[FOM] 217:New New Pi01 Statements

Harvey Friedman friedman at math.ohio-state.edu
Sun Jun 13 09:59:36 EDT 2004

The Pi01 statements below represent progress over the ones in posting #216.


We present a new explicitly Pi01 statement provable from Mahlo cardinals of
finite order but not from ZFC. We first state an infinite form.

Let R containedin Nk x Nk = N2k. We can think of R as a binary relation on
Nk, or as a subset of N2k.

We say that R is strictly dominating if and only if R(x,y) implies max(x) <

For A containedin Nk, we write RA for the image of R on A as a binary
relation on Nk, which is given by RA = {y: (there exists x in A)(R(x,y))}.

THEOREM 1. For all k >= 1 and strictly dominating R containedin Nk x Nk =
N2k, there exist sets A = Nk\RA. Furthermore, A is unique.

We say that R containedin Nk x Nk = N2k is order invariant if and only if
for all x,y in N2k of the same order type, x in R iff y in R.

Let A,B containedin Nt. We say that A is order/power extended by B if and
only if A is a subset of B and

for all x in A there exists y in B such that (x,1,2,4,8,...) has the same
order type as (y,1,2,4,8,...).

PROPOSITION 2. For all k,p >= 1 and strictly dominating order invariant R
containedin Nk x Nk = N2k, some Ap is order/power extended by ((N\2^8kp -

NOTE: Proposition 2 is a trivial consequence of Theorem 1 if we don't remove
2^8kp - 1.

NOTE: The 2^8kp is not meant to be tight, but just easy to write down. Any
reasonably large expression in k,p will do. I will look into just what can
be used later.

In a slight abuse of notation, we we say that R containedin [1,n]k x
[1,n]k = [1,n]2k is order invariant if and only if for all x,y in
[1,n]2k of the same order type, x in R iff y in R.

PROPOSITION 3. For all k,n,p >= 1 and strictly dominating order invariant R
containedin [1,n]k x 1,n]k = [1,n]2k, some Ap is order/power extended by
(([1,n]\2^8kp -1)k\RA)p.

THEOREM 4. Propositions 2,3 is provably equivalent, over ACA, to the
consistency of MAH = ZFC + {there exists a k-Mahlo cardinal}k. In
particular, Propositions 2,3 are provable in MAH+ = ZFC + "for all k there
exists a k-Mahlo cardinal", and cannot be proved in ZFC (provided ZFC is

THEOREM 5. Propositions 2,3 for any fixed k is provable in MAH. This is
false for ZFC together with any "there exists a k-Mahlo cardinal", k fixed.
Propositions 2,3 for k =3D 3 is not provable in ZFC (provided ZFC is

These results are related to BRT = Boolean relation theory, but serve a
somewhat different purpose. BRT has a particularly strong thematic
character, with potential points of contact with perhaps all areas of
mathematics. These Propositions are simply the most mathematically natural

explicitly Pi01 statements independent of ZFC that we have been able to find
- yet.


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This is the 217th in a series of self contained numbered postings to
FOM covering a wide range of topics in f.o.m. The list of previous
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archives, 5/8/03 8:46AM. Previous ones counting from #150 are:

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155:A way out  8/13/02  6:56PM
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157:Finite Societies  8/13/02  6:56PM
158:Sentential Reflection  3/31/03  12:17AM
159.Elemental Sentential Reflection  3/31/03  12:17AM
160.Similar Subclasses  3/31/03  12:17AM
161:Restrictions and Extensions  3/31/03  12:18AM
162:Two Quantifier Blocks  3/31/03  12:28PM
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166:Clean Godel Incompleteness  5/6/03  11:06AM
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169:New PA Independence  5:11PM  8:35PM
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Harvey Friedman

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