The number of openly generated Boolean algebras

by Geschke and Shelah. [GeSh:558]
J Symbolic Logic, 2008
This article is devoted to two different generalizations of projective Boolean algebras: openly generated Boolean algebras and tightly sigma-filtered Boolean algebras. We show that for every uncountable regular cardinal kappa there are 2^kappa pairwise non-isomorphic openly generated Boolean algebras of size kappa > aleph_1 provided there is an almost free non-free abelian group of size kappa . The openly generated Boolean algebras constructed here are almost free. Moreover, for every infinite regular cardinal kappa we construct 2^kappa pairwise non-isomorphic Boolean algebras of size kappa that are tightly sigma-filtered and c.c.c. These two results contrast nicely with Koppelberg's theorem hat for every uncountable regular cardinal kappa there are only 2^{< kappa} isomorphism types of projective Boolean algebras of size kappa .


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