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]]>Well, you have to at least know how to use it, even if you can’t understand it. Well, I certainly don’t “understand” Zorn’s lemma, but now I know how to use it.

Thank you for giving me an example of how to use Zorn’s lemma. I can use your example to see how the proofs of many theorems in mathematics work, even if the Theorems themselves seem rather mysterious to me.

An interesting thing in your example is that it was only after you had your maximum element that you proved that it was equal to the whole set. WOW!

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]]>I would argue that it is you who have not learned that economic principles apply to everybody, that includes academics and the subset that is mathematicians. The world does not owe academics a living.

It is an archaic form of employment contract that forces Leicester University to sack its entire mathematics department, and then rehire everybody minus six.

I’m sure that mathematicians will point to the economic value of some work of earlier mathematicians, and use this to justify their view that they should be employed to do mathematical research. The fact that in earlier times there were many fewer mathematicians, and their funding was a lot less generous than it is today, never seems to get mentioned.

I think the way forward is to go back to governments funding prizes for discoveries. People can still do mathematics to their hearts content, but the taxpayer gets a more direct say in what problems get the attention.

]]>There is (was) a journal “Electronic research announcements”.

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