An Introduction to Gödel's Theorems

An Introduction to Gödel's Theorems

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In 1931, the young Kurt GApdel published his First Incompleteness Theorem, which tells us that, for any sufficiently rich theory of arithmetic, there are some arithmetical truths the theory cannot prove. This remarkable result is among the most intriguing (and most misunderstood) in logic. GApdel also outlined an equally significant Second Incompleteness Theorem. How are these Theorems established, and why do they matter? Peter Smith answers these questions by presenting an unusual variety of proofs for the First Theorem, showing how to prove the Second Theorem, and exploring a family of related results (including some not easily available elsewhere). The formal explanations are interwoven with discussions of the wider significance of the two Theorems. This book will be accessible to philosophy students with a limited formal background. It is equally suitable for mathematics students taking a first course in mathematical logic.Second, we will later be assuming there are similar numbering schemes for the expressions of other theories which use possibly different languages L. We can imagine each of these numbering schemes to be built up in the same way, butanbsp;...

Title:An Introduction to Gödel's Theorems
Author:Peter Smith
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2007-07-26


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