Logical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexity: A Gentle Introduction by Pavel PudlLogical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexity: A Gentle Introduction by Pavel Pudl

Logical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexity: A Gentle Introduction

byPavel Pudl

Hardcover | May 31, 2013

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The two main themes of this book, logic and complexity, are both essential for understanding the main problems about the foundations of mathematics.Logical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexitycovers a broad spectrum of results in logic and set theory that are relevant to the foundations, as well as the results in computational complexity and the interdisciplinary area of proof complexity. The author presents his ideas on how these areas are connected, what are the most fundamental problems and how they should be approached. In particular, he argues that complexity is as important for foundations as are the more traditional concepts of computability and provability.

Emphasis is on explaining the essence of concepts and the ideas of proofs, rather than presenting precise formal statements and full proofs. Each section starts with concepts and results easily explained, and gradually proceeds to more difficult ones. The notes after each section present some formal definitions, theorems and proofs.

Logical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexityis aimed at graduate students of all fields of mathematics who are interested in logic, complexity and foundations. It will also be of interest for both physicists and philosophers who are curious to learn the basics of logic and complexity theory.

Title:Logical Foundations of Mathematics and Computational Complexity: A Gentle IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:695 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.03 inPublished:May 31, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319001183

ISBN - 13:9783319001180

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Table of Contents

' ' ' ' 'Mathematician's world.- Language, logic and computations.- Set theory.- Proofs of impossibility.- The complexity of computations.- Proof complexity.- Consistency, Truth and Existence.- References.