© 1998

A Course on Borel Sets


Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 180)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. S. M. Srivastava
    Pages 1-37
  3. S. M. Srivastava
    Pages 39-79
  4. S. M. Srivastava
    Pages 81-125
  5. S. M. Srivastava
    Pages 127-182
  6. S. M. Srivastava
    Pages 183-240
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-261

About this book


The roots of Borel sets go back to the work of Baire [8]. He was trying to come to grips with the abstract notion of a function introduced by Dirich­ let and Riemann. According to them, a function was to be an arbitrary correspondence between objects without giving any method or procedure by which the correspondence could be established. Since all the specific functions that one studied were determined by simple analytic expressions, Baire delineated those functions that can be constructed starting from con­ tinuous functions and iterating the operation 0/ pointwise limit on a se­ quence 0/ functions. These functions are now known as Baire functions. Lebesgue [65] and Borel [19] continued this work. In [19], Borel sets were defined for the first time. In his paper, Lebesgue made a systematic study of Baire functions and introduced many tools and techniques that are used even today. Among other results, he showed that Borel functions coincide with Baire functions. The study of Borel sets got an impetus from an error in Lebesgue's paper, which was spotted by Souslin. Lebesgue was trying to prove the following: Suppose / : )R2 -- R is a Baire function such that for every x, the equation /(x,y) = 0 has a. unique solution. Then y as a function 0/ x defined by the above equation is Baire.


Aleph arithmetic axiom of choice Cardinal number Countable set equation function functions metric space Morphism reflection selection time topology transfinite induction

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Stat-Math UnitIndian Statistical InstituteCalcuttaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Course on Borel Sets
  • Authors S.M. Srivastava
  • Series Title Graduate Texts in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-78072-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-85475-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-85473-6
  • Series ISSN 0072-5285
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematical Logic and Foundations
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