Physical description 
xi, 236 pages ; 24 cm. 
Series 
London Mathematical Society student texts ; 39. 

London Mathematical Society student texts ; 39.

Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225227) and index. 
Contents 
Pt. I. Basics of set theory. 1. Axiomatic set theory. 2. Relations, functions, and Cartesian product. 3. Natural numbers, integers, and real numbers  Pt. II. Fundamental tools of set theory. 4. Well orderings and transfinite induction. 5. Cardinal numbers  Pt. III. The power of recursive definitions. 6. Subsets of R[superscript n]. 7. Strange real functions  Pt. IV. When induction is too short. 8. Martin's axiom. 9. Forcing  A. Axioms of set theory  B. Comments on the forcing method. 
Summary 
This text presents methods of modern set theory as tools that can be usefully applied to other areas of mathematics. The author describes numerous applications in abstract geometry and real analysis and, in some cases, in topology and algebra. 

The book begins with a tour of the basics of set theory, culminating in a proof of Zorn's lemma and a discussion of some of its applications. The author then develops the notions of transfinite induction and descriptive set theory, with applications to the theory of real functions. The final part of the book presents the tools of "modern" set theory: Martin's axiom, the diamond principle, and elements of forcing. 

Written primarily as a text for beginning graduate or advanced undergraduate students, this book should also interest researchers wanting to learn more about settheoretic techniques applicable to their fields. 
Subject 
Set theory.

ISBN 
0521594650 (paperback) 

0521594413 (hardback) 
