Derivation and Computation: Taking the Curry-Howard Correspondence Seriously (Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science)

  • Publish Date: 2000-05-18
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: H. Simmons
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The two notions of proofs and calculations are intimately related. Proofs can involve calculations, and the algorithm underlying a calculation should be proved correct. This volume explores this key relationship and introduces simple type theory. Starting from the familiar propositional calculus, the author develops the central idea of an applied lambda-calculus. This is illustrated by an account of Gdel's T, a system that codifies number-theoretic function hierarchies. Each of the book's 52 sections ends with a set of exercises, some 200 in total. An appendix contains complete solutions of these exercises.