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### How should a "working mathematician" think about sets? (ZFC, category theory, urelements)

Note that "a working mathematician" is probably not the best choice of words, it's supposed to mean "someone who needs the theory for applications rather than for its own sake". Think about it as a ...
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### How undecidable is the spectral gap?

Nature just published a paper by Cubitt, Perez-Garcia and Wolf titled Undecidability of the Spectral Gap, there is an extended version on arxiv which is 146 pages long. Here is from the abstract:"Many ...
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### What are the advantages of the more abstract approaches to nonstandard analysis?

This question does not concern the comparative merits of standard (SA) and nonstandard (NSA) analysis but rather a comparison of different approaches to NSA. What are the concrete advantages of the ...
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### Does finite mathematics need the axiom of infinity?

A statement referring to an infinite set can sometimes be logically rephrased using only finite sets/objects. For example, "The set of primes is infinite" <-> "There is no largest prime". ...
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### Counterintuitive consequences of the Axiom of Determinacy?

I just read Dr Strangechoice's explanation that if all subsets of the real numbers are Lebesgue measurable, then you can partition $2^\omega$ into more than $2^\omega$ many pairwise disjoint nonempty ...
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### Does the Axiom of Choice (or any other "optional" set theory axiom) have real-world consequences? [closed]

Or another way to put it: Could the axiom of choice, or any other set-theoretic axiom/formulation which we normally think of as undecidable, be somehow empirically testable? If you have a particular ...
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### What sorts of extra axioms might we add to ZFC to compute higher Busy Beaver numbers?

First, some context. Ever since I was a high schooler, I have been fascinated with large numbers. As I have grown in mathematical maturity, I have become both disappointed and fascinated to see that ...
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### What's the difference between ZFC+Grothendieck, ZFC+inaccessible cardinals and Tarski-Grothendieck set theory?

Say that "U" is the axiom that "For each set x, there exists a Grothendieck universe U such that x $\in$ U", where Grothendieck universes are defined in the usual way (or, if that'...
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### Characterize the category of rings

(Sub)categories of many well-studied mathematical objects have been characterized purely in terms of their morphisms. Some (famous) examples: Sets and functions, due to Lawvere. Modules over some ...
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### Axiomatic definition of integers

The real numbers can be axiomatically defined (up to isomorphism) as a Dedekind-complete ordered field. What is a similar standard axiomatic definition of the integer numbers? A commutative ordered ...
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### How would calculus be possible in a finitist axiom system?

I am interested in learning a little more about finitism, currently about which I only know a few encyclopedic paragraphs. I know that during some time, some mathematicians like Kronecker thought ...
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### Any paradoxical theorems arising from large cardinal axioms?

If we accept the axiom of choice, we take the responsibility of living in a world in which, e.g., a ball in Euclidean 3-space is equiscindable to two isometric copies of itself (Banach-Tarski). So we ...
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### getting rid of existential quantifiers

It seems to me that for most of the twentieth century, axiomatic foundations for mathematical theories were constructed with the (mostly allied) goals of minimizing the number of primitive notions and ...
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### Complement-like operator and the axiom of choice

We say that an operator $^*$ on ${\cal P}(A)$ is $\star$-complement if $^*$ is not the complement operator and for all $X⊆A$ we have: $X^*∪X=A$ $X^{**}=X$ We say that $^*$ is $\star$-strong ...
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### Arguments against Freiling's argument against Continuum Hypothesis

Freiling's axiom of symmetry ($\sf AS$) is known as a justification for falsity of Continuum Hypothesis. Freiling in his 1986 paper, Axioms of symmetry: throwing darts at the real number line, ...
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### Transfinitely extending $\sf PA$ — can we get stronger than $\sf ZFC$?

Let $\sf PA$ denote the theory of natural numbers with constants $(0, 1)$ and binary operators $(+,\times)$ based on the first-order predicate calculus with equality, having the following axioms, ...
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### Minimal subset of axioms for ZFC

Hello all, one may look for "minimal system of axioms" for ZFC (or any other theory) in the following (unusual) sense : say that a subset S of ZFC is "sufficient" if there is an explicit procedure ...
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### Is it possible to show that an infinite set has a countable (infinite) subset, without using the Axiom of Choice?

Let X be an infinite set. Is it possible to show the existence of a countably infinite subset of X without using the Axiom of Choice?
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### Elementary theory of the category of groupoids?

One axiomatisation of set theory, the Elementary Theory of the Category of Sets, or ETCS for short, comes from category theory and states that sets and functions form a locally cartesian-closed, ...
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### When does a topos satisfy the axiom of regularity?

In categorical set theory, we observe that certain topoi satisfy (suitable versions of) certain axioms from set theory. For example, Lawvere's $\mathsf{ETCS}$ asserts that $\mathbf{Set}$ is a well-...
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### Does bounded Zermelo construct any cumulative hierarchy?

ZF is sufficient to construct the von Neumann hierarchy, and prove that every set appears at some stage $V_\alpha$. This is the basis for Scott's trick, for instance. But how much of ZF is needed? Is ...
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### Logical completeness of Hilbert system of axioms

This is really a question about references. The entry in Russian Wikipedia about Hilbert's axioms states, in particular, that completeness of Hilbert's system was proven by Tarski in 1951. The ...
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### Is this set theory equivalent to ZFC?

Consider a variant of set theory with these axioms: Extensionality, Regularity (foundation), Separation, Powerset, Axiom of Choice, and Transitive closure of a set-like relation is set-like. Update: ...
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### Is the axiom schema of replacement used in algebraic number theory (or more generally outside logic)

Here's a precise question. Does Wiles' proof of FLT run just fine in the set theory that logicians would perhaps call "Zermelo + choice" -- i.e. drop the axiom schema of replacement but assume the ...
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### Harvey Friedman's minimalist axioms for set theory

[This is a question on the FOM mailing list.] In 1997, Harvey Friedman introduced the following theory: Let $\in$ be a binary predicate and $U$ be a constant. Add the following axioms: Subworld ...
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### Are there any complete, first-order and unstable theories which have non-categorical second-order formulations?

Since it's not stable, $PA$ fails at being categorical in a power in the worst possible way, having $2^{\lambda}$ models in any uncountable $\lambda$. But $PA$ regains its categoricity in the move to ...
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### Axiom of class collection

One version of the Axiom of Collection says that any surjection $A\to B$ from a class $A$ to a set $B$ is factored through by some surjection $C\to B$ where $C$ is a set. Note that assuming $B$ is a ...
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### two versions of the nested interval property

There appear to be two different nested interval properties for the reals with the punchline "... then the intersection of the intervals is non-empty", and I'd like to know their respective histories (...
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### Applications of ZFA-Set Theory

The set theory with atoms (ZFA), is a modified version of set theory, and is characterized by the fact that it admits objects other than sets, atoms. Atoms are objects which do not have any elements. ...
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### On wild behavior of $\omega_{1}$ in the absence of some essential axioms of $ZFC$

The regularity of $\omega_{1}$ is one of the most well known facts of set theory. But it seems that in order to prove this simple fact we need the "full power" of mathematics! For example by an ...
Can we introduce complements on top of the standard set theory $\text{ZF}$ and have some comprehension axioms about them, like in defining a "small set" as an element of a stage of the Cumulative ...