Dear all,

I am interested in reverse mathematics. The theory is that most of mathematics can be expressed and proven in ACA0, that is second order logic, with the induction axiom restricted.

However, maybe a stupid question, but how do you restrict the induction axiom in second order logic? If you have the successor function, then the natural numbers can be defined as the closure on that functions. From that definition, if I am not mistaken, the induction axiom follows. So, in fact you do not really have an induction axiom, but you just derive it.

But if it is not an axiom, how do you restrict it?

Regards,

Lucas