The Axiom of Choice

[Revised entry by John L. Bell on March 18, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] The principle of set theory known as the Axiom of Choice has been hailed as "probably the most interesting and, in spite
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[Revised entry by John L. Bell on March 18, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] The principle of set theory known as the Axiom of Choice has been hailed as "probably the most interesting and, in spite of its late appearance, the most discussed axiom of mathematics, second only to Euclid's axiom of parallels which was introduced more than two thousand years ago" (Fraenkel, Bar-Hillel a Levy 1973, sII.4). The fulsomeness of this description might lead those unfamiliar with the axiom to expect it to be as startling as, say, the...

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