Fraenkel’s description used the language of material set theory, and indeed most set theorists would give the description of the Fraenkel model using this language, but it can be described quite simply from a structural perspective, and then the original version can be recovered by considering pure sets (allowing atoms).

The model is given by the topos of sets with an action of an opensubgroup of the group$(\mathbb{Z}/2)^\mathbb{N}$ for a certain topology on this group. Open subgroups are the finite-index subgroups $\prod_{i\in I} H_i\times (\mathbb{Z}/2)^{(\mathbb{N} - I)}$ for finite $I\subset \mathbb{N}$ and $H_i \le \mathbb{Z}/2$. Arrows in this topos are allowed to be equivariant for an open (possibly proper) subgroup of the groups acting on the domain and codomain.

Revised on November 19, 2012 07:42:00
by David Roberts
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