You are ready. You don’t read math book like you read a novel. You can literally spend days on one page. You are not going to find a better book than Halmos’s. Every mathematician agrees that every mathematician must know some set theory; the Naive Set Theory. Authors; (view affiliations). Paul R. Halmos. Book. Every mathematician agrees that every mathematician must know some set theory; the disagreement begins in trying to decide how much is some. This book.

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Book Review: Naïve Set Theory (MIRI course list)

I’ll review the content before giving my impressions. Apr 23 ’15 at Naive Set Theory By: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Any further questionsI am happy to answer: Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

In terms of set theory, the phrase ‘nothing contains everything’ out of context, can be taken to mean either that the empty set contains all sets or that there is no such thing as the set of everything. A family of sets ahlmos a collection of sets, with an index and a function in the background.

I had started reading it on thsory side when I realized it was contextually useful. Is it a good book? Good introduction to set theory.

It’s not clear to me how much raw set theory is useful in modern AI research; my wild guess is that mathematical logic, model theory, and provability theory are more important. This book seems well-suited for a layperson interested in learning set theory.

It’s seemed very fundamental but school never gave me a good opportunity to learn it. One of the most beautiful sources of set-theoretic wisdom is still Hausdorff’s Set theory. Soul rated it it was amazing Aug 02, In my opinion it manages to keep the language simple and aids students to find their way by pointing out important caveats. I’m extremely surprised you never came across it before given that you’ve taken courses in, e.


I would guess that the book is well-paced for someone who has done the standard college calculus courses but is unfamiliar with Set Theory subject matter.

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Zorn’s lemma is used in similar ways to the axiom of choice – making infinite many choices at once – thdory perhaps is not very strange considering ZL and AC have been proven to be equivalent.

Now, I want to learn math again. AlsoI had to search Math. In those areas, set theory works in just the way you’d expect it to.

Book Review: Naive Set Theory (MIRI research guide)

The second was Concepts of Modern Mathematics, which gave me much of the larger mathematical context that Naive Set Theory didn’t. Although I have never formally studied set theory, I didn’t get much out of it, though it did serve to reinforce my knowledge of some of the algebra behind sets.

Lists with This Book. The high school didn’t teach any theoretical foundation of math at all. The exercises are useful too. Derek Goldrei, Classic set theorybut some “practice” with mathematical and logic symbolism is needed Set theory is vital to know in modern mathematics, but you almost certainly don’t need the level of depth this book goes into for day-to-day work.

Different if they do not. Feb 04, Ryan Kirkish rated it really liked it. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking nauve Your Answer”, you acknowledge that galmos have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Functions Halmos is using some dated terminology and is in my eyes a bit inconsistent here.

Naive Set Theory by Paul R. Halmos

Kamke, which was reprinted by Dover Books, but I don’t know how well suited to machine learning the topic is. The axiom of unions allows one to create a new set that contains all the members of the original sets. Since you have found your way into Stack Exchange, then you have access to quality help ste your brain starts melting due to overload. The first chapter of any undergrad textbook on general discrete mathematics will almost certainly contain all the set theory you need for machine learning.


The peano axioms can be modeled on the the set-theoretic axioms. Sets are the same if they contain the same elements. These motivating passages are actually less frequent than I would have liked, but they do enough to motivate not only specific definitions, but to motivate what the axiomatic set theory approach is all about.

David Richerby maive, 1 13 Set Theory and the Continuum Problem. After thatI would suggest you to pick up Rosen — wonderful book with lots of problems: Most useful was interacting with ordinal and cardinal numbers. I rushed through and missed a lot of subtleties. Normally I’d summarize each chapter, but chapters were about four tiny pages each and the content is mostly described by the chapter name.

He had a rather nonstandard use of the phrase “in case,” which threw me off until I got used to it.

If thsory comparably short-and-sweet textbook written in the last twenty years can be found, I recommend updating the suggestion on the MIRI course list. It’s used for extending counting beyond w. So, I concluded I needed a better introduction to mathematical proofs, ordered some books on the subject, and postponed investing into the exercises in Naive Set Theory until I had gotten that introduction.

The inverses Halmos defines here are more general than the inverse functions described on wikipedia.