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A Boolean topos is a topos that is also a Boolean category.
There are several conditions on a topos that are necessary and sufficient to be boolean:
As a context for foundations
The internal logic of a boolean topos with natural numbers object can serve as foundations for “ordinary” mathematics, except for that which relies on the axiom of choice. If you add the axiom of choice, then you get (an internal version of) ETCS; conversely, if you use an arbitrary topos, then you get constructive mathematics. (For some high-powered work, you may also need to add a version of the axiom of replacement or an axiom of Grothendieck universes.)
Every cartesian closed boolean pretopos is in fact a topos. This is why ‘generalised predicativism’ (with function types but not power types) is necessarily a feature of constructive mathematics only.
Relation to measure theory
Boolean toposes are closely related to measurable spaces (e.g Jackson 06, Henry 14).
As atoms in the subtopos lattice
For a topos, then the following are equivalent:
is a Boolean topos;
Every subtopos of is Boolean.
Every subtopos of is an open subtopos.
Every subtopos of is a closed subtopos?.
(Johnstone, prop. A 4.5.22)
See this proposition.
With excluded middle in the meta-logic, every well-pointed topos is a Boolean topos. This includes Set and models of ETCS.
The topos of canonical sheaves on a Boolean algebra is Boolean.
If is any topos, the category of sheaves for the double-negation topology is a Boolean subtopos of .
Any topos satisfying the axiom of choice is Boolean. This result is due to R. Diaconescu; see excluded middle for a brief discussion.
Barr's theorem implies that any topos can be covered by a Boolean topos , in the sense of there being a surjective geometric morphism .
Revised on December 2, 2014 17:08:19
by Urs Schreiber