# Questions tagged [surreal-numbers]

For questions about the surreal numbers, which are a real-closed ordered proper-class-sized field that contains both the real numbers and the ordinal numbers. Thus they contain both infinite numbers (including the ordinals, but also infinite numbers like ω-1 and sqrt(ω)) and infinitesimal numbers (like 1/ω). They can also be identified with a subclass of two-player partisan games.

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### Transfinitely iterating the Levi-Civita, Hahn or Puiseux constructions

This question was originally asked at MSE but seems too advanced, so I'm reposting it here. In short, the idea is that many constructions for non-Archimedean fields can naturally be iterated, in some ...
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### Surreal numbers and the ultrafilter lemma

In this question, I asked how to interpret a historical claim made by Conway regarding the potential, if not ideal, use of the surreal numbers for nonstandard analysis. In the comments and answers it ...
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### A "surnatural numbers" as a largest model of the natural numbers

One characteristic of the surreal numbers is that they are a monster model of the first-order theory of real numbers, according to Joel David Hamkins in this post. Thus they are real-closed, and every ...
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### Interpreting Conway's remark about using the surreals for non-standard analysis

In Conway's "On Numbers And Games," page 44, he writes: NON-STANDARD ANALYSIS We can of course use the Field of all numbers, or rather various small subfields of it, as a vehicle for the ...
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### In surreal numbers, what is $\ln \omega$?

Can this number $\ln \omega$ be written in $\{L|R\}$ form? What's its birthday?
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### What does it mean for the surreal numbers/partizan games to be "universally embedding"?

In "On numbers and games", Conway writes that the surreal Numbers form a universally embedding totally ordered Field. Later Jacob Lurie proved that (the equivalence classes of) the partizan ...
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### Surreal Numbers, Proving $x1=x$

I am trying to learn the theory of the Surreal numbers and I am therefore going over all the theorems and trying to prove them for myself. I am struggling to complete the proof of $x1 = x$. I have ...
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### Who wins two player sudoku?

Let's say players take turns placing numbers 1-9 on a sudoku board. They must not create an invalid position (meaning that you can not have the same number in within a row, column, or box region). The ...
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### A question about real closed fields that contain the real numbers as a proper subfield

Let F be such a real closed field and let F(C) be the algebraic closure of F. An important example of F is FSR- the field of SURREAL numbers. Suppose that one has constructed an exponential function f ...
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### A (second-order) axiomatic characterization of the integers which rules out surreal/hyperreal versions

I've seen it stated, for example here, that the integers are the unique commutative ordered ring with identity whose positive elements are well-ordered. I understand why the integers are the smallest ...
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### Is $\omega^\frac{1}{\omega} > n \forall n \in \mathbb{N}$?

I was thinking about $log(\omega)$ which appears to be $\{\mathbb{N}|\omega^{\frac{1}{n}}\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}\stackrel{?}{=}\omega^\frac{1}{\omega}$. Intuitively, there's the idea that, if the highest ...
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### Extension to real number system [closed]

Suppose you have equation involving a number $s$ $s^2+ 1 = 0$, to solve it one needs to treat $s$ as complex number $s = \pm i$, and introduce $i$ as imaginary unit. Now suppose you have equation ...
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### Is the universality of the surreal number line a weak global choice principle?

I'd like to consider the principle asserting that the surreal number line is universal for all class linear orders, or in other words, that every linear order (including proper-class-sized) linear ...
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### Ordinals which embed in surreal subfields

If $k$ is an ordered field, the least ordinal $s(k)$ which doesn't embed in $(k,<)$ is regular. This is because every interval of an ordered field embeds in every infinite interval so given a ...
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### Surreal compactness

In a comment here, Joel David Hamkins said: ...I think perhaps every set-sized open cover of a bounded interval in the surreals has a finite subcover, but there are proper class open covers with no ...
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### Pontryagin dual of the surreal numbers?

Has any work been done on the Pontryagin dual of the surreal numbers (suitably topologized)? I have not been able to find anything and am not sure if this is still unknown. Alternatively, has this ...
What is the "right" surreal generalization of the fact that a real number $r$ is rational if and only if its sign-expansion is eventually periodic? I can think of more than one natural way to ...