These exercises (due September 28) are mostly meant to test your understanding of compactness.

Let be a nonstandard model of Show:

(Overspill) Suppose that is definable (with parameters) and that Show that is finite.

(Underspill) Suppose that is definable and that Show that there is some infinite such that all the elements of are larger than

Let be a nonstandard model of Here, is treated as a relation, and in we may have placed whatever functions and relations we may have need to reference in what follows; moreover, we assume that in our language we have a constant symbol for each real number. (Of course, this means that we are lifting the restriction that languages are countable.) To ease notation, let’s write for The convention is that we identify actual reals in with their copies in so we write rather than etc.

Show that is a nonstandard model of the theory of problem 1. (In particular, check that the indicated restrictions of and have range contained in )

A (nonstandard) real is finite iff there is some (finite) natural number such that Otherwise, it is infinite. A (nonstandard) real is infinitesimal iff but for all positive (finite) natural numbers one has that We write to mean that either is infinitesimal, or else it is Show that infinite and infinitesimal numbers exist. The monad of a real is the set of all such that which we may also write as and say that and are infinitesimally close. Show that the relation is an equivalence relation. Show that if a monad contains an actual real number, then this number is unique. Show that this is the case precisely if it is the monad of a finite number. In this case, write to indicate that the (actual) real is in the monad of We also say that is the standard part of

Show that a function is continuous at a real iff for all infinitesimal numbers

Suppose that is continuous on the closed interval Argue as follows to show that attains its maximum: For each positive integer there is some integer with such that Conclude that the same holds if is some infinite natural number, i.e., there is some (perhaps infinite) “natural number” with such that Let and argue that the maximum of is attained at

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Given a language and an -structure a set is definable iff there is a formula with (distinct) free variables and there are elements such that, letting be the set of assignments such that for then for all with

In human: is definable iff it is the set of elements of that satisfy some formula. We allow said formula to use parameters, i.e., to refer to some fixed elements of

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Now my concern is: If 0 is not an infinitesimal, then is reflexive. Namely, if then . That is, for all positive . But . So, cannot be infinitesimal. What am I missing here?

This is a very interesting question (and I really want to see what other answers you receive). I do not know of any general metatheorems ensuring that what you ask (in particular, about consistency strength) is the case, at least under reasonable conditions. However, arguments establishing the proof theoretic ordinal of a theory $T$ usually entail this. You […]

This is false; take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytic_set for a quick introduction. For details, look at Kechris's book on Classical Descriptive Set Theory. There you will find also some information on the history of this result, how it was originally thought to be true, and how the discovery of counterexamples led to the creation of desc […]

This is open. In $L(\mathbb R)$ the answer is yes. Hugh has several proofs of this, and it remains one of the few unpublished results in the area. The latest version of the statement (that I know of) is the claim in your parenthetical remark at the end. This gives determinacy in $L(\mathbb R)$ using, for example, a reflection argument. (I mentioned this a wh […]

A classical reference is Hypothèse du Continu by Waclaw Sierpiński (1934), available through the Virtual Library of Science as part of the series Mathematical Monographs of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Sierpiński discusses equivalences and consequences. The statements covered include examples from set theory, combinatorics, […]

There is a new journal of the European Mathematical Society that seems perfect for these articles: EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences. The description at the link reads: The EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences is dedicated to publishing authoritative surveys and high-level expositions in all areas of mathematical sciences. It is a peer-reviewed periodical […]

You may be interested in the following paper: Lorenz Halbeisen, and Norbert Hungerbühler. The cardinality of Hamel bases of Banach spaces, East-West Journal of Mathematics, 2, (2000) 153-159. There, Lorenz and Norbert prove a few results about the size of Hamel bases of arbitrary infinite dimensional Banach spaces. In particular, they show: Lemma 3.4. If $K\ […]

You just need to show that $\sum_{\alpha\in F}\alpha^k=0$ for $k=0,1,\dots,q-2$. This is clear for $k=0$ (understanding $0^0$ as $1$). But $\alpha^q-\alpha=0$ for all $\alpha$ so $\alpha^{q-1}-1=0$ for all $\alpha\ne0$, and the result follows from the Newton identities.

Nice question. Let me first point out that the Riemann Hypothesis and $\mathsf{P}$-vs-$\mathsf{NP}$ are much simpler than $\Pi^1_2$: The former is $\Pi^0_1$, see this MO question, and the assertion that $\mathsf{P}=\mathsf{NP}$ is a $\Pi^0_2$ statement ("for every code for a machine of such and such kind there is a code for a machine of such other kind […]

For brevity's sake, say that a theory $T$ is nice if $T$ is a consistent theory that can interpret Peano Arithmetic and admits a recursively enumerable set of axioms. For any such $T$, the statement "$T$ is consistent" can be coded as an arithmetic statement (saying that no number codes a proof of a contradiction from the axioms of $T$). What […]

What was the precise definition of “definable” again. I can’t find it in the book anywhere.

Given a language and an -structure a set is

definableiff there is a formula with (distinct) free variables and there are elements such that, letting be the set of assignments such that for then for all withIn human: is definable iff it is the set of elements of that satisfy some formula. We allow said formula to use parameters, i.e., to refer to some fixed elements of

Thanks.

Is 0 considered an infinitesimal? By the definition above, 0 would be, but I always thought it was otherwise.

Ah, you are right! I’ve modified the text accordingly.

Making infinitesimals different from 0 now forces us to change slightly the definition of so I’ve done that as well.

Thank you. It’s clear now.

Also, how do you get LaTex to work on your blog? I noticed that you got the approximation symbol to show, but when I tried approx it didn’t work

Type ‘latex’ immediately following the dollar sign, leave a space, and then the math text as you’d do in latex usually. See this announcement for more info.

The wordpress people tweak with the way latex is compiled every now and then, so sometimes strange errors that were not there before appear; but it works pretty decently, and it is getting better. (There seem to be a few silly things still: you want to write {} right before a [ if this is the first symbol in a math display, for example.)

Luca Trevisan devised a nice program, LaTeX2WP, to make the use of in WordPress pleasant rather than traumatic; I use it whenever I have a long post.

Now my concern is: If 0 is not an infinitesimal, then is reflexive. Namely, if then . That is, for all positive . But . So, cannot be infinitesimal. What am I missing here?

[Addressed by the revised definition. -A.]