Questions about Gödel's incompleteness theorems and related topics.

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Explanation of proof of Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem

I am looking for a simple explanation/outline of the proof of Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem, and I haven't yet been able to find anything that is within my grasp. I'm looking for something ...
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Classifying Types of Paradoxes: Liar's Paradox, Et Alia

The well-known Liar's Paradox "This statement is false" leads to a recursive contradiction: If the statement is interpreted to be true then it is actually false, and if it is interpreted to be false ...
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Best known theory for proving statements about natural numbers

Gödel's incompleteness theorems imply that there is no consistent theory that can be effectively generated and contains all true statements about the natural numbers. Well, what known consistent ...
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Why bother with Mathematics, if Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem is true?

OK, maybe the title is exaggerated, but is it true that the rest of math is just "good enough", or a good approximation of absolute truth - like Newtonian physics compared to general relativity? How ...
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Prove Gödel's incompleteness theorem using halting problem

How can you prove Gödel's incompleteness theorem from the halting problem? Is it really possible to prove the full theorem? If so, what are the differences between original proof and proof by ...
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A naive inquiry of Godel's incompleteness--or why does mathematics need proofs of unprovability?

My question stems from reading Swetz, 1994 (mostly excerpts from the journal Mathematics Teacher) and Berlinski, 2005 (a popular book on 10 most important mathematical breakthroughs in history). 1) ...
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Construction of a sequence of theorems with increasing and unbounded “difficulty”?

Let's define the "difficulty" of a theorem as the logarithm of the size of its shortest proof divided by the logarithm of the size of the theorem itself. For example, if a theorem has difficulty less ...
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How to show the existence of an infinite set of independent undecidable sentences?

How to show the existence of an infinite set of independent undecidable sentences? By "independent" I mean that no implication between any two elements is provable. A finite set that satisfies the ...
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P vs NP and Gödel

I apologize for the, perhaps, silly question. My impression, as a layman, is that Gödel Incompleteness Theorem should rule out the possibility that P=NP. Is that true or there are deeper technical ...
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What's the theory in which incompleteness of PA is proved?

Maybe this is a dumb question, but I have to admit that it is not really clear to me what the theory is, in which incompleteness of PA and stronger theories is proved. The texts I did study so far are ...
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Why is Godel's first theorem not a proof from the inside?

Why is Godel's first theorem not a proof for the truth of the so called undecidable proposition? You may say it's a proof from the outside, but if not all proofs from the outside be formalized inside ...
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Understanding Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem

I am trying very hard to understand Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem. I am really interested in what it says about axiomatic languages, but I have some questions: Gödel's theorem is proved based on ...
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Is Robinson Arithmetic complete and not-complete?

Is Robinson Arithmetic complete in the sense of Gödels completeness theorem? And is Robinson Arithmetic incomplete in the sense of Gödels first incompleteness theorem? If RA is both it would be a good ...
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Can Robinson's Q prove Presburger arithmetic consistent?

I made an assertion in What are some examples of theories stronger than Presburger Arithmetic but weaker than Peano Arithmetic? that Q has higher consistency strength than Pres, Presburger arithmetic; ...