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Statements and Definitions in Nuprl

This chapter will explain how to write definitions and statements with the Nuprl system, and in doing so it will introduce a minimal set of system commands to the beginning user and explain how the type theory introduced in chapter 2 can be used to express mathematical propositions. The first four sections of the chapter concentrate on discussing the system commands and some relevant syntactic features of the Nuprl logic. The rest of the chapter describes the conceptual issues involved in using type theory as a general--purpose language for expressing mathematics. These conceptual issues are discussed via examples drawn from four areas of mathematics: logic (both constructive and classical), number theory, algebra and set theory. (Chapter 11 contains a summary of definitions and theorems from other areas of mathematics.) It is intended that this chapter be read while experimenting with the system. Throughout this chapter the typewriter font represents text that is actually used in the Nuprl system, while the mathematical is used in general discussions.

Richard Eaton
Thu Sep 14 08:45:18 EDT 1995