[FOM] Re: AXIOM SCHEMATA
Timothy Y. Chow
tchow at alum.mit.edu
Mon Jul 19 22:17:41 EDT 2004
Jesse Alama <alama at stanford.edu> wrote:
> Some more work would be needed to conclude that most mathematicians
> really do use classes only as figures of speech. There is evidence for
> the contrary position: substantial use of proper classes is made in the
> study of universal algebra, and it seems that there classes are treated
> as honest mathematical objects.
A couple of years ago in sci.math.research, Vidhyanath Rao argued that
classes are sometimes used in ways that are not obviously conservative
over ZFC. See for example
http://www.google.com/groups?selm=aklihk%24j5j%243%40charm.magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
and other articles by Rao in that thread. Rao emphasizes: "Nor is this a
marginal example: Neeman's book is intended as a careful treatment of the
prerequisites for Voevodsky's applications to motives." Voevodsky, of
course, has won the Fields medal for his work.
Tim
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