Discrete topology

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on a set $X$

The topology in which every set is open (and therefore every set is closed). The discrete topology is the largest element in the lattice of all topologies on the given set. If $X$ is a space with the discrete topology, then every map from $X$ to any other topological space is continuous.


  • J.L. Kelley, "General topology", Graduate Texts in Mathematics 27 Springer (1975) ISBN 0-387-90125-6 MR0370454 Zbl 0306.54002
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This article was adapted from an original article by A.A. Mal'tsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article