This is a tool to perform proofs in various logics (e.g. propositional, predicate logic) visually: You simply add blocks that represent the various proofs steps, connect them properly, and if the conclusion turns green, then you have created a complete proof!

The Incredible Proof Machine was created to convey the fun and joy of doing proofs, especially in a computer aided way, without first having to learn the syntax of a “real” thereom prover like Isabelle.

Because your proof is not a proof (yet). This can have these reasons:

- Some of your blocks have an input (an assumption) that is not connected to anything. These are red.
- Some of your connections connect propositions that are obvoiusly different (marked red and marked with ☠), or they are underspecified and it is not clear whether they might be different or not (marked red and with ?). In the latter case, inserting an annotation block (✎P) can help.
- You have cycles in the proof. These are (you guessed it) marked red.
- You have wired up local hypotheses wrongly. Local hypotheses are those outputs that come out on the left of a dent in the block, and can only be used in the part of the proof that connects to the corresponding input on the right of the dent. Do I need to mention that these are marked red?

There are only a few places where you actually have to enter formulas, mostly if you want to use the ✎P-block or define your own tasks. There, you can use the following abbreviations:

Instead of | ∧ | ∨ | → | ↑ | ¬ | ∀ | ∃ | ⊥ |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

you can write | & | | | -> | ^ | ~ | ! | ? | False |

Just put each assumption and conclusion on its own line, i.e. press enter after each of them.

Currently, your proofs will only be saved in your own browser. This means they will be lost when you delete your local storage after you close this window/tab, or if this is a private browsing session or similar. We have plans to save your progress on our server in a future version.

Mostly Joachim Breitner, with valuable help from some colleagues and friends.

For more information about the Incredible Proof Machine, especially from an academic point of view, please see the following publications:

- Joachim Breitner:
**Visual theorem proving with the Incredible Proof Machine**, accepted paper at ITP 2016, August 2016 - Joachim Breitner:
**The Incredible Proof Machine**, Invited talk at LFMTP 2016, June 2016 - Joachim Breitner, Denis Lohner:
**The meta theory of the Incredible Proof Machine**, Isabelle formalisation in the Archive of Formal Proofs, May 2016 **Incredible Proof Machine**, Interview of Joachim Breitner by Sebastian Ritterbusch, episode 78 of the science podcast “Modellansatz”, German, 2016

Most certainly! Everything is Free Software, so you can jump right in, fetch the code and start contributing. The more people contribute, the more incredible the The Incredible Proof Machine becomes.