This page collects supplementary material related to Metamath. If you have
a topic you wish to add, contact Norm Megill.
Contents of this page
- The Metamath 100 list
- Big Proof 2017:
Based on Set Theory [retrieved 22-Jan-2018].
Mario Carneiro presents Metamath in the first
part of this talk.
- CICM 2016:
Prime Number Theorem (PDF slides)
by Mario Carneiro, with an informal exposition of the related
Dirichlet's theorem [retrieved 4-Aug-2016].
Models for Metamath (PDF slides)
by Mario Carneiro; the paper is also available at
Google Groups discussion [retrieved 4-Aug-2016].
- CICM 2015:
implies AC, a Metamath Formalization (YouTube
video) [retrieved 19-Jul-2015]
(PDF paper) [retrieved
19-Jul-2015] by Mario
Arithmetic in Metamath
Case Study: Bertrand's Postulate (CICM 2015) (YouTube
video) [retrieved 19-Jul-2015]
(PDF paper) [retrieved
19-Jul-2015] by Mario Carneiro.
- "Collapsible proof demo"
A click on the magnifying glass will
expand, collapse, show substitution, hide substitution depending
on context. Other than an interface that takes getting used to,
this is an interesting proof-of-concept demo showing some features
that are possible. Feel free to take over this project to
enhance it. Personally, I would prefer context-independent
icons that unambiguously indicate their function,
like the [+] for expand and [-] for collapse
in Windows Explorer. I would also prefer
to see the proof
sometimes I just want to see the whole proof at once without
having to open a dozen subtrees.
AsteroidMeta metamath and mmj2 archived wiki
discussions (read-only; partial recovery to Nov. 2008).
Missing pages are
sometimes on archive.org e.g. archive.org
page for metamath (but LaTeX math image files may be missing
after 2013 or so).
- grammar-ambiguity.txt -
a proof of the unambiguity of set.mm's grammar by Mario Carneiro
- Overview of Metamath
presentation by Norm Megill at Institut Henri Poincaré (2014)
- Open problems and miscellany discussed
at 2003, 2004, and 2005 Argonne workshops
- Shortest known proofs of the
propositional calculus theorems from
Sean B. Palmer has created
[retrieved 6-Oct-2017] to verify these
independently and also to search for shorter proofs.
- Editor screenshots and syntax highlighting
- Robert Solovay's Metamath database source file
peano.mm (Peano arithmetic)
- Other Metamath database source files:
miu.mm (Hofstadter's MIU-system),
(William McCune's unification stress test),
(toy formal system)
- Current web usage statistics (us.metamath.org mirror only)
summary by month
with links to details;
current raw Webalizer data
- College and university visitors to the
Metamath site in Jan. 2004 (based on old server log)
- Czur ET-16 scanner notes
(for NM's convenient reference; probably not interesting to others)
Known Metamath proof verifiers
This proof verifiers in this list sometimes have a local archived copy.
When an external link is also available, check it to see that you
have the most recent version. If you have or know of a more recent
version or updated external link, let me know so I can update it.
- metamath (current version) -
the original Metamath proof verifier and proof assistant
(written in C by Norman Megill)
- Sean B. Palmer has a
[retrieved 6-Oct-2017] that runs the metamath program
"When you load that page it emulates an entire Linux stack running on
an OpenRISC CPU simulator written by Sebastian Macke. I added Metamath
to its filesystem, compiled it, and set it up so that it runs in
screen. It takes about 30 seconds to boot to Metamath on this page in
Firefox and Chrome for me... To verify all proofs took my browser about
half an hour. But at least this may serve as a curiosity."
- mmj2 proof assistant and verifier
(written in Java by Mel O'Cat; enhanced and maintained by Mario Carneiro).
wiki page [retrieved 3-Aug-2016] as of 2011.
- Milpgame 0.7
(6-Aug-2018) is a proof assistant and verifier, written in Java by
[retrieved 13-Jul-2017] - a Metamath proof
verifier written in the Scala
language as part of an ongoing Metamath -> MM
[retrieved 12-Jun-2016] - a Metamath proof verifier written in the Julia
language, by Dan Getz. See also
https://juliaobserver.com/packages/Metamath [retrived 9-Jul-2017].
- mmamm.m (29-Mar-2016) -
A verifier written in the Mathematica language by Mario Carneiro, who says
it "is only 74 lines (give or take, lines in Mathematica
are kind of a moving target) and 2885
characters. Of course it is not
very efficient, and it also does not like local $v declarations (which I
think are not in set.mm anymore), but it will catch all
the important errors. It also works with both normal and compressed proofs."
[retrieved 6-Sep-2015] -
the smm, smm2, smm3 Metamath proof verifiers
goal of providing another proof assistant. By using multiple threads,
smm3 verifies set.mm in 0.7s on a 2-core, 2-way SMT Intel i5
1.6GHz CPU as of June 18, 2016. See this
Google Groups post [retrieved 21-Jun-2016].
- MM Tool [retrieved 6-Sep-2015] -
a Metamath proof verifier and editor that runs in a browser
to Metamath that summarizes the basics of the Metamath language,
which you may find useful.
- Igor [retrieved
24-Sep-2015] - A proof assistant for Metamath, specialized for set.mm
(written in a custom language by Drahflow; in progress)
- mmverify.py (27-Jan-2013) -
the mmverify Metamath proof verifier
(written in 350 lines of Python by Raph Levien)
hmm.zip (3-Nov-2006) - the hmm
Metamath proof verifier (written in 400 lines of Haskell by Marnix
Klooster). External link: hmm [retrieved
- verify.lua (21-Oct-2006) -
a Metamath proof verifier
(written in 380 lines of Lua by Martin Kiselkov; needs 40 min
to verify set.mm, but provides an interesting example for learning Lua).
External link: verify.lua
- Verifier.cs (29-Oct-2010) - a
Metamath proof verifier (written in 550 lines of C# by Chris Capel).
External link: verifier.cs
- checkmm.cpp (9-Dec-2010) -
the checkmm Metamath proof verifier
(written in C++ by Eric Schmidt)
- smetamath-rs -
Metamath system engine [retrieved 3-Aug-2016] (written in Rust by Stefan
(16-Jul-2017) - a simple Metamath proof checker [retrieved 15-Aug-2016]
(written in Ada by Tony Häger). It should probably be considered to be
under development; see this this Google
Group message for its limitations. A zip download is also attached
to that message.
Other tools for Metamath
- mmpp is a proof editing environment for the
Metamath language, by Giovanni Mascellani. Still under development, the
GitHub project page
[retrieved 25-Mar-2018] has instructions for building it under Linux,
MacOS, and Windoows. See also the Google
group announcement [retrieved 25-Mar-2018].
- Metamath app - Bill Hale's app for Apple
desktop and iPad computers allows you to browse Metamath theorems and
their proofs. Do a search for "Metamath" to find it on Apple's app
store. It is free and has no ads or in-app purchases. For a demo of
this app, you can view the two YouTube videos
[retrieved 27-Feb-2018]. While its main display resembles the Metamath
web pages you are familiar with, a key feature is a "claim" screen to
view the breakdown of a single step of a proof (see the second video).
An on-line connection is not required since it stores set.mm locally.
(Bill Hale is also the author of mmide.)
[retrieved 22-Aug-2016] - a Metamath-specialized automated theorem prover
written in Python by Daniel Whalen. The paper describes using deep
learning to prove 14% of its test propositions from set.mm.
Other links: paper
[retrieved 22-Aug-2016], working
release [retrieved 22-Aug-2016].
[retrieved 15-Aug-2016], by David A. Wheeler, contains test cases
(positive and negative) for Metamath verifiers and automatically runs
them against a collection of verifiers. Last
execution run [retrieved 15-Aug-2016].
[retrieved 11-Apr-2018] - Metamath plugin for Eclipse IDE, with mmj2
in Java by Thierry Arnoux).
Google Groups discussion [retrieved 10-Jul-2016].
plugin for Eclipse based on Xtext
[retrieved 3-Aug-2016] - Metamath plugin for Eclipse IDE (written
in Xtext by Marnix Klooster).
Google Groups discussion [retrieved 22-Oct-2015].
- completeusersproof (14-Sep-2016,
updated 12-Apr-2018) - Alan Sare's completeusersproof software that
enhances mmj2 for certain kinds of proofs. Documentation can be found
in the __README.TXT file in the zip file (also reproduced here). Alan can be
contacted directly for questions: alansare at alumni dot cmu dot
mmide.zip (15-Aug-2006) - mmide
provides a graphical user interface for displaying the output of the
Metamath program commands (written in Python by William Hale). External
link: mmide [retrieved 3-Aug-2016].
- gh_verify [retrieved
3-Aug-2016] - a verifier for the Ghilbert language (written in Python by
(14-Jan-2007) - a verifier for the Ghilbert language (written in C by
Dan Krejsa; loads and verifies the translated 2008 set.mm in 500 ms).
- bourbaki.zip (20-Dec-2006) - a
proof checker for Bourbaki, a custom Lisp-like language related to
Metamath (written in Common Lisp by Juha Arpiainen). External link: Bourbaki proof checker [retrieved 3-Aug-2016].
- jhilbert-8.zip (24-Jun-2009) -
JHilbert (written in Java by Alexander Klauer), a proof verifier for
collaborative theorem proving "in the spirit of Ghilbert" and the engine
behind Wikiproofs [retrieved
3-Aug-2016] External links: JHilbert [retrieved 3-Aug-2016],
JHilbert [retrieved 3-Aug-2016].
(10-Apr-2013) - Russell Math verifier (written in C++ by D. Yu Vlasov).
Built upon Metamath as a high level superstructure with an automatic
proving facility, described in a paper [retrieved 3-Aug-2016]
(in Russian) and reviewed here [retrieved 3-Aug-2016]. External link: rusellmath.org [retrieved 3-Aug-2016]
SourceForge page: Mathematics
Development Language [retrieved 3-Aug-2016].
Mathematica program to generate
arithmetic proof steps
(11-Jul-2015) Mario Carneiro has developed a
reference implementation of a Mathematica program, arithmetic.nb, to fill in missing
arithmetic steps in an mmj2 proof worksheet. An example of its use was
for the proof of log2ub, which proves
that log(2) < 253/365. The starting worksheet log2ub-orig.mmp has 150 steps, 12
of them incomplete (the most complicated unproven assertion being
53057*365 < 253*(3^7)*5*7). The Mathematica program processes this
file in about 0.25 seconds to produce a completed proof worksheet (log2ub.mmp) with 716 steps.
Reading this worksheet into mmj2 generates the final compressed proof of
8167 bytes, which can be decreased to the current 6942 bytes by a
separate proof optimization algorithm (the 'minimize' command in the
Study of complex number axiomatization
In June 2012,
Eric Schmidt discovered that two of our
Axioms for Complex Numbers,
ax-addcom (now addcom) and
ax-0id (now addid1), were redundant.
His results are described in
which also includes independence results for the remaining
In addition, ax-1id (now mulid1)
for complex numbers can be
weakened to ax-1rid for reals.
In Jan. 2013,
Scott Fenton formalized Eric's work, resulting in
23 instead of 25 axioms for real and
complex numbers in set.mm. The
Axioms for Complex Numbers
page has been updated with these results.
An interesting part
of the proof, showing how commutativity of addition follows from
other laws, is in
addcomi. Gérard Lang pointed
out that this
holds for rings generally, which is now shown by theorem
Natural deduction in Metamath
In July 2014,
Mario Carneiro presented a talk, "Natural Deduction in the
Metamath Proof Language," at the
6PCM conference [retrieved 12-Jul-2015]. It describes the
natural deduction emulation method (prefixing hypotheses and theorems
") that we
now commonly use in set.mm to achieve significant savings in proof sizes.
natded.pdf for slides and
natded.mp3 for audio.
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