By Paul M. Cohn

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1. A filter :F on I is an ultrafilter if and only iffor each sllbset A of I, either A or its complement A' belongs to :F. Of course A, A' cannot both belong to ,¥, because then :i' would contain 0=AnA'. Proof. Let Y; be an ultrafilter. W: can be contained in A and so each member of ,fF meets A'. fF, but then it must equal § by maximality of the latter, so A' E /F. ~ I :::> Y; and B E ,¥ 1Vi'. F I which is a contradiction. 2. Every filter on a set I is contained in an ultrafilter. Proof. F be a filter on I and consider the set of all filters containing ii'.

As usual, a power of M is a product of copies of M; similarly a copower is a coproduct (or sum) of copies of M. In particular, for a finite family of modules the product and coproduct are the same, except for the associated mappings (which go in opposite directions). The connexion between these two concepts becomes clearer in additive categories. Definition. l each s'f(X. 2 the composition a. e. (a + a')fJ = afJ + a'fJ. 3 each finite family has a product and a coproduct. 3 to the empty family of objects we see that each additive category has an initial and a final object.

4 The diamond lemma 19 admits no direct moves and the main result of this section, the diamond lemma, gives conditions under which each equivalence class contains a single reduced expression. The conditions are of a form that frequently applies, and it leads to a simple solution of our problem: To test if two expressions are equivalent we apply direct moves until each is in reduced form; if these reduced forms are equal, then and only then are the two expressions equivalent. 1 (Diamond lemma, M.