The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory, Edition 2

Springer Science & Business Media
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This book provides an account of those parts of contemporary set theory of direct relevance to other areas of pure mathematics. The intended reader is either an advanced-level mathematics undergraduate, a beginning graduate student in mathematics, or an accomplished mathematician who desires or needs some familiarity with modern set theory. The book is written in a fairly easy-going style, with minimal formalism. In Chapter 1, the basic principles of set theory are developed in a 'naive' manner. Here the notions of 'set', 'union', 'intersection', 'power set', 'rela tion', 'function', etc., are defined and discussed. One assumption in writing Chapter 1 has been that, whereas the reader may have met all of these 1 concepts before and be familiar with their usage, she may not have con sidered the various notions as forming part of the continuous development of a pure subject (namely, set theory). Consequently, the presentation is at the same time rigorous and fast.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Dec 6, 2012
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Pages
194
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ISBN
9781461209034
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English
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Computers / Data Processing
Mathematics / Discrete Mathematics
Mathematics / General
Mathematics / History & Philosophy
Mathematics / Logic
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