|Description: Kuratowski's ordered pair
definition. Definition 9.1 of [Quine] p. 58.
For proper classes it is not meaningful but is well-defined and we allow
it for convenience (see opprc1 3210, opprc1b 3565, opprc2 3211, and opprc3 3566).
For the justifying theorem (for sets) see opth 3553.
There are other ways
to define ordered pairs; the basic requirement is that two ordered pairs
are equal iff their respective members are equal. In 1914 Norbert Wiener
gave the first successful definition _2
, justified by opthwiener 3577, which
was simplified by Kazimierz Kuratowski in 1921 to our present definition.
An even simpler definition _3
justified by opthreg 6042, but it requires the Axiom of Regularity for
justification and is not commonly used. A definition that also works for
proper classes is _4
, justified by
opthprc 4061. If we restrict our sets to nonnegative
integers, an ordered
pair definition that involves only elementary arithmetic is provided by
nn0opthi 8751. Finally, an ordered pair of real numbers
can be represented
by a complex number as shown by crui 7689.|