By Bruno Poizat

Translated from the French, this publication is an advent to first-order version thought. ranging from scratch, it speedy reaches the necessities, specifically, the back-and-forth approach and compactness, that are illustrated with examples taken from algebra. It additionally introduces good judgment through the learn of the types of mathematics, and it provides entire yet available exposition of balance thought.

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1. Local Isomorphisms Between Relations 3 Now let us check that every restriction of a p-isomorphism is a p-isomorphism. Proof. Let s be a p-isomorphism, and s' a restriction of s. If p = 0, then s' is a local isomorphism, and therefore a O-isomorphism. If p = q + 1, then for every a in E there is a q-isomorphism t defined at a and extending 8; this t also extends 8'. The proof of the forth condition is similar, so 8 is a p-isomorphism. 0 I leave it to the reader to check that the inverse of a p-isomorphism from R to R' is a p-isomorphism from R' to R, and that if 8 is a p-isomorphism from R to R' and t is ap-isomorphism from R' to R", with dom(t) = imt s), then the composition of 8 and t is a p-isomorphism from R to R".

On the contrary, with Fraisse's back-and-forth method we seek to put formulas in as nonprenex a form as possible. 3 Models and Theories If the relation R satisfies the sentence I, we also say that R is a model of I ; given a set A of sentences, R is a model of A if it is a model of every member of A . If A has a model, we say that A is consistent. A consequence of A is a sentence I satisfied by every model of A. For example, if A is inconsistent (we also say contradictory), then any sentence is a consequence of A , as A has no model.

Vx)(J ), f [where x is not a free variable of fl Likewise with the following two pairs, which we can derive by combining (14/15) with (20/21): 22. (Vx)(J A g), ((Vx)J) A 9 [where x is not a free variable of g] 23. (3x) (J V g), ((3x) J) V 9 [where x is not a free variable of gl Note t he differ ence between t hese and (16/ 17), which ar e valid even for the relat ion on an empty uni verse. On e final defini tion to close t his sect ion: A formula is sa id to be in prenex form (or simply pren ex) if all its qu antifiers occur a t t he beginning.