# User:Dfeuer/Zero Precedes Every Natural Number

## Theorem

Let $(P, 0, s)$ be a Peano structure.

Let $\le$ be the natural ordering of $P$.

Then $0 \le n$ for each $n \in P$.

## Proof

$\le$ is the reflexive closure of $<$, where $<$ is the transitive closure of $s$.

Thus $\le$ is reflexive, so $0 \le 0$.

Suppose that $0 \le n$.

By the definition of transitive closure, $s$ is a subset of $<$, so $n < s(n)$.

Thus since $<$ is transitive, $0 \le s(n)$.

Thus by the definition of Peano structure, $0 \le n$ for each $n \in P$.

$\blacksquare$