Raymond Smullyan was the most prolific generator of theoretical computer science theorems to walk the earth (who published) hands down. When I want to survey results in an area I sometimes begin and end with his texts.

Question: Despite his amazing productivity, do you think he was really good at actually formalizing his results? I don’t mean being precise or mathematical. I mean being formal to the point of writing generators and seeing the exact relationships among theorems? I ask because I have done that for many branches of TCS and sometimes I see a sleight deficiency in his texts – one theorem is equivalent to another or a corollary that he proved from scratch. And he never did produce any theorem generators to my knowledge.

Thanks

Charlie

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