# Distinct Ordinals are not Order Isomorphic

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## Theorem

Let $\alpha$ and $\beta$ be ordinals such that $\alpha \ne \beta$.

Then $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are not order isomorphic.

## Proof

By definition, an ordinal is well-ordered by the subset relation.

From Class of All Ordinals is Well-Ordered by Subset Relation, the class of all ordinals is a nest.

Hence:

- $\paren {\alpha \subsetneqq \beta} \lor \paren {\beta \subsetneqq \alpha}$

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The result follows by Well-Ordered Class is not Isomorphic to Initial Segment.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 2010: Raymond M. Smullyan and Melvin Fitting:
*Set Theory and the Continuum Problem*(revised ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $6$: Order Isomorphism and Transfinite Recursion: $\S 2$ Isomorphisms of well orderings: Corollary $2.5$