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    • CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    Created Dedekind completion. Probably not very satisfactory, but I lifted the main definition from Paul Taylor’s page on Dedekind cuts, so should be ok with a little tweaking.

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    • CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    Interesting, I have a question brewing from Jamie’s paper on Dedekind completion as it is one of the criteria to obtain complex numbers from a \dagger-category. I was curious what number system the \dagger-category would represent if you did not enforce Dedekind completeness. This is the point where it seems the continuum is introduced and as Jamie admits, is the one criteria that is questionable on purely physical grounds.

    • CommentRowNumber3.
    • CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    The section Interval cuts at Dedekind cut may interest you in this regard, in that it is posed that interval cuts represent ’real world measurements’. It would be interesting to see how the details of Jamie’s paper would go if an approach like that was used, instead of Dedekind cuts (i.e. real or complex numbers)

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    • CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    Oh! I’ll have a look. Thanks. I also added a link to Paul Taylor’s page to Dedekind completeness

    • CommentRowNumber5.
    • CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    I put in a couple of redirects and some links.

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    • CommentAuthorTobyBartels
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    I just broke the link in comment #3 to interval cuts by giving that section a name; but now my link should never break even if the article is later rearranged.

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    • CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010
    • (edited Jul 14th 2010)

    I deleted the ’sanity check’ comment, and added a link to the when referring to Dedekind completion as a universal construction. I’m also adding a comment echoing the last paragraph of Dedekind cut, that one can use other linear orders than \mathbb{Q} to recover \mathbb{R} as the Dedekind completion. The way I’ve said it probably needs expanding, but so does the whole page :) There’s obviously a lot more that could be said.

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    • CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2010

    At some point we were going to do more work on completion in general. If I recall correctly, Dedekind completion is a variety of MacNeille completion. Todd had some fascinating thoughts on this.

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    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    • (edited Sep 28th 2012)

    The page Dedeking completion didn’t say right away what a Dedekind completion actually is. I have added a first sentence:

    The Dedekind completion of a linear order is a new linear order that contains suprema for all inhabited bounded subsets.