Axiom of choice
In mathematics, the axiom of choice, or AC, is an axiom of set theory equivalent to the statement that the Cartesian product of a collection of non-empty sets is non-empty. Informally put, the axiom of choice says that given any collection of bins, each containing at least one object, it is possible to make a selection of one object from each bin if the collection is infinite. Formally, it states that for every indexed family i ∈ I of nonempty sets there exists an indexed family i ∈ I of elements such that x i ∈ S i for every i ∈ I; the axiom of choice was formulated in 1904 by Ernst Zermelo in order to formalize his proof of the well-ordering theorem. In many cases, such a selection can be made without invoking the axiom of choice. An illustrative example is sets picked from the natural numbers. From such sets, one may always select the smallest number, e.g. in the smallest elements are. In this case, "select the smallest number" is a choice function. If infinitely many sets were collected from the natural numbers, it will always be possible to choose the smallest element from each set to produce a set.
That is, the choice function provides the set of chosen elements. However, no choice function is known for the collection of all non-empty subsets of the real numbers. In that case, the axiom of choice must be invoked. Bertrand Russell coined an analogy: for any collection of pairs of shoes, one can pick out the left shoe from each pair to obtain an appropriate selection. For an infinite collection of pairs of socks, there is no obvious way to make a function that selects one sock from each pair, without invoking the axiom of choice. Although controversial, the axiom of choice is now used without reservation by most mathematicians, it is included in the standard form of axiomatic set theory, Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory with the axiom of choice. One motivation for this use is that a number of accepted mathematical results, such as Tychonoff's theorem, require the axiom of choice for their proofs. Contemporary set theorists study axioms that are not compatible with the axiom of choice, such as the axiom of determinacy.
The axiom of choice is avoided in some varieties of constructive mathematics, although there are varieties of constructive mathematics in which the axiom of choice is embraced. A choice function is a function f, defined on a collection X of nonempty sets, such that for every set A in X, f is an element of A. With this concept, the axiom can be stated: Formally, this may be expressed as follows: ∀ X. Thus, the negation of the axiom of choice states that there exists a collection of nonempty sets that has no choice function; each choice function on a collection X of nonempty sets is an element of the Cartesian product of the sets in X. This is not the most general situation of a Cartesian product of a family of sets, where a given set can occur more than once as a factor; the axiom of choice asserts the existence of such elements. In this article and other discussions of the Axiom of Choice the following abbreviations are common: AC – the Axiom of Choice. ZF – Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory omitting the Axiom of Choice.
ZFC – Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory, extended to include the Axiom of Choice. There are many other equivalent statements of the axiom of choice; these are equivalent in the sense that, in the presence of other basic axioms of set theory, they imply the axiom of choice and are implied by it. One variation avoids the use of choice functions by, in effect, replacing each choice function with its range. Given any set X of pairwise disjoint non-empty sets, there exists at least one set C that contains one element in common with each of the sets in X; this guarantees for any partition of a set X the existence of a subset C of X containing one element from each part of the partition. Another equivalent axiom only considers collections X that are powersets of other sets: For any set A, the power set of A has a choice function. Authors who use this formulation speak of the choice function on A, but be advised that this is a different notion of choice function, its domain is the powerset of A, and
In mathematics, a ring is one of the fundamental algebraic structures used in abstract algebra. It consists of a set equipped with two binary operations that generalize the arithmetic operations of addition and multiplication. Through this generalization, theorems from arithmetic are extended to non-numerical objects such as polynomials, series and functions. A ring is an abelian group with a second binary operation, associative, is distributive over the abelian group operation, has an identity element. By extension from the integers, the abelian group operation is called addition and the second binary operation is called multiplication. Whether a ring is commutative or not has profound implications on its behavior as an abstract object; as a result, commutative ring theory known as commutative algebra, is a key topic in ring theory. Its development has been influenced by problems and ideas occurring in algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry. Examples of commutative rings include the set of integers equipped with the addition and multiplication operations, the set of polynomials equipped with their addition and multiplication, the coordinate ring of an affine algebraic variety, the ring of integers of a number field.
Examples of noncommutative rings include the ring of n × n real square matrices with n ≥ 2, group rings in representation theory, operator algebras in functional analysis, rings of differential operators in the theory of differential operators, the cohomology ring of a topological space in topology. The conceptualization of rings was completed in the 1920s. Key contributors include Dedekind, Hilbert and Noether. Rings were first formalized as a generalization of Dedekind domains that occur in number theory, of polynomial rings and rings of invariants that occur in algebraic geometry and invariant theory. Afterward, they proved to be useful in other branches of mathematics such as geometry and mathematical analysis; the most familiar example of a ring is the set of all integers, Z, consisting of the numbers …, −5, −4, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …The familiar properties for addition and multiplication of integers serve as a model for the axioms for rings. A ring is a set R equipped with two binary operations + and · satisfying the following three sets of axioms, called the ring axioms R is an abelian group under addition, meaning that: + c = a + for all a, b, c in R. a + b = b + a for all a, b in R.
There is an element 0 in R such that a + 0 = a for all a in R. For each a in R there exists −a in R such that a + = 0. R is a monoid under multiplication, meaning that: · c = a · for all a, b, c in R. There is an element 1 in R such that a · 1 = a and 1 · a = a for all a in R. Multiplication is distributive with respect to addition, meaning that: a ⋅ = + for all a, b, c in R. · a = + for all a, b, c in R. As explained in § History below, many authors follow an alternative convention in which a ring is not defined to have a multiplicative identity; this article adopts the convention that, unless otherwise stated, a ring is assumed to have such an identity. A structure satisfying all the axioms except the requirement that there exists a multiplicative identity element is called a rng. For example, the set of integers with the usual + and ⋅ is a rng, but not a ring; the operations + and ⋅ are called multiplication, respectively. The multiplication symbol ⋅ is omitted, so the juxtaposition of ring elements is interpreted as multiplication.
For example, xy means x ⋅ y. Although ring addition is commutative, ring multiplication is not required to be commutative: ab need not equal ba. Rings that satisfy commutativity for multiplication are called commutative rings. Books on commutative algebra or algebraic geometry adopt the convention that ring means commutative ring, to simplify terminology. In a ring, multiplication does not have to have an inverse. A commutative ring such; the additive group of a ring is the ring equipped just with the structure of addition. Although the definition assumes that the additive group is abelian, this can be inferred from the other ring axioms; some basic properties of a ring follow from the axioms: The additive identity, the additive inverse of each element, the multiplicative identity are unique. For any element x in a ring R, one has x0 = 0 = 0x and x = –x. If 0 = 1 in a ring R R has only one element, is called the zero ring; the binomial formula holds for any commuting pair of elements. Equip the set Z 4 = with the following operat
Israel Nathan Herstein
Israel Nathan Herstein was a mathematician, appointed as professor at the University of Chicago in 1951. He worked on a variety of areas of algebra, including ring theory, with over 100 research papers and over a dozen books. Herstein was born in Lublin, Poland, in 1923, his family emigrated to Canada in 1926, he grew up in a harsh and underprivileged environment where, according to him, "you either became a gangster or a college professor." During his school years he played football, ice hockey, golf and pool. He worked as a steeplejack and as a barker at a fair, he received his B. S. degree from the University of Manitoba and his M. A. from the University of Toronto. He received his Ph. D from Indiana University in 1948, his advisor was Max Zorn. He held positions at the University of Kansas, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University before permanently settling at the University of Chicago in 1962, he was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1960–1961. He is known for his lucid style of writing, as exemplified by his Topics in Algebra, an undergraduate introduction to abstract algebra, first published in 1964, with a second edition in 1975.
A more advanced text is his Noncommutative Rings in the Carus Mathematical Monographs series. His primary interest was in noncommutative ring theory, but he wrote papers on finite groups, linear algebra, mathematical economics, he had 30 Ph. D. students and lectured and spoke Italian, Hebrew and Portuguese. He died from cancer in Chicago, Illinois, in 1988, his doctoral students include Susan Montgomery, Karen Parshall and Claudio Procesi. "On the Lie ring of a simple ring". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 40: 305–306. May 1954. Doi:10.1073/pnas.40.5.305. PMC 534126. PMID 16589478. "A counterexample in Noetherian rings". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 54: 1036–1037. October 1965. Doi:10.1073/pnas.54.4.1036. PMC 219788. PMID 16578617. Rings with involution. Chicago & London: Univ. Chicago Press. 1976. Contemporary Abstract Algebra. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-51471-6. O'Connor, John J.. "Israel Nathan Herstein", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews. Israel Nathan Herstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Granted letters patent by King Henry VIII in 1534, it is the world's oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the world, it holds letters patent as the Queen's Printer. The press mission is "to further the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education and research at the highest international levels of excellence". Cambridge University Press is a department of the University of Cambridge and is both an academic and educational publisher. With a global sales presence, publishing hubs, offices in more than 40 countries, it publishes over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries, its publishing includes academic journals, reference works and English language teaching and learning publications. Cambridge University Press is a charitable enterprise that transfers part of its annual surplus back to the university. Cambridge University Press is both the oldest publishing house in the world and the oldest university press.
It originated from letters patent granted to the University of Cambridge by Henry VIII in 1534, has been producing books continuously since the first University Press book was printed. Cambridge is one of the two privileged presses. Authors published by Cambridge have included John Milton, William Harvey, Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell, Stephen Hawking. University printing began in Cambridge when the first practising University Printer, Thomas Thomas, set up a printing house on the site of what became the Senate House lawn – a few yards from where the press's bookshop now stands. In those days, the Stationers' Company in London jealously guarded its monopoly of printing, which explains the delay between the date of the university's letters patent and the printing of the first book. In 1591, Thomas's successor, John Legate, printed the first Cambridge Bible, an octavo edition of the popular Geneva Bible; the London Stationers objected strenuously. The university's response was to point out the provision in its charter to print "all manner of books".
Thus began the press's tradition of publishing the Bible, a tradition that has endured for over four centuries, beginning with the Geneva Bible, continuing with the Authorized Version, the Revised Version, the New English Bible and the Revised English Bible. The restrictions and compromises forced upon Cambridge by the dispute with the London Stationers did not come to an end until the scholar Richard Bentley was given the power to set up a'new-style press' in 1696. In July 1697 the Duke of Somerset made a loan of £200 to the university "towards the printing house and presse" and James Halman, Registrary of the University, lent £100 for the same purpose, it was in Bentley's time, in 1698, that a body of senior scholars was appointed to be responsible to the university for the press's affairs. The Press Syndicate's publishing committee still meets and its role still includes the review and approval of the press's planned output. John Baskerville became University Printer in the mid-eighteenth century.
Baskerville's concern was the production of the finest possible books using his own type-design and printing techniques. Baskerville wrote, "The importance of the work demands all my attention. Caxton would have found nothing to surprise him if he had walked into the press's printing house in the eighteenth century: all the type was still being set by hand. A technological breakthrough was badly needed, it came when Lord Stanhope perfected the making of stereotype plates; this involved making a mould of the whole surface of a page of type and casting plates from that mould. The press was the first to use this technique, in 1805 produced the technically successful and much-reprinted Cambridge Stereotype Bible. By the 1850s the press was using steam-powered machine presses, employing two to three hundred people, occupying several buildings in the Silver Street and Mill Lane area, including the one that the press still occupies, the Pitt Building, built for the press and in honour of William Pitt the Younger.
Under the stewardship of C. J. Clay, University Printer from 1854 to 1882, the press increased the size and scale of its academic and educational publishing operation. An important factor in this increase was the inauguration of its list of schoolbooks. During Clay's administration, the press undertook a sizeable co-publishing venture with Oxford: the Revised Version of the Bible, begun in 1870 and completed in 1885, it was in this period as well that the Syndics of the press turned down what became the Oxford English Dictionary—a proposal for, brought to Cambridge by James Murray before he turned to Oxford. The appointment of R. T. Wright as Secretary of the Press Syndicate in 1892 marked the beginning of the press's development as a modern publishing business with a defined editorial policy and administrative structure, it was Wright who devised the plan for one of the most distinctive Cambridge contributions to publishing—the Cambridge Histories. The Cambridge Modern History was published
Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure and change. Mathematicians use patterns to formulate new conjectures; when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back; the research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.
Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, medicine and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians engage in pure mathematics without having any application in mind, but practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are discovered later; the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, shared by many animals, was that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges have something in common, namely quantity of their members; as evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples may have recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time – days, years. Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, for astronomy.
The most ancient mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000–1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry, it is in Babylonian mathematics that elementary arithmetic first appear in the archaeological record. The Babylonians possessed a place-value system, used a sexagesimal numeral system, still in use today for measuring angles and time. Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, the Ancient Greeks began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right with Greek mathematics. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom and proof, his textbook Elements is considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time. The greatest mathematician of antiquity is held to be Archimedes of Syracuse, he developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution and used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections, trigonometry (Hipparchus of Nicaea, the beginnings of algebra. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today, evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics. Other notable developments of Indian mathematics include the modern definition of sine and cosine, an early form of infinite series. During the Golden Age of Islam during the 9th and 10th centuries, mathematics saw many important innovations building on Greek mathematics; the most notable achievement of Islamic mathematics was the development of algebra. Other notable achievements of the Islamic period are advances in spherical trigonometry and the addition of the decimal point to the Arabic numeral system. Many notable mathematicians from this period were Persian, such as Al-Khwarismi, Omar Khayyam and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. During the early modern period, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe.
The development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries; the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra, differential geometry, matrix theory, number theory, statistics. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems, which show that any axiomatic system, consistent will contain unprovable propositions. Mathematics has since been extended, there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to
A prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers. A natural number greater than 1, not prime is called a composite number. For example, 5 is prime because the only ways of writing it as a product, 1 × 5 or 5 × 1, involve 5 itself. However, 6 is composite because it is the product of two numbers that are both smaller than 6. Primes are central in number theory because of the fundamental theorem of arithmetic: every natural number greater than 1 is either a prime itself or can be factorized as a product of primes, unique up to their order; the property of being prime is called primality. A simple but slow method of checking the primality of a given number n, called trial division, tests whether n is a multiple of any integer between 2 and n. Faster algorithms include the Miller–Rabin primality test, fast but has a small chance of error, the AKS primality test, which always produces the correct answer in polynomial time but is too slow to be practical.
Fast methods are available for numbers of special forms, such as Mersenne numbers. As of December 2018 the largest known prime number has 24,862,048 decimal digits. There are infinitely many primes, as demonstrated by Euclid around 300 BC. No known simple formula separates prime numbers from composite numbers. However, the distribution of primes within the natural numbers in the large can be statistically modelled; the first result in that direction is the prime number theorem, proven at the end of the 19th century, which says that the probability of a randomly chosen number being prime is inversely proportional to its number of digits, that is, to its logarithm. Several historical questions regarding prime numbers are still unsolved; these include Goldbach's conjecture, that every integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes, the twin prime conjecture, that there are infinitely many pairs of primes having just one number between them. Such questions spurred the development of various branches of number theory, focusing on analytic or algebraic aspects of numbers.
Primes are used in several routines in information technology, such as public-key cryptography, which relies on the difficulty of factoring large numbers into their prime factors. In abstract algebra, objects that behave in a generalized way like prime numbers include prime elements and prime ideals. A natural number is called a prime number if it is greater than 1 and cannot be written as a product of two natural numbers that are both smaller than it; the numbers greater than 1 that are not prime are called composite numbers. In other words, n is prime if n items cannot be divided up into smaller equal-size groups of more than one item, or if it is not possible to arrange n dots into a rectangular grid, more than one dot wide and more than one dot high. For example, among the numbers 1 through 6, the numbers 2, 3, 5 are the prime numbers, as there are no other numbers that divide them evenly. 1 is not prime, as it is excluded in the definition. 4 = 2 × 2 and 6 = 2 × 3 are both composite. The divisors of a natural number n are the numbers.
Every natural number has both itself as a divisor. If it has any other divisor, it cannot be prime; this idea leads to a different but equivalent definition of the primes: they are the numbers with two positive divisors, 1 and the number itself. Yet another way to express the same thing is that a number n is prime if it is greater than one and if none of the numbers 2, 3, …, n − 1 divides n evenly; the first 25 prime numbers are: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97. No number n greater than 2 is prime because any such number can be expressed as the product 2 × n / 2. Therefore, every prime number other than 2 is an odd number, is called an odd prime; when written in the usual decimal system, all prime numbers larger than 5 end in 1, 3, 7, or 9. The numbers that end with other digits are all composite: decimal numbers that end in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 are and decimal numbers that end in 0 or 5 are divisible by 5; the set of all primes is sometimes denoted by P or by P.
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, from around 1550 BC, has Egyptian fraction expansions of different forms for prime and composite numbers. However, the earliest surviving records of the explicit study of prime numbers come from Ancient Greek mathematics. Euclid's Elements proves the infinitude of primes and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, shows how to construct a perfect number from a Mersenne prime. Another Greek invention, the Sieve of Eratosthenes, is still used to construct lists of primes. Around 1000 AD, the Islamic mathematician Alhazen found Wilson's theorem, characterizing the prime numbers as the numbers n that evenly divide
Serge Lang was a French-American mathematician and activist who taught at Yale University for most of his career. He is known for his work in number theory and for his mathematics textbooks, including the influential Algebra, he was a member of the Bourbaki group. As an activist, he campaigned against the nomination of the political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academies of Science, descended into AIDS denialism, claiming that HIV had not been proven to cause AIDS and protesting Yale's research into HIV/AIDS. Lang was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, close to Paris, in 1927, he had a twin brother who became a sister who became an actress. Lang moved with his family to California as a teenager, where he graduated in 1943 from Beverly Hills High School, he subsequently graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1946, received a doctorate from Princeton University in 1951. He held faculty positions at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Yale University. Lang studied under Emil Artin at Princeton University, writing his thesis on quasi-algebraic closure, worked on the geometric analogues of class field theory and diophantine geometry.
He moved into diophantine approximation and transcendental number theory, proving the Schneider–Lang theorem. A break in research while he was involved in trying to meet 1960s student activism halfway caused him difficulties in picking up the threads afterwards, he wrote on modular forms and modular units, the idea of a'distribution' on a profinite group, value distribution theory. He made a number of conjectures in diophantine geometry: Mordell–Lang conjecture, Bombieri–Lang conjecture, Lang–Trotter conjecture, the Lang conjecture on analytically hyperbolic varieties, he introduced the Lang map, the Katz–Lang finiteness theorem, the Lang–Steinberg theorem in algebraic groups. Lang was a prolific writer of mathematical texts completing one on his summer vacation. Most are at the graduate level, he wrote calculus texts and prepared a book on group cohomology for Bourbaki. Lang's Algebra, a graduate-level introduction to abstract algebra, was a influential text that ran through numerous updated editions.
His Steele prize citation stated, "Lang's Algebra changed the way graduate algebra is taught... It has affected all subsequent graduate-level algebra books." It contained ideas of Artin. Lang was noted for his eagerness for contact with students, he was described as a passionate teacher who would throw chalk at students who he believed were not paying attention. One of his colleagues recalled: "He would rave in front of his students, he would say,'Our two aims are truth and clarity, to achieve these I will shout in class.'" He won a Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society. In 1960, he won the sixth Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra for his paper Unramified class field theory over function fields in several variables. Lang spent much of his professional time engaged in political activism, he was a staunch socialist and active in opposition to the Vietnam War, volunteering for the 1966 anti-war campaign of Robert Scheer. Lang quit his position at Columbia in 1971 in protest over the university's treatment of anti-war protesters.
Lang engaged in several efforts to challenge anyone he believed was spreading misinformation or misusing science or mathematics to further their own goals. He attacked the 1977 Survey of the American Professoriate, an opinion questionnaire that Seymour Martin Lipset and E. C. Ladd had sent to thousands of college professors in the United States, accusing it of containing numerous biased and loaded questions; this led to a public and acrimonious conflict. In 1986, Lang mounted what the New York Times described as a "one-man challenge" against the nomination of political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academy of Sciences. Lang described Huntington's research, in particular his use of mathematical equations to demonstrate that South Africa was a "satisfied society", as "pseudoscience", arguing that it gave "the illusion of science without any of its substance." Despite support for Huntington from the Academy's social and behavioral scientists, Lang's challenge was successful, Huntington was twice rejected for Academy membership.
Huntington's supporters argued that Lang's opposition was political rather than scientific in nature. Lang kept his political correspondence and related documentation in extensive "files", he would send letters or publish articles, wait for responses, engage the writers in further correspondence, collect all these writings together and point out what he considered contradictions. He mailed these files to people he considered important, his extensive file criticizing Nobel laureate David Baltimore was published in the journal Ethics and Behaviour in January 1993. Lang fought the decision by Yale University to hire Daniel Kevles, a historian of science, because Lang disagreed with Kevles' analysis in The Baltimore Case. Lang's most controversial political stance was as an AIDS denialist.