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Theorem meredith 1714
Description: Carew Meredith's sole axiom for propositional calculus. This amazing formula is thought to be the shortest possible single axiom for propositional calculus with inference rule ax-mp 5, where negation and implication are primitive. Here we prove Meredith's axiom from ax-1 6, ax-2 7, and ax-3 8. Then from it we derive the Lukasiewicz axioms luk-1 1728, luk-2 1729, and luk-3 1730. Using these we finally rederive our axioms as ax1 1739, ax2 1740, and ax3 1741, thus proving the equivalence of all three systems. C. A. Meredith, "Single Axioms for the Systems (C,N), (C,O) and (A,N) of the Two-Valued Propositional Calculus," The Journal of Computing Systems vol. 1 (1953), pp. 155-164. Meredith claimed to be close to a proof that this axiom is the shortest possible, but the proof was apparently never completed.

An obscure Irish lecturer, Meredith (1904-1976) became enamored with logic somewhat late in life after attending talks by Lukasiewicz and produced many remarkable results such as this axiom. From his obituary: "He did logic whenever time and opportunity presented themselves, and he did it on whatever materials came to hand: in a pub, his favored pint of porter within reach, he would use the inside of cigarette packs to write proofs for logical colleagues." (Contributed by NM, 14-Dec-2002.) (Proof shortened by Andrew Salmon, 25-Jul-2011.) (Proof shortened by Wolf Lammen, 28-May-2013.)

Assertion
Ref Expression
meredith (((((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒) → 𝜏) → ((𝜏𝜑) → (𝜃𝜑)))

Proof of Theorem meredith
StepHypRef Expression
1 pm2.21 121 . . . . . . 7 𝜑 → (𝜑𝜓))
2 con4 113 . . . . . . 7 ((¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃) → (𝜃𝜒))
31, 2imim12i 62 . . . . . 6 (((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → (¬ 𝜑 → (𝜃𝜒)))
43com13 88 . . . . 5 (𝜃 → (¬ 𝜑 → (((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒)))
54con1d 141 . . . 4 (𝜃 → (¬ (((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒) → 𝜑))
65com12 32 . . 3 (¬ (((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒) → (𝜃𝜑))
76a1d 25 . 2 (¬ (((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒) → ((𝜏𝜑) → (𝜃𝜑)))
8 ax-1 6 . . 3 (𝜏 → (𝜃𝜏))
98imim1d 82 . 2 (𝜏 → ((𝜏𝜑) → (𝜃𝜑)))
107, 9ja 174 1 (((((𝜑𝜓) → (¬ 𝜒 → ¬ 𝜃)) → 𝜒) → 𝜏) → ((𝜏𝜑) → (𝜃𝜑)))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
Syntax hints:  ¬ wn 3  wi 4
This theorem was proved from axioms:  ax-mp 5  ax-1 6  ax-2 7  ax-3 8
This theorem is referenced by:  merlem1  1715  merlem2  1716  merlem3  1717  merlem4  1718  merlem5  1719  merlem7  1721  merlem8  1722  merlem9  1723  merlem10  1724  merlem11  1725  merlem13  1727  luk-1  1728  luk-2  1729  merco1  1786
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