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### Completion of a category

For a poset $P$ there exists an embedding $y$ into a complete and cocomplet poset $\hat{P}$ of downward closed subsets of $P$. It is easy to verify that the embedding preserves all existing limits and ...

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### The continuum hypothesis for packing shapes without overlapping

Consider the finite cross $C$ (=union of line segments $\overline{(0, -1)(0, 1)}$ and $\overline{(-1, 0)(1, 0)}$) and the unit half-circle $H$. It is easy to see that we may pack continuum-many ...

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### First-order axiomatization of free groups

Is there a way to axiomatize [non-abelian] free groups in first-order logic using the language of groups (which contains the binary operation symbol $\cdot$, and the constant symbol $e$)?
Is there ...

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### On $V$-decisive and weakly homogeneous forcings

Suppose that $\Bbb P$ is a forcing in $V$, we say that $\Bbb P$ is $V$-decisive if whenever $\varphi(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ is a statement in the language of forcing, and $u_1,\ldots,u_n\in V$ then $1_{\Bbb ...

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### O-minimal Theories with Non-Dense Order Type

I asked this question on MSE, but I haven't received any comments or responses (also, it has a very low view count), so I thought I would also ask it here.
In this paper, Knight, Pillay, and ...

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### Canonical functions in set theory and their applications

Given regular cardinal $\kappa>\omega,$ we can define the canonical functions $f_\alpha: \kappa\to \kappa,$ for $\alpha<\kappa^+.$
Some of their properties are presented in Chapter 22 of the ...

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### On a modal correspondence

Is there an intuitive characterization of the correspondence for the modal logical formula $\square (\alpha \rightarrow \square \alpha) \rightarrow (\square \alpha \vee \square \lnot \alpha)$?
In ...

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### Is the regularity of finitely generated rings decidable?

Q: Is there an algorithm to decide whether a given finitely generated (over $\mathbb{Z}$) commutative ring is regular?
I mean by regular that the localization at every prime ideal is a regular local ...

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### Demonstrate by extension with 3 changing value [on hold]

I want to demonstrate by extension this : Z x Z U Z
It should give some stuff like , {x} element of Z
I don't know how to demonstrate by extension because there will be 3 changing values, i, j and ...

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### Is it decidable whether or not a collection of integer matrices generates a free group?

Suppose we have integer matrices $A_1,\ldots,A_n\in\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb Z)$. Define $\varphi:F_n\to\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb Z)$ by $x_i\mapsto A_i$. Is there an algorithm to decide whether ...

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### Preserving Predimension Functions under Functional Convergences

Definition 1. If $\mathcal{L}$ is a countable relational language, a predimension class $C$ is a class of $\mathcal{L}$-structures with the following properties:
C1: ...

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### Is it possible to formulate the axiom of choice as the existence of a survival strategy?

Consider the following situation:
There is an infinite set $G$ of giraffes.
A lion comes and announces a set $C$ of all possible colours and an infinite cardinal $\kappa$.
The hungry lion ...

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### Löwenheim–Skolem as an argument for discrete mathematics? [closed]

At least as far as first-order theories go, one could construe the (downward) Löwenheim–Skolem theorem as an incentive to invest more in discrete models rather than in continuous ones.
This would ...

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### Is every order type of a PA model the \omega of some ZFC model?

Let $N$ be a model of first-order Peano arithmetic, and let $\sigma$ be its order-type. Does it follow that there is a (non-transitive, expect when $M$ is the standard model) $ZFC$-model $M$ such that ...

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### How short can we state the Axiom of Choice?

How short can we state a principle which is equivalent with the Axiom of Choice under $ZF$? The principle should be a sentence in the language of set theory with only $\in$ and$=$ as extralogical ...

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### Most 'unintuitive' application of the Axiom of Choice?

It is well-known that the axiom of choice is equivalent to many other assumptions, such as the well-ordering principle, Tychonoff's theorem, and the fact that every vector space has a basis. Even ...

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### proof that “small” sets in an extension by iterated forcing already appear in an earlier stage

In Kunen's book (introduction to independence proofs, ) the following lemma is proved (chapter 8, lemma 5.14):
Assume that in M, $\alpha$ is a limit ordinal,
$( ( \mathbb{P}_\xi : \xi \leq \alpha) , ...

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### Consistency of Weak Diamond with a Weak Version of Martin's Axiom

If $S \subset \omega_1$ is stationary, then the weak diamond principle $\Phi(S)$ states that for any $F: 2^{<\omega_1} \to 2$, there is a $g: \omega_1 \to 2$ such that for all $f: \omega_1 \to 2$, ...

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### Boolean Valued Models of PA

O.K, a massively naive question. I've never really studied any non-standard models of PA before. I was just wondering if there's ever been any attempt to use the kind of Boolean valued model theory ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### How to change the successor of a singular with a Woodin?

I'm looking for references on how to change the successor of a singular cardinal from "more or less" minimal assumptions. If possible, then without adding bounded subsets to the singular either.
In ...

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### Forcing is intuitionistic

The main idea of why it´s necessary a generic filter $G$ to extend a countable transitive $\epsilon$-interpretation (not necessarily a model) $M$ is given by the condition (for which $G$ being a ...

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### About “absolute proof” of Arithmetic consistency [closed]

Ok so as Godel's theorems states, you cant prove that Peano arithmetic is consistent by using only the axioms within Peano model. You need to use axioms or rules of inferations beyond the model you ...

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### What is the Shortest Axiom of Classical Conditional-Negation Propositional Calculus? [closed]

Suppose that we only have propositional variables and connectives. Suppose our rules of inference are detachment {C$\alpha$$\beta$, $\alpha$} $\vdash$ $\beta$, and uniform substitution. Suppose that ...

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votes

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### Models of BL$\forall$

What results are known about the construction of models for a theory $T$ of the logic BL$\forall$ for languages of higher cardinality? The construction for the countable case relies on
1) The fact ...

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### Sets computable from enough hints

Is there a non-computable set $X\subset\omega$ such that, for some $Y\subset\omega$, any infinite subset or cosubset (=subset of the complement) of $Y$ computes $X$?
More generally, call a set $X$ ...

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### Groups and pregeometries

Definition.
For an infinite structure $\mathcal{A}$ and $cl : P(dom(\mathcal{A})) \longrightarrow P(dom(\mathcal{A}))$ , we say
that $(\mathcal{A}, cl)$ is a structure carrying an $\omega$-homogeneous ...

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### complexity of proof of p(n) grows greater with n if for all x P(x) is unprovable?

Is it true that if "for all x P(x)" is unprovable in pA then the complexity of the proof of P(n) becomes greater as n grows bigger?

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### An interpretation of not-Con(PA)

Edit After Andreas Blass answer below and comments below the original post I have changed it to accommodate posters' remarks. I hope it is clear and makes more sense now.
Let $\mathrm{PA}$ be the ...

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votes

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### On fast-growing hierarchy

Is there exists a recursively enumerable set of computable total fast-growing functions $(\mathbb N \rightarrow \mathbb N)$ such, that this set has no upper boundary in the set of all such functions ...

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### When are two proofs of the same theorem really different proofs

Many well-known theorems have lots of "different" proofs. Often new proofs of a theorem arise surprisingly from other branches of mathematics than the theorem itself.
When are two proofs really the ...

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votes

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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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### Real algebraic groups and pseudo-finiteness

What is the relationship between pseudo-finite groups and real algebraic groups?
Could you provide an example of a pseudo-finite real algebraic group and of a non pseudo-finite one, if any?
Thank ...

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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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votes

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### If questions are formalized as ideals of a boolean algebra, what kind of algebra of questions appears from Stone representation theorem?

Affirmative propositions make up a Boolean algebra, and Boolean algebras became part of classical algebra for over one century ago - in this sense they are "simple". But I did not encounter in ...

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### Can formal logic give a precise notion of “canonical”?

Coming off of this discussion, I'm wondering what the term "canonical" really means. In that thread, many suggested category theory as a way to formalize the concept of what "canonical" means, using ...

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### Can we unify addition and multiplication into one binary operation? To what extent can we find universal binary operations?

The question is the extent to which we can unify addition
and multiplication, realizing them as terms in a single
underlying binary operation. I have a number of questions.
Is there a binary ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Bodnarchuk, Kaluzhnin, Kotov, Romov’s Theorem on inclusion of Polymorphism ($Pol \rho \subseteq Pol \sigma$)

Bodnarchuk, Kaluzhnin, Kotov, Romov’s paper [1] is well-known. Anne Fearnley [2] infered from it the following theroem and used it to prove the inclusion of polymorphisms.
Theorem (Bodnarchuk, ...

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### Is this system incomplete?

Let $\mathbf{SBM}$ be the normal modal logic system defined as $\mathbf{T}$ plus the following two axioms:
$$\mathrm{SB}: \Box(\Diamond p \rightarrow p)\rightarrow (p \rightarrow \Box p)$$
...

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### When are all greater cardinals sharply greater?

Makkai and Paré introduced the following binary relation on regular cardinals: given $\kappa$ and $\lambda$, $\kappa \vartriangleleft \lambda$ (read, $\kappa$ is sharply less than $\lambda$) when ...

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### Vaught conjecture for uncountable languages

Recall Vaught conjecture: the number of countable models of a first-order complete theory in a countable language is finite or $\aleph_0$ or $2^{\aleph_0}.$
Now let $\lambda$ be an uncountable ...

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### higher-order reflection

In the first-order context, "reflection" of a formula $\varphi(x)$ below $\kappa$ refers to the the following situation:
There are many ordinals $\alpha<\kappa$ such that for all $a \in ...

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### “cov vs pp” problem

This is the problem $(\beta)$ of the section 14.7 in the "Analytical Guide" of the Shelah's book "Cardinal Arithmetic":
$(\beta)$ Is $\operatorname{cov} ( \lambda , \lambda, \aleph_{1} , 2) =^{+} ...

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### Can $V\neq\text{HOD}$ if every $\Sigma_2$-definable set has an ordinal-definable element?

This question arises from an issue arising in user38200's recent question concerning models of set theory in which every definable set has a definable element. In my answer to that question, with ...

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### Nelson's program to show inconsistency of ZF

At the end of the paper Division by three by Peter G. Doyle and John H. Conway, the authors say:
Not that we believe there really are any such things as infinite sets, or that the Zermelo-Fraenkel ...

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### Status of Harvey Friedman's grand conjecture?

Friedman [1] conjectured
Every theorem published in the Annals of Mathematics whose
statement involves only finitary mathematical objects (i.e., what logicians
call an arithmetical statement) ...

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### ULTRAINFINITISM, or a step beyond the transfinite

Cantor has, in the immortal words of D. Hilbert, given all of us a paradise (or perhaps, I would rather say, a great vacation spot), the TRANSFINITE.
$\aleph_0, \aleph_1,\aleph_2\dots$
the lists ...

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### Hrushovski's Construction

Zilber expressed a conjecture for $\aleph_{1}$- categorical theories (In the 80s).
Zilber's Conjecture: The geometry of any $\aleph_{1}$- categorical structure is one of the following:
(a) Trivial ...

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### Are there standard examples of stable theories that are undecidable?

What is known about decidability of various first order theories studied in stable model theory, geometric model theory, o-minimality? For example, is there a natural example of an undecidable ...

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### A totally categorical structure with trivial geometry which is not interpretable in the trivial structure

Among the theorems of early geometric model theory there is one by Lachlan stating that every totally categorical structure with a trivial pregeometry is intrepretable in a dense linear order.
That ...