Proof theory is an area of logic that studies proof as formal mathematical objects. For questions asking how to write proofs or for checking an informal proof, please use the proof-writing or proof-strategy tags instead.

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Examples of revisited proofs after new theorems are discovered… [closed]

Are there any nice examples of "old" complicated proofs that become much simpler after new math is discovered years later? For instance, we know now that Pn+16< Pn+1 occurs infinitely often (where ...
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Existential introduction - required or not?

Consider a theory $T$ in first order logic, and a formula $C$. If there exist a proof of $C$, and that all formulas in $T$ and $C$, none of them contains $\exists$. The question is: does there always ...
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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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particular property and completeness?

I was puzzeling with the almost standard definition of completeness: In mathematical logic and metalogic, a formal system is called complete with respect to a particular property if every formula ...
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Defining a partial function in a formal theory

Assume we have a first-order theory $T$ of arithmetic (i.e., number theory). Suppose I wish to introduce a new function symbol $f$ in the theory, so that $f$ is a partial number function (namely, it ...
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$\neg(A\Rightarrow B) \iff A\land \neg B$

When considering the question: Rewrite the following using only the symbols $A, B, \lor, \land, \neg$ : $$\neg(A\Rightarrow B)$$ I do not understand how to interpret this and what method to ...
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A question about $KP + V = L$ and $KP$ set theory.

In reading Rathjen (Choice principles in constructive set theories) and Jager (On Feferman's OST) I've come across two facts that are taken as obvious/well known, and probably are, but for which I ...
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$HA^{\omega}$ is a conservative extension of $HA$. But why?

This is definitely a silly question, but I've no one to ask... $HA^{\omega}$ is an extension of $HA$ in all finite types. One can formalize a model of $HA^{\omega}$ in $HA$ using indicies of partial ...
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Idea of a proof by contradicton

Is the idea of a contradiction to prove that the desired conclusion is both true and false or can it be any derived statement that is true and false (not necessarily relating to the conclusion)? Or ...
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Proof that SAT is NPC

I am not really sure I understand the idea behind Cook theorem (it says that SAT is a NP-complete problem). I read the proof with all its parts corresponding to the Turing machine TM solving it (TM ...
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Is there a specific name for a corollary of a conjecture?

How do you call a corollary of a conjecture? Is there a specific name for it? Can it be called simply 'corollary'? Can't it be called 'corollary'? I mean, does the label 'corollary' imply that the ...
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Prove: if x is odd, then sqrt(x) is odd.

If $x$ is odd, then $\sqrt{x}$ is odd, where $x$ is an integer. Any hints welcome and preferred. Thank you!
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Proove that cos(x / 2) + cos(y / 2) - cos(z / 2) = 4 * sin((pi - x) / 4) * sin((pi - y) / 4) * sin ((pi + z) / 4

Help me proove that cos(x / 2) + cos(y / 2) - cos(z / 2) = 4 * sin((pi - x) / 4) * sin((pi - y) / 4) * sin ((pi + z) / 4 where x + y + z = pi I've reached 2 * sin((x + z) / 4) * (cos((x + z) / 4) - ...
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Is proof by algorithm credible?

I have found this question How to prove that the inverse of a matrix is unique? And while the accepted answer is fine I was wondering if it's possible to proof the uniqueness by algorithm. There is ...
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Proving $A+2B+3C+4D < 2.5$ with given conditions

I want to prove follow inequality. Conditions: $$A+B+C+D=1$$ $$A>B>C>D>0$$ Prove: $$A+2B+3C+4D < 2.5$$ Thanks in advance.
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double implication proof

How would I go about said proof: I know how to do it with just a single logical equivalence, but how would I prove a double implication?
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Difference between bound and free variable

What is the difference between $\forall x (P(x)\implies Q(x))$ and $P(x)\implies Q(x)$ I know in the first one the variable x is bound but in the second one the variable is free. What are the ...
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Formal proofs and Deduction Theorem

In this question i will explain one idea i had about basic formal proofs and the use of Deduction Theorem. I'm considering a formula γ to be a logical consequence of a set A of formulas if and only ...
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Law of excluded middle. Do we need it in proofs?

Quite often when I am making a natural deduction proof, and I have no fixed idea on how to continue. I find myself thinking: "lets start with some form of the law of the excluded middle (LEM) and ...
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Graph that represents logical reasoning

The proof of a statement $X$ in terms of assumptions $A$, $B$ and $C$ can sometimes be represented using a directed graph: $$ \begin{matrix} & & X\\ & \nearrow & & ...
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Can all math results be formalized and checked by a computer?

Can all math results, that have been correctly proven so far, be formalized and checked by a computer? If so, what type of logic would need to be used there? I've heard that the first-order logic is ...
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General view of Theorems

I'm trying to see almost all theorems ( at least the non-existential ones ) as affirming that some formula ( mostly of first-order logic language ) is a logical consequence of other formulas. So, ...
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Hilbert calculus: Proof that every provable formula has a proof

For my indroduction to logic course I have to proof, that every provable formula has a proof. It sounds first very funny, second also very logic, still I don't get to make of formally work.. The ...
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Proving that operations give equal results given equal inputs

I was reading about the 9 or 12 basic properties of 'fields' (if that's what they're called) in a book called Spivak's Calculus, 3rd Edition, and got quite befuddled by dealing with as basic stuff as ...
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$LK-\Phi$ proof of $\exists y Pby$

I am having difficulty with the concept of $LK-\Phi$ proofs, here is a question I have been working on: Let $\Phi = \{Pafa\}$, where $P$ is a binary predicate symbol and $f$ is a unary function ...
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Are there statments which do not have a constructive proof?

I understand that a lot of statements are just non-nonconstructive in nature (like negative statements), and I understand that a lot of statements are not provable without the axiom of choice. ...
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Struggling with proof, by contrapositive?

I am having trouble solving this proof. I tried to do a proof by contrapositive. Q = $(u+z)/(v+w) < z/w$ P = $(u/v < x/y \land x/y < z/w)$ Assuming $\lnot Q$ got me: $u/v \ge z/w$ ...
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ZFC Axioms to be extended?

Sorry if this is going to be a really loaded question. I was told several times that for virtually all theorems/corollaries/propositions of mathematics (except those cases not compatible with ZFC ...
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Provable formulas in everyday Mathematics

Basically all statements ( lemmas, theoremas, corollaries ) in Mathematics can be expressed as a conditional statement in first-order language, or existential statement ( existence proofs ). Here ...
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Model-theory and Proof-theory in Propositional Logic

I'm trying to link results of model theory and proof-theory in propositional language. Here i will use $\models$ to denote logical consequence, in the model-theory sense. Being $x,y$ two formulas of ...
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How to quantify this statement

How do I quantify this statement? Let $x \in \mathbb{R}$. $1 \le x \le 2$ if and only if $1 \le x \le 1+ 1/n$ for some $n \in \mathbb{N}$. When I am trying to prove this, I am led (in the course of ...
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The approximation rule implies the equality rule in systems of type assignments

I'm reading Barendregt's Lambda calculi with types (1992). In Proposition 4.1.4.1., he "proves" a lemma which shows the approximation rule implies the equality rule in typed lambda-calculi à la ...
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Proof by contradiction and order of statements

Order matters, take sequences tending towards a limit: $$\forall\epsilon>0\exists N\in\mathbb{N}:n>N\implies|x_n-L|<\epsilon$$ "For all $\epsilon$ there exists an $N$" is totally different to ...
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Is it possible that “A counter-example exists but it cannot be found”

Then otherwise the sentence "It is not possible for someone to find a counter-example" would be a proof. I mean, are there some hypotheses that are false but the counter-example is somewhere we ...
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Show that if $3\mid(a^2+1)$ then $3$ does not divide $(a+1)$.

Show that if $3\mid(a^2+1)$ then $3$ does not divide $(a+1)$. using proof of contradiction can someone prove this using contradiction method please
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Does generalization of axioms apply also to theorems?

In Enderton's book "A Mathematical Introduction to Logic" (second edition), he includes six axiom groups, and allows also for a generalization of those axioms such that if $\Psi$ is an axiom then ...
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Are geometric proofs less reliable than others?

When I submit a homework with a proof that uses a graph, ball, shape etc., most of the time the professors are not happy with them. They respond with a statement like: "The proof you made seems very ...
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Intuitionistic Linear Logic

I am currently going through some papers that use the "intuitionistic version" of Girard's Linear Logic. Problem is, i seem to find very little literature on it. There is a lot done on Linear Logic ...
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assuming the conclusion

A natural deduction proof goes from premmisses to conclusion, and under normal circumstances you will not assume the conclusion. Sometimes you may assume the negation of the conclusion and do some ...
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Double Negation is sequent calculus systems LK and LJ

In sequent calculus LK (see Gaisi Takeuti, Proof Theory (2nd ed - 1987)) we have a "standard" derivation of Double Negation in the form $\rightarrow \lnot \lnot A \supset A$. We have to start from an ...
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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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Proof negation in Gentzen system

I am provided with the L¬ and R¬ Gentzen rules for negation (besides “Cut” rule and some rules for ⋀ and →): $${\Gamma\vdash\Delta,\varphi\over \Gamma,\lnot\varphi\vdash \Delta}\ L\lnot \\[4ex] ...
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If $\phi$ is $\Delta^{0}_{1}$ in the language of arithmetic, does Heyting Arithmetic prove $\forall x [\phi (x) \vee \neg \phi (x)]$?

PA is conservative over HA for $\Pi^{0}_{2}$ sentences. If $\phi$ is $\Delta^{0}_{1}$, then $\forall x [\phi (x) \vee \neg \phi (x)]$ is equivalent to a $\Pi^{0}_{2}$ sentence. Since PA trivially ...
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Infinitely many proofs?

While compiling a list of my favorite proofs of the infinitude of primes, the following came to mind; Proposition: There are infinitely many non-isomorphic proofs of the infinitude of primes. I'm ...
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Does second-order arithmetic (Z2) prove soundness and uniform reflection for first-order arithmetic (PA)?

(1) Does full second-order arithmetic (Z2) prove soundness and uniform reflection schemas for first-order arithmetic (PA)? That is, do we have for all formulas $\phi$: $$ \underset \phi \forall \; ...
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What are those “things that cannot be proved using only ordinary rules of inference”?

The online edition of the book Introduction to Logic by Michael Genesereth and Eric Kao, has a detail that left me confused. CHAPTER 4 [...] 4.2 Linear Proofs [...] The ...
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Probability of 2 identical events

My professor said that probability of 2 identical events in a very short amount of time (dt converges to 0) is 0. However, I did not agree with him about this. Is there a proof for that assertion? ...
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Give a proof that “p & ~p” implies “q”?

Context: This is not a textbook or homework problem. I was hoping you younger folks could help my tired old brain. "Everybody knows" a contradiction implies anything. What I'm looking for is a ...
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Introduction to functional interpretations

Any good recomendations for an introduction to functional interpretations? I understand this is a little vague but i haven't had much contact with the area. I am particularly interested in the ...
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Greatest Common Divisor written proof

Here is what I am trying to prove: Let $a,b,c,d \in ℤ_+$ with gcd$(a,b)=1$. If $a|c$ and $b|c$, prove that $ab|c$. Does the result hold if gcd $(a,b)\neq 1$ ? I know that gcd $(a,b)=1$ can be ...