Questions about Gödel's incompleteness theorems and related topics.

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Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem in “Gödel, Escher, Bach”

Ok, so I'm reading the chapter on Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem in "Gödel, Escher, Bach" and I want to make sure I'm getting this right: the idea of the book's proof is to form the sentence "There ...
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Is the probabilitistic distribution of the digits in the Chaitin's constant computable?

The Chaitin constant can in principle be computed with exponential effort on each sucessive digit by brute forcing all programs of a given length and simply proving special theorems on each case that ...
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What is the mathematical meaning of this statement made by Gödel (see details)? [closed]

It appears as Proposition VI, in Gödel's 1931 paper "On Formally Undecidable Propositions in Principia Mathematica and Related Systems I" : "To every $\omega$-consistent recursive class $\kappa$ ...
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Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem and Arithmetically Non-Definable Theories

My recursion theory knowledge has become a bit rusty, so I will appreciate any corrections for misstatements. Gödel's incompleteness theorem is often exploited by philosophical discussions which ...
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Incompleteness theorem

Correct me if I am wrong at any point! Godel's incompleteness theorem allows us to express "PA is consistent" in the language of Peano arithmetic, and shows that this is not provable in PA. Let's ...
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How can you come to the truth of a statement without proving it?

I was reading a bit about Gödel's incompleteness theorems. I haven't took the time to really study it, but I'm very curious about statements like these: In other words, if our axioms are ...
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Why is the set of all true first-order statements about non-negative integers in the language with only equality, $+$ and $\times$ undecidable?

Apparently Tarski and Mostowski proved this, but intuitively I'm not seeing the difference between statements in a language of non-negative integers with equality, addition, and multiplication vs ...
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Is there a mistake in the SEP article about Godel's Incompleteness theorems?

Update: The mistake referred to in this question has now been corrected. The below refers to a previous version of the article: The second supplement to the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy ...
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Does Gödel's incompleteness theorem contradict itself?

I have problems understanding Gödel's incompleteness theorem. I presume I have a misunderstanding of some phrase or I have to look closer at the meaning of some detail. Gödel's second incompleteness ...
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Trouble Reading “On Formally Undecidable Propositions”

I've been working my way through Godel's original paper of the incompleteness theorem in my spare time, and I'm stuck with something stupidly simple. I'm looking at the list of 45 definitions of ...
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“The set of all true statements of first order logic”

In one of my lectures, the lecturer put a bunch of examples of sets on the board, stuff like the set of all humans, set of all well typed programs in some programming language, the set of all true ...
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Lindenbaum's Lemma

I am working on the proof of the Lindenbaum's lemma and there are some passages which are not very clear for me. Here is the statement: Let $\mathbb{L}$ a countable signature, $T$ a consistent set of ...
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The existence of concatenation functions in Godel Numbering?

I know that there are many schema of Gödel Numbering, and each has its own method of Concatenation, n★m. But is there a general proof that shows 'For every Gödel Numbering scheme there exists a ...
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How to prove that Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems apply to ZFC?

Let us denote Robinson Arithmetic as Q and Primitive Recursive Arithmetic as PRA. Let $T$ be a formal theory formulated in the language of arithmetic. According to this page on the Stanford ...
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Can unprovability unprovable? Is there an $\omega$-fold unprovability?

I was just thinking about unprovability. I just wanted to know if it is possible to make a concrete boundary between provable problems and unprovable problems in a certain axiomatic system. We know ...
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What does not having a first-order frame imply for models?

There are formulas in modal logic which which do not have a first-order frame condition, as stated here (Non-Sahlqvist formulas, Wikipedia). An example is the McKinsey formula for $p$: ...
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Problem in Kunen - suitable representation of ZF proves the consistency of ZF?

I tried to prove the exercise problem in Kunen (Chapter IV, problem 36.) Problem. Show that there is a formula $\chi(x)$, such that $\chi$ represents ZF; i.e.,$$\phi\in \mathsf{ZF}\to ...
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$\omega$-consistent in Gödel I

In a very accessible form one could state the first incompleteness as follows: Incompleteness Theorem I Assume that $\textbf{PA}$ is consistent. Then there is a sentence $\phi$ such that ...
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What is a simple example of an unprovable statement?

Most of the systems mathematicians are interested in are consistent, which means, by Godel's incompleteness theorems, that there must be unprovable statements. I've seen a simple natural language ...
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Importance of Gödel Numbering System

How important is Gödel numbering to his incompleteness proofs, set theory, logic theory in general and proofs employing ZFC? Can we use some other numbering or 'meta' programming? How about if one ...
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Can we prove that axioms do not contradict?

We construct many structures by chosing a set of axioms and deriving everything else from them. As far as I remember we never proved in our lectures that those axioms do not contradict. So: Is it ...
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About Godel Incompleteness and Multiplication

Godel proved that every system strong enough to include standard arithmetic with multiplication is incomplete. But I've read that systems that do not include multiplication are complete. But ...
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Is it possible to prove that some point belongs to Mandelbrot set? Is this an example of Gödel's theorem?

Everybody knows about Mandelbrot set drawing computer programs. Program takes some point, builds sequence from it, and if found that sequence goes out of circle with 2 radius, then knows that this ...
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Why is the Continuum Hypothesis (not) true?

I'm making my way through Thomas W Hungerfords's seminal text "Abstract Algebra 2nd Edition w/ Sets, Logics and Categories" where he makes the statement that the Continuum Hypothesis (There does not ...
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What does First Godel's Incompleteness theorem mean?

I am terribly confused what really "Incomplete" mean in terms of the Godel's theorem. Does it mean there are some theorems that are definable in First order theory of natural numbers and true but ...
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Uncountable reals in the theory

The Question I'm looking for a possibility to somehow proof the "essence" of Cantor's diagonal argument within a recursive first-order theory which is satisfied by the reals (better: within a theory ...
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What is the difference between Completeness and Soundness in first order logic?

Completeness is defined as if given $\Sigma\models\Phi$ then $\Sigma\vdash\Phi$. Meaning if for every truth placement $Z$ in $\Sigma$ we would get $T$, then $\Phi$ also would get $T$. If the previous ...
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Is it possible to deduce Godel's first incompleteness theorem from Chaitin's incompleteness theorem?

I want to ask if it is possible to deduce Godel's first incompleteness theorem from Chaitin's incompleteness theorem. I am reading the following AMS-Notice article. The authors claim that: The ...
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Fixed points in computability and logic

I asked this question on CS.SE, too: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/27322/fixed-points-in-computability-and-logic I would like to understand better the relation between fixed point ...
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Show that the metric $d_1$ on $C([0,1])$ does not give rise to a complete metric space. [duplicate]

Show that the metric $d_1$ on $C([0,1])$ does not give rise to a complete metric space. $$ d_1(f,g) = \int_0^1 |f(s)−g(s)| \, ds $$
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Questions about godel's first incompleteness theorem

I'd rather not get into the formal proof of godel's first incompleteness theorem. But I have 2 general questions. Looking at the statement from wikipedia: ...
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How can Goodstein's theorem be expressed in PA

I understand Goodstein's Theorem and its proof. I'm trying to understand the proof of why Goodstein's Theorem cannot be proved in PA. However, it's not immediately clear to me that Goodstein's Theorem ...
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True but unprovable?

I would like to ask a question about Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems which I've had in the back of my head for some time. Since I'm a student working in a completely different area of maths (my usual ...
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About Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem

A short time ago, I've been thinking about what statements in Number Theory are true but not provable. I've seen the proof of the Incompleteness Theorem (in the Gödel's works) and he gave an example ...
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Question about the incompleteness proof (Theorem V)

Question in short: Where do I find a complete proof of Theorem V from Gödels incompleteness proof? If it does not exists, can someone provide it? Question in detail: I am trying to understand ...
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Gödel's way of teaching non-standard models to Takeuti.

In Memoirs of a Proof Theorist, Gaisi Takeuti relates how Gödel taught him about nonstandard models in an "interesting" way: It went as follows. Let T be a theory with a nonstandard model. By ...
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Could it be that Goldbach conjecture is undecidable?

The result closest to Goldbach conjecture is Chen's theorem [Sci. Sinica 16 157–176], the proposition ``1+2''. It is natural to ask if it is likely that under our arithmetic axioms the Goldbach ...
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Why does the existence of independent statements not prove consistency?

I've read before that, by the Principle of Explosion, if a theory is inconsistent, then absolutely any statement can be proven within it. Obviously, there are statements which are independent of ZFC ...
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Problems with nesting proof predicates in first order logic.

Whenever I start nesting proof predicates, I always seems to run into these bizarre situations. I was wondering if anyone knows about this and could shed some light on it or provide me with some ...
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Proof of “If $ZFC$ proves there is an inaccessible cardinal, then $ZFC$ is inconsistent”.

Let $I$ be the statement "there is an inaccessible cardinal". I'm aware of two proofs of "If $ZFC\vdash I$ then $ZFC$ is inconsistent". One proof uses the Second Incompleteness Theorem, which I ...
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set theory, Incompleteness and axiomatic systems

Is the number of theorems that can be proved (decidable) within a certain set of axioms (for instance ZFC) is finite or infinite ? in other words, are we going to fully exhaust that set of axioms ...
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Criticism on truth of Gödel sentence in standard interpretation

Mendelson in his book mentioned the Gödel sentence and argued that in standard interpretation it is true. But Peter Milne in his article (On Godel Sentences and What They Say) criticized: "But we know ...
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Truth of Godel's sentence in standard interpretation

It is siad that the Godel's sentence: g is true in the standard interpretation. But I have problem in truth of g in the standard interpretation. We proved that if theory K is consistent g is not ...
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In Godel's first incompleteness theorem the Godel sentence G is true otherwise it contradicts itself, however its truth implies it is not provable .

How can this be? I understand there are two basic definitions of truth in mathematics, one being the formalist definition which includes excluded middle and the second form being the intuitionist in ...
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Boolean Algebra and Godel

Can anyone give an example of a theorem in Boolean Algebra that isn't immediately obvious to someone with a computer that can construct a truth table? Clearly no propisition that can be proved using ...
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Do we know that if $\pi$ is normal then there is a proof of it?

We do not know whether $\pi$ is normal or it is not and many other weaker statements, e.g. (*) $\pi$ contains infinitely many $0$s. Inspired by the Godel's incompleteness theorem that there are some ...
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Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem — meta-reasoning “loophole”?

Gödel's Theorem says that I can construct a mathematical statement like "f(x1,x2,...,x_n)=0 has no integer solution", where it is impossible (in a certain system of axioms) to formally prove that it's ...
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How can I imagine a model of $\mathsf{(ZF-Inf)} + \neg \mathsf{Con(ZF-Inf)}$?

Gödel's second incompleteness theorem states that if $\mathsf{ZF-Inf}$ is consistent, then $\mathsf{ZF-Inf} \nvdash \mathsf{Con(ZF-Inf)}$. Moreover, if $\mathsf{(ZF-Inf)} + \neg \mathsf{Con(ZF-Inf)}$ ...
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The Penrose–Lucas argument

I was looking at the Penrose–Lucas argument as discussed on Wikipedia. It states: In 1931, the mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel proved that any effectively generated theory capable of ...
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Godel's completeness theorem and formula that states consistency of ZF

Godel's completeness theorem, in original formulation, says that every logically valid statement/formula has finite deduction of a formula. Now then there is Godel's incompleteness theorem. Would this ...