# How to get big \{ and \} braces for an equation

How to type big \{ and \} braces in this sentence:

$$P_{n,k}=\{\{x,y\}\in [X]^2: n=\min \{m\in \omega: B_m(x)\cap B_m(y)=\emptyset\}; (x,y)\notin G_k\}$$


Could somebody help me?

• Hi John, Welcome to TeX.SE! I edited your question by using the {} button. Mar 20, 2013 at 0:58
• You can also do \left\{ and \right\} Mar 20, 2013 at 1:19
• @cmhughes - Good one, about using the {} button to edit a question involving { and }...
– Mico
Mar 20, 2013 at 2:10

For your particular equation, using \left\{ and \right\} to get larger curly braces won't do you much good, as the material being encased by the braces isn't much taller than a parenthesis. Hence, I suggest you use \bigl\{ and \bigr\} for the inner set of braces (the stuff following \min), and \Bigl\{ and \Bigr\} for the outer set:
\documentclass{article}
$P_{n,k} = \Bigl\{ \{x,y\} \in [X]^2: n= \min \bigl\{ m\in\omega : B_m(x) \cap B_m(y)=\emptyset \bigr\} ; (x,y) \notin G_k \Bigr\}$

Incidentally, the use $$...$$ to generate display-math equations is heavily deprecated. It's much safer to use $ and $ (as I do in the example above). For much more on this subject, please see Why is $ ... $ preferable to ?