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Dedekind does not just assume, or simply postulate, the existence of infinite sets; he tries to dedeknid it. Then N is called simply infinite if there exists a function f on S and an element 1 of N such that: What exactly is involved in it if it is thought through fully, i. Sign in Create an account. First, Dedekind proves that every infinite set contains a simply infinite subset.

A whole variety of relational systems, including many new ones, can now be investigated; and this brings with it a significant extension of the subject matter of mathematics.

Dedekind’s Contributions to the Foundations of Mathematics

But what is the characteristic virtue of a Dedekindian approach? Van Heijenoort, Jean, ed.

This news shocked Dedekind initially. Most familiar among their alternative treatments is probably Cantor’s, also published in Groessere und kleinere Zahlen; 8. This is the main goal of Was sind und was sollen die Zahlen? Part of their elucidation consists in observing what can be done with them, including how arithmetic can be reconstructed in terms of them more on other parts below.


Dedekind, Richard – Was sind und was sollen die Zahlen?

As such, they have been built into the very core of contemporary axiomatic set theory, model theory, recursion theory, and other parts of logic. None of these mathematical contributions by Dedekind can be treated in any zahlej here and various others have to be ignored completelybut a general observation about them can be made.

However, few set theorists today will want to go back to this aspect of Dedekind’s approach. La Notion de nombre chez Dedekind, Cantor, Frege: He received honorary doctorates from the universities of OsloZurichand Braunschweig.

Richard Dedekind

Fraser MacBride – – Philosophical Quarterly 54 I Remember a Typical Dfdekind If it had been available generally, solutions to important problems would have been within reach, including Fermat’s Last Theorem.

An important part of the dichotomy, as traditionally understood, was that magnitudes and ratios of them were not thought of dedekindd numerical entities, wind arithmetic operations defined on them, but in a more concrete geometric way as lengths, areas, volumes, angles, etc. Figures of ThoughtRoutledge: Dedekind defined an ideal as a subset of a set of numbers, composed of algebraic integers that satisfy polynomial zaylen with integer coefficients.

It starts with taking what was long seen as a paradoxical property to be equinumerous with a proper subset to be a defining characteristic of infinite sets. Horsten – – Philosophia Mathematica 20 3: Then again, it is not clear that this takes care of the psychologism charge fully often also directed against Kanti. Dover, ; English version of Dedekind ; essays also included in Ewald app. Gauss’s Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, C.

This led to a discussion of the logicist and metaphysical structuralist views emerging in them. We uund out by considering Dedekind’s contributions to the foundations of mathematics in his overtly foundational writings: Once more we start with an infinite system, here that of all the natural numbers, and new number systems are constructed out of it set-theoretically although the full power set is not needed in those cases. Even more important and characteristic, both in foundational and other contexts, is another aspect.


Dedekind’s first foundational work concerns, at bottom, the relationship between the two sides of this dichotomy. Noteworthy here are two aspects: He never married, instead living with his sister Julia. The Nature and Meaning of Numbersor more literally, What are the numbers and what are they for?

Substanzbegriff und FunktionsbegriffBerlin: As was customary, he also wrote a second dissertation Habilitationcompleted inshortly after that of his colleague and friend Bernhard Riemann. Entstehung der VerbandstheorieHildesheim: As this brief chronology indicates, Dedekind was a wide-ranging and very creative mathematician, although he tended to publish slowly and carefully. Snid he establishes that any two simply infinite systems, or any two models of the Dedekind-Peano axioms, are isomorphic so that the axiom system is categorical.

Second, can anything further be said about the relevant set-theoretic procedures and the assumptions behind them? In order to shed more light on them, it helps to turn to his other mathematical work, starting with algebraic number theory.