Relation algebras by games
Relation algebras are algebras arising from the study of binary relations. They form a part of the field of algebraic logic, and have applications in proof theory, modal logic, and computer science. This research text uses combinatorial games to study the fundamental notion of representations of rel...
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Format:  eBook 
Language:  English 
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Amsterdam
North Holland/Elsevier
2002, 2002

Edition:  1st ed 
Series:  Studies in logic and the foundations of mathematics

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Collection:  Elsevier eBook collection Mathematics  Collection details see MPG.ReNa 
Summary:  Relation algebras are algebras arising from the study of binary relations. They form a part of the field of algebraic logic, and have applications in proof theory, modal logic, and computer science. This research text uses combinatorial games to study the fundamental notion of representations of relation algebras. Games allow an intuitive and appealing approach to the subject, and permit substantial advances to be made. The book contains many new results and proofs not published elsewhere. It should be invaluable to graduate students and researchers interested in relation algebras and games. After an introduction describing the authors' perspective on the material, the text proper has six parts. The lengthy first part is devoted to background material, including the formal definitions of relation algebras, cylindric algebras, their basic properties, and some connections between them. Examples are given. Part 1 ends with a short survey of other work beyond the scope of the book. In part 2, games are introduced, and used to axiomatise various classes of algebras. Part 3 discusses approximations to representability, using bases, relation algebra reducts, and relativised representations. Part 4 presents some constructions of relation algebras, including Monk algebras and the 'rainbow construction', and uses them to show that various classes of representable algebras are nonfinitely axiomatisable or even nonelementary. Part 5 shows that the representability problem for finite relation algebras is undecidable, and then in contrast proves some finite base property results. Part 6 contains a condensed summary of the book, and a list of problems. There are more than 400 exercises. The book is generally selfcontained on relation algebras and on games, and introductory text is scattered throughout. Some familiarity with elementary aspects of firstorder logic and set theory is assumed, though many of the definitions are given. Chapter 2 introduces the necessary universal algebra and model theory, and more specific modeltheoretic ideas are explained as they arise 

Physical Description:  xvii, 691 pages illustrations 
ISBN:  0080540457 9780080540450 0444509321 9780444509321 1281048542 