[FOM] 303: PA Completeness (restatement)

Harvey Friedman friedman at math.ohio-state.edu
Mon Oct 30 11:53:43 EST 2006

This is a follow up to

I made the 

CONJECTURE. Every true sentence in 0,S,+,dot with at most two variables and
term complexity at most 2, is provable in PA (and even in EFA). Every
instance of every universally true scheme in 0,S,+,dot and the unary
schematic letter R, with at most two variables and term complexity at most
2, is provable in PA.

My intention is that the conjecture involve only finitely many formulas and
schemes, up to logical equivalence. However, in light of much work on
formulas with only two (or more) variables, this conjecture unintentionally
involves infinitely many formulas and schemes, up to logical equivalence.

So let me revise my view here.

1. I hereby restate the conjecture using sentences and sentence schemes with
two quantifiers. 
2. I am still very interested in the original conjecture as it stands,
although I would now prefer to call it a question.

RESTATED CONJECTURE. Every true sentence in 0,S,+,dot with at most two
quantifiers and term complexity at most 2, is provable in PA (and even in
EFA). Every instance of every true sentence scheme in 0,S,+,dot and one
unary schematic letter, with at most two quantifiers and term complexity at
most 2, is provable in PA.

I have come across a highly relevant result of Shih-Ping Tung:
Tung, Shih Ping 
Provability and decidability of arithmetical universal-existential
Bull. London Math. Soc. 18 (1986), no. 3, 241--247.
03B25 (03F30 03H15)

Excerpt from review:

"In this paper, it is shown that the set of AE arithmetical sentences true
in the standard model is decidable. ... The result is obtained by proving
that a weak subtheory of PA can prove all true AE sentences and refute all
false AE sentences." Reviewed by Franco Montagna

Thus for the sentence part of my Conjecture (restated above), we need only
consider sentences of the form (forall x,y)(A) in the language 0,S,+,dot,
where A is quantifier free.


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Harvey Friedman 

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