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Learning Lambda Calculus

What are some good online/free resources (tutorials, guides, exercises, and the like) for learning Lambda Calculus? Specifically, I am interested in the following areas: Untyped lambda calculus ...
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What good is infinity?

I am becoming increasingly convinced that Wildberger's views are, if a little bizarre, at least not hopelessly inconsistent. When I was reading the comments in the video following (MF17), somebody ...
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Why is it worth spending time on type theory?

Looking around there are three candidates for "foundations of mathematics": set theory category theory type theory There is a seminal paper relating these three topics: From Sets to Types to ...
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Classic type theory textbooks

There are many classic textbooks in set and category theory (as possible foundations of mathematics), among many others Jech's, Kunen's, and Awodey's. Are there comparable classic textbooks in ...
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Type theory as foundations

Does anyone know any good references that describe type theoretical foundations of mathematics? I've read some books e.g. Winskel's The Formal Semantics of Programming Languages and Pierce's Types and ...
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If $f(x)=g(x)$ for all $x:A$, why is it not true that $\lambda x{.}f(x)=\lambda x{.}g(x)$?

There's something about lambda calculus that keeps me puzzled. Suppose we have $x:A\vdash f(x):P(x)$ and $x:A\vdash g(x):P(x)$ for some dependent type $P$ over a type $A$. Then it is not necessarily ...
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Hao Wang's $\mathfrak S$ system/$\Sigma$ system: a “transfinite type” theory that avoids the Goedel's theorems.

Long ago, while I was reading a book ($*$) about the various way to build set theories (Zermelo-Freankel, Von Neumann–Bernays–Gödel, and type theories), I read about a variant of type theory with ...
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Looking for an approach to mathematical notation wherein the universe is divided into disjoint worlds.

Is there a rigorous approach to mathematical notation wherein the "universe" is divided into disjoint "worlds," and the meaning of notation is world-dependent? This would solve a few pesky problems. ...
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Reference on standard types

This question is about what I presume is a basic construction in type theory. The finite types are defined as follows: 0 is a finite type; if $\sigma, \tau$ are finite types, then so is ...
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What is the best path to learn Category theory and Type thoery?

I have little background in Programming in functional languages and wanted to learn type theory. I started with taking Homotopy type theory class Online videos of Robert Harper. I thought rather ...
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How to introduce type theory to newcomer

I want to introduce (dependent) type theory to some friends having background in mathematical logic and set theory. To make this introduction easy I would like to give an informal presentation that ...
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How or why does intutionistic logic proof negations from within the theory, constructively?

I'm having a little of a cognitive dissonance why, in intuitionistic logic, it's possible to show stentences like $(\neg A \land \neg B) \implies \neg(A\lor B).$ In plain text: If 'A isn't true' as ...
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Intuitionistic Banach-Tarski Paradox

While the Banach-Tarski paradox is a counter-intuitive result which requires the Axiom of Choice, leading some people to argue specifically against Choice, and others to argue for constructive ...
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Confusion about Homotopy Type Theory terminology

I've picked up the Homotopy Type Theory book for leisure. I'm comfortable with strongly typed languages and familiar with dependently typed languages and I enjoy topology, so I thought that the HoTT ...
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Introductory books as preparation to read Voevodsky homotopy-theory (HoTT) book

I would like to read Voevodsky HoTT book. However, I lack a lot of the basics. I would need a few introductory books first that cover topics like groupoids, fibrations, W -types, Homotopy theory. ...
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What's the meaning of algebraic data type?

I'm reading a book about Haskell, a programming language, and I came across a construct defined "algebraic data type" that looks like ...
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How to prove that these are the only type inhabitants?

Consider a type $$\mathsf{Boolean} = \forall \alpha.\ \alpha \to \alpha \to \alpha$$ with its two inhabitants \begin{align} \mathrm{tt} &= \lambda x.\ \lambda y.\ x \\ \mathrm{ff} &= \lambda ...
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Axiom of Choice - Type Theory (Proof)

Background In Intuitionistic Type Theory (p. 27-28), Martin Löf provides a proof of the axiom of choice that is constructively valid. This version is considerably weaker than the ordinary set theory ...
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Does $A\times A\cong B\times B$ imply $A\cong B$?

This is similar to What does it take to divide by $2$? about $(A\sqcup A\cong B\sqcup B)\Rightarrow A\cong B$ which is valid in $\textsf{ZFC}$ by using cardinalities and also in $\textsf{ZF}$ by some ...
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Relationship between propositional logic, first-order logic, second-order logic higher-order logic, and type theory

I understand there is propositional logic, first-order logic, second-order logic higher-order logic, and type theory, where the latter logics are extensions of the former logics. Can someone explain ...
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Types, Sets and Categories

I am learning Category Theory and at first I just pictured a category like a class in object oriented programming: type definition + methods (morphisms). However the author I am reading uses maps ...
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Eilenberg Moore category

I've been trying to code up the Eilenberg-Moore category for a monad in Haskell. As I understand it, given a category $C$ and a monad $(T,\eta,\mu)$ on $C$ we build the Eilenberg-Moore category $C^T$ ...
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Is higher order type theory the same as higher order logic?

The internal language of a topos is higher order intuitionistic type theory (or logic). Here the higher order simply refers to allowing function types. In mathematical logic we have higher-order ...
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Difference between a type and a set

I've been trying to understand this distinction for a while, buts its still not making sense to me. Originally, I thought the distinction between type and set was as follows. The relationship ...
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Foundational theories, their uses, interactions and comparisons?

Until now, I heard that there are some theories for building mathematical objects (or at least it is what it seems to my poor knowledge). Some of these are: Set theory; Logic; Category theory; Type ...
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Is there a theory of extensible definitions?

We can define $+$ as a function $\mathbb{N}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$, and then prove: Theorem 1. The range of $+$ is $\mathbb{N}$. If we later wish to extend $+$ to a function $\mathbb{Z}^2 ...
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How does type theory handle division by zero and such?

Say I have a program that needs to not divide by zero: f(x): if nonzero(x): return sin(x)/x else: return 1 If we divide by zero, we get ...
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Is there a syntax for type quantification in higher order logic?

I'm trying to understand higher order logic deduction, and I sort of understand how after going to third order logic and higher you have a type explosion; predicates and functions can have a large ...
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Peano axioms expressed in type theory

I have a very strong understanding of 1st order logic and am trying to lean type theory as an alternative. Could someone express the Peano axioms with type-theory? I am especially interested to see ...
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Path structure of an odd-looking higher inductive type.

Consider the (putative) higher inductive type $\mathtt{PNest}$, with the constructors: $\mathtt{base} : \mathtt{PNest}$ $\mathtt{nest} : \mathtt{base} = \mathtt{base} \to \mathtt{base} = ...
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How to describe free magmas in more structuralist terms?

Given a generating set $G$ (assume for simplicitly it consists entirely of urelements), the free magma on $G$ can be described concretely as follows. Its underlying set is the least $U \supseteq G$ ...
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Curry-Howard correspondence

I read that the Curry-Howard correspondence introduces an isomorphism between typed functions and logical statements. For example, supposedly the function $$\begin{array}{l} I : \forall a. a \to a\\ ...
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How to understand the definition of sets in homotopy type theory and the role of univalence?

Bear with me, I'm a physicist. In homotopy type theory, as I understand it, a type $X$ is a set if all the morphisms over its terms $x:X$ are identies. When I say "morphisms", then I view the term as ...
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Is there a fundamental distinction between objects and its types?

My question is related to the formal presentation of type theory as stated in the context of Homotopy Type Theory). Every formalization is grounded on typing judgements like $$ a: A $$ where mostly it ...
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What's a good resource to learn about the simply typed lambda calculus?

I've read An Introduction to Functional Programming Through Lambda Calculus by Greg Michaelson, and found it to be a very good resource to learn about the untyped lambda calculus. However, I want to ...
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Elementary proof of compact space = exhaustible space?

(This is a repost of a question I asked last year on cs.stackexchange.) The work of Martín Escardó has demonstrated close parallels between classical topology on one hand and computability on the ...
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Logic in closed symmetric monoidal categories; reference request.

Suppose we want an algebraic theory $T$ to be interpretable in any closed symmetric monoidal category $\mathbf{C}.$ I am thinking in particular of the case where $\mathbf{C}$ is the category of models ...
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Curry-Howard Correspondence (Proof Theory)

As you all know, the Curry-Howard correspondance provides a link between type theory and predicate logic. Concepts featured in the former, such as $\Pi$-type and $\Sigma$-type can, by the ...
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W-types and inverse image functor

All sheaf topoi have W-types and in fact there's an explicit construction given by Benno van den Berg & Ieke Moerdijk, but the construction is quite involved. I would like to know whether the ...
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Is there such a thing as 'typed mathematics?'

In response to Is an empty set equal to another empty set?, I have another question. In 'untyped' (regular) mathematics, any two empty sets are equal. The set of invisible hats and the set of ...
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Two questions on homotopy type theory

In reading the HoTT book, I have found that it is easy to become bogged down in detail and hard to tell the general 'big picture' of what is going on. I hope to get some general answer to the ...
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Basic Definition of Dependent Types?

I'm looking at the wikipedia page for Dependent Types and I am getting stuck trying to understand the definition. It says, ... given a type $A:U$ in a universe of types $U$, one may have a ...
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Give an example of a program in Simply Typed Lambda that produces Bottom.

I'm not sure how bottom applies to simply typed lambda calculus. not A is a common abbreviation for A -> ⊥ But I see no way to construct a function of that signature within the theory. Edit: A more ...
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How high up do kinds go in type theory?

I understand this is a bit naive, but I just learned how types can have types that we call 'kinds,' in system F$\omega$ as a sort of extended higher order lambda calculus. The wiki article on it ...
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Is there a (foundational) type theory with the features I'm looking for?

I like to distinguish between sets and subsets. We imagine that sets are floating free in the universe, and that the elements of a set are constructed according to some kind of recursive rules. Like ...
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Is it possible to express sigma-type in Martin-Löf type theory with other constructs

In Martin-Löf type theory we have sigma types (dependent products). Is it possible to express them with other constructs? How expressive is dependently typed lambda calculus without them, i.e. what we ...
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Logic within Type theory. Is there a rough academic consensus on how this should be done?

I guess because of it's presence in several blogs on math and even physics, I've recently started to learn some type theory, often from people who know about it and from books which use it. I want to ...
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Types versus kinds and sorts

In the context of logic, especially Higher‑Order‑Logic and Calculus‑of‑Construction, what is a kind and how does it relates to and differs from a type? My raw guess if that a kind is the higher level ...
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Basic Propositional Logic

I'm working through Thompson's Type Theory and Functional Programming. I've only read the first chapter and want to make sure I'm understanding the material. The first problem asks to prove the ...
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What is the desirable function identification when setting up arrows in the category of types?

My question is which functions can not be allowed in a statically typed programming language, so that the "canonical" category is less coarse than what you get if you define it's arrows to be ...