Model theory is the study of (classes of) mathematical structures (e.g. groups, fields, graphs, universes of set theory) using tools from mathematical logic. Objects of study in model theory are models for formal languages which are structures that give meaning to the sentences of these formal ...

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What is an efficient nesting of mathematical theorems?

Various mathematical areas of research evolved from a wide and diverse range of questions. Many are physical in nature or come from informatics/computer science, some are procedural or optimization ...
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(Why) is topology nonfirstorderizable?

Is it the right point of view to say, that topology is nonfirstorderizable (only) because the union of arbitrarily many open sets has to be open? And if "arbitrarily many" was relaxed to "finitely ...
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Showing any countable, dense, linear ordering is isomorphic to a subset of $\mathbb{Q}$

I'm trying to knock out a few of the later exercises from Enderton's Elements of Set Theory. This problem is #17, found on page 227. A partial ordering $R$ is said to be dense iff whenever $xRz$, ...
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Is the compactness theorem (from mathematical logic) equivalent to the Axiom of Choice?

Or more importantly, is it independent of the axiom of choice. The compactness theorem states the given a set of sentences $T$ in a first order Language $L, T$ has a model iff every finite subset of ...
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$2\mathbb Z$ is not a definable set in the structure $(\mathbb Z, 0, S,<)$

This is (a translation of) an excerpt from a model theory textbook that shows that $2\mathbb Z$ is not a definable set in the structure $(\mathbb Z, 0, S, <)$, where $S$ is the successor function. ...
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Non-standard models of arithmetic for Dummies

Why is (1) a copy of $\mathbb{N}$ "followed by" a copy of $\mathbb{Z}$ not a (non-standard) model of arithmetic, neither (2) a copy of $\mathbb{N}$ followed by an infinite sequence of copies of ...
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What axioms need to be added to second-order ZFC before it has a unique model (up to isomorphism)?

What axioms need to be added to ZFC2 (second-order ZFC) before the theory has a unique model (up to isomorphism)? I was thinking: adjoin the generalized continuum hypothesis (GCH) and a statement ...
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Comparing countable models of ZFC

Let us consider the class $\cal C$ of countable models of ZFC. For ${\mathfrak A}=(A,{\in}_A)$ and ${\mathfrak B}=(B,{\in}_B)$ in $\cal C$ I say that ${\mathfrak A}<{\mathfrak B}$ iff there is a ...
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Show that binary < “less than” relation is not definable on set of Natural Numbers with successor function

After reading about the question, I've come to believe that it would suffice to exhibit and automorphism of that is not order preserving. However, I'm unsure of how to construct such an automorphism, ...
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Fraïssé limits and groups

I was recently reading up on Fraïssé limits in Hodges' "A shorter model theory." I was trying to think of some examples and wanted to see if I could take the Fraïssé limit on the category of finite ...
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Number of Non-isomorphic models of Set Theory

Assume that the meta theory allows for model theoretic techniques and handling infinite sets etc (The meta theory itself is, informally, "strong as ZFC"). Also assume that I'm studying ZFC inside this ...
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dense linear orders DLO

I am asked to prove that if I have two models of dense linear orders DLOs WITH the minimum and maximum. must be izomorpic to each other by fining direct izomorphy. I seem to always get stuck ...
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A first order sentence such that the finite Spectrum of that sentence is the prime numbers

The finite spectrum of a theory $T$ is the set of natural numbers such that there exists a model of that size. That is $Fs(T):= \{n \in \mathbb{N} | \exists \mathcal{M}\models T : |\mathcal{M}| =n\}$ ...
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Why is class of one-dimensional vector spaces not axiomatizable?

Prove, class of all one-dimensional vector spaces over R isn't axiomatizable in the signature σ=< +, α, 0>, α* is single function vector multiplication by a scalar $\alpha$ of R. There are ...
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Comparing Category Theory and Model Theory (with examples from Group Theory).

The following question eats my brain: The standard definition of a "category" and a list of examples following this definition confuses me. My question is simple: (Q1)If someone write "the category ...
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Learning Model Theory

What books/notes should one read to learn model theory? As I do not have much background in logic it would be ideal if such a reference does not assume much background in logic. Also, as I am ...
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FO-definability of the integers in (Q, +, <)

With $Q$ the set of rational numbers, I'm wondering: Is the predicate "Int($x$) $\equiv$ $x$ is an integer" first-order definable in $(Q, +, <)$ where there is one additional constant symbol ...
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Model existence theorem in set theory

From the FOM newsgroup I learned: It's a theorem of (first-order) set theory that every consistent first-order theory has a model. What's the exact formulation of this theorem in purely ...
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Most astonishing applications of compactness theorem outside logic

The compactness theorem has a lot of applications to logic and model theory. I'm looking for applications. I'm looking for theorems in other areas of mathematics which seem at first sight to have ...
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What's the best way to teach oneself both Category Theory & Model Theory?

I've done a bit of reading around both Category Theory & Model Theory (CT & MT) as a novice in each field. I'm interested in how they might combine, particularly when applied to Algebra. [So ...
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Gödel's Completeness Theorem and logical consequence

At the end of a long process of "rumination" on "old" math log textbooks, I've found the "missing link" - from my personal point of view - between some issues I've raised in the previous months : (i) ...
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Topological spaces as model-theoretic structures — definitions?

How do model theorists treat topological spaces as structures, i.e., what are the options for the domain, relations, and operations? I've never done any topology, so I have only the definition to go ...
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Does the existence of a $\mathbb{Q}$-basis for $\mathbb{R}$ imply that choice holds up to $\frak c$?

The axiom of choice is, for ZF, equivalent to the statement that every vector space has a basis. The implication of AoC by the existence of a basis for any vector space is shown in this paper. The ...
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Confusion of the decidability of $(N,s)$

In some context the PA has only the successor operator $'s'$, but in logic we always refer the structure of PA is $(\mathbb{N},0,1,s,+,\times)$. I believed the theory of the two sturctures are ...
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Types and Algebraicity

Let $\Phi(\bar x)$ be a type over a set $X$ with respect to a structure $A$. Show that if $\Phi$ is algebraic, then $\Phi$ contains a formula $\phi$ s.t. $A\models\exists\ _{<n}\bar x\phi(\bar x)$ ...
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Automorphism of an elementary extension of a structure that moves an undefinable element

I know that the easiest way to show a point is not definable is to find an automorphism of the structure that moves the given point. I've also seen many examples undefinable points that couldn't be ...
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Existence of elementary substructures of a uncountable structure over a countable language

Let $\kappa$ be an regular uncountable cardinal carrying a $\tau$-structure for some countable language $\tau$. What can be said regarding the existence of ordinals $\alpha <\kappa$ carrying ...
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Why do $\omega$-models of subsystems of $\mathsf{Z}_2$ satisfy full induction?

Richard Shore, in his 2010 paper in the Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 'Reverse Mathematics: The Playground of Logic', writes that Obviously, if an $\omega$-model $\mathcal{M}$ (those with $M = ...
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The connection between quantifier elimination, $\omega$-categorical and ultrahomogenous

A relational structure $A$ with an $\omega-$categorical theory $Th(A)$ is ultrahomogenous iff $Th(A)$ admits quantifier elimination. (*) I was wondering wether the structure $A$ has to be ...
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Show that if U is a principal ultrafilter then the canonical inmersion is an isomorphism between $\mathcal A$ and $Ult_{U}\mathcal A$

Show that: If $U$ is a principal ultrafilter, then the canonical inmersion $j$ is an isomorphism between $\mathcal A$ and $Ult_{U}\mathcal A$
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Confused about models of ZFC and passage of book

I have a question about a passage of Just/Weese. In the following, let $\mathcal M = \langle M, E \rangle$ be a model of ZFC. Here is the first half of what I'm about to ask a question: So I asked ...
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Weak categoricity in first order logic

In a certain sense, only finite structures are definable up to isomorphism in first order logic. But if we rely on a metatheory containing a sufficient strong set theory (like required for second ...
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Does elementary embedding exist between two elementary equivalent structures?

By previous question, if there is a elementary embedding from $\mathfrak A$ into $\mathfrak B$, then $\mathfrak A \equiv \mathfrak B$. Now it is naturally to ask conversely, if $\mathfrak A \equiv ...
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Is one structure elementary equivalent to its elementary extension?

Let $\mathfrak A,\mathfrak A^*$ be $\mathcal L$-structures and $\mathfrak A \preceq \mathfrak A^*$. That implies forall n-ary formula $\varphi(\bar{v})$ in $\mathcal L$ and $\bar{a} \in \mathfrak A^n$ ...
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Is $\mathbb{N}$ impossible to pin down?

I don't know if this is appropriate for math.stackexchange, or whether philosophy.stackexchange would have been a better bet, but I'll post it here because the content is somewhat technical. In ZFC, ...
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A *finite* first order theory whose finite models are exactly the $\Bbb F_p$?

Since this question turned out to be trivial, I'm now asking this strengthened version: Is there a finitely axiomatized first order theory $T$ in the language of rings such that its finite models ...
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Is Foundational Research a Dead Field?

I'm a second year mathematics major at a pretty good school. Ever since I became a math major I have been most interested in set theory and logic, which I guess can be lumped into the category of ...
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Applications of model theory to analysis

Some of the more organic theories considered in model theory (other than set theory, which, from what I've seen, seems to be quite distinct from "mainstream" model theory) are those which arise from ...
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How can there be genuine models of set theory?

I know that this a beginner's question asked too many times, but I still didn't get an answer which lets me quit asking: Given that a model/interpretation of a theory (in the Tarskian sense) is a ...
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Can all theorems of $\sf ZFC$ about the natural numbers be proven in $\sf ZF$?

I know a proof of Hindman's theorem that uses ultrafilters on the natural numbers, and ultimately, the axiom of choice. But the theorem itself is essentially a combinatorial property of the natural ...
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What is an example of a finite model in first order logic having a unique undefinable element?

This is (a slight paraphrase) of question 1.3.14 in Chang and Keisler's Model Theory book. "Show that for each natural number $n$, there is a language $L_n$ and finite model $M_n$ of $L$ such that ...
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Questions about the concept of Structure, Model and Formal Language

When we start to define mathematical logic (specifically, propositional, first order, and second order logic) we start defining the concept of a language. At the begining this is done in a purely ...
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Is there a universal property for the ultraproduct?

Given an ultrafilter U on a set I and a collection of ser X_i ($I \in I$) one defines the ultraproduct as the quotient of $\prod X_i $ by the identification $x_i=y_i :\leftrightarrow \{i:x_i=y_i\} \in ...
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Number of automorphisms of saturated models

I have the following assignment question: Let $M$ be an $L$-model of cardinality $\kappa$. Assume $M$ is saturated. How can you show that $|\text{Aut}(M)|=2^{|M|}$? I see two possible ...
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Is this a characterization of well-orders?

While grading some papers and thinking about a question related to well-orders (in particular, pointing a mistake in a solution), I came to think of a reasonable characterization for well-orders. I ...
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Independence results that cannot be established by forcing.

I read the Wikipedia article on Absoluteness recently and found mention of Shoenfield’s Absoluteness Theorem, which states that if $ \phi $ is any $ \Sigma^{1}_{2} $- or $ \Pi^{1}_{2} $-sentence of ...
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Definability in a given structure

I want to prove the following statements: Is the function "sin" definable in the structure $(\Bbb{R},<,+,\cdot,0,1)$, that is does there exists a formula $\phi=\phi(x_0,x_1)$ such that for all ...
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how to show that a group is elementarily equivalent to the additive group of integers

Is there any fairly easy way of showing a group is elementarily equivalent to the additive group of the integers? I've found a simple characterization here: A ‘natural’ theory without a prime model, ...
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Should axioms be viewed as part of the signature?

I included category theory in the tags in order to get feedback from the categorial logic community. It goes without saying that this isn't really category theory. A semigroup can be defined as a ...
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Models of real numbers combined with Peano axioms

Suppose you take the axioms for a Dedekind-complete ordered field and weaken the Dedekind-completeness axiom to the corresponding weaker first-order axiom schema (e.g. replace the left and right sets ...