## Reading Questions 18.4 Reading Questions

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Describe succinctly what a poset is. Do not just list the defining properties, but give a description that another student of algebra who has never seen a poset might understand. For example, part of your answer might include what type of common algebraic topics a poset generalizes, and your answer should be short on symbols.

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How does a lattice differ from a poset? Answer this in the spirit of the previous question.

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How does a Boolean algebra differ from a lattice? Again, answer this in the spirit of the previous two questions.

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Give two (perhaps related) reasons why any discussion of finite Boolean algebras might center on the example of the power set of a finite set.

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Describe a major innovation of the middle twentieth century made possible by Boolean algebra.