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Posted by Alan on November 4, 2001 05:05:58 UTC

Yanniru- I did use the wrong words. The book I was using used definitions such that I should have claimed that Godel may have confused the two categories "rule" and "string".

They use "*The proposition on this page labelled with an asterisk is not provable".

But without going into details now, even this business of Godel assigning Godel numbers to axioms seems dodgy- the act of assigning a Godel number may amount to carrying out a category-conversion of axioms into strings.

Cohen in 1963 showed actual math statements that were undecidable. But there's something logically suspect about the whole Godel business, I think.

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