An advanced-level treatment of the basics of set theory, this text offers students a firm foundation, stopping just short of the areas employing model-theoretic methods. Geared toward upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, it consists of two parts: the first covers pure set theory, including the basic motions, order and well-foundedness, cardinal numbers, the ordinals, and the axiom of choice and some of it consequences; the second deals with applications and advanced topics such as point set topology, real spaces, Boolean algebras, and infinite combinatorics and large cardinals. An appendix comprises useful information on eliminability and conservation theorems, and numerous exercises help students test their grasp of each topic. 1979 edition. 20 figures.
Slightly revised republication of the edition published by Springer-Verlag, Berlin and New York, 1979.
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