Organizational Meeting on Graduate Courses offered at Fields Inst. this semester:

Thematic Program on Forcing and its Applications

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12:30 p.m., Fields Institute, 222 College St.

Graduate courses (starting the week of Sept. 17)

Course on Forcing Alan Dow (UNC Charolette)
Tentatively Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stewart Library
This will be a basic Forcing course directed towards graduate students and non-experts which will still reach a reasonable level of sophistication in designing forcing notions. An emphasis will be placed on examples and on the methodology of designing the forcings themselves rather than the formal and rigorous development of the logical underpinnings of forcing.

Course on Large Cardinals
Paul Larson (Miami University)
Tentatively Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stewart Library
Large cardinal axioms, also known as the axioms of the higher infinite, posit cardinals that prescribe their own transcendence over smaller cardinals and provide a superstructure for the analysis of strong propositions in set theory. They form an essentially linear hierarchy reaching up to inconsistent extensions of motivating concepts. This course will focus on the most fundamental large cardinal notions, emphasizing their inter-relationship with combinatorics and with forcing techniques.


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