# Universe

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

A set which is closed under the formation of unions, singletons, subelements, power sets, and pairs; more precisely:

1) , implies ;

2) implies ;

3) implies ;

4) implies ;

5) if and only if .

The existence of infinite universes in axiomatic set theory is equivalent to the existence of strongly inaccessible cardinals (cf. Cardinal number). A universe is a model for Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory. Universes were introduced by A. Grothendieck in the context of category theory in order to introduce the "set" of natural transformations of functors between (-) categories, and in order to admit other "large" category-theoretic constructions.

#### References

[a1] | J. Barwise (ed.) , Handbook of mathematical logic , North-Holland (1977) ((especially the article of D.A. Martin on Descriptive set theory)) |

[a2] | P. Gabriel, "Des catégories abéliennes" Bull. Soc. Math. France , 90 (1962) pp. 323–448 |

[a3] | K. Kunen, "Set theory" , North-Holland (1980) |

**How to Cite This Entry:**

Universe. B. Pareigis (originator),

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This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098