axiom of choice

statement in the language of set theory that makes it possible to form sets by choosing an element simultaneously from each member of an infinite ... [5 related articles]
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axiom of choice

An axiom in set theory that is one of the most controversial axioms in mathematics; it was formulated in 1904 by the German mathematician Ernst Zermelo (1871-1953) and, at first, seems obvious and trivial. Imagine there are many – possibly an unlimited number of – boxes in front of you, ...
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