Wikipedia is your friend! Seriously, though, they do a great job of describing topological spaces in that article.
Hello! I am trying to understand the definition of topological space but I have some difficulties with it
Here it comes
Let be anyset and denote a certain collection of subsets of . The pair is called a topological space if atisfies the following requirements:
(ii) if denotes any (maybe infinite) subcollection of , the family satifies .
(iii) if is any finite subcollection of the family satisfies
well I just do not get it.
1)Does it mean that [tex] T is some collection of susbsets so that the union of this subsets belongs to T (covers it?)
2)I understand that X has to belong to T but why even the empty set has to be there?
3) could someone give me descriptive interpretation of the conditions (ii) and (iii)
Can we just say that the first one requires the empty set and our set X to be in T
second one says that the union of any collections of sets in T is also in T
and the last one says that the intersection of any pair of sets in T is also in T?
But i still do not know why the empty set with X belongs to T???
Wikipedia though has much easier definition than the one I have in my book.
Topological spaces are used in definitions for many things. Check out some of the things topological spaces are used to define and the need for the empty set should become apparent.
Essentially, pick a nonempty subset of contained in . You can begin breaking down that subset by taking its intersection with any subset of X (in or not) and the intersection is still in
Thank you , I think I am beginning to understand it.
Everyone who like me study topology on their own and struggles a bit with understanding the basis of topology check this out
great series of short presentations where the author explains some of concepts in a very nice way