CNF_CONV : conv
Converts a formula into Conjunctive Normal Form (CNF).
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.
CNF_CONV should never fail.
- 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
- CNF_CONV ``~(~(x = y) = z) = ~(x = ~(y = z))``;
> val it = |- (~(~(x = y) = z) = ~(x = ~(y = z))) = T : thm
HOL  Kananaskis-14