# Hilbert’s Tenth Problem

In 1970 Yuri Matiyasevich claimed to have proved that the answer to Hilbert’s question was that it is impossible for there to be any such process. But is Matiyasevich’s proof rock-solid? See the page:

In 1970 Yuri Matiyasevich claimed to have proved that the answer to Hilbert’s question was that it is impossible for there to be any such process. But is Matiyasevich’s proof rock-solid? See the page:

But how rigorous is Gödel’s Proof ? Did he make some assumptions that at that time might have seemed acceptable or were overlooked, but which cannot be deemed acceptable today?

For an introduction to some questionable aspects of Gödel’s Proof see the page:

The “Axiom of Choice” is an assumption used by some mathematicians, and they justify the assumption by claiming that it gives certain results that they want to achieve.

But it also leads to the result that one sphere is equivalent to two spheres which are each of the same volume as the single sphere.

Which might be a result that someone wants if they want to engage in fantasy, but it certainly isn’t what a scientist would want from his mathematics.

For a closer look at the “Axiom of Choice”, see the page:

Most accounts gloss over various aspects of Cantor’s writings that can appear to us today as strange, if not manifestly incorrect.

Here we give a logical appraisal of Cantor’s methodology and thought processes that are indicated by his writings, see:

Henri Lebesgue’s answer was to assume that there are some points that have a width while all other points do not have any width.

For an in-depth examination of the contradictions arising from this notion, see the page:

An indefinable number might be said to be a number that contains an infinite amount of information that cannot be summarized by any finite definition.

But Georg Cantor, the founder of the theory from which König’s idea of indefinable numbers arose, found the notion deeply disturbing when it was postulated, stating that *‘Infinite definitions (which are not possible in finite time) are absurdities. … Am I wrong or am I right?’*

For a closer look at the notion of indefinable numbers, see the page:

Cantor: *A Contribution to the Theory of Sets*
Infinite Cardinal Numbers
Why do people believe weird things?
Gödel’s Proof: Step by Step Guide
Chaitin’s Unknowable Number
The crackpot John Gabriel
The Chinese Room
Gödel’s Proof: English Translation
On David Hilbert’s “On the Infinite”
Alexander’s Horned Sphere
Understanding Limits and Infinity
Cantor’s Grundlagen: English translation

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A mathematician had tired of academia, so he decided to join the fire department. During his training, the chief asked him,

“If you were walking down an alley and came across a rubbish bin that was on fire, what would you do?”

“Why, I’d get a hose and extinguish it, of course!”

“Correct,” said the chief. “And what would you do if you were walking down an alley and came across a rubbish bin that was not on fire?”

“I suppose I’d set the bin on fire.”

“You’d do what?” shouts the chief.

“I’d set it on fire,” says the mathematician, “thereby reducing it to a previously solved problem.”

- Proving Goodstein’s theorem without Transfinity
- The Need for Formality in Mathematics
- The Dead End Path of the Consciousness Myth
- David Pierce on Gödel’s incompleteness proof
- Non-Diagonal Proofs and Enumerations
- A brief history of meta-mathematics
- Hilbert’s tenth problem

- 1: Different types of set theories
- 2: Russell’s paradox
- 3: Natural Set Theory
- 4: The ‘Empty Set’
- 5: Non-Natural Set Theory
- 6: Is Set Theory the Root of all Mathematics?
- 7: Containers

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The page Understanding sets of decreasing intervals explains why certain definitions of sets of decreasing intervals are inherently contradictory unless limiting conditions are included, and the page Understanding Limits and Infinity explains how the correct application of limiting conditions can eliminate such contradictions. The paper PDF On Smith-Volterra-Cantor sets and their measure has additional material which gives a more formal version.

How to set up a system for easy insertion or changing of footnotes in a webpage, see Easy Footnotes for Web Pages.

After comments that my PDF paper on the flaw in Gödel’s incompleteness proof is too long, I have added a new section which gives a brief summary of the flaw, while the remainder of the paper details the confusion of levels of language. The paper can be seen at The Fundamental Flaw in Gödel’s Proof of his Incompleteness Theorem.

To understand the philosophy of set theory as it is today requires a knowledge of the history of the subject. One of the most influential works in this respect was Georg Cantor’s set of six papers published between 1879 and 1884 under the overall title of *Über unendliche lineare Punktmannig-faltigkeiten,* which were published between 1879 and 1884. I now have English translations of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and the major part, Part 5 (Grundlagen). There is also a new English translation of Cantor’s “A Contribution to the Theory of Sets”.

A look at how the field of meta-mathematics developed from its early days, and how certain illogical and untenable assumptions have been made that fly in the face of the mathematical requirement for strict rigor.

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How to set up a system for easy insertion or changing of footnotes in a webpage, see Easy Footnotes for Web Pages.

After comments that my PDF paper on the flaw in Gödel’s incompleteness proof is too long, I have added a new section which gives a brief summary of the flaw, while the remainder of the paper details the confusion of levels of language. The paper can be seen at The Fundamental Flaw in Gödel’s Proof of his Incompleteness Theorem.

To understand the philosophy of set theory as it is today requires a knowledge of the history of the subject. One of the most influential works in this respect was Georg Cantor’s set of six papers published between 1879 and 1884 under the overall title of *Über unendliche lineare Punktmannig-faltigkeiten,* which were published between 1879 and 1884. I now have English translations of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and the major part, Part 5 (Grundlagen). There is also a new English translation of Cantor’s “A Contribution to the Theory of Sets”.

A look at how the field of meta-mathematics developed from its early days, and how certain illogical and untenable assumptions have been made that fly in the face of the mathematical requirement for strict rigor.

The pages of this website are set up to give a good printed copy without extraneous material.

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