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Theorem ackm 8301
Description: A remarkable equivalent to the Axiom of Choice that has only 5 quantifiers (when expanded to 
e.,  = 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 8002. Maes found this version of AC in April, 2004 (replacing a longer version, also with 5 quantifiers, that he found in November, 2003). See Kurt Maes, "A 5-quantifier ( e.,=)-expression ZF-equivalent to the Axiom of Choice" (http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0705/0705.3162v1.pdf).

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

Assertion
Ref Expression
ackm  |-  A. x E. y A. z E. v A. u ( ( y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  y  ->  ( ( v  e.  x  /\  -.  y  =  v )  /\  z  e.  v
) ) )  \/  ( -.  y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  x  ->  (
( v  e.  z  /\  v  e.  y )  /\  ( ( u  e.  z  /\  u  e.  y )  ->  u  =  v ) ) ) ) )
Distinct variable group:    x, y, z, v, u

Proof of Theorem ackm
StepHypRef Expression
1 axac3 8300 . 2  |- CHOICE
2 dfackm 8002 . 2  |-  (CHOICE  <->  A. x E. y A. z E. v A. u ( ( y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  y  ->  ( ( v  e.  x  /\  -.  y  =  v )  /\  z  e.  v
) ) )  \/  ( -.  y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  x  ->  (
( v  e.  z  /\  v  e.  y )  /\  ( ( u  e.  z  /\  u  e.  y )  ->  u  =  v ) ) ) ) ) )
31, 2mpbi 200 1  |-  A. x E. y A. z E. v A. u ( ( y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  y  ->  ( ( v  e.  x  /\  -.  y  =  v )  /\  z  e.  v
) ) )  \/  ( -.  y  e.  x  /\  ( z  e.  x  ->  (
( v  e.  z  /\  v  e.  y )  /\  ( ( u  e.  z  /\  u  e.  y )  ->  u  =  v ) ) ) ) )
Colors of variables: wff set class
Syntax hints:   -. wn 3    -> wi 4    \/ wo 358    /\ wa 359   A.wal 1546   E.wex 1547    = wceq 1649    e. wcel 1721  CHOICEwac 7952
This theorem was proved from axioms:  ax-1 5  ax-2 6  ax-3 7  ax-mp 8  ax-gen 1552  ax-5 1563  ax-17 1623  ax-9 1662  ax-8 1683  ax-13 1723  ax-14 1725  ax-6 1740  ax-7 1745  ax-11 1757  ax-12 1946  ax-ext 2385  ax-rep 4280  ax-sep 4290  ax-nul 4298  ax-pow 4337  ax-pr 4363  ax-un 4660  ax-ac2 8299
This theorem depends on definitions:  df-bi 178  df-or 360  df-an 361  df-3an 938  df-tru 1325  df-ex 1548  df-nf 1551  df-sb 1656  df-eu 2258  df-mo 2259  df-clab 2391  df-cleq 2397  df-clel 2400  df-nfc 2529  df-ne 2569  df-ral 2671  df-rex 2672  df-reu 2673  df-rab 2675  df-v 2918  df-sbc 3122  df-csb 3212  df-dif 3283  df-un 3285  df-in 3287  df-ss 3294  df-nul 3589  df-if 3700  df-pw 3761  df-sn 3780  df-pr 3781  df-op 3783  df-uni 3976  df-iun 4055  df-br 4173  df-opab 4227  df-mpt 4228  df-id 4458  df-xp 4843  df-rel 4844  df-cnv 4845  df-co 4846  df-dm 4847  df-rn 4848  df-res 4849  df-ima 4850  df-iota 5377  df-fun 5415  df-fn 5416  df-f 5417  df-f1 5418  df-fo 5419  df-f1o 5420  df-fv 5421  df-ac 7953
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