The Joy of Sets

The Joy of Sets

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This book provides an account of those parts of contemporary set theory that are relevant to other areas of pure mathematics. Intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, the text is written in an easy-going style, with a minimum of formalism. The book begins with a review of qnaiveq set theory; it then develops the Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms of the theory, showing how they arise naturally from a rigorous answer to the question, qwhat is a set?q After discussing the ordinal and cardinal numbers, the book then delves into contemporary set theory, covering such topics as: the Borel hierarchy, stationary sets and regressive functions, and Lebesgue measure. Two chapters present an extension of the Zermelo-Fraenkel theory, discussing the axiom of constructibility and the question of provability in set theory. A final chapter presents an account of an alternative conception of set theory that has proved useful in computer science, the non-well-founded set theory of Peter Aczel. The author is a well-known mathematician and the editor of the qComputers in Mathematicsq column in the AMS Notices and of FOCUS, the magazine published by the MAA.This text covers the parts of contemporary set theory relevant to other areas of pure mathematics.

Title:The Joy of Sets
Author:Keith Devlin
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 1993-01-01


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