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2 corresponds to g ¼ 3: o3 is O of Grundlagen; U3 is (I) + (II), U2 is (I)9; (2) is (II), (1) is (I). The induction hypothesis is that all the theorems below hold for every g0 ; 3 g0 < g. We have to prove that hence they hold for g. Alone is Lemma 2 that need not be repeated for it holds for any set of numbers by the same arguments used to justify it in Sect. 2. Before we begin we call the reader’s attention to the difference between arguments that use Lemma 2, for example in the proof of the Fundamental Theorem below, arguments that use the Sequent Argument, for example in the proof of Theorem 1 below, and arguments that assume theorems in the pack under the induction hypothesis.

This is the finite or denumerable Sum Lemma. We will get back to this subject in Sect. 2. In Grundlagen Cantor took ℵ0 + n ¼ ℵ0 + ℵ0 ¼ ℵ0 as self-evident (}11). Only in 1895 Beitr€ age (}6) did he prove these equalities. Note that there, for the proof of the Denumerable Union Theorem, the closure of the finite numbers under addition is used, namely, the finite Sum Lemma. 19 Indeed, if A is such a set, consider the set of all a + b for all (a,b) in A. This is a set of numbers from (I) + (II), because the sum of every two finite or denumerable numbers is finite or denumerable, and by Lemma 2(i) (extended to (I) + (II)) it has a smallest member, say z.

Elsewhere we may use also [ for the same operation. Notice that + serves us also for the sum operation between numbers which will be discussed in Sect. 2 in the context of the Sum Lemma. 4 The Union Theorem 11 (endnote 1). The formulation of the Limitation Principle, which distinguished between initial numbers (see the next chapter) and the number of all numbers, was a great achievement of Cantor that enabled him to master the transfinite. We agree with Purkert-Ilgauds (1987 p 151ff; cf. Dauben 1979 p 246) that it is unlikely that Cantor was not aware of the antinomy of the number of all numbers, which appears in Leibnitz.