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The Logic of Provability

The Logic of Provability

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  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483254

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  • This book, written by one of the most distinguished of contemporary philosophers of mathematics, is a fully rewritten and updated successor to the author's earlier The Unprovability of Consistency (1979). Its subject is the relation between provability and modal logic, a branch of logic invented by Aristotle but much disparaged by philosophers and virtually ignored by mathematicians. Here it receives its first scientific application since its invention.

    • Boolos is internationally renowned philosopher of mathematics (performance of HARDBACK confirms this)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The book contains an excellent combination of values: noble subject, fresh key results, and the gentle, friendly style of the author. It can be recommended as a textbook, as a handbook, or simply as high quality reading in logic." Sergei N. Artemov, Journal of Symbolic Logic

    "I found it lively, lucid, and informative...Boolos' style of writing is unusually kind to the reader. When an argument becomes tricky, he breaks it down into a lot of small steps, showing the reader in detail just how to proceed. A result is that the book is remarkably easy to read." Vann McGee, Rutgers University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483254
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. GL and other systems of propositional modal logic
    2. Peano arithmetic
    3. The box as Bew(x)
    4. Semantics for GL and other modal logics
    5. Completeness and decidability of GL and K, K4, T, B, S4, and S5
    6. Canonical models
    7. On GL
    8. The fixed point theorem
    9. The arithmetical completeness theorems for GL and GLS
    10. Trees for GL
    11. An incomplete system of modal logic
    12. An S4 -preserving proof-theoretical treatment of modality
    13. Modal logic within set theory
    14. Modal logic within analysis
    15. The joint provability logic of consistency and w-consistency
    16. On GLB: the fixed point theorem, letterless sentences, and analysis
    18. Quantified provability logic with one one-place predicate letter

  • Author

    George S. Boolos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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