# Tagged Questions

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### An algorithm and symbolic manipulation for IF-THEN-ELSE [on hold]

Q1 Does there exists an algorithm similar to the theorem about parentheses? Or else, could you provide one (make it neat :-) ? (A possible mixture of both IF-THEN and IF-THEN-ELSE constructions ...

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### A question about ordinal definable real numbers

If ZFC (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the Axiom of Choice) is consistent, does it remain consistent
when the following statement is added to it as a new axiom?
"There exists a denumerably ...

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### Quantifier problem of equations in physics [on hold]

Equations in physics are often written without quantifiers. For instance, from time to time we can see the equation
$$E = mc^2$$
is casually written down.
To assert that static energy equals mass ...

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### Finding minimal or canonical expressions for Boolean truth tables

This is not an urgent question, but something I've been curious about for quite some time.
Consider a Boolean function in n inputs: the truth table for this function has 2n rows.
There are uses of ...

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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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### Is there a “hereditary” construction for $L$?

Recall that $L$, Godel's constructible universe is constructed by defining the following hierarchy:
$L_0=\varnothing$, for a limit ordinal $\delta$, $L_\delta=\bigcup_{\alpha<\delta}L_\alpha$, and ...

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### Examples of unproven but likely true existential sentence (in the sense of incompleteness)

Some examples of universal statements that are unproven but likely true include the Riemann hypothesis (all non-trivial zeros of the zeta function have real part 1/2) and the Goldbach conjecture (all ...

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### Ultracoproducts and Cartesian products

Let $X$ be a metrizable compact topological space, let $\mathcal U$ be an ultrafilter, and denote by $X^{\mathcal U}$ the ultracopower of $X$ with respect to $\mathcal U$.
As a C$^*$-algebraist, I ...

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### Questions about Prikry forcing and Cohen forcing

I have some questions.
The first one is about the product of Prikry's forcing.
Let $\kappa$ be a measurable cardinal, $U_1, U_2$ be normal measures on $\kappa$ and let $\mathbb{P}_{U_1}, ...

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### A question on Carnap's modal semantics on the basis of Cochiarelli's primary semantics

I believe I learned that Carnap's state description semantics for propositional modal logic suffered from validating $\lozenge p$ for all atomic variables p. Re-reading Nino Cochiarelli's primary ...

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### Definability of arithmetic functions and relations

Motivation: Many "weak" arithmetic functions and/or relations ("relations" for short) are equivalent with relations explicitly definable by relations which were recursively defined by them beforehand ...

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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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### Ideas behind Gitik's solution of PCF conjecture

Recently Moti Gitik has refuted Shelah's PCF conjecture (see Short extenders forcings II ) by proving the following theorem:
Theorem. Assuming the consistency of infinitely many strong cardinals, one ...

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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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### What is the status of the extreme value theorem in forms of constructive mathematics, such as Smooth Infinitesimal Analysis?

In certain intuitionistic frameworks the extreme value theorem cannot be proved. Depending on the exact framework, counterexamples can be constructed as well; see for example pp. 294-295 in
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### Saturated Ultrapowers

I posted it on MSE and didn't receive any comments or answers, so I thought I would post it here.
(See http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/895549/keisler-order-saturated-ultrapowers)
Keisler's ...

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### Is there any current development of a first order formalization of metamathematics?

I hope that this post isn't off topic, but I already asked math.stackexchange about first order formalizations of first order logic. There are provability logics and extensions in modal logic's that ...

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### Does every Aronszajn tree has a Suslin or a Special subtree?

Question: Does every $\omega_1$-Aronszajn tree contains a Suslin sub-tree or a special Aronszajn sub-tree?
Recall that Suslin trees are $\omega_1$-trees (trees of height $\omega_1$, and countable ...

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### Countable model theory for $\omega$-stable theories?

This is a bit of a fishing expedition, because I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Very vaguely stated, here's the driving question:
What conditions on an $\omega$-stable theory make the class of ...

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### Salvaging Leibnizian formalism?

Can one justify Leibniz's formalism in a suitable algebraic or topological context?
We have published some papers recently where we argue that Leibniz's formalism for the calculus wasn't ...

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### Inaccessible becomes successor of singular

Is it possible, starting from any large cardinal assumption, to find a countably closed forcing $\mathbb{P}$ such that for some inaccessible $\kappa$, $\Vdash_\mathbb{P} "\kappa = \lambda^+$ and ...

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### Question about higher inductive types and computational rules

I have been trying to make my way through the homotopy type theory book, slowly but surely, and I just finished reading this introductory series of 3 articles on hott on ScienceForAll.
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### Universal quantifier in Russell's Theory of descriptions - Who is the UNIVERSE? [closed]

To moderators: Please don't delete or migrate this thread: It's by no means PURE PHILOSOPHICAL, but mostly a mathematical logic question!
In Russell's 1905 paper "on denoting" in which he introduces ...

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### LTL - Büchi-automaton Translation [closed]

I need some help in Generalized Büchi automaton ..
I do understand the translation of a LTL-formula ϕ into Generalized Büchi automaton A= (Q, Δ, I, F), with F= {F1,...,Fn}
My problem is F ..
I know ...

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### continuum many mutually generic filters

Given a countable model $M$ of set theory and an atomless, separative partial order $\mathbb{P} \in M$, can we construct (in the real universe) $2^\omega$ many pairwise mutually $\mathbb{P}$-generic ...

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### Forcing, cuts, and Dedekind-finite cardinalities

Tl;dr version: there are two natural classes of cuts in the nonstandard model of arithmetic consisting of the Dedekind-finite sets (if, in fact, they constitute such a model); both these classes are ...

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### A question about ordinal definable sets of real numbers revisited [duplicate]

Citing (almost)
A question about ordinal definable real numbers
If ZFC (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the Axiom of Choice) is consistent, does it remain consistent when the following statement is ...

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### Au revoir, law of excluded middle?

In what way and with what utility is the law of excluded middle usually disposed of in intuitionistic type theory and its descendants? I am thinking here of topos theory and its ilk, namely synthetic ...

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### Can $Ded(\kappa)$ be a supremum?

Definition If there is a dense linear order w/o endpoints of size $\lambda$ with a dense subset of size $\kappa$ then write $D(\kappa,\lambda)$. $Ded(\kappa)=\sup_\lambda \{D(\kappa,\lambda)\}$.
It ...

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### What do we call functions that behave like predicate symbols?

Assume a metatheory that supports lambda-abstraction, and an object language that is merely first-order. Now let $\varphi$ denote a formula in the object language with one free variable $x$. Then we ...

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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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### The word problem of the free left distributive algebra on one generator

A left distributive algebra is a set $A$ together with a binary operation, $\cdot$, satisfying $a\cdot(b\cdot c)=(a\cdot b)\cdot(a\cdot c)$.
One important example of left distributive algebras arises ...

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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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### 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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### The (un)decidability of Robinson-Arithmetic-without-Multiplication?

I asked this over at math.stackexchange, and though a number of people were interested enough to vote up the question, I didn't get an answer -- which makes me wonder whether it isn't quite so ...

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### Harrington's unpublished note “The constructible reals can be anything”

Around 1974, Leo Harringto wrote an unpublished note entitled "The constructible reals can be anything", in which he proved that it is consistent that being $\Delta^1_n$ is the same as being ...

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### The definition of < in Robinson's Q

I recently had to explain how the basic axioms in Simpson's Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic were interpretable in Robinson's Q. Most of the axioms are actually the same, except that Simpson ...

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### Set-theoretic tautologies

Let us consider unquantifed formulas of a set theory (for example, NBG), more precisely,
the formulas, constructed from variables and the constants $\emptyset, V$ (the empty set
and the class of all ...

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### References for the Keisler Order

Are there any good/modern references on the Keisler order. I have been reading Keisler's original paper, "Ultraproducts which are not Saturated", which introduces the order. However it is somewhat ...

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### The (global) theory of Borel equivalence relations

What do we know about the complexity of the theory of Borel equivalence relations, with the Borel reducibility order $\leq_B$?
That is, let $\mathcal{B}$ be the set of all Borel equivalence ...

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### Refutation of $A \land \lnot\lnot\lnot A$ by resolution [closed]

$ A \land \lnot\lnot\lnot A $ this is a very simple example. Resolution is refutation complete. So it should be able to refute this formula. However, I don't see how would it do that without using ...

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### Is quasivariety generated by all perfect graphs finitely axiomatizable?

Fix logic $L$ with equality and a binary relation symbol $E$.
The class of graphs can be identified with the class of models of the universal first-order Horn $L$-sentences $\forall x,y\; E(x,y) ...

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### Canonical model for $\neg\mathsf{CH}$ and $\Omega$-logic

Recently I found this book by Woodin. In the introduction of it the author writes the following:
The main result of this book is the identification of a canonical model in which
the Continuum ...

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### How do we know if Vaught's Conjecture is Absolute?

Please note that this might be some confusion on my part about the work surrounding Vaught's conjecture.
First of all, Vaught Conjecture states that if a first-order complete theory $T$ in a ...

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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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### Question about “Coding the universe”

The following is a result which I know as a weak form of Jensen's coding lemma$^*$ (first published in the book "Coding the universe"; also see http://www.jstor.org/stable/2273986):
For any class ...

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### Strongly compact cardinal with bad covering properties

This is a continuation of the question covering properties of strongly compact embedding.
Recall that a cardinal $\kappa$ is $\nu$-strongly compact cardinal if there is an elementary embedding ...

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### If all reals are generic, is the set of reals generic?

Let $W\subseteq V$ be two models of $\sf ZFC$ with the same ordinals. Is the following situation consistent:
For every $x\in\Bbb R^V$ there is some $P_x\in W$ such that for some $G\subseteq P_x$ ...

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### Does forcing with recursively pointed perfect trees add a Turing degree that is minimal over $V$?

A tree $T$ on $\omega$ is recursively pointed if it is recursive in each of its branches. We can consider a variant of Sacks forcing where the conditions are recursively pointed perfect trees ordered ...

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### Is there one binary operation foundational for set theory?

The membership relationship "$\epsilon$" is foundational for set theory, in the sense that the axioms of any set theory are formulated in the language of "$\epsilon$". Naturally, the question arises ...