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Mirimanoﬀ [1917]] was the ﬁrst to study the well-founded sets, and the later hierarchical analysis is distinctly anticipated in his work. But interestingly enough well-founded relations next occurred in the direct deﬁnability tradition from Cantor, descriptive set theory (cf. 5). In the axiomatic tradition Fraenkel [1922], Skolem [1923] and von Neumann [1925] considered the salutary eﬀects of restricting the universe of sets to the well-founded sets. Von Neumann [1929: 231,236ﬀ] formulated in his functional terms the Axiom of Foundation, that every set is well-founded,83 and deﬁned 81 The union of E(Z ), with membership restricted to it, models Zermelo’s axioms yet does 0 not have E(∅) as a member.

The subsequent work of Fritz Rothberger would have formative implications for the Continuum Problem. He [1938] observed that if both Luzin and Sierpi´ nski sets exist, then they have cardinality ℵ1 , so that the joint existence of such sets of the cardinality of the continuum implies CH. Then in penetrating analyses of the work of Sierpinski and Hausdorﬀ on gaps (cf. 1) Rothberger [1939; 1948] considered other sets and implications between cardinal properties of the continuum independent of whether CH holds.

4). 6 Equivalences and consequences In this period AC and CH began to be explored no longer as underlying axiom and primordial hypothesis but as part of mathematics. Consequences were drawn and even equivalences established, and this mathematization, like the development of non-Euclidean geometry, led eventually to a deﬂating of metaphysical attitudes and attendant concerns about truth and existence. 73 Borel subsets of IRk are deﬁned analogously to those of IR. subsets of IRk are deﬁned as for the case k = 1 in terms of a deﬁning system consisting of closed subsets of IRk .