## Peano arithmetic

(mathematics) Giuseppe Peano's system for representing natural numbers *inductively* using only two symbols, "0" (zero) and "S" (successor).

This system could be expressed as a recursive data type with the following Haskell definition:

data Peano = Zero | Succ PeanoThe number three, usually written "SSS0", would be Succ (Succ (Succ Zero)). Addition of Peano numbers can be expressed as a simple syntactic transformation:

plus Zero n = n plus (Succ m) n = Succ (plus m n)(1995-03-28)

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