is a commutative diagram and all columns as well as the two bottom rows are exact, then the top row is exact as well. Likewise, if all columns as well as the two top rows are exact, then the bottom row is exact as well.
Linderholm (p. 201) offers a satirical view of the nine lemma:
- "Draw a noughts-and-crosses board... Do not fill it in with noughts and crosses... Instead, use curved arrows... Wave your hands about in complicated patterns over this board. Make some noughts, but not in the squares; put them at both ends of the horizontal and vertical lines. Make faces. You have now proved:
- (a) the Nine Lemma
- (b) the Sixteen Lemma
- (c) the Twenty-five Lemma..."
- MacLane, Saunders (1967). Homology (Repr. of 1. ed. 1963. ed.). Berlin [u.a.]: Springer. pp. 365–366. ISBN 9783540586623.