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Applications of set theory in physics

In the introduction of the paper "Links between physics and set theory", the following quote of Eris Chric is stated: ...
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embdedding standard models of PA into nonstandard models [migrated]

Maybe it's well known to experts, but is there always an embedding $f$ of the standard model of Peano arithmetic into a nonstandard model? By Peano arithmetic I mean its first-order version, with the ...
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Proof theory and the generalized Riemann hypothesis [on hold]

Is there a disproof of the following? CONJECTURE: Let $\chi$ be a Dirichlet character modulo $q$. Let $\varepsilon$ be a positive number with $0 < \varepsilon < \frac{1}{2}$. Let $T$ be a ...
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A property of the Frechet filter and every ultrafilter

(Joint question with Piotr Szewczak.) Definitions and notation. By filter we mean a filter on $\omega$ containing the cofinite sets at least. For a filter $\mathcal{F}$, let ...
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Injecting premises into two implicational premises connected by a tensor (multiplicative conjunction) in linear logic

I have another question regarding linear logic: I want to get to the proof E, using the premises in (1-4). Is this at all possible? 1: $A$ 2: $C$ 3: $(A\multimap B)\otimes(C\multimap D)$ 4: ...
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Relationship between coherent toposes/coherent logic and coherent sheaves

I've heard it claimed that the adjective "coherent" in logic/topos theory (i.e. coherent logic, coherent toposes, coherent categories) was adopted to fit in with the terminology of coherent sheaves in ...
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Is there a natural bijection from $\mathbb{N}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$?

In a conversation where it came up that the Pythagoreans probably found an enumeration of the rational numbers I erroneously remarked that Georg Cantor found a natural bijection from $\mathbb{N}$ to ...
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What is a logic ?

I am not interested in the philosophical part of this question :-) When I look at mathematics, I see that lots of different logics are used : classical, intuitionistic, linear, modal ones and weirder ...
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What do you do if you believe a problem is undecidable?

While the title of this question is subjective, I hope to make what I'm looking for quite concrete. The first, and main question is this: If you believe that a problem you are working on is formally ...
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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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Primitive Recursive Arithmetic via Universal Algebra

From the wikipedia article on Primitive Recursive Arithmetic (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primitive_recursive_arithmetic): "Primitive recursive arithmetic, or PRA, is a quantifier-free ...
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Mal'cev “rational equivalence” and model theory

In Universal Algebra, it is possible to say that two presentations denote the "same" kind of algebraic structures, if the two corresponding varieties are "rationally equivalent" (Mal'cev 1958). In ...
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Generalizing a result of Kreisel on $\omega$-consistency

In (reference)The following result is attributed to Kreisel: Lemma1(Kreisel) If $T$ is an $\omega$-consistent theory in the language of arithmetic and $\pi$ is a true $\Pi_1$ sentence, then $T+\pi$ ...
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Does PA+Con(PA) entail the existence of non-standard models of PA?

Does $\textsf{PA}$+Con($\textsf{PA}$) entail the existence of non-standard models of $\textsf{PA}$? Is there a reasonable way in which to code, inside $\textsf{PA}$, the statement that $\textsf{PA}$ ...
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Interview Math question [closed]

Fill in the blank: Find the next number of the sequence: 16,47,64,81,121,? This is an interview math question of finding the proper number, I can't figure it out, could someone help?
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Inaccessible cardinal and $\Sigma_1$ reflection

A theorem of A. Levy says that, if $\kappa$ is an inaccessible cardinal, then $V_\kappa\prec_{\Sigma_1}V$ namely $V_\kappa$ is an elementary submodel when considering only $\Sigma_1$ formulas. Where ...
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Is there a good list of nomenclature for modal axioms?

I would like to see what names that has been suggested for useful modal axioms. By name here I mean some abbreviation such as $T$, $K$, $4$, $.2$, $E$ and so on. In particular I am interested in ...
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Analogues of Primitive Recursive Functions

Let $\mathbf{A}$ be an admissible set (possibly with urelements). I am wondering if there is some good notion of "primitive recursive arithmetic" relative to $\mathbf{A}$. More precisely, I would like ...
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For a partition of $\mathbb{R}$ into countably infinite sets, must there be an almost-disjoint family of $2^{\frak c}$ many selectors?

My question arises from a construction I gave in my recent answer to a question of Alexander Pruss concerning large families of independent non-measurable sets of reals. In that argument, using the ...
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Representable cylindric algebras and correspondence with first-order models

The class $\textsf{Cs}_{\omega}^{reg}\cap \textsf{Lf}_{\omega}$ of locally finite and regular cylindric set algebras (of dimension $\omega$) can be seen as the algebraic counterpart of first-order ...
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Consequences of ZF+“all subsets of reals are Lebesgue measurable”

(I'm not sure if this is entirely suitable here so feel free to close it if it's not.) The statement "there is a Lebesgue measure on $\mathbb{R}$($2^\omega$)" means: there is a total $\sigma$-additive ...
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Main Gap Phenomenon

Shelah's Main Gap Theorem states that for all first-order, complete theories, T, in a countable language, we have that either $$I(T,\aleph_\alpha)=2^{\aleph_\alpha}$$ or ...
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How create counterexample for some set in Complexity Theory? [closed]

We know from Martin Davis's book, $K$ is a Halting Set Problem as $K=\{e \mid e \in W_e\}$. $W_e$ is the set of inputs for which the program encoded by $e$ halts. I read in the book that written ...
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Decidabilty of the Hilbert lattice and quantum logic

What is known about the decidability of (first-order formulas in) the structure $(\mathcal{L}(H),\leq)$, where $\mathcal{L}(H)$ is the collection of all closed linear subspaces of a (separable) ...
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This modal logic semantics is not S5, but is it something else well-known?

The short form of the question is this: Is there a model of modal propositional calculus that gives the modal operators the meanings ...
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A query on how to climb inaccessibles in £

I am investigating to what extent extensions of the librationist property or set theory £ may support relative inaccessible sets; see Librationist Closures of the Paradoxes and Elements of ...
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Is the ultraproduct concept fundamentally category-theoretic?

Once again, I would like to take advantage of the large number of knowledgable category theorists on this site for a question I have about category-theoretic aspects of a fundamental logic concept. ...
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On surjections, idempotence and axiom of choice

The following assertion is trivial in ZFC, or even in much weaker theories. Is it also true in ZF? (I couldn't find it in the Consequences site so far.) If $A$ is an infinite set such that $A$ ...
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If $\kappa$ is weakly inaccessible and $A\subset\kappa$, can $L[A]$ violate $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$?

In some current work, my co-authors and I had wanted in a certain argument to appeal to $\kappa^{\lt\kappa}=\kappa$ in $L[A]$, in a situation where $A\subset\kappa$ and $\kappa$ was weakly ...
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What is lambda calculus related to?

So I'm not much of a math guy but I've really enjoyed programming in Lisp and have become interested in the ideas of lambda calculus which it is based. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion ...
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Hamkins infinite time Turing machines: dovetailing ordinal time

It is claimed in the Hamkins and Lewis founding article "Infinite time Turing machines" (proof of the gap existence theorem 3.4) that for $\omega$ steps of a computation of a machine performing a ...
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Scott-Solovay unpublished paper on ``Boolean valued models of set theory''

I have read some papers from 1970$^{th}$, and in some of them, the paper of Scott and Solovay on ``Boolean valued models of set theory'' is given as a main reference, with many references to the ...
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Can infinity shorten proofs a lot?

I've just been asked for a good example of a situation in maths where using infinity can greatly shorten an argument. The person who wants the example wants it as part of a presentation to the general ...
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full support iteration of semiproper forcings

Suppose $\langle P_\alpha,\dot{Q}_\alpha:\alpha\leq\omega_1\rangle$ is a full support iteration of (semi)proper forcings. Is the full limit $P_{\omega_1}$ (semi)proper or at least stationary set ...
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Kripke frames as classes of partitions

Here's something I've been playing with off and on for a bit; I'm curious if anyone has seen it before. For this question, a Kripke frame $K$ is a finite reflexive directed graph. (Reflexivity isn't ...
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Logic in mathematics and philosophy

What are the relations between logic as an area of (modern) philosophy and mathematical logic. The world "modern" refers to 20th century and later, and I am curious mainly about the second half of ...
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Decision problem on triviality of intersection of two subgroups

What is known about the following decision problem? Given two finite sets in a finitely generated group G, decide whether the subgroups generated by them have trivial intersection. Is this problem ...
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A well-founded relation on lists

Let $A$ be a set equipped with a well-founded relation $<$, let $LA$ be the set of finite lists of elements of $A$, and define a relation $\prec$ on $LA$ such that $\ell \prec m$ if $\ell$ is ...
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Use of Indiscernibles in Model Theory

Hi, what is the main use of Indiscernibles in model theory? reading through Chang and Keisler's Model Theory it seems that the main motivation for Indicernibles is for getting many non isomorphic ...
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Reverse Skolem's paradox

By using the Löwenheim–Skolem theorem & Mostowski collapse, in every model $V$ of $ZF+Con(ZF)$ there is a countable transitive set $M$ such that $(M,\in_M) \models ZF$. Is the following "converse" ...
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Model-theoretic accounts of feasibility in bounded arithmetic and related systems

Various weak theories of arithmetic have been partially motivated by a concern with numbers (or functions/proofs) that are feasible. This concern is sometimes connected to an interest in strictly ...
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Application of Fraïssé construction in set theory

As you know Fraïssé limit construction and its generalization, Hrushovski's construction, have many applications in model theory to build models with interesting property. Now I would like to know ...
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Forcing as a replacement of induction and diagonal arguments

Let me give some examples motivating the question. The use of forcing instead of induction: For this consider Cantor's theorem: Theorem 1. Any two countable dense linear orders $I, J$ without end ...
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History of Tarski's problems on free groups

As is known, Tarski posed his questions about first-order theories of non-abelian free groups around 1945. However, the questions were not published in his papers or books. What is the original ...
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Quasi-disjoint subsets of an infinite set and $\neg \mathsf{AC}$

Is it consistent with $\mathsf{ZF}$ (without $\mathsf{AC}$) that there is an infinite set $X$ and a subset $S\subseteq\mathcal P(X)$ of the same cardinality as $\mathcal P(X)$ with the property that ...
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Is there a probability theory developed in intuitionistic logic?

Since Boole it is known that probability theory is closely related to logic. According to the axioms of Kolmogorov, probability theory is formulated with a (normalized) probability measure ...
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Category of Gödel Codings? [Reference Request]

Consider computation with the integers $\mathbb{Q}$. The traditional theory of recursive functions on $\mathbb{N}$ applies to $\mathbb{Q}$ by the identification of $\frac{a}{b} \in \mathbb{Q}$ with ...
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A Fraïssé class without the strong amalgamation property.

I am trying to find some examples of Fraïssé classes that do not have the strong amalgamation property. Anyone?
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Uncountably categorical theories which are interpretable in a strongly minimal

Definition: Let $\lambda$ be a cardinal. An $\mathcal{L}$-theory $T$ is called $\lambda$-categorical whenever every two models of $T$ of cardinality $\lambda$ are isomorphic. Definition: An ...
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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 ...