## General relativistic hypercomputing and foundation of mathematics

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Andréka_generalrelativistic,

author = {Hajnal Andréka and István Németi and Péter Németi},

title = {General relativistic hypercomputing and foundation of mathematics},

year = {}

}

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### Abstract

Abstract. Looking at very recent developments in spacetime theory, we can wonder whether these results exhibit features of hypercomputation that traditionally seemed impossible or absurd. Namely, we describe a physical device in relativistic spacetime which can compute a non-Turing computable task, e.g. which can decide the halting problem of Turing machines or decide whether ZF set theory is consistent (more precisely, can decide the theorems of ZF). Starting from this, we will discuss the impact of recent breakthrough results of relativity theory, black hole physics and cosmology to well established foundational issues of computability theory as well as to logic. We find that the unexpected, revolutionary results in the mentioned branches of science force us to reconsider the status of the physical Church Thesis and to consider it as being seriously challenged. We will outline the consequences of all this for the foundation of mathematics (e.g. to Hilbert’s programme). Observational, empirical evidence will be quoted to show that the statements above do not require any assumption of some physical universe outside of our own one: in our specific physical universe there seem to exist regions of spacetime supporting potential non-Turing computations. Additionally, new “engineering ” ideas will be outlined for solving the so-called blue-shift problem of GR-computing. Connections with related talks at the Physics and Computation meeting, e.g. those of Jerome Durand-Lose, Mark Hogarth and Martin Ziegler, will be indicated. 1