Axiom of Choice
Pronunciation: /ˈæksiəm ʌv tʃɔɪs/ ?
The axiom of choice states that an
set, such as the
of all even integers, can be created from other infinite sets, such as the set
of all integers. This
enables mathematical proofs that require selecting a set from a larger set or collection of sets.
This axiom is sometimes called Zermelo's axiom of choice as it was formulated by
[German, 1871-1956] in 1904.
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Axiom of Choice. 2008-04-23. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/axiomofchoice.html.
2009-12-15: Added "References" (McAdams, David.
2008-04-23: Initial version (McAdams, David.