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### Understanding the nature and structure of proofs; Reverse Mathematics and Proof Theory. Prerequisites? Good introductory texts?

I'm still studying maths at undergraduate level, but intend to continue exploring topics in pure maths after I have graduated, so am thinking already about what directions I'd like to persue now, (as ...

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votes

**1**answer

361 views

### Sequent calculus: is there a complete linear reasoning (i.e., no trees)?

In Gentzen's sequent calculus, a formal proof is described by a tree, with each node representing the sequent obtained from the child(ren) by applying a given inference rule.
If no inference rule has ...

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votes

**1**answer

123 views

### Role of statistical estimation in formal proof

Consider the following scenario: There is some mathematical constant $c$ that you want to compute. You don't have a formal proof for any particular value of $c$, but you have some sound statistical ...

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**6**answers

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### Non-constructive proofs vs. efficient algorithms

My question concerns what is meant by "nonconstructive", and whether it has ever been defined in terms of computational complexity.
The wikipedia article on constructive proof begins, "a constructive ...

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votes

**0**answers

313 views

### How to measure the strength of Zermelo over bounded Zermelo?

Bounded Zermelo is Zermelo set theory with only bounded separation. It has the same strength as simple type theory or MacLane set theory or ETCS. It is a finitely axiomatized fragment of Zermelo, so ...

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votes

**3**answers

800 views

### Existential instantiation in Hilbert-style deduction systems

In some deduction systems there is a rule* that given $\exists x (\phi(x))$, we can infer $\phi(y)$, where $y$ is a fresh variable (i.e., one we haven't yet mentioned in this context). Call this rule "...

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votes

**1**answer

288 views

### Arithmetic strength of Peano + the Howard ordinal

Consider the theory $\mathrm{PA}+\mathrm{BHO}$ consisting of first-order Peano arithmetic ($\mathrm{PA}$) enriched by an axiom scheme which allows well-founded induction up to any ordinal less than [a ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

129 views

### Why the choice of pairing function in Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic?

Simpson's book uses a pairing function $\langle i,j\rangle = (i+j)^2+j$. Is that choice of function simply unimportant, or does it have expository advantages over the Cantor pairing, or does it have ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Does $\Pi^1_{\infty}$ comprehension imply ATR$_0$?

$\Pi^1_{\infty}\text{-}\mathsf{CA}_0$ proves existence of models of ATR$_0$. But I think it does not imply ATR$_0$, because Axiom Beta is a kind of replacement axiom. Is that right?

**5**

votes

**2**answers

628 views

### Subscript 0 in Reverse Mathematics

What does the subscript 0 mean on terms like $\mathsf{ATR}_0$? Does it mean the same thing in $\Pi^1_k\text{-}\mathsf{CA}_0$?
If I frame higher order analogues of these, should I change that ...

**8**

votes

**4**answers

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### How many well orderings of $\aleph_0$ are there?

What is known about the set of well orderings of $\aleph_0$ in set theory without choice? I do not mean the set of countable well-order types, but the set of all subsets of $\aleph_0$ which (relative ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

73 views

### Seeking name for an order raising operator in Higher Order Arithmetic.

Any class $X$ of order $j$ in HOA is in bijection with the order $j+1$ class built up from singletons $\{x\}$ of natural numbers $x$ just the way that $X$ is built up from the numbers $x$. And of ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

337 views

### Can second order arithmetic make $\aleph_1^L$ countable?

Simpson's book Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic shows $Z_2$ can interpret some fragments of ZF strong enough to give good theories of constructible sets and formalize statements like "there is a ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

506 views

### When are provability predicates provably equivalent?

Fix notation
Suppose that $Prf_1(m, n)$ is the numerical relation that holds when $m$ numbers a $T$-proof of the sentence numbered $n$, according to scheme 1 for numbering wffs and sequences of wffs. ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

290 views

### History of provably total functions of a theory

Provably total functions of an arithmetical theory is one of the tools used in proof theoretic analysis of theories.
I am looking for early history of its development. In particular,
Where was ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

759 views

### computational complexity of primitive recursive functions

If we have a rewrite system for primitive recursive functions, which simplifies each term according to how the function was defined, then what is the computational complexity of this calculation? That ...

**1**

vote

**3**answers

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### Applicability of Deduction theorem to Primitive recursive arithmetic [closed]

Hello. I already asked the question here. The main point is that I tried to prove in Primitive recursive arithmetic (PRA) the totality of the Ackerman function, and I found, that the single thing ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

2k views

### How to explain, that logic is the correct way of describing any system, process, etc? [closed]

Logic is the philosophical study of valid reasoning. Mathematical logic is an extension of symbolic logic (which is extension of formal logic) into other areas, in particular to the study of model ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

242 views

### subformula property (anchored proofs)

Hello,
I would like to ask for some explanation on some property of propositional sequent calculus.
The sequent calculus that I use here follows that of Stephen Cook, in "Logical Foundations of ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

141 views

### Implications of complex solutions of Matiyasevich / Chaitin diophantine polynomials.

This is a shot in the dark: In twf:202, an isomorphism $T\cong T^{7}$ between binary trees $T$ and seven tuples of binary trees T^{7} is mentioned. The argument for this isomorphism starts with the ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

254 views

### Is there any literature about inner-replacement rule?

Hello all,
If you have a theorem $\vdash \alpha \rightarrow \beta$ and a theorem $\vdash \gamma$ then if $\alpha$ is a sub-expression of $\gamma$, and this sub-expression has an even number of ...

**26**

votes

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5k views

### What's a magical theorem in logic?

Some theorems are magical: their hypotheses are easy to meet, and when invoked (as lemmas) in the midst of an otherwise routine proof, they deliver the desired conclusion more or less straightaway&...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

602 views

### Proof system with same complexity as “informal mathematics”?

The Completeness Theorem in first-order logic states that any mathematical validity is derivable from axioms. Hence, any informal mathematical proof (which is rigorous) can be translated into a formal ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

352 views

### Would intuitionistic refutation method imply permutation of premisses?

Dear All
In the classical refutation method, one searches for a proof of $\Gamma, \lnot A \vdash \bot$ instead of $\Gamma \vdash A$. The method works, i.e. is complete and correct, since it is for ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

439 views

### Is forward chaining also a form of focusing?

Dear All
Lets restrict ourselfs to logical theories which consist only of formulas $P_1 \supset \quad ... \quad P_n \supset Q$, i.e. propositional horn clauses expressed with implication. Lets only ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

764 views

### How establish conversion of cut-free proof into uniform proof?

Dear All
Gentzen (*) claimed that through cut-elimination, he can normalize proofs. It is well known that cut-eliminated proofs might still contain some unnecessary noise. I am trying to show that ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

597 views

### Feferman's extensional and intensional applications of the method of arithmetization

At the very beginning of Feferman's Arithmetization of metamathematics in a general setting it can be read:
The method of arithmetization, as developed by Gödel[10], exploits the possibility of ...

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votes

**2**answers

2k views

### Consequences of technically proving anything in Coq (on at least Linux) exploiting a bug? [closed]

Technically, it is possible to prove anything in Coq proof assistant [1] (on at least Linux) due to a programming feature (or bug). This seems tractable when validating large proofs. Human analysis ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

493 views

### Left-bracketed Ackermann function also not primitive recursive?

The original Ackermann function $\varphi\colon \mathbb{N}\times\mathbb{N}\times\mathbb{N}_0\to \mathbb{N}$ as defined in [1] was invented to prove that there is a function that is recursive but not ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

343 views

### Looking for papers and articles on the Tarskian Möglichkeit

Some background: Łukasiewicz many-valued logics were intended as modal logics, and Łukasiewicz gave an extensional definition of the modal operator: $\Diamond A =_{def} \neg A \to A$ (which he ...

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**8**answers

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### Proofs of Gödel's theorem

I am interested in different contexts in which Gödel's incompleteness theorems arise. Besides traditional Gödelian proof via arithmetization and formalization of liar paradox it may also be obtained ...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

672 views

### Ordinal Analysis of Peano Arithmetic with Restricted Induction

If we take Peano Arithmetic and restrict induction to formulas over various fragments of the arithmetic hierarchy, say to the $\Sigma^0_n$ formulas for various $n$ or some other interesting fragments, ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

342 views

### Positive & Negative Arity

Hi,
You can talk about the arity of a function or an operation - something like addition could have an arity of 2, and negation usually has an arity of 1.
A paper I am reading is talking about ...

**19**

votes

**6**answers

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### Writing “Semi-Formal” Proofs

I am very interested in proofs. I have taken an undergraduate course
called "Logic and Set Theory" which I found very interesting, but ultimately
unsatisfying. My biggest disappointment has to do ...

**8**

votes

**5**answers

2k views

### Why is it OK to rely on the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic when using Gödel numbering?

Gödel's original proof of the First Incompleteness theorem relies on Gödel numbering.
Now, the use of Gödel numbering relies on the fact that the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic is true and thus the ...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

1k views

### Proof theoretic ordinal

In Ordinal Analysis, Proof-theoretic Ordinal of a theory is thought as measure of a consistency strength and computational power.
Is it always the case? I. e. are there some general results about ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

630 views

### Equational logic

I'm a beginner to this. Can anyone please point me to any resources for studying about equational logic, preferably with some example proofs to wet my feet in?
Thanks in advance!

**9**

votes

**2**answers

808 views

### Asymptotic density of provable statements in ZFC

This question is in response to one of the questions asked here. The OP wanted to know if the percentage of statements provable from ZFC tended to some value, and if so, what it was. In particular, ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

1k views

### Zero-knowledge proof that 0 = 1

Suppose one day I came up with a proof that 0 = 1 in some formal system such as PA or ZFC that cannot prove its own consistency (unless it is inconsistent). Would it be possible to have a zero-...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

300 views

### Strength of Transfinite Induction on the Difference Hierarchy

I'm wondering if a particular theory of second order arithmetic has been studied or is known to be equivalent to some other theory.
Consider the formulas generated by $\Pi^1_1$ and $\Sigma^1_1$ ...

**5**

votes

**5**answers

973 views

### “Let $x \in A$”, beginning a proof of “$\forall x \in A$ …”, if A were empty [closed]

I work at a four-year teaching school, where we pride ourselves on teaching pure math, proof, and a rather obsessive carefulness of work. Recently I have been criticized for saying that "Let $x \in A$...

**5**

votes

**6**answers

2k views

### Difference between turnstile and implication

Hi,
Does anyone know the difference between proving that
|- phi
------------------
|- ( psi -> phi )
and proving that
...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

431 views

### What is the depth of the “provability heirarchy”?

I am not a logician or set theorist, so hopefully this makes sense. Let $T$ be a theory which is expressive enough to make statements like "Statement $A$ has a proof in $T$"; for example, $T$ might ...

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votes

**5**answers

814 views

### finding cutting edge papers and books

Hi all,
what are the best strategies to find cutting edge papers and books on a field of mathematics?
..
Example:
2-3 years ago I had to analyze a time series. I found a paper and showed that to ...

**4**

votes

**3**answers

518 views

### Can a typing judgment admit essentially different derivations?

In any sort of type theory, there are a bunch of rules for constructing derivations of typing judgments such as $x:A,\; y:B(x) \;\vdash\; z:C(x,y)$. (I intend to include also judgments of the form $B:...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

576 views

### Derivability conditions for Robinson arithmetic

Two pieces of hearsay I have encountered about Robinson's Q:
Q fails to satisfy the Löb derivability conditions;
Pudlák criticised the Löb derivability conditions and suggested rival, weaker ...

**28**

votes

**6**answers

4k views

### Why can't proofs have infinitely many steps?

I recently saw the proof of the finite axiom of choice from the ZF axioms. The basic idea of the proof is as follows (I'll cover the case where we're choosing from three sets, but the general idea is ...

**13**

votes

**6**answers

29k views

### Difference between a 'calculus' and an 'algebra'

What is really the conceptual difference between a calculus and an algebra.
Eg. Is SKI combinator calculus really a calculus?
A friend claims that free variables are fundamental for a calculus, and ...

**25**

votes

**1**answer

2k views

### Community experiences writing Lamport's structured proofs

About two years ago, I came across this paper by Lamport
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/lamport/pubs/lamport-how-to-write.pdf
on writing proofs hierarchically. It changed how I wrote ...