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Another characterization of alephs: Decompositions of hyperspace. (English) Zbl 0890.04001
Summary: A theorem of Sierpiński of 1919 characterized the cardinality of the continuum by means of lines in two orthogonal directions in the plane: CH if and only if there is a subset \(S\) of the plane such that every horizontal cross-section of \(S\) is countable and every vertical cross-section of \(S\) is co-countable. A theorem of Sikorski of 1951 characterizes the cardinality of an arbitrary set by means of hyperplanes in orthogonal directions in finite powers of that set. A theorem of Davies of 1962 characterizes the cardinality of the continuum by means of lines in nonorthogonal directions in the plane, which, by another theorem of Davies of 1962, may be generalized to finite-dimensional Euclidean space. The main results of this paper unify these analogous theorems of Sikorski and Davies by characterizing the cardinality of an arbitrary set by means of hyperplanes in nonorthogonal directions in that set.

MSC:
03E10 Ordinal and cardinal numbers
03E50 Continuum hypothesis and Martin’s axiom
03E55 Large cardinals
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