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### An example of a homeomorphism on $[0,1]^2$ with constant Jacobian determinant $\pm1$ [migrated]

Let $T(x,y):=(t_1(x,y),t_2(x,y))$ be a continuous bijection, namely a homeomorphism on $[0,1]^2$.
I am trying to find a $T$ such that $\det(J_T)=1$. (*)
The trivial cases are
$T(x,y)=(x,y)$, ...

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### Function extensionality: does it make a difference? why would one keep it out of the axioms?

Yesterday I was shocked to discover that function extensionality (the statement that if two functions $f$ and $g$ on the same domain satisfy $f\left(x\right) = g\left(x\right)$ for all $x$ in the ...

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### Wanted: a “Coq for the working mathematician”

Sorry for a possibly off-topic question -- there are four StackExchange subs each of which could be construed as the proper place for this question, and I've just picked the one I'm most familiar ...

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### Bishop's paradox of the countability of sequences

In 'Foundations of Constructive Analysis', in the notes at the end of the first chapter, Bishop poses an apparent paradox as an exercise for the reader:
Since every sequence of rational numbers ...

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### Why is adopting Russell's Axiom of Reducibility as strong as eliminating the Ramified Hierarchy?

In order to respond to concerns of impredicativity, Bertrand Russell developed a system of ramified second-order logic, which is like regular second-order logic except the comprehension schema is ...

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### Constructively correct notion of unique factorization domain

Recall the well-known proof that a unique factorization domain is a GCD domain:
Let $x, y \in R \setminus \{ 0 \}$. Factor $x$ and $y$ into pairwise non-associated irreducible elements: ...

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### Has the Ramified Theory of Types been applied to Predicative Set Theories?

Questions of predicativity are well-studied in the context of arithmetic. We have a base theory, first-order Peano arithmetic. Some people, like Edward Nelson (in chapter 1 of his book) and Charles ...

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### Did Gödel prove that the Ramified Theory of Types collapses at $\omega_1$?

Second-Order Arithmetic is considered impredicative, because the comprehension scheme allows formulas with bound second-order variables that range over all sets of natural numbers, including the set ...

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### Infinite Partitions of the Primes and Sums of Reciprocals (Revised)

I have revised my original post. The questions I asked there were not well-put or even thought through. I don't want to delete, however, since some of the comments may be of interest to other MO ...

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### Is there a notion of “predicative given the real numbers”?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...

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### Does the Feferman-Schutte analysis give a precise characterization of Predicative Second-Order Arithmetic?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...

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### Illustrating Edward Nelson's Worldview with Nonstandard Models of Arithmetic

Mathematician Edward Nelson is known for his extreme views on the foundations of mathematics, variously described as "ultrafintism" or "strict finitism" (Nelson's preferred term), which came into the ...

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### Barr's theorem and constructivity?

Barr's covering theorem assert that any Gorthendieck topos can be covered by a Grothendieck topos (even a locale) satisfying the axiom of choice (and hence also the law of excluded middle). Its ...

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### reference request : constructive measure theory

As the title said, I would like to know if constructive measure theory has been developed somewhere ?
I am more precisely interested in the (constructive) theory of completely continuous valuation on ...

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### How hard is Heyting satisfiability, i.e. the constructive version of SAT? In particular, is 2-HSAT NL-complete or is it harder?

First of all, is it clear what I mean by $k$-HSAT?
I'm assuming that for $k>2$, $k$-HSAT is NP-complete, but the details of the reductions between $k$-HSAT and $k$-SAT aren't obvious to me.
I'm ...

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### Constructing Metrics for specific Topological Spaces, and Refinements of the Cantor-Space in particular

I have a Problem in general, given some some Topological Space $(X, \tau)$ from which I know it is metrisable, how can I find a metric (that is at best in some sence constructive and easy, at the very ...

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### Strength of Bishop style constructive mathematics vs $\mathsf{RCA}_0$

This question came out of this other MO question of mine. My question is
Is there a formal comparison between $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ and $\mathsf{BISH}$ (Bishop style constructive mathematics as used ...

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### Feasible Type Theories

I am looking for references about efficient type theories,
efficiency in the sense of computational complexity,
and type theory in the sense of Martin-Lof's type theories.
Has there been any studies ...

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### constructive Serre classes

A Serre class (of abelian groups) is a class of abelian groups closed under subgroups, quotients, and extensions. For instance, finitely generated groups and finite groups are both Serre classes.
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### Understanding Troelstra's Uniformity Principle in Constructive Mathematics

I have seen Troelstra's Uniformity Principle stated as:
$\forall x \exists n R(x,n) \rightarrow \exists n \forall x R(x,n)$
where $x$ ranges over $\mathbb{P(N)}$ and $n$ ranges over $\mathbb{N}$.
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### Cardinal Arithmetic, foundations and constructive math

This is not my area but a question occurred to me that I can not find the answer to. There is a very strong axiom of constructibility which ironically gives us highly non-constructive math (GCH is one ...

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### Intuitionistic consistency of surjection from naturals to reals

Is it consistent intuitionistically (in the sense of topos theory) for there to be a surjection from the natural numbers to the (Dedekind, let us say) real numbers? [I've managed to convince myself ...

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### intensional equality in type theory

I want to know why we add an intensional equality in type theory to definitional equality ?
What is the aim with this intensional equality ?
thanks

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### What is the status of irrational numbers within finitism/ultrafinitism?

According to constructivism a mathematical object to prove that it exists". There are several formulas to calculate pi, such as:
so I take it ...

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### effective/constructive/algorithmic probability theory

What sort of "alternative" probability theories are out there in which the methods of proof are inherently constructive?
I know of a number of theorems that say that if you take an infinite sequence ...

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### Higher computability : Constructive ordinal and $\Delta^1_1$ predicates

Everything I know on this subject comes from Sacks book : "Higher recursion theory"
Let $\mathcal{O^Y}$ be the set of codes for ordinals constructive in $Y$.
We should have the result that $A ...

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### Non-Computational classical subterms

Assume we have a proof term of the form $(a^{A\rightarrow^c B\rightarrow^{nc} C}b^Ac^B)^C$, where $c$ is classical (that is, contains free instances of duplex negatio affirmat). The extracted term ...

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### Is there a finite-dimensional vector space whose dimension cannot be found? [closed]

Is there a finite-dimensional vector space whose dimension cannot be found? Assume, we have somehow constructed a vector space whose dimension is finite, but yet unknown. Is there always an algorithm ...

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### Artin Jacobson-semisimple rings are semisimple. Constructively, too?

Notation. When I say "ring", I mean "ring with unity" (not necessarily commutative).
Definition. A ring $R$ is said to be left-Artinian if for every sequence $I_0\supseteq I_1\supseteq I_2\supseteq ...

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### About the proof of the proposition “there exists irrational numbers a, b such that a^b is rational”

What does the classical proof of the proposition "there exists irrational numbers a, b such that $a^b$ is rational" want to reveal? I know it has something to do with the difference between classical ...

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### How to make Ext and Tor constructive?

EDIT: This post was substantially modified with the help of the comments and answers. Thank you!
Judging by their definitions, the $\mathrm{Ext}$ and $\mathrm{Tor}$ functors are among the most ...

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### What facts in commutative algebra fail miserably for simplicial commutative rings, even up to homotopy?

Simplicial commutative rings are very easy to describe. They're just commutative monoids in the monoidal category of simplicial abelian groups. However, I just realized that a priori, it's not clear ...

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### Is there any formal foundation to ultrafinitism?

Ultrafinitism is (I believe) a philosophy of mathematics that is not only constructive, but does not admit the existence of arbitrarily large natural numbers. According to wikipedia, it has been ...

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### How constructive is Doyle-Conway's 'Division by three'?

In the (whimsically written) article Division by three, Doyle and Conway describe a proof, (apparently) not using Choice, that an isomorphism $A \times 3 \simeq B\times 3$ of sets (where $3$ is a ...