Definition:Zermelo Universe

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A Zermelo universe is a basic universe which also satisfies the axiom of infinity:

$\text A 1$: Axiom of Transitivity

$V$ is a transitive class.

$\text A 2$: Axiom of Swelledness

$V$ is a swelled class.

$\text A 3$: Axiom of the Empty Set

The empty class $\O$ is a set, that is:

$\O \in V$

$\text A 4$: Axiom of Pairing

Let $a$ and $b$ be sets.

Then the class $\set {a, b}$ is likewise a set.

$\text A 5$: Axiom of Unions

Let $x$ be a set (of sets).

Then its union $\bigcup x$ is also a set.

$\text A 6$: Axiom of Powers

Let $x$ be a set.

Then its power set $\powerset x$ is also a set.

$\text A 7$: Axiom of Infinity

Let $\omega$ be the class of natural numbers as constructed by the Von Neumann construction:

\(\ds 0\) \(:=\) \(\ds \O\)
\(\ds 1\) \(:=\) \(\ds 0 \cup \set 0\)
\(\ds 2\) \(:=\) \(\ds 1 \cup \set 1\)
\(\ds 3\) \(:=\) \(\ds 2 \cup \set 2\)
\(\ds \) \(\vdots\) \(\ds \)
\(\ds n + 1\) \(:=\) \(\ds n \cup \set n\)
\(\ds \) \(\vdots\) \(\ds \)

Then $\omega$ is a set.

Source of Name

This entry was named for Ernst Zermelo.