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Logical construction of number systems[edit | edit source]
Natural numbers[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Set-theoretic definition of natural numbers
Simply put, the natural numbers consist of the set of all whole numbers greater than zero. The set is denoted with a bold face capital N or with the special symbol . (In some books, the natural numbers begin with 0. There is no general agreement on this subject.)
More advanced number systems[edit | edit source]
The word number has no generally agreed upon mathematical meaning, nor does the word number system. Instead, we have many examples. Thus there is no rule to say what is a number and what is not. Some of the more interesting examples of abstractions that can be considered numbers include the quaternions, the octonions, ordinal numbers, and the transfinite numbers.
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Billstein, Libeskind, and Lott, Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 8th edition, Pearson, 2004, ISBN 0-321-15680-3
- Usage varies among mathematicians as to whether zero is to be included in the natural numbers. The Peano axioms include zero, but substituting "1" for "0" in rule one, rule three and the induction rule accurately describes the natural numbers without a zero.
References[edit | edit source]
- Richard Dedekind, 1888. Was sind und was sollen die Zahlen? ("What are and what should the numbers be?"). Braunschweig.
- Edmund Landau, 2001, ISBN 082182693X, Foundations of Analysis, American Mathematical Society.
- Giuseppe Peano, 1889. Arithmetices principia, nova methodo exposita (The principles of arithmetic, presented by a new method). Bocca, Torino. Jean van Heijenoort, trans., 1967. A Source Book of Mathematical Logic: 1879-1931. Harvard Univ. Press: 83-97.
- B. A. Sethuraman (1996). Rings, Fields, Vector Spaces, and Group Theory: An Introduction to Abstract Algebra via Geometric Constructibility, Springer.
- Solomon Feferman (1964). The Number Systems : Foundations of Algebra and Analysis, Addison-Wesley.
- Stoll, Robert R., 1979 (1963). Set Theory and Logic. Dover.
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