# Self-verifying theories

In outline, the key to Willard's construction of his system is to formalise enough of the Gödel machinery to talk about provability internally without being able to formalise diagonalisation. Diagonalisation depends upon being able to prove that multiplication is a total function (and in the earlier versions of the result, addition also). Addition and multiplication are not function symbols of Willard's language; instead, subtraction and division are, with the addition and multiplication predicates being defined in terms of these. Here, one cannot prove the $\Pi _{2}^{0}$ sentence expressing totality of multiplication:
$(\forall x,y)\ (\exists z)\ {\rm {multiply}}(x,y,z).$ where ${\rm {multiply}}$ is the three-place predicate which stands for $z/y=x$ . When the operations are expressed in this way, provability of a given sentence can be encoded as an arithmetic sentence describing termination of an analytic tableau. Provability of consistency can then simply be added as an axiom. The resulting system can be proven consistent by means of a relative consistency argument with respect to ordinary arithmetic.
One can further add any true $\Pi _{1}^{0}$ sentence of arithmetic to the theory while still retaining consistency of the theory.