## A natural axiomatization of Church’s thesis (2007)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Dershowitz07anatural,

author = {Nachum Dershowitz and Yuri Gurevich},

title = { A natural axiomatization of Church’s thesis},

year = {2007}

}

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### Abstract

The Abstract State Machine Thesis asserts that every classical algorithm is behaviorally equivalent to an abstract state machine. This thesis has been shown to follow from three natural postulates about algorithmic computation. Here, we prove that augmenting those postulates with an additional requirement regarding basic operations implies Church’s Thesis, namely, that the only numeric functions that can be calculated by effective means are the recursive ones (which are the same, extensionally, as the Turing-computable numeric functions). In particular, this gives a natural axiomatization of Church’s Thesis, as Gödel and others suggested may be possible.