Infection as Induction and vice versa

Instead of saying induction, we can say infection or even just spreads.   If 0 is infected, and it spreads to the next number, then all the numbers are infected.

Infected can mean some proposition is true.  The proposition can be membership in a set.

In definition by recursion, infected means defined.  So addition is defined by the right additive identities as

x+0 = x

x+y’ = (x+y)’

So we start at x as the offset for the count.  But we count the y, what we add, starting from 0.

x+0, means x is infected.  That is addition is defined for y=0.   x+y is defined to be x at y=0.

Suppose that x+y is infected, so x+y is defined for y, holding x fixed.  Then x+y’ is infected, and it is infected as (x+y)’.

So addition spreads in the y variable, the second addend.  We can call x the offset and y the increment.  So for a given offset, the sum spreads to neighboring y values, with the sum incrementing by one as the y increments by one.



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