Comparability in Cantor’s Writings

  • Arie HinkisEmail author
Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 45)


There are two types of comparabilities in Cantor’s writings: comparability of sets, referred to also as the comparability of powers, and comparability of cardinal numbers. The latter applies only to consistent sets and the first to any sets. The distinction between the two types of comparabilities is, however, not clear because Cantor presented the terms ‘power’ and ‘cardinal number’ as synonyms. We will outline now how these notions feature in Cantor’s writings and how they related to CBT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and IdeasTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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