Homotopy Type Theory
empty type

Idea

The empty type 0\mathbf{0} is the type with nothing in it. Or put differently, the type with no term constructors. This means we cannot make a term of the empty type.

The empty type is useful in logic since if a term can be constructed then you have run into a contradiction.

A proposition? AA may be logically negated by writing A0A \to \mathbf{0}, since constructing such a term would mean AA cannot be true.

The empty type plays a similar role to the empty-set in set-theory. In fact in HoTT the empty set is the empty type.

Definition

The empty type exists:

0:𝒰\frac{}{\mathbf{0} : \mathcal{U}}

TODO: Induction principle

References

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