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### 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 ...

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**1**answer

586 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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vote

**1**answer

434 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 ...

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votes

**1**answer

749 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 ...

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votes

**1**answer

538 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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**2**answers

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### 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 ...

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**1**answer

485 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 ...

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votes

**1**answer

335 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 ...

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**2**answers

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### 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, ...

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**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 ...

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vote

**2**answers

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### 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 ...

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**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 ...

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votes

**5**answers

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### 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 ...

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**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 ...

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vote

**2**answers

616 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

771 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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

288 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 $\Sigma^1_1$ ...

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votes

**5**answers

946 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 ...

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votes

**6**answers

1k views

### Difference between turnstile and implication

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

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**2**answers

384 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

806 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 ...

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**3**answers

498 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

553 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 ...

**27**

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**6**answers

3k 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 ...

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**6**answers

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### 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 ...

**22**

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**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 ...

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votes

**4**answers

923 views

### How fast can the base-bumping function in Goodstein's theorem grow?

In the usual presentation of Goodstein's theorem, the base is bumped up by the "add 1" function. Does the theorem still hold when we replace this function by a fast-growing one (e.g. Ackermann or busy ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Ackermann function in the Primitive recursive arithmetic

Hello.
I study primitive recursive arithmetic and have the following questions.
1) Is it possible to express in the PRA that Ackermann function is total?
2) If yes, is such expression decidable in ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

959 views

### Proving inequalities over algebraic structures

I've been looking at proof techniques in formal systems like Coq and Agda recently, and encountered the newring tactic described here for proving equalities over ...

**6**

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**2**answers

991 views

### When is a statement provable?

We all know that Gödel showed that there, in a formal system, are true statements that are non-provable (undecidable). In ZFC, there's Kaplansky's Conjecture, the Whitehead problem, etc.
We can also ...

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**5**answers

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### How do proof verifiers work?

I'm currently trying to understand the concepts and theory behind some of the common proof verifiers out there, but am not quite sure on the exact nature and construction of the sort of systems/proof ...

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**3**answers

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### Most general formulation of Gödel's incompleteness theorems

Modern statements of Gödel's incompleteness theorems are usually in terms of first-order predicate logic. However, I've often read the claim that they extend to arbitrary formal systems that can prove ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

868 views

### Can one really construct an “ordinal table”?

Many books describe how one can construct "by hand" a table of ordinals $1,\ 2,\ \ldots,\ \omega,\ \omega +1,\ \omega +2,\ \ldots,\ \omega\cdot 2,\ \omega\cdot 2 +1,\ \ldots,\ \omega^{2},\ \ldots,\ ...

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### Feit-Thompson Theorem: The Odd Order Paper

For reference, the Feit-Thompson Theorem states that every finite group of odd order is necessarily solvable. Equivalently, the theorem states that there exist no non-abelian finite simple groups of ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

518 views

### How to locate the paper that established Robinson Arithmetic?

If I'm not mistaken, it was in his seminal paper “An Essentially Undecidable Axiom System”, published in
Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematics (1950), 729–730,
where R.M. ...

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**5**answers

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### Characterizing visual proofs

``Proofs without words'' is a popular column in the Mathematics magazine.
Question: What would be a nice way to characterize which assertions have such visual proofs? What definitions would one ...

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**2**answers

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### Clarification of Gödel's second incompleteness theorem

I am sorry for the following question, because the actual answer to this question is in the beautiful works of Feferman and Jeroslow, but, unfortunately, I havn't any time to go into that specific ...

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**13**answers

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### Examples of statements that provably can't be proved using a promising looking method

Motivation: In Razborov and Rudichs article "Natural proofs" they define a class of proofs they call "natural proofs" and show that under certain assumptions you can't prove that $P\neq NP$ using a ...

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**2**answers

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### Independence of PA implies independence of PA union all true $\Pi_1$ statements

Prove that if a statement is independent of Peano Arithmetic (PA), then it's also independent of PA$_1$, where PA$_1$ is the union of the set of axioms in PA and the set of all true $\Pi_1$ ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### How to prove that the A* Algorithm is admissible (by induction)? [closed]

I've been struggling with this question for the past hour but I can't seem to get it.
We begin with the start node S. But what should be the induction hypothesis?
EDIT:
My bad, I was referring to ...

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**3**answers

755 views

### Reducing ACA₀ proof to First Order PA

According to the Wikipedia ACA0 is a conservative extension of First Order logic + PA.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_Mathematics
First of all I have a few questions about the proof:
a - What ...

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votes

**4**answers

4k views

### What was Gödel's real achievement?

When I first heard of the existence of Gödel's theorem, I was amazed not just at the theorem but at the fact that the question could be made precise enough to answer: how on earth, even in ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

995 views

### Is there a known way to formalise notion that certain theorems are essential ones?

Suppose You ask a question beginning from "Why some structure is..." or "Why some object has property..." and several
answers arises. Which criteria do You
use to qualify which answer is correct?
...

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vote

**2**answers

1k views

### What does the disjunction elimination rule say?

I read about two different versions of the disjunction elimination rule.
The first version (http://www.fecundity.com/logic/) says that:
if $\Sigma\vdash\phi_0\lor\phi_1$ and ...

**7**

votes

**6**answers

2k views

### Do you know any good introductory resource on sequent calculus?

I'm looking for a good introductory resource on sequent calculus suitable for someone who has studied natural deduction before. Books and online resources are both OK, as long as each rule of ...

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**3**answers

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### Bourbaki's epsilon-calculus notation

Bourbaki used a very very strange notation for the epsilon-calculus consisting of $\tau$s and $\blacksquare$. In fact, that box should not be filled in, but for some reason, I can't produce a \Box.
...

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### Reductio ad absurdum or the contrapositive?

From time to time, when I write proofs, I'll begin with a claim and then prove the contradiction. However, when I look over the proof afterwards, it appears that my proof was essentially a proof of ...