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We say A is isomorphic to B, written A ✕ B, if there is an isomorphism from A to B. If α is an isomorphism from A to B we may simply say “α : A Ñ B is an isomorphism”. As is well-known, following Felix Klein’s Erlangen Program, algebra is often considered as the study of those properties of algebras which are invariant under isomorphism, and such properties are called algebraic properties. Thus from an algebraic point of view, isomorphic algebras can be regarded as equal or the same, as they would have the same algebraic structure, and would differ only in the nature of the elements; the phrase “they are equal up to isomorphism” is often used.

The set of all partitions of A is denoted by Π ♣Aq. For π in Π ♣Aq, let us define an equivalence relation θ♣π q by θ ♣π q ✏ ✥ ✭ ①a, b② A2 : ta, b✉ ❸ B for some B in π . Note that the mapping π ÞÑ θ♣π q is a bijection between Π ♣Aq and Eq♣Aq. Define a relation ↕ on Π ♣Aq by π1 ↕ π2 iff each block of π1 is contained in some block of π2 . 11. With the above ordering Π ♣Aq is a complete lattice, and it is isomorphic to the lattice Eq♣Aq under the mapping π ÞÑ θ♣π q. The verification of this result is left to the reader.

An , bn θ Con A. Then (a) Θ♣a1 , b1 q ✏ Θ♣b1 , a1 q ✟ (b) Θ ①a1 , b1 ②, . . , ①an , bn ② ✏ Θ♣a1 , b1 q ❴ ☎ ☎ ☎ ❴ Θ♣an , bn q (c) Θ♣a1 , . . , an q ✏ Θ♣a1 , a2 q ❴ Θ♣a2 , a3 q ❴ ☎ ☎ ☎ ❴ Θ♣an✁1 , an q ✭ ➎✥ ✭ ➈✥ (d) θ ✏ Θ♣a, bq : ①a, b② θ ✏ Θ♣a, bq : ①a, b② θ (e) θ ✏➈ ✥ ✟ ✭ Θ ①a1 , b1 ②, . . , ①an , bn ② : ①ai , bi ② θ, n ➙ 1 . P ROOF. (a) As we have hence, by symmetry, (b) For 1 ↕ i ↕ n, ①b1, a1② Θ♣a1, b1q Θ♣b1 , a1 q ❸ Θ♣a1 , b1 q; Θ♣a1 , b1 q ✏ Θ♣b1 , a1 q. ①ai, bi② Θ♣①a1, b1②, .