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Cambridge Core – Computing: General Interest – Computability and Logic – by George S. Boolos. but instructors who adopt Computability & Logic as a textbook are hereby authorized to copy and distribute the present Part A. This permission does not extend. Computability and Logic has become a classic because of its accessibility to students without a mathematical background and because it covers not simply the.

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Jul 14, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: The chapter then discusses formal systems of arithmetic.

If you haven’t yet seen diagonalization, you’re in for a treat. This chapter is entirely devoted to a proof of the compactness theorem. Even if you know that the deduction problem is equivalent to the halting problem, it’s illuminating to play directly with an encoding of Turing machines as logical theories.

Computability and Logic by George S. Boolos

However, it also turns out that “dyadic” logic first order logic in a language with only two-place relation symbols is undecidable. If computability is a new field to you, you’ll enjoy this chapter.

I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with these concepts at some point in your life, if only for fun. It’s easy to get recursive and semirecursive sets mixed up, when you’re starting out. Request removal from index.


Yasser Dawood rated it really liked it Feb 08, Alternatively, you can resolve to deal only with sentences where all the quantifiers come first. Knowledge of enumerability is central to many issues in computer science, and is integral in any study of infinities. As a minor note, this textbook had way more typos than any other textbook I’ve read. They loogic “recursive” annd their indicator functions can be constructed from recursive building blocks.

This chapter would have been valuable before I started reading Model Theory. It demonstrates many difficult concepts with ease. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Computability and Logic

Jeffrey Ketland – – Analysis 66 4: This chapter introduces provability logic and is the reason I picked up this adn, initially. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Read it if you’re curious, skip it if you’re not. Jun 22, Warunika Ranaweera rated it it was amazing. This transition is motivated computationally: Mar 02, Ilinalta rated it it was ok. It’s a tool for finding a set that defies a given encoding.

G. S. Boolos & R. C. Jeffrey, Computability and Logic – PhilPapers

That concludes the summary. Will rated it really liked it Sep 18, We now move to the “further topics” section of the book.

This is the classic textbook for anyone who wants to study logic up to and beyond Godel. If you’re new to the ideas of arithmetization and representability, then you don’t want to read the next three chapters without reading this. No trivia or quizzes yet. Sign in to use this feature. This is interesting, because it shows us precisely where undecidability sets in. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. This is a fun chapter to read if you feel like exploring the boundaries of undecidability.


This is a result used often in model theory, and a good tool to have in the toolbox.

The subject matter may start out a little basic for much of the audience I expect people who approach the course list to already know enumerability, the halting problem, etc. Ben Pace rated it really liked it Aug 26, View all 3 comments.

It is a solid introduction to the concepts. This result was surprising, and the proof is a fun one.

If we allow use of a fifth function:. No keywords specified fix it. Eric Casteleijn rated it liked it Jun bools, The result is shown in this chapter by elimination of quantifiers: