I wrote it when I was taking the class even though it took much more time than actually doing the two or three problems (I was only taking the second half of the course, in which the sort of problems for which it can provide results have less prominence) for which it works took. I make it public now because I just remembered it? The textbook poses certain problems in terms of either finding a model for a bunch of statements or providing a counterexample to a claim, where the world in which one does this is of blocks of various sizes, shapes and positions; predicates are, eg, "is small" or "is to the right of" or "is the same shape as". Here's the script; a sample input module has a little explanation. If 15-32.py is in one's import path, then one can do this:

$ python /path/to/board.py 15-32

a: Cube(2,1,small)

b: Tetrahedron(0,1,small)

c: Cube(2,1,small)

$

The output being, of course, the names and natures of the blocks constituting a solution (in this case a counterexample to a claim about a relation's transitivity, with one object having two names). Since for any problem it's the case that either a model can be constructed to do the right thing (whatever that might be) or a proof can be constructed showing that the right thing can't be done, if one attempts to find a solution with this script and none is generated (assuming it's got no bugs, that is), that constitutes, at least pragmatically, a proof that none can be generated. Unfortunately, the program used to grade these things is an intuitionist and demands a postive proof.

hello there,

i'm kind of stuck on some problems of language proof and logic course( book by barwise and etchemendy). i'm basically having problems with proofs so anybody can help me out plz. i would sure appreciate it. my email address is [email protected]

Posted by: mwm433 | May 01, 2008 at 06:30 PM

im stuck with examples of chapter 10... 10.25 to 10.29, can anyone help me out??

Posted by: shawna | November 24, 2008 at 08:41 PM

can anybody help me out with chapter 8???

Posted by: shona | May 13, 2009 at 02:32 PM

i need help with chapter 8

examples 8.20, 8.19,8.35, 8.36, 8.45, 8.46

plz send me on [email protected]

Posted by: shona | May 13, 2009 at 02:34 PM

Dear dummies from a few years ago: google 'language proof logic hints'

Posted by: the dude | April 14, 2010 at 01:21 AM

Hello would u please help me am stuck on 8.36 and 8.52 thanks

Posted by: daisy | April 27, 2010 at 09:48 PM