fom wrote: > On 2/27/2014 3:09 PM, Peter Percival wrote: >> email@example.com wrote: >> >>> Why have just these axioms of set theory been chosen? Any idea? >> >> Zermelo's set theory was axiomatized in the way it was so that he could >> prove Cantor's theorem that every set was well-orderable. Cantor's own >> proof was not widely accepted. >> > > And, I am the one accused of being > a historian? That's a nice little > fact. Do you know where you picked > it up? > > chuckle > > :-) >
I though it was from Heijenoort. Either from Zermelo's papers translated there, or the introductions to them. But having looked I don't see any claim as bold as the one I made. :-(
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