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May
7
comment Can “proving mathematical theorems” as a 1 player puzzle be studied in combinatorial game theory?
See Wikipedia about game semantics.
May
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comment Can “proving mathematical theorems” as a 1 player puzzle be studied in combinatorial game theory?
Actually, it's a two-player game between the verifier and the refuter.
May
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asked Is a divisor in the hyperplane class necessarily a hyperplane divisor?
May
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comment Existence of not locally small categories
If those authors don't admit the existence of locally small categories, why would they talk about such things? To talk about such things would require them to admit there are categories that are not locally small! But one sometimes speaks of ‘metacategories’.
May
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comment formalized provability predicate and implication relation
If your formal proof system is reasonable, then yes. (Here is an example of an unreasonable proof system: no axioms, no rules of inference. Nothing is provable.)
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awarded  Caucus
May
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comment Existence of not locally small categories
The point is that there are people who take ‘category’ to mean locally small by definition. So for them a category that is not locally small does not exist – by definition!
May
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comment Existence of not locally small categories
Well, the collection of all sets is certainly well-defined, yet some people say such a thing does not exist. The question is of "legitimacy" more than whether we can define it at all.
May
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comment Irreducible closed subsets of projective varieties
Well, it is certainly the case that every closed irreducible subset of a projective variety is a projective variety. But if your definition of "projective variety" does not include irreducibility then even every closed subset of a projective variety is a projective variety. Therefore if $Y$ has a irreducible closed subset that is not a projective variety, then $Y$ cannot be projective.
May
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comment Pole of differential
That's not correct. Both $x$ and $y$ evaluate to $\infty$ at $[0 : 1 : 0]$. (Otherwise $x$ and $y$ would be functions that are regular everywhere on a projective variety, hence, constant – an absurdity.)
May
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comment Irreducible closed subsets of projective varieties
Some people include irreducibility in their definition of "variety".
May
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comment Pole of differential
$x / y$ is a rational function with a simple pole at infinity. Do you understand that calculation?
May
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comment Examples of epimorphisms which are not split epimorphisms?
You mean coequaliser.
May
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comment What are the “ordinary” (e.g. arithmetic) consequences of the universe axiom?
Yes, I am aware of Solovay's result. That does not count as a statement in ordinary mathematics to me.
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awarded  Nice Question
May
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answered Determine whether two primitive recursive functions are equal
May
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comment Confusion about cofinality
Yes. But if $[0, \kappa)$ is the set of all ordinals of cardinality less than $\kappa$, then the answer is the same, provided the well-ordering principle is available.
May
4
comment What's stronger: projective or locally free? flat or locally free?
The question does not apply to general abelian categories, since there is no notion of "locally free" and no (obvious) notion of "flat".
May
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comment The Axiom of Choice and definability
The inductive step is far too vague. Here is one problem: in the set-forming axioms, one can use parameters, so the "constant" terms must have variables. But once you allow that, then one can derive a form of meta-AC: suppose we have a proof of $\forall x . x \in X \to \exists y . y \in x$; then we can construct a definable term $c (x)$ such that $\forall x . x \in X \to c (x) \in x$; then by replacement, $\exists f . (f : X \to \bigcup X) \land \forall x . x \in X \to f (x) \in x$.
May
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comment The Axiom of Choice and definability
My gut feeling is that your "Theorem" is false, because the same kind of reasoning can be used to "deduce" the axiom of choice. (See, for instance, the derivation of AC in Martin-Löf type theory.)