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Naive Set Theory

A branch of mathematics which attempts to formalize the nature of the Set using a minimal collection of independent axioms. Unfortunately, as discovered by its earliest proponents, naive set theory quickly runs into a number of Paradoxes (such as Russell's Paradox), so a less sweeping and more formal theory known as Axiomatic Set Theory must be used.

See also Axiomatic Set Theory, Russell's Paradox, Set Theory

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