`CNF_CONV : conv`
STRUCTURE
SYNOPSIS
Converts a formula into Conjunctive Normal Form (CNF).
DESCRIPTION
Given a formula consisting of truths, falsities, conjunctions, disjunctions, negations, equivalences, conditionals, and universal and existential quantifiers, CNF_CONV will convert it to the canonical form:
```?a_1 ... a_k.
(!v_1 ... v_m1. P_1 \/ ... \/ P_n1) /\
...                                 /\
(!v_1 ... v_mp. P_1 \/ ... \/ P_np)
```
The P_ij are literals: possibly-negated atoms. In first-order logic an atom is a formula consisting of a top-level relation symbol applied to first-order terms: function symbols and variables. In higher-order logic there is no distinction between formulas and terms, so the concept of atom is not well-formed. Note also that the a_i existentially bound variables may be functions, as a result of Skolemization.
FAILURE
CNF_CONV should never fail.
EXAMPLE
```- CNF_CONV ``!x. P x ==> ?y z. Q y \/ ~?z. P z /\ Q z``;
> val it =
|- (!x. P x ==> ?y z. Q y \/ ~?z. P z /\ Q z) =
?y. !x x'. Q (y x) \/ ~P x' \/ ~Q x' \/ ~P x : thm
```
EXAMPLE
```- CNF_CONV ``~(~(x = y) = z) = ~(x = ~(y = z))``;
> val it = |- (~(~(x = y) = z) = ~(x = ~(y = z))) = T : thm
```