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Dushnik-Miller for regular cardinals (part 3)

Here is what we already know about the Dushnik-Miller theorem in the case of $\omega_1$ (given our earlier posts on the subject): $\omega_1\rightarrow(\omega_1,\omega+1)^2$ holds in ZFC; $\omega_1\rightarrow(\omega_1,\omega+2)^2$ may consistently fail; $\omega_1\rightarrow(\omega_1,\omega_1)^2$ fails in ZFC. In this post, we shall provide … Continue reading

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Dushnik-Miller for singular cardinals (part 2)

In the first post on this subject, we provided a proof of $\lambda\rightarrow(\lambda,\omega+1)^2$ for every regular uncountable cardinal $\lambda$. In the second post, we provided a proof of $\lambda\rightarrow(\lambda,\omega)^2$ for every singular cardinal $\lambda$, and showed that $\lambda\rightarrow(\lambda,\omega+1)^2$ fails for every … Continue reading

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Dushnik-Miller for regular cardinals (part 2)

In this post, we shall provide a proof of Todorcevic’s theorem, that $\mathfrak b=\omega_1$ implies $\omega_1\not\rightarrow(\omega_1,\omega+2)^2$. This will show that the Erdos-Rado theorem that we discussed in an earlier post, is consistently optimal. Our exposition of Todorcevic’s theorem would be … Continue reading

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Dushnik-Miller for regular cardinals (part 1)

This is the first out of a series of posts on the following theorem. Theorem (Erdos-Dushnik-Miller, 1941). For every infinite cardinal $\lambda$, we have: $$\lambda\rightarrow(\lambda,\omega)^2.$$ Namely, for any coloring $c:[\lambda]^2\rightarrow\{0,1\}$ there exists either a subset $A\subseteq \lambda$ of order-type $\lambda$ with … Continue reading

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