# Tagged Questions

Proof theory is an area of logic that studies proof as formal mathematical objects. If you'd like advice on the presentation of a proof you have in draft, use proof-writing instead. If you'd like feedback on its validity, use proof-verification. If none of the above apply, you do not need a proof-* ...

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### Gentzen-style proof system with global states?

I'm sorry if my question looks stupid or does not make sense. However, I want to ask if it is normal/common to have a global state, which is shared by all inference rules, in a Gentzen-style proof ...
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### Is there a standard notation for coding finite sets of numbers as numbers?

Hajek and Pudlak Metamathematics of First-Order Arithmetic use the Ackermann encoding of hereditarily finite sets, but they use no notation for codes. They let the reader see from context when a ...
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### Proving weak simulation

I want to prove something but I am not sure if it is the right way to do it. I have two LTS that define different semantics. A=($Q_a,Λ,\to)$, and B=$(Q_b,Λ\cup\{\beta\},\leadsto)$, where $\beta$ is ...
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### Can proof by contradiction 'fail'?

I am familiar with the mechanism of proof by contradiction: we want to prove $P$, so we assume $¬P$ and prove that this is false; hence $P$ must be true. I have the following devil's advocate ...
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### HPC: Prove that $\vdash A\to \lnot\lnot A$

Prove that $\vdash A\to \lnot\lnot A$ By Deduction Rule we know that it is sufficient to show that ${A}\vdash \lnot\lnot A$ I am also familiar with the formula: $\lnot A \vdash (A\to B)$. So if I ...
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### Prereqisites for: Subsystems of second order arithmetic

As the title suggests, im wondering what the prerequisites for Simpsons book, Subsystems of... are? Unfortunately I cant find it in the preface. My background is a Bachelor in Philosophy and ...
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### Can we prove that induction is impossible for some proofs?

I read in a book that Andrew Wiles first attempted proof by induction to prove Fermat's last theorem and that he gave up proving it with induction. Instead as far as I understand, Wiles proved some ...
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### Why is it so hard to translate some proves into machine-readable form?

I have just read a topic on mathoverflow about man vs. machine in mathematics. The topic was inspired by the recent victory of Alpha Go over the World Go Champion, Lee Sedol. It reminded me of an ...
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### Cannot create algorithm for decidable language

L2 = {<M> : M is a TM and there exists an input string w such that M halts within 10 steps on input w} Hi. I am creating an algorithm to show above L2 is ...
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### Incompleteness theorems in encoding schemes other than Gödel numbering

Gödel's proof of his incompleteness theorems makes use of Gödel numbering, which is a device that allows a theory of arithmetic $S$ (e.g. PRA) to express and reason about metamathematical statements ...
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### Is there a consistent arithmetically definable extension of PA that proves its own consistency?

Gödel's second incompleteness applies, for instance, to r.e. extensions of PA. I am wondering if it applies more generally to arithmetically definable extensions of PA. I see that there is a complete ...
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### Is it possible to create a software to find formal proofs?

Let's say I have a Hilbert style system, with a few axioms and rules of inference, and I want to find a proof for some formula $\varphi$, is it possible to create an algorithm that would find a proof ...
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### Proving the existence of a proof without actually giving a proof

In some areas of mathematics it is everyday practice to prove the existence of things by entirely non-constructive arguments that say nothing about the object in question other than it exists, e.g. ...
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### Example of a probability theorem that requires axioms in addition to Kolmorogov's?

Probability theory, in it's more general form, is axiomatized by Kolmorogov's axioms: Kolmorogov's Probability Axioms Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$ be a measure space. The three axioms are: ...
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### Is there some result that says a theory cannot prove the consistency of any of its extensions?

Is there some result that says a (sufficiently strong) theory cannot prove the consistency of any of its extensions? Or something along these lines?? More generally, is there a result that says a (...
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### Induction is the only way? [closed]

Are there any statements that are true and can only be proved by induction? (In most of the proofs I saw the induction proof shed some light on another way of proving a statement e.g. with ...
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### Inconsistent theory with uniformly long refutation?

I understand that there are theorems in PA that necessarily require "very long" proofs; cmp. [1]. On the other hand it seems interesting to think about Life in an inconsistent world. So is it ...
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### Why can't you prove the law of the excluded middle in intuitionistic logic (for layman)?

I am learning about the difference between booleans and classical logics in Coq, and why logical propositions are sort of a superset of booleans: Why are logical connectives and booleans separate in ...
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### Why does the dependent product type need “forall”?

I feel stupid asking this question because it is so fundamental to logic and math. However, in my starting to learn proof theory and now type theory, I have not seen an explanation on why you need the ...
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### Completeness for Infinitary Logic?

I have heard a rumor that there is a proof system for certain infinitary logics, given by Carol Karp (?) in her thesis, but I can't find a copy. The result that I'm told exists is the following: A ...
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### Is it possible to nonconstructively prove that a statement can be proven or disproven within a formal system?

I've heard of many examples of statements that have been proven to be independent of a formal system, meaning that they can't be proven within that formal system (for example, the Continuum Hypothesis ...
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### WLOG and “by symmetry” arguments and the foundations of mathematics

John Harrison's paper Without Loss of Generality raises the interesting point that although "without loss of generality"/"by symmetry" arguments are a common proof technique, there is no corresponding ...