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Beautiful, simple proofs worthy of writing on this beautiful glass door [on hold]

What are some of the more beautiful proofs you know? I am measuring beauty in two dimensions -- first, how conceptually elegant is it and second, how aesthetically pleasing is it. Context: I work ...
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Prove that the set $C = \{x \in\Bbb R : ax\le b\}$ is convex

Prove that if a and b are real numbers, then the set $C = \{x \in\Bbb R : ax\le b\}$ is a convex set. My solution so far: To show that a set $C$ is convex it needs to be shown that for for every ...
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Proof exercise: finding hypothesis and conclusion in a statement

I am starting learn mathematical proofs and I was doing some exercise that needed to identify the hypothesis and the conclusion in a given statement. And I'm having trouble trying to figure it out in ...
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Proof by contradiction using counterexample

Why can't we use one counter example as the contradiction to the contradicting statement? Example: Let a statement be A where a-->b. We can prove A is not true by finding a counter example. Now, in ...
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Can we always give a direct proof? [duplicate]

This is something I was wondering about for quite a while. Is it possible to construct a statement that can only be proven by using 'proof by contradicition' or contraposition? Or to put it ...
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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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$HA^{\omega}$ 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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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$LK-\Phi$ 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Using rules of inference (Leibniz) to prove theorems.

Leibniz: If $A \equiv B$ is a theorem, then so is $C[p:= A] \equiv C[p:= B]$. Note: p is "fresh" means p doesn't occur in $A, B, C$. I am trying to understand how to use Leibniz rule of inference for ...
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Using an automatic tool for checking geometric conjectures

I do a lot of research about squares, and I thought of using some automatic tool for proving / disproving some geometric conjectures. As a simple example, consider the following Square coloring ...
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1answer
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Proof by contradiction: May I assume $P$ (true) in $\neg Q \land P \Rightarrow P \land \neg P$ to prove $Q$ by contradiction

Suppose I wish to do a proof by contradiction the statement $Q$. In proving $Q$ may I assume $\neg Q \land P$ (where $P$ is a statement known to be true) and show the implication $\neg Q \land P ...
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1answer
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Deduction Theorem Subtlety and Predicate Proof

In standard, first-order predicate logic suppose that with a set of assumptions $\Gamma$ I can deduce $$\Gamma\cup\{A(a),B(m),\forall x\forall y\exists z[A(x)\land B(y)\rightarrow C(x,y,z)]\}\vdash ...
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Examining every mathematical result in purely formal, ZFC language.

My main interest is physics. However, being self-taught in mathematics for the most part, my proofs tend to be more intuitive than it is acceptable. Yet, I recognize my inaptitude in rigor, and I ...
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Is it possible to prove a mathematical statement by proving that a proof exists?

I'm sure there are easy ways of proving things using, well... any other method besides this! But still, I'm curious to know whether it would be acceptable/if it has been done before?
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is it possible to prove the method of mathematical induction itself?

Since the method of mathematical induction follows some sort of 'algorithm', would the method itself be provable? namely, give that the method of mathematical induction is as follows: if S is a ...
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What are various proofs good for?

There are plenty of questions around here, which are proven to be right or wrong in various ways. I wonder, what one can learn from these differing ways of how to prove something, despite the fact ...
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Impossibility theorems

I've been wondering how you go about proving an impossibility e.g. when I looked up Abel's impossibility theorem it says nothing about the proof and only restates the theorem when I'd like to know how ...