Axiom of Choice

Pronunciation: /ˈæksiəm ʌv tʃɔɪs/ Explain

The axiom of choice states that an infinite set, such as the set of all even integers, can be created from other infinite sets, such as the set of all integers[1][2]. This axiom 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 Ernst Zermelo [German, 1871-1956] in 1904.

References

  1. Jech, Thomas. Set Theory. 3rd edition. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/set-theory. Buy the book
  2. Bell, John L.. The Axiom of Choice. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/axiom-choice.

More Information

  • Eric Schechter. Axiom of Choice. math.vanderbilt.edu. Vanderbilt University. 6/19/2018. https://math.vanderbilt.edu/schectex/ccc/choice.html.
  • McAdams, David E.. Axiom. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/19/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/axiom.html.

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McAdams, David E. Axiom of Choice. 6/15/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/axiomofchoice.html.

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