Surprise Paradox

Joachim Breitner

17 July 2016

Abstract

In 1964, Fitch showed that the paradox of the surprise hanging can be resolved by showing that the judge’s verdict is inconsistent. His formalization builds on Gödel’s coding of provability. In this theory, we reproduce his proof in Isabelle, building on Paulson’s formalisation of Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.
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