[FOM] From theorems of infinity to axioms of infinity
MartDowd at aol.com
MartDowd at aol.com
Sat Mar 16 12:59:50 EDT 2013
Nik,
As I said, I'm no expert, but I recall that there has been interest in
formalizing fragments of analysis in first order arithmetic. Of course the
contortions involved make this a subject of quite limited interest. One
reference concerning related subjects is
_www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/avigad/Papers/elementary.pdf_
(http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/avigad/Papers/elementary.pdf)
Regarding the power set axiom, while it is true that classical mathematics
can be carried out in the first few levels of the cumulative hierarchy,
calling set theory a "metaphysical extravagance " seems extreme. The main
uses of higher levels of the cumulative hierarchy are in set theory itself.
This has advanced far beyond its origins as a tool for making analysis
rigorous.
- Martin Dowd
In a message dated 3/15/2013 12:53:18 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
nweaver at math.wustl.edu writes:
This is about the worst example you could use to make this point. Unless
your formal system takes the real numbers as primitive, you will need some
kind of coding machinery
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