**21**

votes

**13**answers

2k views

### Are there any good nonconstructive “existential metatheorems”?

Are there any good examples of theorems in reasonably expressive theories (like Peano arithmetic) for which it is substantially easier to prove (in a metatheory) that a proof exists than it is ...

**11**

votes

**4**answers

1k 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 ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### Euler's constant: irrationality and proof theory

Let $\gamma$ 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 ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

229 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

125 views

### What is difference between length of proof and length of its presentation in Peano Arithmetic?

In this paper http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0304397584901117 page $19$ or $29$ it seems to imply there is a difference between length of proof and length of its presentation in ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

81 views

### What is the known weakest axiom system has Löb's derivability conditions?

We know that Peano Arithmetic satisfies Löb's derivability conditions, which is required in the proof of Gödel's 2nd incompleteness theorem. Is this the best result? If not, is there any known weaker ...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

486 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

332 views

### A question about the Chaitin constant of a theory

Chaitin's famous incompleteness theorem states that for every r.e. theory $T\supseteq Q$ in the language of arithmetic, there is a constant $d_T$ such that for any $m\geq d_T$ and any $x$, $T$ can ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

153 views

### A question on the provability predicate of Q

I am not familiar with Robinson's construction as I do not have access to his text or to precise accounts of this, but I have come to understand that the proof predicate of Robinson arithmetic is ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

265 views

### Bounded Arithmetic vs Complexity Theory

In this post, when I talk about bounded arithmetic theories,
I mean the theories of arithmetic according to "Logical Foundations of Proof Complexity", which capture the complexity classes between ...

**12**

votes

**2**answers

587 views

### Is there a consistent arithmetically definable extension of PA that proves its own consistency?

I asked this on stackexchange with no answer.
The negation would be the obvious generalization of Gödel's second incompleteness from r.e. extensions of PA to any arithmetically definable extension of ...

**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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

194 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

165 views

### 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. ...

**7**

votes

**7**answers

385 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

154 views

### 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 ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

297 views

### 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?
...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

152 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**4**answers

3k views

### 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 ...

**11**

votes

**3**answers

403 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

220 views

### 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 ...

**12**

votes

**4**answers

3k views

### 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.
...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

70 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

160 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

226 views

### (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 ...

**35**

votes

**4**answers

2k views

### 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 ...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

312 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

157 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

103 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

113 views

### 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, ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

149 views

### Undecidable set of problems [closed]

Is there some set of problems, for which determining if given problem is decidable or not is itself undecidable?

**6**

votes

**1**answer

319 views

### 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 ...

**-2**

votes

**1**answer

90 views

### 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:
...

**16**

votes

**1**answer

707 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

231 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

390 views

### 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.
...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

5k views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

224 views

### 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 $T+\pi$ ...

**56**

votes

**29**answers

6k views

### 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 ...

**19**

votes

**6**answers

3k views

### 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 ...

**12**

votes

**6**answers

2k views

**13**

votes

**1**answer

570 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

87 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

343 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

238 views

### 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 ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

826 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

299 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

288 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

407 views

### 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 ...