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Theorem ackm 9880
Description: A remarkable equivalent to the Axiom of Choice that has only five quantifiers (when expanded to , = primitives in prenex form), discovered and proved by Kurt Maes. This establishes a new record, reducing from 6 to 5 the largest number of quantified variables needed by any ZFC axiom. The ZF-equivalence to AC is shown by theorem dfackm 9581. Maes found this version of AC in April 2004 (replacing a longer version, also with five quantifiers, that he found in November 2003). See Kurt Maes, "A 5-quantifier (,=)-expression ZF-equivalent to the Axiom of Choice" (http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0705/0705.3162v1.pdf 9581).

The original FOM posts are: http://www.cs.nyu.edu/pipermail/fom/2003-November/007631.html 9581 http://www.cs.nyu.edu/pipermail/fom/2003-November/007641.html 9581. (Contributed by NM, 29-Apr-2004.) (Revised by Mario Carneiro, 17-May-2015.) (Proof modification is discouraged.)

Assertion
Ref Expression
ackm 𝑥𝑦𝑧𝑣𝑢((𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑦 → ((𝑣𝑥 ∧ ¬ 𝑦 = 𝑣) ∧ 𝑧𝑣))) ∨ (¬ 𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑥 → ((𝑣𝑧𝑣𝑦) ∧ ((𝑢𝑧𝑢𝑦) → 𝑢 = 𝑣)))))
Distinct variable group:   𝑥,𝑦,𝑧,𝑣,𝑢

Proof of Theorem ackm
StepHypRef Expression
1 axac3 9879 . 2 CHOICE
2 dfackm 9581 . 2 (CHOICE ↔ ∀𝑥𝑦𝑧𝑣𝑢((𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑦 → ((𝑣𝑥 ∧ ¬ 𝑦 = 𝑣) ∧ 𝑧𝑣))) ∨ (¬ 𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑥 → ((𝑣𝑧𝑣𝑦) ∧ ((𝑢𝑧𝑢𝑦) → 𝑢 = 𝑣))))))
31, 2mpbi 233 1 𝑥𝑦𝑧𝑣𝑢((𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑦 → ((𝑣𝑥 ∧ ¬ 𝑦 = 𝑣) ∧ 𝑧𝑣))) ∨ (¬ 𝑦𝑥 ∧ (𝑧𝑥 → ((𝑣𝑧𝑣𝑦) ∧ ((𝑢𝑧𝑢𝑦) → 𝑢 = 𝑣)))))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
Syntax hints:  ¬ wn 3  wi 4  wa 399  wo 844  wal 1536   = wceq 1538  wex 1781  wcel 2112  CHOICEwac 9530
This theorem was proved from axioms:  ax-mp 5  ax-1 6  ax-2 7  ax-3 8  ax-gen 1797  ax-4 1811  ax-5 1911  ax-6 1970  ax-7 2015  ax-8 2114  ax-9 2122  ax-10 2143  ax-11 2159  ax-12 2176  ax-ext 2773  ax-rep 5157  ax-sep 5170  ax-nul 5177  ax-pow 5234  ax-pr 5298  ax-un 7445  ax-ac2 9878
This theorem depends on definitions:  df-bi 210  df-an 400  df-or 845  df-3an 1086  df-tru 1541  df-ex 1782  df-nf 1786  df-sb 2070  df-mo 2601  df-eu 2632  df-clab 2780  df-cleq 2794  df-clel 2873  df-nfc 2941  df-ne 2991  df-ral 3114  df-rex 3115  df-reu 3116  df-rab 3118  df-v 3446  df-sbc 3724  df-csb 3832  df-dif 3887  df-un 3889  df-in 3891  df-ss 3901  df-nul 4247  df-if 4429  df-pw 4502  df-sn 4529  df-pr 4531  df-op 4535  df-uni 4804  df-iun 4886  df-br 5034  df-opab 5096  df-mpt 5114  df-id 5428  df-xp 5529  df-rel 5530  df-cnv 5531  df-co 5532  df-dm 5533  df-rn 5534  df-res 5535  df-ima 5536  df-iota 6287  df-fun 6330  df-fn 6331  df-f 6332  df-f1 6333  df-fo 6334  df-f1o 6335  df-fv 6336  df-ac 9531
This theorem is referenced by: (None)
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