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    Equal power sets -> Equal sets?

    Hey guys, quick question, and I apologize if it's already been asked recently. But is it possible to prove two sets are equal if they have the same power sets? That is, can you say that A=B if A and B have the same power set?

    I have a feeling the answer's no, but I can't think of an example where it wouldn't be true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walcott89 View Post
    Hey guys, quick question, and I apologize if it's already been asked recently. But is it possible to prove two sets are equal if they have the same power sets? That is, can you say that A=B if A and B have the same power set?

    I have a feeling the answer's no, but I can't think of an example where it wouldn't be true.
    It is easy to prove it true.
    See this.
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    Thank you, Plato!
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    Re: Equal power sets -> Equal sets?

    I am trying to find the link for equal power sets, but it returns me to home page. Any suggestions.
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    Re: Equal power sets -> Equal sets?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpcook View Post
    I am trying to find the link for equal power sets, but it returns me to home page. Any suggestions.
    That is a very old reply, almost three years ago. The link is no longer active.
    If I were you I start a new thread to ask whatever question(s) you have about power sets.
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    Re: Equal power sets -> Equal sets?

    If two sets, X and Y, have the same power sets (the power set of set A is the collection of all subsets of A) then the singleton sets in the power sets must be the same. But X is just equal to the union of all singleton sets in the power set of X and Y is the union of all singleton sets in the power set of Y.
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    Re: Equal power sets -> Equal sets?

    Or seeing it slightly differently; since A and B have the same powersets (thus they have the same subsets) and every set is a subset of itself, A \subseteq B and B \subseteq A, so A = B
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