Littlewood’s Three Principles

In measure theory, the notion of measurability restricts sets and functions so that limit operations are sensible. With non-measurabilty manifesting only through the Axiom of Choice, measurability is a semantically rich class, and in particular, Littlewood’s Three Principles specify precisely how measurability relates back to more elementary building blocks as follows: Every measurable set is nearly open or closed. Every measurable function is nearly continuous. Every convergent sequence of measurable functions is nearly uniformly convergent. Here in this post, we flesh out these principles in detail, with an emphasis on how these various concepts approximate one another. Each section corresponds to one principle and is independent from another. We primarily focus on […]

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