# Order Isomorphism from Woset onto Subset

## Theorem

Let $\struct {S, \preceq}$ be a woset.

Let $T \subseteq S$.

Let $f: S \to T$ be an order isomorphism.

Then $\forall x \in S: x \preceq \map f x$.

## Proof

Let $T = \set {x \in S: \map f x \prec x}$.

We are to show that $T = \O$.

Aiming for a contradiction, suppose that $T \ne \O$.

Then as $\struct {S, \preceq}$ is a woset, by definition $T$ has a minimal element: call it $x_0$.

Since $x_0 \in T$, we have $\map f {x_0} \prec x_0$.

So, let $x_1 = \map f {x_0}$.

$f$ is an order isomorphism, so since $x_1 \prec x_0$, it follows that $\map f {x_1} \prec \map f {x_0} = x_1$.

So as $\map f {x_1} \prec x_1$ it follows that $x_1 \in T$.

But $x_0$ was chosen to be the minimal element of $T$.

From this contradiction, it follows that it can not be the case that $T \ne \O$.

So $T = \O$ and so $\forall x \in S: x \preceq \map f x$.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1993: Keith Devlin:
*The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1$: Naive Set Theory: $\S 1.7$: Well-Orderings and Ordinals: Theorem $1.7.2$