Set Theory and Metric Spaces

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American Mathematical Soc., 2001 - Mathematics - 140 pages
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This is a book that could profitably be read by many graduate students or by seniors in strong major programs ... has a number of good features. There are many informal comments scattered between the formal development of theorems and these are done in a light and pleasant style. ... There is a complete proof of the equivalence of the axiom of choice, Zorn's Lemma, and well-ordering, as well as a discussion of the use of these concepts. There is also an interesting discussion of the continuum problem ... The presentation of metric spaces before topological spaces ... should be welcomed by most students, since metric spaces are much closer to the ideas of Euclidean spaces with which they are already familiar. --Canadian Mathematical Bulletin Kaplansky has a well-deserved reputation for his expository talents. The selection of topics is excellent. --Lance Small, UC San Diego This book is based on notes from a course on set theory and metric spaces taught by Edwin Spanier, and also incorporates with his permission numerous exercises from those notes. The volume includes an Appendix that helps bridge the gap between metric and topological spaces, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index.
  

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Contents

CARDINAL NUMBERS
21
WELLORDERING THE AXIOM OF CHOICE
49
BASIC PROPERTIES OF METRIC SPACES
67
COMPLETENESS SEPARABILITY AND COMPACTNESS
84
ADDITIONAL TOPICS
106
Examples of Metric Spaces
117
The Transition to Topological Spaces
127
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
133
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