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Definition

A Stone space is a compact, Hausdorff totally disconnected topological space.

Stone spaces are sometimes called profinite spaces, since they are precisely the spaces which are small cofiltered limits of finite discrete spaces, and moreover (as a consequence of Stone duality) the category of Stone spaces is equivalent to the category $pro(FinSet)$ of pro-objects in FinSet and finite sets sit $FinSet\hookrightarrow pro(FinSet)$ as finite discrete spaces. This is especially common when talking about profinite groups and related topics.

References

A standard textbook is

• S. B. Niefield, K.I. Rosenthal, Sheaves of integral domains on stone spaces, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra Volume 47, Issue 2, August 1987, Pages 173–179

Revised on March 28, 2014 06:34:02 by Tim Porter (2.26.28.93)