
Re: Can addition be defined in terms of multiplication?
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Aug 16, 2013 5:42 AM


Peter Percival wrote: > Can addition be defined in terms of multiplication? I.e., is there a > formula in the language of arithmetic > > x + y = z <> ... > > such that in '...' any of the symbols of arithmetic except + may occur? > Or, alternatively, is there a formula in the language of arithmetic > > x + y = ... > > with the same requirement? > > The symbols of arithmetic (for the purpose of this question) are either > > individual variables, (classical) logical constants including =, > S, +, *, and punctuation marks;
That might have been worded better. How about
individual variables; (classical) logical constants including =; nonlogical constants S, + and *; and punctuation marks.
? English is not my strong point... lists within lists... mutter mutter.
> or the above with < as an additional binary predicate symbol. >
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