By William Ewald, Wilfried Sieg (auth.), William Ewald, Wilfried Sieg (eds.)
The center of quantity three includes lecture notes for seven units of lectures Hilbert gave (often in collaboration with Bernays) at the foundations of arithmetic among 1917 and 1926. those texts make attainable for the 1st time a close reconstruction of the fast improvement of Hilbert’s foundational proposal in this interval, and exhibit the expanding dominance of the metamathematical viewpoint in his logical paintings: the emergence of recent mathematical good judgment; the categorical elevating of questions of completeness, consistency and decidability for logical platforms; the research of the relative strengths of varied logical calculi; the beginning and evolution of evidence thought, and the parallel emergence of Hilbert’s finitist viewpoint. The lecture notes are observed by way of a number of supplementary records, either released and unpublished, together with an entire model of Bernays’s Habilitationschrift of 1918, the textual content of the 1st version of Hilbert and Ackermann’s Grundzüge der theoretischen Logik (1928), and a number of other shorter lectures through Hilbert from the later Twenties. those files, which supply the heritage to Hilbert and Bernays’s enormous Grundlagen der Mathematik (1934, 1938), are crucial for knowing the advance of contemporary mathematical good judgment, and for reconstructing the interactions among Hilbert, Bernays, Brouwer, and Weyl within the philosophy of arithmetic.
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12 11 The passages are both from Hilbert 1905b, 185. In the original German, they are: Ähnlich wie die Existenz des kleinsten Unendlich bewiesen werden kann, folgt die Existenz des Inbegriﬀs der reellen Zahlen: in der Tat sind die Axiome, wie ich sie für die reellen Zahlen aufgestellt habe, genau durch solche Formeln ausdrückbar, wie die bisher aufgestellten Axiome. and . . und die Axiome für den Inbegriﬀ der reellen Zahlen unterscheiden sich qualitativ in keiner Hinsicht etwa von der zur Deﬁnition der ganzen Zahlen notwendigen Axiome.
Introduction 19 a general consistency result is formulated. But, as the Editors of Hilbert’s Gesammelte Abhandlungen remark, it is provable only in a restricted form (see Hilbert 1935 , p. 176, n. 33 This restricted result is actually established in Hilbert’s 1921/22 lectures, as is recorded in the Kneser Mitschrift; cf. the Introduction to Chapter 3, section 2. Indeed, through this Mitschrift, we can say that the proof-theoretic considerations began on 2 February 1922 and ended on 23 February.
Hilbert’s lectures in Copenhagen in March of 1921 are documented in Sauer and Majer 2009 , 376–377. Hilbert’s visit to Copenhagen was occasioned by the award of an honorary doctorate by the University of Copenhagen, presented on 14 March; on the same day, Hilbert gave a lecture in the University’s Festsal entitled ‘Natur und mathematisches Erkennen’. (The manuscript on which this lecture was based is published in Volume 5 of this series, i. ) On the two days following, Hilbert then gave lectures entitled ‘Axiomlehre und Widerspruchsfreiheit’.
David Hilbert's Lectures on the Foundations of Arithmetic and Logic 1917-1933 by William Ewald, Wilfried Sieg (auth.), William Ewald, Wilfried Sieg (eds.)