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Nontrivial upper bounds on proof-theoretic ordinals of strong theories: do we have any?

Motivated by Consistency of Analysis (second order arithmetic) and Proof-Theoretic Ordinal of ZFC or Consistent ZFC Extensions?, I have the following question: Are there any examples of strong ...
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Interesting meta-meta-mathematical theorems?

The Goedel incompleteness theorems can be considered meta-mathematical theorems, as they are "written" in a meta-theory and "talk" about properties of a class of formal theories. The following may be ...
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Equational theories determined by “identities without variables”

How to characterize equational theories $T$ which have the following property: for any two terms $t(x_1,...,x_n)$ and $t'(x_1,...,x_n)$ in the signature of $T$, if for any closed terms (i. e. terms ...
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Consistency of Analysis (second order arithmetic)

Is there a proof of the consistency of Analysis (second order arithmetic), which is similar to Gentzen's proof of the consistency of arithmetic? Update: Which (different) methods can be used to ...
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Colorful model theory

There are a number of concepts in model theory - often situated around Hrushovski's amalgamation method (see for instance http://math.univ-lyon1.fr/~wagner/nijmegen.pdf) - which are colorfully named: ...
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Perfect set property implies $\omega_1$ is a limit cardinal in $L$

Specker proved in 1957 that if in $V$ every set of real numbers has the perfect set property, than in $L$, $\omega_1^V$ is actually a limit cardinal. The original proof is in German, and I've been ...
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Does the Lévy collapse obey this nice characterization? [duplicate]

This question is related to an issue in my answer to Monroe Eskew's question on the failure of Cantor-Bernstein for the Lévy collapse. Question. Is the Lévy collapse $\text{Coll}(\omega,\lt\kappa)$ ...
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Failure of Cantor-Bernstein for the Levy Collapse

Related to this question, is it possible to give an example of the failure of Cantor-Bernstein for complete embeddings of forcing notions involving the Levy Collapse $Col(\omega,<\kappa)$? Suppose ...
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A model of Krivine

In a paper by J.-L. Krivine, Modèles de ZF+AC dans lesquels tout ensemble de réels définissable en termes d'ordinaux est mesurable-Lebesgue [C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris Sér. A-B 269 (1969), A549–A552, ...
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What do algebraic theories with strictly terminal trivial models look like?

By algebraic theory I mean one in the sense of Lawvere, i.e. a collection of finitary operations, including projections, together with a multi-composition satisfying the obvious axioms. (I believe ...
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Starting Hilbert's Program on the other end

The idea of Hilbert's program was to start with a simple finitary logic and proof the consistency of more complex systems in this system. Of course, this turned out to be problematic. Even when ...
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Replace Morley sequence over some set by one over a finite set, s.t. they both satiesfy a certain formula

Let $T$ be a stable $L$-theory with elimination of imaginaries. We work in the monster model $\mathfrak C$ of $T$. Let $A$ be a small (infinite) set of the monster, $\phi(x,y)$ be a $L(A)$-formula and ...
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What is the name of this type of groups?

Suppose $A$ is a finite set and $\Sigma=A\cup A^{-1}$. Let $L\subseteq \Sigma^{\ast}$ be a regular language on the alphabet $\Sigma$. Is there a common name for the group $G$ presented as: $$G=\langle ...
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Is Van der Waerden's function elementary

Van der Waerden's function was proved to have elementary upper bound on growth rate. Is the Van der Waerden's function itself elementary in the sense of Kalmar?
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Expressive power of first-order category theory

Given the signature $\lbrace \mathsf{dom}, \mathsf{cod}, \mathsf{id},\circ \rbrace$ and the axioms of category theory – which are expressible in the signature's first-order (FO) language – ...
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How many elementary equivalent models are unifiable by ultrapower?

Definition. A class $\mathcal{C}$ of pairwise elementary equivalent $\mathcal{L}$-structures is unifiable by ultrapower if there is an index set $I$ and an ultrafilter $F$ on it such that $\forall ...
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Are there non-diagonal proofs for Cantor's continuum and Godel's incompletness theorems?

There is a formal definition for the notion of a formal proof. Question 1. Is there any formal definition for the notion of a diagonal formal proof? Consider the following theorems both proved by ...
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First-order Peano Axioms and order-completeness of $\mathbb{N}$ [closed]

Definition: An ordered set is order-complete if any nonempty subset with an upper bound, has a lowest upper bound or supremo. Notation: We denote the system of first-order Peano Axioms (along with ...
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Obtaining a lightface pointclass from a boldface one

Define a pointclass to be: boldface inductive-like if it is $\mathbb{R}$-parameterized, has the scale property, and is closed under $\wedge$, $\vee$, $\forall^\mathbb{R}$, $\exists^\mathbb{R}$, and ...
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Reverse mathematics of meromorphic functions on Riemann surfaces

Various sources touch briefly on the reverse mathematics of measure theory and complex analysis. But I have found none on the uniformization theorem for Riemann surfaces or the existence of ...
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Is it ever a good idea to use Keisler-Shelah to show elementary equivalence?

The most useful way I know to show that two structures are elementarily equivalent is Ehrenfeucht-Fraisse games. These are quite nice and intuitive, and even when I can't use them to solve my problem ...
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Finite generation of vector identities

This question is partially motivated by Looking for a comprehensive referece for vector identities, although that question may not be appropriate for MO. Consider the set $\mathcal{E}$ of all valid ...
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A ZFC construction to get a proper extension which is a $\omega_1$-model

In $V$, let me call a set theory structure A is a $\omega_1$ model if the $\omega_1$ of $A$ is the same as the $\omega_1$ in $V$ (up to isomorphism). The question I would like to ask is the following: ...
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Skolem Hulls in $H_{\omega_2}$

I put this on stack exchange over a week ago with no answer, so let's try here. Consider a model of the form $\mathfrak{A} = (H_{\omega_2}, \in, \lhd, f_0, f_1, ...)$, some expansion of ...
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Natural constructions (not depending on parameters) [closed]

Consider graph clusterings as a prototypical example of (logical) constructions. Let a clustering of a graph $(V,E)$ be any covering of $V$, i.e. a set $C$ with $\bigcup C = V$. I am looking for a ...
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Vaught's conjecture for partial orders

In ``Steel, John R. On Vaught's conjecture. Cabal Seminar 76–77, pp. 193–208'' the following is proved: Theorem. Let $\phi\in L_{\omega_1,\omega}.$ If every model of $\phi$ is a tree, then $\phi$ has ...
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Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size

Motivated by these following questions on tessellation: coloring in lattice Reference for Wang Tile Computational approach deciding whether a set of Wang Tile could tile the space up to some size ...
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Can a Decidable Theory Have Non-recursive Models?

Tennenbaums' theorem proves neither addition nor multiplication can be recursive in any countable non-standard model of arithmetic. Tennenbaum's proof applies to theories much weaker than PA. ...
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Forcing for Arbitrary First Order Theories

Forcing is a relative model construction method for models of $ZF$ as a particular first order theory using models of another first order theory (forcing companion) that in this case is the theory of ...
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Is Turing degree actually useful in real life? [closed]

In theoretical computer science, we classify problems according to their Turing degree. Is there any practical application of this? Edit: Given that we cannot explicitly and mechanically understand ...
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Intermediate submodels which do not satisfy AC

The following is known: Theorem. Suppose $V[G]$ is a generic extension of $V$ by a set forcing, and let $N$ be a model of $ZFC$ with $V\subseteq N\subseteq V[G].$ Then $N$ is a generic extension of ...
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Are there two computable binary trees such that each has a branch not computing any branch through the other?

It is a well-known elementary classical result in computability theory that there are computable infinite binary trees $T\subset 2^{<\omega}$ having no computable infinite branch. (One can build ...
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When is a reduction not a reduction?

Every mathematician understands the concept of reducing a complicated problem to a simpler problem. "Without loss of generality, we may assume…" However, I've noticed that some kinds of ...
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Computational approach deciding whether a set of Wang Tile could tile the space up to some size

As an applied person, I'm facing one practical problem deciding whether a set of Wang tile could tile the plane periodically or aperiodically. Although both problems seem undecidable, but I'm on a ...
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Godel's Second Incompleteness theorem and Models

As I understand it, Godel's completeness theorem essentially says that if a sentence $\phi$ can be proven in a first order theory $\Gamma$, then $\phi$ is satisfied in all models $\mathcal{U}$ of ...
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How many Dedekind-finite sets can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into?

Building off Asaf Karagila's answer to my previous question (Can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into dedekind-finite sets?) on partitioning $\mathbb{R}$ into strictly Dedekind-finite sets: (1) What ...
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Algebra generated by a tree [Edit] [closed]

Suppose that $(T,\leq)$ is a partially ordered set, we say $T$ is a tree* if for every $i\in T$, $\{s: s\in T, s\leq t\}$ is a well-founded chain. What I need to know is: Can the algebra ...
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Weak forms of the Axiom of Choice

Let $n\geq 2$ be a natural number and consider the following: $AC(n)$: For each family $\{X_i\}_{i \in I}$ of $n$-element sets the product $\prod_{i\in I}X_i$ is non-empty. Is it known that for ...
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Can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into dedekind-finite sets?

Assuming $ZF$ itself is consistent, it is consistent that there are sets $D$ which are infinite but cannot be placed in bijection with any of their proper subsets; such sets are called "strictly ...
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Climbing quickly up $L$

This question is motivated by Joel David Hamkins' answer to Godel's Constructible Universe in Infinitary Logics (A Possible Approach to HOD Problem), in which he shows that, if we replace ...
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Gödel's Constructible Universe in Infinitary Logics (A Possible Approach to HOD Problem)

Gödel's constructible universe ($L$) is defined using definable power set operator in first order logic ($\mathcal{L}_{\omega ,\omega}$). One can produce such a universe in infinitary logics in ...
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Transfinite induction vs induction in mathematics

What are the nontrivial theorems one can prove about natural numbers which need transfinite induction? By "need transfinite induction" I mean one can show that the statement is not provable in ...
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From Frege to Gödel - German equivalent?

I know this question does not quite fit here, but I felt it could best be answered here. I recently stumbled upon the book From Frege to Gödel, which is a sourcebook containing some of the most ...
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Reverse Math of High Sets?

Is there a standard principle in reverse math that is known to be equivalent (over $RCA_0$) to the existence of a set of high (Turing) degree? I'm interested in the general case, but would be happy to ...
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Comparing two non-deterministic Turing equivalents as basis for Logic, request for references

I am designing a logic, that is simpler than FOL + PA. And I like to know if there already exists something in this direction. First of all a non-deterministic Turing equivalent is defined by ...
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“Fraïssé limits” without amalgamation

All structures are countable with countable signature. Given a structure $\mathcal{A}$, the age of $\mathcal{A}$, $Age(\mathcal{A})$, is the set of structures isomorphic to finitely-generated ...
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A question about consistent fragments of formalized mathematical theories with Natural Deduction

Ref to : Sara Negri & Jan von Plato, Structural Proof Theory (2001). In Ch.6 : Structural Proof Analysis of Axiomatic Theories [page 126-on], they give a method of adding axioms to sequent ...
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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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Fields of characteristic zero via ultraproducts

Is every noncountable field of characteristic zero the ultraproduct (using a non principal ultrafilter over the set of prime numbers) of fields of positive characteristic?
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Quantifying simplicity, in the case of trigonometric and exponential functions

The pair of identities the sine and cosine of a sum of two terms as functions of the sines and cosines of the terms separately is not as simple as the identity that expresses the exponential of a sum ...