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Types in logic and mathematics before 1940
 Bulletin of Symbolic Logic
, 2002
"... Abstract. In this article, we study the prehistory of type theory up to 1910 and its development between Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica ([71], 1910–1912) and Church’s simply typed λcalculus of 1940. We first argue that the concept of types has always been present in mathematics, thou ..."
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Abstract. In this article, we study the prehistory of type theory up to 1910 and its development between Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica ([71], 1910–1912) and Church’s simply typed λcalculus of 1940. We first argue that the concept of types has always been present in mathematics, though nobody was incorporating them explicitly as such, before the end of the 19th century. Then we proceed by describing how the logical paradoxes entered the formal systems of Frege, Cantor and Peano concentrating on Frege’s Grundgesetze der Arithmetik for which Russell applied his famous paradox 1 and this led him to introduce the first theory of types, the Ramified Type Theory (rtt). We present rtt formally using the modern notation for type theory and we discuss how Ramsey, Hilbert and Ackermann removed the orders from rtt leading to the simple theory of types stt. We present stt and Church’s own simply typed λcalculus (λ→C 2) and we finish by comparing rtt, stt and λ→C. §1. Introduction. Nowadays, type theory has many applications and is used in many different disciplines. Even within logic and mathematics, there are many different type systems. They serve several purposes, and are formulated in various ways. But, before 1903 when Russell first introduced
Alternative Set Theories
, 2006
"... By “alternative set theories ” we mean systems of set theory differing significantly from the dominant ZF (ZermeloFrankel set theory) and its close relatives (though we will review these systems in the article). Among the systems we will review are typed theories of sets, Zermelo set theory and its ..."
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By “alternative set theories ” we mean systems of set theory differing significantly from the dominant ZF (ZermeloFrankel set theory) and its close relatives (though we will review these systems in the article). Among the systems we will review are typed theories of sets, Zermelo set theory and its variations, New Foundations and related systems, positive set theories, and constructive set theories. An interest in the range of alternative set theories does not presuppose an interest in replacing the dominant set theory with one of the alternatives; acquainting ourselves with foundations of mathematics formulated in terms of an alternative system can be instructive as showing us what any set theory (including the usual one) is supposed to do for us. The study of alternative set theories can dispel a facile identification of “set theory ” with “ZermeloFraenkel set theory”; they are not the same thing. Contents 1 Why set theory? 2 1.1 The Dedekind construction of the reals............... 3 1.2 The FregeRussell definition of the natural numbers....... 4
Handbook of the History of Logic. Volume 6
"... ABSTRACT: Here is a crude list, possibly summarizing the role of paradoxes within the framework of mathematical logic: 1. directly motivating important theories (e.g. type theory, axiomatic set theory, combinatory logic); 2. suggesting methods of proving fundamental metamathematical results (fixed p ..."
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ABSTRACT: Here is a crude list, possibly summarizing the role of paradoxes within the framework of mathematical logic: 1. directly motivating important theories (e.g. type theory, axiomatic set theory, combinatory logic); 2. suggesting methods of proving fundamental metamathematical results (fixed point theorems, incompleteness, undecidability, undefinability); 3. applying inductive definability and generalized recursion; 4. introducing new semantical methods (e. g. revision theory, semiinductive definitions, which require nontrivial set theoretic results); 5. (partly) enhancing new axioms in set theory: the case of antifoundation AFA and the mathematics of circular phenomena; 6. suggesting the investigation of nonclassical logical systems, from contractionfree and manyvalued logics to systems with generalized quantifiers; 7. suggesting frameworks with flexible typing for the foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science; 8. applying forms of selfreferential truth and in Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical Linguistics, etc. Below we attempt to shed some light on the genesis of the issues 1–8 through the history of the paradoxes in the twentieth century, with a special emphasis on semantical aspects.
Functions and Types in Logic, Language and Computation ∗
, 2003
"... The introduction of a general definition of function was key to Frege’s formalisation of logic. Selfapplication of functions was at the heart of Russell’s paradox. Russell introduced type theory in order to control the application of functions and hence to avoid the paradox. Since, different type s ..."
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The introduction of a general definition of function was key to Frege’s formalisation of logic. Selfapplication of functions was at the heart of Russell’s paradox. Russell introduced type theory in order to control the application of functions and hence to avoid the paradox. Since, different type systems have been introduced, each allowing different functional power. Despite the extensive use of types in many applications, there remains many “non believers ” in type theory. In this talk, I will briefly review the evolution of types from the time of Euclid (325 B.C.) to the mid of the 20th century. Then, I will introduce de Bruijn’s formulation of functions and types in Automath, his famous system for automating mathematics. De Bruijn’s formulation is a living example which illustrates that while type theory is useful, there are many other considerations that need to be accommodated when attempting to “computerize ” a system. This talk is of interest for anyone
Logic and Computerisation in mathematics?
, 2009
"... – If you give me an algorithm to solve Π, I can check whether this algorithm really solves Π. – But, if you ask me to find an algorithm to solve Π, I may go on forever trying but without success. • But, this result was already found by Aristotle: Assume a proposition Φ. – If you give me a proof of Φ ..."
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– If you give me an algorithm to solve Π, I can check whether this algorithm really solves Π. – But, if you ask me to find an algorithm to solve Π, I may go on forever trying but without success. • But, this result was already found by Aristotle: Assume a proposition Φ. – If you give me a proof of Φ, I can check whether this proof really proves Φ. – But, if you ask me to find a proof of Φ, I may go on forever trying but without success. • In fact, programs are proofs and much of computer science in the early part of the 20th century was built by mathematicians and logicians. • There were also important inventions in computer science made by physicists (e.g., von Neumann) and others, but we ignore these in this talk. ISR 2009, Brasiliá, Brasil 1An example of a computable function/solvable problem • E.g., 1.5 chicken lay down 1.5 eggs in 1.5 days. • How many eggs does 1 chicken lay in 1 day? • 1.5 chicken lay 1.5 eggs in 1.5 days. • Hence, 1 chicken lay 1 egg in 1.5 days. • Hence, 1 chicken lay 2/3 egg in 1 day. ISR 2009, Brasiliá, Brasil 2Unsolvability of the Barber problem • which man barber in the village shaves all and only those men who do not shave themselves? • If John was the barber then – John shaves Bill ⇐ ⇒ Bill does not shave Bill – John shaves x ⇐ ⇒ x does not shave x – John shaves John ⇐ ⇒ John does not shave John • Contradiction. ISR 2009, Brasiliá, Brasil 3Unsolvability of the Russell set problem
The evolution of types and logic in the 20th century: A journey through Frege, Russell and . . .
 ILLC ALUMNI EVENT, AMSTERDAM 2004
, 2004
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HeriotWatt University Edinburgh, Scotland
, 2005
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