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Prove in GL that no statement can be proven consistent with PA unless PA is inconsistent [on hold]

Edit: I moved this question to math.stackexchange.com here as sugested. I'm trying to do a exersie on page 16 of this paper. It says: Exercise. Show, using the rules of Godel-Lob modal logic ...
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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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Adding a truth-like predicate to PA

It is well known that adding a truth predicate to arithmetic in the most natural way leads to a contradiction. Suppose as usual that we add a one place relation T to the language of arithmetic, and ...
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Set theory and forcing from the point of view of a formal system $G^+$ of Gentzen type

There are four papers by Vladimir Alfeevich Kuznetsov, which discuss the above titled topic: (1) Some problems in set theory from the standpoint of a formal system G+ of Gentzen type. (Russian) Akad. ...
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Strength of Bishop style constructive mathematics vs $\mathsf{RCA}_0$

This question came out of this other MO question of mine. My question is Is there a formal comparison between $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ and $\mathsf{BISH}$ (Bishop style constructive mathematics as used ...
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Reducing Consistency of $PA$ [closed]

By godel translation consistency of $PA$ is equivalent to consistency of $HA$. I want to know any similar theorems for $PA$. 1.What is the minimal theory $T\subsetneq PA$ such that the proof of ...
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Proof-theoretic ordinals after liberalizing induction to $RCA_0$

This is kind of a follow-up to this question. For a class $\Gamma$ of second-order formulas (here either $\Sigma_n^0$ or $\Sigma_n^1$), let $X\Gamma$ be a formal theory consisting of $RCA_0$ together ...
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Intutionistic Robinson Arithmetic

By Friedman translation $HA$ and $PA$ prove the same $\Pi_2$ formulas. Is it true for Intutionistic Robinson arithmetic(Robinson axioms with intutionistic logic) and classic Robinson arithmetic? ...
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Euler's constant: irrationality and proof theory

Let γ represent Euler's constant. Is there a real number x such that there is a proof within Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory (ZF) that x is irrational and there is also a proof within ZF that γ + x is ...
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Why is a cut-free system consistent?

Assume that the cut-elimination theorem holds for a system $T$. Then, for any proof that makes use of the cut-rule in $T$, there is a proof that does not make use of the cut-rule. An immediate ...
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What does it mean to 'discharge assumptions or premises'?

When constructing proofs using natural deduction what does it mean to say that an assumption or premise is discharged? In what circumstances would I want to, or need to, use such a mechanism? The ...
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Algorithmic complexity of formal proof verification?

In this question, suppose $S$ is some popular real-world automated proof system that is stronger than or equivalent to Peano Arithmetic. I would be happy with a positive answer to the following for ...
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How do I evaluate this sum for $s$ is a complex variable :$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n+1}}{n^{2s}n!}$?

This question related to this question in SE ,I would like to know how do I evaluate this sum for $s$ is a complex variable :$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n+1}}{n^{2s}n!}$$ . Edit01:And I think ...
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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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A Question on Provability Logic and Co-Necessitation

The provability logic $GL$ has the characteristic axioms: $K\hspace{15pt}\Box(\alpha\rightarrow \beta)\rightarrow(\Box\alpha\rightarrow\Box\beta)$ $L\hspace{15pt}\Box(\Box \alpha\rightarrow ...
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Does the notion of provably total function depend on the chosen representation?

A typical definition of "provably total function in a theory $T$" goes like this (paraphrased from Odifreddi, Classical Recursion Theory II): A function $f : \mathbb{N}^n \to \mathbb{N}$ is ...
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(A little bit) Beyond the E-recursive

The E-recursive functions are a particular generalization of classical recursion theory to the entire set-theoretic universe, $V$. They are defined via a schemes: see ...
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Hilbert's (cancelled) 24th problem

Hilbert's 23 problems, ten of which were presented at the 1900 ICM in Paris, are too famous for any mathematician to not know. If one reads the descriptions of the problems in Hilbert's paper, one ...
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Large cardinals arising from alternate set theories

My question is whether there are model-theoretic large cardinal axioms associated with $NFU$ - or more generally, with set theories other than $ZFC$. Large cardinal properties generally come in one ...
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From interpolation to separation

Lusin's separation theorem states that, if $A$ and $B$ are disjoint analytic subsets of a Polish space, then there is a Borel set $X$ separating them ($A\subseteq X$, $B\cap X=\emptyset$). Craig's ...
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What useful admissible rules does ZFC have beyond the deduction theorem?

I'm interested in formal proof verification, and one of the surprisingly difficult parts of this is dealing with proofs by contradiction. The issue is that the final step of such proofs is typically ...
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Undecidability of the existential theory

Do you know if I can find the proof that the existential theory of $\mathbb{Z}$ with the structure of addition , divisibility and the relation $(\exists s \in \mathbb{Z})m=np^s$ is undecidable, ...
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Undecidable set of problems [closed]

Is there some set of problems, for which determining if given problem is decidable or not is itself undecidable?
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Which ordinals are proof-theoretic ordinals?

Few months ago I have posted this question on MO, but I must admit that at the time, admittedly, I had no idea on how technical proof-theoretic considerations can be. I have decided to revise this ...
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Reconciling undecidability of FOL with Soundness and Completeness of Hilbert Proof Systems [closed]

I am reading Logic and Declarative Languages by Michael Downward, where he describes Hilbert's Proof System for First Order Logic and states that it is both sound and complete, he then adds that: ...
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Goodstein's theorem without transfinite induction

Goodstein's theorem is an example of a theorem that is not provable from first order arithmetic. All proofs of the theorem seem to deploy transfinite induction and I've wondered if one could prove the ...
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Provability of unprovability

I have three questions (without any real background, this is just something I've been wondering about recently) Can PA prove that PA can't prove nor disprove, say, Goodstein theorem (or any natural ...
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Godel's second incompleteness theorem for non-r.e. theories

R. Jeroslow in this paper proves that a non-recursively enumerable theory whose set of theorems is $\Delta_2$-definable may prove consistency of itself but it can not prove 2-consistency of itself. ...
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What defines a “short proof”?

I would like to know what the definition of a short proof is. In Lance Fortnow’s article “The Status of the P Versus NP Problem”, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 9, he says, If a formula θ ...
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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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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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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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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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Deduction theorem

Is there an axiomatic system where the deduction theorem does not hold?
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What is known about the reverse mathematics of algebraic number fields?

I know work on the reverse mathematics of countable algebraic field extensions including Galois theory, notably including Dorais, Hirst, and Shafer http://arxiv.org/pdf/1209.4944v2.pdf. But algebraic ...
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Can ZFC prove it cannot derive an inconsistency in $n$ steps?

Let $Con(\mathtt{ZFC}, n)$ denote the statement "$\mathtt{ZFC}$ cannot prove the contradiction within $n$ steps (or better within $n$ symbols) within a given proof system (say a natural deduction to ...
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Notion of strongness in cut rule [closed]

I've read somewhere that the cut rule in sequent calculus $$\frac{A \vdash \mathbf{C}, B \qquad A',\mathbf{C} \vdash B'}{A,A' \vdash B,B'} (\text{cut})$$ states that the $\mathbf{C}$ on the right is ...
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What is the consistency strength of a standard model of ZF versus a transitive model?

A standard model of ZF need not be transitive, of course, and Joel David Hamkins' answer to Large cardinal axioms and Grothendieck universes gives Tarski sets as an interesting example. I should ...
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Higher order arithmetic and fragments of ZFC

Zbierski "Models for Higher Order Arithmetics" (BULL. DE L'ACAD. POLONAISE DES SCIENCES Serie des sciences math., astr. et phys. - Vol. XIX, No. 7, 1971) defines ZF$_n$ as ZFC with the power set axiom ...
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Von Neumann's consistency proof

In the paper Zur Hilbertschen Beweistheorie, John Von Neumann has proposed a consistency proof for a fragment of first-order arithmetic (the fragment without induction and with the successor axioms ...
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When was Bounded Zermelo set theory first formulated?

Bounded Zermelo set theory, and many variants named for MacLane in some way, are used in equiconsistency proofs for Simple Theory of Types plus infinity, and for the Elementary Theory of the Category ...
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Which ordinals can be proof-theoretic ordinals of a reasonable theory?

When talking to a friend recently he asked a question - are there any reasonable first-order theories which have proof theoretic ordinal equal to small or large Veblen ordinal? I have then extended ...
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Peano arithmetic vs. fast-growing hierarchy with pathological fundamental sequences

Fundamental sequence for a countable limit ordinal $\alpha$ is an increasing sequence $\{\alpha[i]\}$ of ordinals of length $\omega$ such that $\lim_{i\rightarrow\omega}\alpha[i]=\alpha$. There are ...
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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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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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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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Time in Girard's Geometry of Interaction

Jean-Yves Girard writes at the end of his paper "Towards a Geometry of Interaction", page 105, that we have three intuitions about the nature of time: time is logic modulo the order of rules, time ...
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Does formalizing math require search and creativity, or is it near-mechanical?

I remember reading somewhere that it takes about a week to convert a page of math into something a proof-assistant like Isabelle or HOL Light would accept. Is this type of conversion something that ...
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Models of PRA/EFA with induction on $X$ but not $\omega^X$

As I currently understand it, induction on formulas containing $N+1$ first-order quantifiers is required to prove the well-ordering of the ordinal $(\omega \uparrow\uparrow N) < \epsilon_0$, that ...
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Essential incompleteness via diophantine formulas?

Work in the first order language of number theory, consisting of the symbols $\mathbf{0}$, $\mathbf{S}$, $\boldsymbol{+}$, and $\boldsymbol{\cdot}$, and let $Q$ denote Robinson's arithmetic. By a ...