[FOM] Sigma-1 Completeness

Robert M. Solovay solovay at Math.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Aug 4 04:23:46 EDT 2007


         There seems no trouble proving the strong form of Sigma_1
completeness in IDelta_0 + Exp. (I interpet Sigma_0 as being given by a
limited formula and not by a primitive recursive one.)

         The question as to whether one can prove Sigma_1 completeness in 
IDelta_0 + Omega_1 seems difficult. Even expressing truth of Delta_0 
formulas by a formula in the Polytime hierarchy seems unlikely since one 
suspects PSpace is not in this hierarchy. [Of course proving this 
suspicion involves settling open problems in computer science that seem as 
difficult as the P =? NP question.] I see no way to **prove** that Sigma_1 
completeness [however this is reasonably made precise] can not be carried 
out in IDelta_0 + Omega_1.

      --Bob Solovay

On Fri, 3 Aug 2007, Richard Heck wrote:

> Q, and even PA, is \Sigma_1 complete. My question concerns what theories
> know about their own \Sigma_1 completeness. We can distinguish two
> versions of this question:
> (i) A theory T might be able to show, for EACH \Sigma_1 sentence A,
> that, if A, then T proves A.
> (ii) A theory T might be able to show that, for EVERY \Sigma_1 sentence
> A, if A, then T proves A.
> What is the weakest theory T with each property---if such there is?
> I'm sure this is well-known to many of you, but I can't seem to find the
> answer. I'm guessing that maybe the answer to (ii) is I\Sigma_1.
> Richard
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