Questions about mathematical logic, including model theory, proof theory, computability theory (a.k.a. recursion theory), and non-standard logics. Questions which merely seek to apply logical or formal reasoning to other areas of mathematics should not use this tag. Consider using one of the ...

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What actually constitutes a *definition* for a function?

I'm reading Enderton's text on logic trying to justify ( to myself ) the use of induction on recursively defined sets. This is of course used repeatedly in trying to prove results about well-formed ...
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Can one prove existence of incommensurables without the Pythagorean theorem?

Euclid's proof that the side and the diagonal of a square have no common measure, probably going back to Pythagoreans, reduces it to proving the irrationality of $\sqrt{2}$. This reduction uses the ...
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Checking understanding on proving uniqueness of identity and inverse elements of a group.

Sorry for such a trivial question, but just wanted to check my understanding. When proving a statement, for example, that the inverse of a group element is unique (in elementary group theory) one ...
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Example of a proof using the axiom of commensurability

I'm teaching our intro to proofs course (well, one of them) and one of the classic illustrations of an overturned "axiom" is the Greek axiom of commensurability, which stated in geometric terms the ...
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How much set theory is necessary for serious logic?

I'm currently studying logic at my university and I have been trying to squeeze in as much set theory on the side as possible. Considering that I am spending quite a lot of time studying set theory ...
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Formulating a recursive definition

Let Σ(k) = 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2k+1) be the sum of all odd natural numbers from 1 up to and including (2k+1). Formulate a recursive definition for Σ including both the base case Σ(0) = 1 and a (k+1)th ...
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Equivalence between middle excluded law and double negation elimination in Heyting algebra

It's well-know that in intuitionistic logic, middle excluded law and double negation elimination are equivalent. For example, in Johnstone - Topo theory, I read that, in a Heyting algebra, $p\vee\neg ...
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Contrapostive/Law of Excluded Middle

I remember that during my first proofs class the hardest thing I had accepting were the logic we had to learn, and it seems I still have questions about. So I was thinking about why when ...
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Countable Set & Formal Grammar

We know set A is countable if A is finite or in a one-to-one mapping to natural numbers. I try to summarize my though. I think the following proposition is true. suppose $\Sigma$ is arbitrary ...
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Does there exist a finite axiomatization of the quasi-algebraic theory of real matrix rings?

Some definitions. Let us take the signature of ring theory to consist of the function symbols $\{+,-,0,\cdot,1\}$ equipped with their usual airities, where the minus symbol represents a unary ...
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Suppose $R \sim_\omega R'$. Then for every $k$-tuple $a$ in $E$ and every natural number $p$, there is a $k$-tuple $b$ in $E'$ such that $a \sim_p b$

Sorry to bother you guys again with a Poizat question, but I'm struggling a little bit with the material (as it must be obvious) and I want to check if I got the main idea correctly or if I'm totally ...
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Elementary Model Theory

I'm working through section 4.3. on model theory from Dirk van Dalen's Logic and Structure (fifth ed.) and am struggling with van Dalen's sometimes sloppy way of presenting proofs. As usual let a ...
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Transfinite Cardinals and Expressive Power

Consider a language with a sufficiently rich lexicon such that, for every (finite and transfinite) cardinal K, it's possible to express the statement that there exist K-many objects. Two general ...
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Equality of sets of local isomorphisms between relations

I'm still working on the first pages of Poizat's A Course in Model Theory. I'll state the basic definitions again, in order to avoid referring back to an early question: Poizat defines an isomorphism ...
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About well formed formula

Axiom of specification is schema because it talks about definite condition(or wff) which use notion of finite but this again we define from sets. But in logic we defined wff using consept of tuple and ...
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Deciding between implication and conjunction

This is one of the solved problems in Velleman's How to prove book: Analyze the logical forms of the following statements: 1) John likes exactly one person. ...
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Two events depending on each other.

Person A goes to a party P only if person B goes, but B also only goes if A goes. Is this an uncertain statement or do they not go at all? I can think of two argumentations, of which the second is ...
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Extensions by recursive definitions

In the Wikipedia entry on Extension by definitions I learn that an explicit definition in the language of a theory $T$ yields a conservative extension $T'$ of $T$. I wonder if this eventually does ...
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Proposition into spoken language

Given: $\sim( p \leftrightarrow (q \vee r) )$ $p:$ It's raining $q:$ The sun is shining $r:$ There are clouds in the sky. Translate the proposition into spoken language. ...
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Is it possible to iterate a function transfinite times?

Let $f:A\rightarrow A$ be a function. We can simply define $f\circ f$, $f\circ f\circ f$, etc., for each given natural number inductively. $f^{(0)}=id_A$ $\forall n\in\omega \qquad f^{(n+1)}=f\circ ...
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Miller's Construction, Partition Principle and Failure of Axiom of Choice

Partition Principle ($PP$) is the following statement: For all sets $a$, $b$ there is an injection $f:a\rightarrow b$ iff there is a surjection $g:b\rightarrow a$ It is known that $ZF\vdash ...
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Can we make illegitimate operations with $0$ legitimate by adding a few more axioms? [duplicate]

Just out of curiosity, can we make illegitimate operations with $0$, say, division by $0$ legitimate simply by imposing additional axioms? If so, then what consequences may follow? If the answer is ...
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Analyzing the logical form of “All married couples fight”

This is one of the example problems in Velleman's How to Prove book: Analyze the logical forms of the following statements. All married couples have ...
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complements of a powerset

I have a function $Q(n)=p(\{1,\ldots,n\})\setminus\{\{\}\}$ such that it won't have the empty set in it. Note, if you are going to change out my equations for Latex, I would greatly appreciate it ...
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Is $'' \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} (-1)^n \; \text{is a real number}''$ an invalid statement or a false proposition?

So we're beginning an introductory logic course and my professor is giving examples for valid statements/ propositions - meaningful statements that are either true or false but not both. So he puts ...
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Replacing the “if $x ≤ y$, then $x + z ≤ y + z$” axiom in Reals.

How can I prove that we cannot (or maybe can) replace preservation of order under addition i.e. "If $x \leq y$, then $x + z \leq y + z$ with "if $0<x$ and $0<y$ , then $0<x+y$" in axioms ...
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On the back and forth conditions for a set of partial isomorphisms

I've recently begun reading Poizat's A Course in Model Theory and already in the first pages I had some doubts. One odd (not necessarily bad) thing is that he defines notions such as isomorphism only ...
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How many undecidable statements are there in ZFC?

There are several statements known to be undecidable in ZFC, with the continuum hypothesis probably being the most "popular" one. Is it known how many undecidable statements are there in ZFC? I.e. ...
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If a first-order theory $T$ has an infinite model, does $T$ necessarily have two isomorphic models that look non-isomorphic inside a subuniverse?

Assume a proper class of inaccessibles. I find the following general question interesting: for which isomorphism classes $C$ of first-order structures sharing a common signature does there exist a ...
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looking at the alphabet ,the letters are numbered 1-26 ,

looking at the alphabet ,the letters are numbered 1-26 , such that 1 =one=15+14+5=34 (O=15, N=14, E =5 ) 2=two=20+23+15=58 (T=20, W=23, 0=15) 3=three =56 4=four=60 ...
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Laws of equivalence needed to prove $\;q \leftrightarrow (¬p ∨ ¬q) ≡ (¬p ∧ q)\;?$

I'm not sure which laws should be applied and how I can tell for myself how to discern which laws I should use - any and all help is appreciated.
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Concluding Truth Value from Universe of Discourse

I have been working on the following problem from Velleman's How to Prove book: Are these statements true or false? The universe of discourse is the set of ...
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Idiomatic mathematical english statement for ∃x[P(x) ∧ ∀y(P(y) → y ≤ x)]

I have been working on problems from Velleman's How to Prove book and hit upon the following problem: Translate the following statements into idiomatic ...
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Exercise about truth functions in J.R.Shoenfield's “mathematical logic”

The first exercise in Joseph R. Shoenfield's "mathematical logic" is: An n-ary truth function $H$ is definable in terms of the truth functions $H_1,\dots,H_k$ if $H$ has a definition ...
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If $(A \vee B) \wedge (¬B \vee C)$ is true, then $(A \vee C)$ must be true … can I argue that?

If $(A \vee B) \wedge (¬B \vee C)$ is true, then $(A \vee C)$ must be true ... can I argue that? I don't see how I can argue that $(A \vee C)$ must be true because can't we have $(T \vee T) ...
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Manifolds of Non-Standard Dimension

Can there exists (non-trivial) manifolds of non-standard dimensions? Certainly, there do exist manifolds of dimension $n$ for any $n \in \mathbb{N}$ (as well as manifolds of countably many ...
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Blue Eyes: A Logic Puzzle, has a puzzling solution (a.k.a. What does common knowledge have to do with it?)

In Blue eyes: a logic puzzle (specifically, the follow up questions), the most common answer is that it needs to be common knowledge that someone has blue eyes for all the blue-eyed people to leave. ...
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How to prove the following using direct proof

$[(\sim p \vee q) \wedge p ] \Rightarrow q $ What should be done next in order to apply direct proof to the example above? The following process has been already done but seemingly it's incorrect: ...
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FO-axiomatizable class?

I came across this question while preparing for my logic exam. Can this class be (finitely) axiomatizable, where the class contains all structures $\mathfrak{A} = (A, <, f)$, and for no $a \in A$ ...
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Questions regarding Universal Quantifiers

The question is to show that: $$\exists x:(P(x) \implies Q(x))\qquad\equiv\qquad\forall x:P(x) \implies \exists x:Q(x)$$ First I use double negation to get to the universal quantifier since it ...
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Proving $\vdash \exists x (x=c)$ for each term $c$.

I wish to prove that $\vdash \exists x (x=c)$ for each term $c$. It seems quite obvious that this would be the case, for $c$ is such an $x$, but creating a formal proof of this is escaping me. ...
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Understanding logical form of “Nobody in the calculus class is smarter than everybody in the discrete math class”

I'm self studying How to Prove book and have been working out the following problem in which I have to analyze it to logical form: Nobody in the calculus class ...
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Proving that $\sqrt{pq} \ne (p + q)/2$ implies $p \ne q$ using the contrapositive

Prove by the contrapositive method, that if $p$ and $q$ are positive real numbers with the property that $\sqrt{pq}$ is not equal to $(p+q)/2$, then $p$ is not equal to $q$. The proof is easy enough ...
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Analyzing Logical Forms involving quantifiers

I have been solving the following problem from How to Prove book: Analyze the logical forms of the following statement: Everyone likes Mary, except Mary ...
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What's wrong with this induction based proof?

Claim: $\forall x \in \mathbb{R^+} ,$ $ x^n=1 $ $where$ $ n\in \mathbb{N}$ Proof by induction on n: Basis step: $\forall x \in \mathbb{R^+} ,$ $ x^0=1 $ Induction Step: Let this holds for all ...
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How much maths can we do in NF(U)?

I have recently become interested in non-standard set theories, particularly in NF and NFU and have been reading some things here and there. Of course, I don't know much about it and I'm still trying ...
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How and why can a true statement *never* imply something false?

The premise of 'proof by contradiction' is that a true statement can never imply a false statement. In my lectures (intro to logic), this has been brushed aside as 'obvious', but is there a formal ...
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Are there any “obviously” true propositions in number theory?

After all efforts spent on wrong proofs of famous number theory conjectures and theorems like Goldbach's or Fermat's last theorem, could one find some simple statements (might be correct ones) whose ...
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satisfiability in a structure implies satisfiability in a substructure?

My level: I've studied mathematics and now work through Hebert Enderton's book "An introduction to mathematical logic", second edition, in my free time. Relevant pages: 135-142, specifically 140 ...
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Validity in propositional calculus.

I have read some of the answers on similar questions but I can't really get my head around this. So, here are 2 questions I need to answer. Show using a truth table: That the inference ...