Israel Journal of Mathematics

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 285–321

The generalized continuum hypothesis revisited


DOI: 10.1007/BF02773223

Cite this article as:
Shelah, S. Isr. J. Math. (2000) 116: 285. doi:10.1007/BF02773223


We can reformulate the generalized continuum problem as: for regular κ<λ we have λ to the power κ is λ, We argue that the reasonable reformulation of the generalized continuum hypothesis, considering the known independence results, is “for most pairs κ<λ of regular cardinals, λ to the revised power of κ is equal to λ”. What is the revised power? λ to the revised power of κ is the minimal cardinality of a family of subsets of λ each of cardinality κ such that any other subset of λ of cardinality κ is included in the union of strictly less than κ members of the family. We still have to say what “for most” means. The interpretation we choose is: for every λ, for every large enoughK < ℶw. Under this reinterpretation, we prove the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA