found the same result in On bicompact spaces. Publ. Fac. Sci. Univ. Masaryk 270 (1939), 3-16. – Tomek Kania Apr 5 '12 at 14:34
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The result on the number of maximal ideals can be found as Corollary 7.4. in the book Comfort & Negrepontis "The Theory of Ultrafilters", 1974. A proof can also be found at PlanetMath here.

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I am sure this is in Koppelberg's Handbook of Boolean Algebras, though I have not checked (I will check later). A proof of Pospisil's result is in this survey-paper of mine that will appear in RIMS Kokyuroku.

I am not sure I completely understand the second part of your question, though. Are you asking for conditions when you have this many maximal ideals? For example, it could happen that $\mathcal A$ is only of size $|I|$ and you have at most $2^{|I|}$ maximal ideals.

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Thanks for this. By the way, do you know who was Pondiczery and what was his first name? – Tomek Kania Apr 5 '12 at 12:12

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