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We confirmed in IV 1. four that R is uncountable, and therefore couldn't accept a well-ordering of variety ω. This poses the query: Does there exist a well-ordering of the set R of all actual numbers? If we attempted to well-order the set R, we would begin via a style like that which we utilized in IV three. 1, the place we first prepared a sort ω series of genuine numbers after which, through the use of diagonal tools, rearrangement ideas, and so on. , built new numbers. And if we ordered them (as we did) as they have been built, they shaped, at every one degree of the development, a well-ordered set. despite the fact that, apart from the truth that we bumped into such problems as exhaustion of attainable rearrangement ideas, we might haven't any ensure that all numbers in R will be bought through the method whether such problems should be triumph over. In view of such issues, we'd need to search for one other strategy. and because the method utilized in IV three. 1 results in a suite no longer successfully countable, we would suspect that any technique of building could bring about an identical outcome, sooner than all numbers in R have been accounted for. in fact, we'd quit the duty as hopeless, concluding that there can't exist any well-ordering of R. it's not unbelievable that almost all mathematicians who had given idea to the matter had arrived at this end while the German mathematician Ernst Zermelo released his well-known Well-Ordering Theorem in 1904 (Zermelo [a]). We country this theorem now, yet at this time we supply simply a sign of the facts, for the reason that we're mainly drawn to displaying how the alternative Axiom enters into it. three. 1. 1 Definition. If S is a easily ordered set and s ε S, then through S/s we denote the set {x | x < s}, and via s/S the set S — S/s; every one of those being thought of units ordered relative to an analogous binary relation < with recognize to which S is just ordered. We name S/s the component of S made up our minds via s. Axiom (b) of two. 1 stipulates that each one sections of the set N are finite. If the set S of the above definition has a primary point a, then obviously S/a = and a/S = S. And if S is well-ordered, then either S/a and a/S are well-ordered units. The latter assertion is a specific case of “ If W is a well-ordered set with appreciate to a few binary relation < , then each subset W’ of W is well-ordered with admire to an identical relation < . ” within the sequel, after we communicate of a well-ordered subset W′ of a well-ordered set W, we will suggest the above set W′ until one other ordering is designated. three. 1. 2 Well-Ordering Theorem (Theorem of Zermelo). If S is any set whatever, then there exists a well-ordering† of S. Indication of facts. enable ; then, because the components Sν of ∃ are non-empty units, there exists via the overall selection Axiom (III 6. four) a collection whose components are pairs (SV, XV) within which xν ε SV, and such that every Sν ε happens in a single and just one pair. Denote each one xν by way of x(Sν); therefore x(S) is the consultant part of S itself. Now allow us to name a non-empty well-ordered set W, whose parts also are components of S, a “WS-sequence,” if, for each point w of W, x(S — W/w) = w.