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Gentzen-Mints-Zucker duality

08/23/2020
by   Daniel Murfet, et al.
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The Curry-Howard correspondence is often described as relating proofs (in intutionistic natural deduction) to programs (terms in simply-typed lambda calculus). However this narrative is hardly a perfect fit, due to the computational content of cut-elimination and the logical origins of lambda calculus. We revisit Howard's work and interpret it as an isomorphism between a category of proofs in intuitionistic sequent calculus and a category of terms in simply-typed lambda calculus. In our telling of the story the fundamental duality is not between proofs and programs but between local (sequent calculus) and global (lambda calculus or natural deduction) points of view on a common logico-computational mathematical structure.

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