I feel like learning set theory just for the heck of it. What kind of mathematical background should one have before learning set theory? Can anyone suggest a good book on it, preferably one with practice problems?

I feel like learning set theory just for the heck of it. What kind of mathematical background should one have before learning set theory? Can anyone suggest a good book on it, preferably one with practice problems?
Set Theory and Logic by Robert R. Stoll
Set Theory and Metric Spaces by Irving Kaplansky
An Outline of Set Theory* by James M. Henle
Naive Set Theory* by Paul R. Halmos
Set Theory by Charles C. Pinter
Classic Set Theory For Guided Independent Study by Derek Goldrei
I actually found this one on amazon.com after I made the post. The reviews for it are good, so I might end up going with it. Thanks.Originally Posted by jacketate
Originally Posted by Chemboy
Sorry to answer your question with a question, but what's your background in math?
I'm a college freshman. I've taken Calculus I and I'm taking Calculus II next semester. I'm planning on taking Statistics next year if that makes a difference.Originally Posted by serpicojr
I liked "Elements of Set Theory" by Herbert Enderton.
I don't think it has any prerequisites... Set Theory starts everything from zero. But perhaps I did have some background without noticing if you get what I mean.
Ok, I'll check that one out. I see what you mean about having some background without noticing. It does seem to me like it's pretty independent from the other areas of math, thus not requiring much knowledge in other areas. Thanks.Originally Posted by Stranger
Yeah, you definitely don't need calculus or linear algebra or anything for an introductory course in set theory. That's not my concern. My concern is the experience you have with mathematical proof. If you've never seen it before, you may have some difficulty understanding and/or appreciating what is going on in proofs. Of course, we the members of the forum would be happy to help you out!
I haven't seen too much of proofs. I'm a smart guy though, so hopefully I'll be ok. Unfortunately, I doubt I can afford any books at the moment, and I doubt my current chemistry/conservation bio education path will give me a chance for set theory, but I'd like to get some at some point, and when that happens I'm sure I'll come here if I need any help. Thanks!Originally Posted by serpicojr
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