Set theory seminar

Set theory seminar

The set theory seminar meets Fridays (10:00 - 11:45 am, GC room 6417) during the semester and holds talks on all aspects of set theory and its connection with other parts of logic and mathematics. Topics especially include forcing, large cardinals and infinite combinatorics. Talks are given by distinguished visitors, as well as by members of the New York logic community.
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Set theory seminarFriday, May 6, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Norman Perlmutter

A position in infinite chess with game value $\omega^4$

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

This talk is a more detailed version of the presentation that I gave on set theory day.

I present a position in infinite chess with game value $\omega^4$. Informally speaking, this means that one side can force a win in $\omega^4$ many moves, or that the game is equivalent to the game of counting down from $\omega^4$. This result, joint with Hamkins and Evans, improved on the previous best result of $\omega^3$.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 15, 201611:00 amGC 6417
Arthur W. Apter

Normal Measures and Tall Cardinals

The City University of New York

I will discuss the number of normal measures a non-$(\kappa + 2)$-strong tall cardinal $\kappa$ can carry, paying particular attention to the cases where $\kappa$ is either the least measurable cardinal or the least measurable limit of strong cardinals. This is joint work with James Cummings.

Slides

Set theory seminarFriday, April 8, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Dominik Adolf

Core model induction without the axiom of choice

University of California, Berkeley

We’ll discuss problems arising when trying to apply CMI in models where even the weakest forms of choice might fail. We’ll show how to deal with these problems in the particular case of a model in which all uncountable cardinals are singular.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 1, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Joseph Van Name

Generalized Laver tables II

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

We shall investigate several classes of left-distributive algebras that behave like algebras of elementary embeddings including permutative LD-systems, locally Laver-like LD-systems, and generalized Laver tables. In these algebras, there is a notion of a critical point, a composition operation, and the notion of equivalence up to a certain critical point. Furthermore, the locally Laver-like LD-systems are used to generate and classify generalized Laver tables. After discussing the general theory of these algebras, we shall show that there exists generalized Laver tables which cannot arise from algebras of elementary embeddings. We shall then give a framework that allows us to construct from rank-into-rank embeddings finite algebras that satisfy the distributivity identity $x*f(x_{1},…,x_{n})=f(x*x_{1},…,x*x_{n})$ where $(X,*)$ is a left-distributive algebra.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 18, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Ralf Schindler

wPFA

University of Münster

We isolate a new forcing axiom, ${\rm wPFA}$, which is strictly between ${\rm BPFA}$ and ${\rm PFA}$. ${\rm wPFA}$ is equiconsistent with a remarkable cardinal, it implies the failure of $\square_{\omega_1}$, but it is compatible with $\square_\kappa$ for all $\kappa \geq \omega_2$. This is part of joint work with J. Bagaria and V. Gitman.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 4, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Sheila Miller

The Quandary of Quandles: The Borel Completeness of a Knot Invariant

City Tech - CUNY

We show that the isomorphism problems for left distributive algebras, racks, quandles, and keis are as complex as possible in the sense of Borel reducibility. These various kinds of algebraic structure are important for their connections with the theory of knots, links and braids, and in particular, Joyce showed that quandles could be used as complete invariants for tame knots. However, quandles have heuristically seemed to be unsatisfactory invariants. Our result confirms this view, showing that from a set-theoretic perspective, classifying tame knots by quandles replaces one problem with (a special case of) a harder problem.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 26, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Shoshana Friedman

Singular in V, regular and non-measurable in HOD

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

Getting a model where $\kappa$ is singular in $V$ but measurable in ${\rm HOD}$ is somewhat straightforward however ensuring that $\kappa$ is regular but not measurable in ${\rm HOD}$ is a surprisingly more difficult problem. Magidor navigated around the issues and I will present his result starting with one measurable. His technique can be extended for set many cardinals.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 19, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Kaethe Minden

Why is Prikry forcing subcomplete?

The CUNY Graduate Center

Subcomplete forcing was introduced by Jensen as a class of forcings which do not add reals, but may change cofinalities to $\omega$, unlike proper forcing. In this talk I will show that Prikry forcing is subcomplete.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 5, 201610:00 amGC 6417
Grigor Sargsyan

Varsovian models

Rutgers University

We compute the mantle of the minimal mouse with a Woodin and strong cardinal. It turns out to be the core model of the mouse. This is a joint work with Ralf Schindler.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 11, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Felix Chopra

Beyond the Continuum: The Search for Higher Analogues of Martin’s Axiom

University of Bonn

Martin’s axiom has been very successful in deciding numerous questions such as the Souslin hypothesis. Can we find higher analogues that, for example, decide the $\kappa$-Souslin hypothesis and allow us to meet $< 2^\kappa$ dense open sets? If one is careful enough and imposes closure conditions and stronger forms of the $\kappa$-cc, one obtains the principle BA$_\kappa$, independently discovered by Baumgartner, Laver and Shelah. BA$_\kappa$ shares many similarities with Martin’s axiom but decides the $\kappa$-Souslin hypothesis in the wrong way.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 4, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Shehzad Ahmed

Jónsson cardinals and club guessing

Ohio University

We say that a cardinal $\lambda$ is a Jónsson cardinal if it satisfies the following weak Ramsey-type property: given any coloring $F:[\lambda]^{<\omega}\to \lambda$ of the finite subsets of $\lambda$ in $\lambda$-many colors, there exists a set $H\in[\lambda]^\lambda$ such that the range of $F\upharpoonright [H]^{<\omega}$ is a proper subset of $\lambda$. One of the big driving forces present in early chapters Cardinal Arithmetic is an attempt to understand the combinatorial structure at and around Jónsson cardinals using scales and club guessing. The goal of this talk is to highlight the connection between Jónsson cardinals and the existence of certain sorts of club guessing ideals. Our focus will be on how club guessing ideals interact with Jónssonness at successors of singulars.

Set theory seminarModel theory seminarCUNY Logic WorkshopFriday, November 27, 2015

No talks November 27

There will be no talks on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 20, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Kaethe Minden

Subcomplete forcings

The CUNY Graduate Center

Subcomplete forcings are a class of forcings introduced by Jensen. These forcings do not add reals but may change cofinalities to $\omega$, unlike proper forcings. Examples of subcomplete forcings include Namba forcing, Prikry forcing, and any countably closed forcing. In this talk I will discuss some results concerning subcomplete forcing and the preservation of various properties of trees.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 13, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Joseph Van Name

Generalized Laver tables

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Laver tables are finite self-distributive algebras generated by one element that approximate the free left-distributive algebra on one generator if a rank-into-rank cardinal exists. We shall generalize the notion of a Laver table to a class of locally finite self-distributive algebraic structures with an arbitrary number of generators. These generalized Laver tables emulate algebras of rank-into-rank embeddings with an arbitrary number of generators modulo some rank. Furthermore, if there exists a rank-into-rank cardinal, then the free left-distributive algebras on any number of generators can be embedded in a canonical way into inverse limits of generalized Laver tables. As with the classical Laver tables, the reduced generalized Laver tables can be given an associative operation that is analogous to the composition of elementary embeddings and satisfies the same identities that algebras of elementary embeddings are known to satisfy. Furthermore, the notion of the critical point also holds in these generalized Laver tables as well even though generalized Laver tables are locally finite or finite. While the only classical Laver tables are the tables of cardinality $2^{n}$, the finite generalized laver tables occur much more frequently and many generalized Laver tables can be constructed from the classical Laver tables. We shall give some results that allow one to quickly compute the self-distributive operation in a certain class of generalized Laver tables.

Here are the slides.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 6, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Joel David Hamkins

The rearrangement number

The City University of New York

The Riemann rearrangement theorem states that a convergent real series $sum_n a_n$ is absolutely convergent if and only if the value of the sum is invariant under all rearrangements $sum_n a_{p(n)}$ by any permutation $p$ on the natural numbers; furthermore, if a series is merely conditionally convergent, then one may find rearrangements for which the new sum $sum_n a_{p(n)}$ has any desired (extended) real value or which becomes non-convergent. In recent joint work with Andreas Blass, Will Brian, myself, Michael Hardy and Paul Larson, based on an exchange in reply to a Hardy’s MathOverflow question on the topic, we investigate the minimal size of a family of permutations that can be used in this manner to test an arbitrary convergent series for absolute convergence.  Specifically, we define the rearrangement number $rr$, a new cardinal characteristic of the continuum, to be the smallest cardinality of a set $P$ of permutations of the natural numbers, such that if a convergent real series $sum_n a_n$ remains convergent to the same value after any rearrangement $sum_n a_{p(n)}$ by a permutation $p$ in $P$, then it is absolutely convergent. The corresponding rearrangement number for sums, denoted rr_Sigma, is the smallest cardinality of a family $P$ of permutations, such that if a series $sum_n a_n$ is conditionally convergent, then there is some rearrangement $sum_n a_{p(n)}$, by a permutation $p$ in $P$, for which the series converges to a different value. We investigate the basic properties of these numbers, and explore their relations with other cardinal characteristics of the continuum. Our main results are that b≤ rr≤ non(M), that d≤ rr_Sigma, and that b≤ rr is relatively consistent.

 

MathOverflow questionJDH blog post about this talk

Set theory seminarFriday, October 30, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Karel Hrbacek

Nonstandard and relative set theories.

City College of New York, CUNY

These theories axiomatize a universe of sets that can have nonstandard elements such as infinitesimals. The nonstandard set theory BST [respectively, the relative set theory GRIST] extends the language of ZFC by a unary predicate “x is standard” [respectively, by a binary predicate “x is standard relative to y”].
Theorem. Every model M of ZFC has an extension to a model of BST [respectively, GRIST] in which M is the universe of standard sets. If M is countable, then the extension is unique, modulo an isomorphism that fixes standard sets.
Corollary. BST [respectively, GRIST] is conservative and complete over ZFC.
I will describe some ideas used to prove these results, in particular, the technique of internally iterated ultrapowers.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 23, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Scott Cramer

Tree representations from very large cardinals

Rutgers University

We will discuss the propagation of certain tree representations in the presence of very large cardinals. These tree representations give generic absoluteness results and have structural consequences in the area of generalized descriptive set theory. In fact these representations give us a method for producing models of strong determinacy axioms.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 16, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Sean Cox

Layered partial orders

Virginia Commonwealth University

If $\kappa$ is a regular uncountable cardinal and $\mathbb{P}$ is a partial order, we say that $\mathbb{P}$ is $\kappa$ stationarily layered iff the set of regular suborders of $\mathbb{P}$ is stationary in $[\mathbb{P}]^{<\kappa}$. This is a strong form of the $\kappa$-chain condition, and in fact implies that $\mathbb{P}$ is $\kappa$-Knaster. I will discuss two recent applications involving layered posets:
(1) a new characterization of weak compactness: a regular $\kappa$ is weakly compact iff every $\kappa$-cc poset is $\kappa$ stationarily layered. This is joint work with Philipp Luecke.
(2) a general theorem about preservation of $\kappa$-cc under universal Kunen-style iterations.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 9, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Miha Habič

The Mitchell order for Ramsey cardinals

The CUNY Graduate Center

The usual Mitchell relation on normal measures on a measurable cardinal $\kappa$ orders the measures based on the degree of measurability that $\kappa$ retains in their respective ultrapowers. We shall examine the analogous ordering of appropriate witnessing objects for Ramsey (and Ramsey-like) cardinals. It turns out that the resulting order is well-behaved and its degrees neatly stratify the large cardinal hierarchy between Ramsey, strongly Ramsey, and super Ramsey cardinals. We also give a soft killing argument for this notion of Mitchell rank.

This is joint work with Victoria Gitman and Erin Carmody.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 2, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Kameryn Williams

Is there a least transitive model of Kelley-Morse Set Theory?

The CUNY Graduate Center

It’s well-known that there is a least transitive model of ZFC. $L_\alpha$, where $\alpha$ is the least ordinal which is the $\mathrm{Ord}$ of a model of set theory is contained in every transitive model of ZFC. With a little bit of effort, one can extend this to see that there is a least transitive model of GBC; its first-order part is $L_\alpha$ and its second-order part is the definable classes. Can we extend this result further to get that there is a least transitive model of KM? The purpose of this talk is to answer this question in the negative.

Set theory seminarModel theory seminarCUNY Logic WorkshopFriday, September 25, 2015

No talks on September 25

On Friday, September 25, CUNY will follow a Tuesday schedule. Therefore, no logic seminars will meet that day.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 18, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Gunter Fuchs

Boolean ultrapowers and the Bukovsky-Dehornoy phenomenon

The City University of New York

I will present a criterion for when an ultrafilter on a Boolean algebra gives rise to the Bukovsky-Dehornoy phenomenon, namely that the intersection of all intermediate ultrapowers is equal to the the Boolean model. Time permitting, I will show that the Boolean algebras of Prikry and Magidor forcing satisfy the strong Prikry property, and that these forcings come with a canonical imitation iteration whose limit model is the Boolean ultrapower by a very canonical ultrafilter on their respective Boolean algebras.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 11, 201510:00 amGC 3212
Kameryn Williams

Admissible Covers and Compactness Arguments for Ill-founded Models of Set Theory

The CUNY Graduate Center

The Barwise compactness theorem is a powerful tool, allowing one to prove many interesting results which cannot be gotten just from the ordinary compactness theorem. For example, it can be used to show that every countable transitive model of set theory has an end extension which is a model of $V = L$.  However, the Barwise compactness theorem only applies to transitive sets. What are we to do if we want to have compactness arguments for ill-founded models of set theory?

This is where Barwise’s notion of the admissible cover of a (possibly ill-founded) model of set theory comes in. In this talk, we will see how to construct admissible covers and how they can be used to extend compactness arguments to the ill-founded case.

This talk is a prequel of sorts to my next talk in this seminar. Some of the results discussed in this talk will play a crucial roll in the arguments there.

Set theory seminarModels of PAThursday, June 18, 20155:00 pm4214-03Math Thesis room
Mauro Di Nasso

Ultrafilters and nonstandard methods in combinatorics of numbers

Universita di Pisa

In certain areas of Ramsey theory and combinatorics of numbers, diverse non-elementary methods are successfully applied, including ergodic theory, Fourier analysis, (discrete) topological dynamics, algebra in the space of ultrafilters. In this talk I will survey some recent results that have been obtained by using tools from mathematical logic, namely ultrafilters and nonstandard models of the integers.

On the side of Ramsey theory, I will show how the hypernatural numbers of nonstandard analysis can play the role of ultrafilters, and provide a convenient setting for the study of partition regularity problems of diophantine equations. About additive number theory, I will show how the methods of nonstandard analysis can be used to prove density-dependent properties of sets of integers. A recent example is the following theorem: If a set $A$ of natural numbers has positive upper asymptotic density then there exists infinite sets $B$, $C$ such that their sumset $C+B$ is contained in the union of $A$ and a shift of $A$. (This gives a partial answer to an old question by Erdős.)

The slides are here.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 22, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Kaethe Minden

Split Principles

The CUNY Graduate Center

In this talk I will introduce various “Split Principles”, which, if they hold, posit the existence of a sequence which in some sense “splits” any large set into two unbounded pieces. We will see that the failure of a particular split principle to hold tends to characterize some large cardinal property; in particular weak compactness, ineffability, measurability and supercompactness can each be characterized in terms of the failure of a split principle. The initial idea of a split principle came about recently in the joint work of Fuchs, Gitman, and Hamkins. The content of the talk is the result of exploring the idea further with Gunter Fuchs.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 15, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Miha Habič

Constructing joint diamonds from a single diamond

The CUNY Graduate Center

A joint diamond sequence on a cardinal $\kappa$ is a collection of $\diamondsuit_\kappa$ sequences which coheres in the sense that any collection of subsets of $\kappa$ may be guessed on stationary sets in some normal uniform filter on $\kappa$. This is the direct translation of joint Laver diamonds to smaller $\kappa$ which have no suitable elementary embeddings. In this talk I will show that, as opposed to the large cardinal case, joint diamond sequences simply exists whenever $\diamondsuit_\kappa$ holds.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 8, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Shoshana Friedman

Deciphering the HOD Dichotomy: Part II

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

I will continue to attempt to present my version of the notes of Woodin’s talk at the Appalachian Set Theory seminar on his paper, the HOD Dichotomy, including the HOD conjecture. Principally, I hope to present how weak extender models relate to the HOD conjecture. I will also present the initial part of new results that were inspired by the HOD conjecture, in particular, by failures of the cover property.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 1, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Jonas Reitz

Diamond* Coding

CUNY New York City College of Technology

Coding information into the structure of the universe is a forcing technique with many applications in set theory. To carry out it out, we a need a property that: i) can be easily switched on or off at (e.g.) each regular cardinal in turn, and ii) is robust with regards both to small and to highly-closed forcing. GCH coding, controlling the success or failure of the GCH at each cardinal in turn, is the most widely used, and for good reason: there are simple forcings that turn it on and off, and it is easily seen to be unaffected by small or highly-closed forcing. However, it does have limitations – most obviously, GCH coding is of necessity incompatible with the GCH itself. In this talk I will present an alternative coding using the property Diamond*, a variant of the classic Diamond. I will discuss Diamond* and demonstrate that it satisfies the requirements for coding while preserving the GCH.

Although the basic techniques for controlling Diamond* have been known for some time, to my knowledge the first use of Diamond* as a coding axiom was by Andrew Brooke-Taylor in his work on definable well-orders of the universe. I will follow the excellent exposition presented in his dissertation.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 24, 20152:00 pmGC 6417
Erin Carmody

Dissertation Defense: Force to change large cardinals

The CUNY Graduate Center

This will be the dissertation defense of the speaker.  There will be a one-hour presentation, followed by questions posed by the dissertation committee, and afterwards including some questions posed by the general audience. The dissertation committee consists of Joel David Hamkins (supervisor), Gunter Fuchs, Arthur Apter, Roman Kossak and Philipp Rothmaler.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 24, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Joseph Van Name

When is a Boolean ultrapower an ultrapower?

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Boolean ultrapower construction is a natural generalization of the classical ultrapower construction, but the Boolean ultrapower uses an ultrafilter on a complete Boolean algebra instead of a set. It was initially unknown as to whether in ZFC there exists a Boolean ultrapower which is not always isomorphic to a classical ultrapower. This problem was resolved in 1976 by Bernd and Sabine Koppelberg who constructed a Boolean ultrapower which is not an ultrapower. On the other hand, there does not seem to be any reference in the mathematical literature to atomless Boolean ultrapowers which are isomorphic to classical ultrapowers.

We shall first generalize the notion of a Boolean ultrapower to the notion of a BPA-ultrapower which is in a sense the most general ultrapower construction. Then by applying a result of Joel David Hamkins which characterizes the Boolean ultrapowers which are classical ultrapowers, we shall investigate examples of Boolean ultrapowers which are not classical ultrapowers as well as Boolean ultrapowers which are classical ultrapowers. For instance, I claim that under GCH every complete atomless Boolean algebra has an ultrafilter which gives rise to a Boolean ultrapower which is not a classical ultrapower. On the other hand, using the Keisler-Shelah isomorphism theorem, we may construct Boolean ultrapowers in ZFC on a fairly general class of Boolean algebras which are classical ultrapowers.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 17, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Thomas Johnstone

The boldface resurrection axioms

The New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY
A few years ago, Joel Hamkins and I introduced a new class of forcing axioms, the Resurrection Axioms for various classes Gamma of forcing notions. The point of resurrection is that statements that are true in H_c (the collection of sets with hereditary size less than the continuum), but whose truth has been destroyed by some forcing notion in Gamma, can be resurrected by some further forcing (also in Gamma, if desired), i.e. the truth of the statements can be forced to hold again in H_c of some forcing extension. We investigated the resurrection axioms for various classes Gamma of forcing notions, such as c.c.c. forcing, proper forcing, or all forcing.
In this talk, I will discuss the Boldface Resurrection Axioms, which generalize the usual resurrection axioms by allowing predicates for subsets of the continuum c in the statements that are true about H_c, but whose truth has been destroyed by some forcing in Gamma and that need to be resurrected by further forcing. We shall show that various instances of the boldface Resurrection Axioms (such as for the classes of c.c.c. forcing or proper forcing) are equiconsistent with the strongly uplifting cardinals, a new large cardinal notion. This is joint work with Joel Hamkins.
Set theory seminarModel theory seminarCUNY Logic WorkshopFriday, April 3, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring break


CUNY’s spring vacation is April 3-11, 2015. Therefore, no seminars will meet at the Graduate Center on April 3, nor on April 10.

Set theory seminarMonday, March 30, 20155:00 pmGC 3309
Ralf Schindler

Harrington’s Principle and remarkable cardinals

University of Münster

It is open whether $\Pi^1_1$ determinacy implies the existence of $0^{\#}$ in 3rd order arithmetic, call it $Z_3$. We compute the large cardinal strength of $Z_3$ plus “there is a real $x$ such that every $x$-admissible is an $L$-cardinal.” This is joint work with Yong Cheng.

Set theory seminarModels of PAWednesday, March 25, 20155:00 pmGC 7314
Vincenzo Dimonte

Generic I0 at $\aleph_\omega$

Technische Universität Wien

It is common practice to consider the generic version of large cardinals defined with an elementary embedding, but what happens when such cardinals are really large? The talk will concern a form of generic I0 and the consequences of this over-the-top hypothesis on the “largeness” of the powerset of $\aleph_\omega$. This research is a result of discussions with Hugh Woodin.

Slides

Set theory seminarFriday, March 20, 201512:00 pmGC 6417
Erin Carmody

Force to change large cardinal strength

The CUNY Graduate Center

Suppose $kappain V$ is a cardinal with large cardinal property $A$. In this talk, I will present several theorems which exhibit a notion of forcing $mathbb P$ such that if $Gsubseteq mathbb P$ is $V$-generic, then the cardinal $kappa$ no longer has property $A$ in the forcing extension $V[G]$, but has as many large cardinal properties below $A$ as possible. I will also introduce new large cardinal notions and degrees for large cardinal properties.

This talk is the speaker’s dissertation defense.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 20, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Philipp Lücke

Generalized Baire spaces and closed Maximality Principles

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Given an uncountable regular cardinal $\kappa$, the generalized Baire space of $\kappa$ is set ${}^\kappa\kappa$ of all functions from $\kappa$ to $\kappa$ equipped with the topology whose basic open sets consist of all extensions of partial functions of cardinality less than $\kappa$.
A subset of this space is $\mathbf{\Sigma}^1_1$ (i.e. a projection of a closed subset of ${}^\kappa\kappa\times{}^\kappa\kappa$) if and only it is definable over $\mathrm{H}(\kappa^+)$ by a $\Sigma_1$-formula with parameters. This shows that the class of $\mathbf{\Sigma}^1_1$-subsets contains a great variety of set-theoretically interesting objects. Moreover, it is known that many basic and interesting questions about sets in this class are not decided by the axioms of $\mathrm{ZFC}$ plus large cardinal axioms.

In my talk, I want to present examples of extensions of $\mathrm{ZFC}$ that settle many of these questions by providing a nice structure theory for the class of $\mathbf{\Sigma}^1_1$-subsets of ${}^\kappa\kappa$. These forcing axioms appear in the work of Fuchs, Leibman, Stavi and Väänänen. They are variations of the maximality principle introduced by Stavi and Väänänen and later rediscovered by Hamkins.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 13, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Kameryn Williams

Rather classless models of set theory and second-order set theory

The CUNY Graduate Center

A model $M$ of ZFC is rather classless if every class of $M$ all of whose bounded initial segments are in $M$ is definable in $M$. In this talk, we will construct rather classless end extensions for every countable model of set theory. As an application of this construction, we will see that there are models of ZFC with precisely one extension to a model of GBC and that there are models of set theory which admit no extension to a model of GBC. If time permits, we will look at some related constructions with models of KM + the axiom schema of class choice.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 6, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Joel David Hamkins

Embeddings of the universe into the constructible universe, current state of knowledge

The City University of New York

I shall describe the current state of knowledge concerning the question of whether there can be an embedding of the set-theoretic universe into the constructible universe. The main question is: can there be an embedding $j:Vto L$ of the set-theoretic universe $V$ into the constructible universe $L$, when $Vneq L$? The notion of embedding here is merely that $xin y$ if and only if $j(x)in j(y)$, and such a map need not be elementary nor even $Delta_0$-elementary. It is not difficult to see that there can generally be no $Delta_0$-elementary embedding $j:Vto L$, when $Vneq L$.  Nevertheless, the question arises very naturally in the context of my previous work on the embeddability phenomenon, which shows that every countable model $M$ does admit an embedding $j:Mto L^M$ into its constructible universe. More generally, any two countable models of set theory are comparable; one of them embeds into the other. Indeed, one model $langle M,in^Mrangle$ embeds into another $langle N,in^Nrangle$ just in case the ordinals of the first $text{Ord}^M$ order-embed into the ordinals of the second $text{Ord}^N$.  In these theorems, the embeddings $j:Mto L^M$ are defined completely externally to $M$, and so it was natural to wonder to what extent such an embedding might be accessible inside $M$. Currently, the question remains open, but we have some partial progress, settling it in a number of cases.

This is joint work of myself, W. Hugh Woodin, Menachem Magidor, with contributions also by David Aspero, Ralf Schindler and Yair Hayut.  See more information at the links below:

Blog post for this talk |  Related MathOverflow question | Article

Set theory seminarFriday, February 27, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Victoria Gitman

Remarkable Laver functions

The City University of New York

Since Laver defined and used a Laver function to show that supercompact cardinals can be made indestructible by all $\lt\kappa$-directed closed forcing, Laver-like functions have been defined for various large cardinals and used for lifting embeddings in indestructibility arguments. Laver-like functions are also inherently interesting as guessing principles with affinity to $\diamondsuit$. Supposing that a large cardinal $\kappa$ can be characterized by the existence of some kind of embeddings, a Laver-like function $\ell:\kappa\to V_\kappa$ has, roughly speaking, the property that for any set $a$ in the universe, there is an embedding $j$ of the type characterizing the cardinal such that $j(\ell)(\kappa)=a$. Although Laver-like functions can be forced to exist for almost any large cardinal, only a few large cardinals including supercompact, strong, and extendible, have them outright. I will define the notion of a remarkable Laver function for a remarkable cardinal and show that every remarkable cardinal has a remarkable Laver function. Remarkable cardinals were introduced by Ralf Schindler who showed that a remarkable cardinal is precisely equiconsistent with the property that the theory of $L(\mathbb R)$ is absolute for proper forcing. Time permitting, I will show how the existence of remarkable Laver functions is used in demonstrating indestructibility for remarkable cardinals. This is joint work with Yong Cheng. An extended abstract can be found here.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 20, 201511:00 amGC 6417
Arthur W. Apter

The tall and measurable cardinals can coincide on a proper class

The City University of New York

Starting from an inaccessible limit of strong cardinals, we force to construct a model containing a proper class of measurable cardinals in which the tall and measurable cardinals coincide precisely. This is joint work with Moti Gitik which extends and generalizes an earlier result of Joel Hamkins.

slides

Set theory seminarFriday, February 6, 201510:00 amGC 6417
Sheila Miller

Critical sequences of rank-to-rank embeddings and a tower of finite left distributive algebras: Part II

City Tech - CUNY

The speaker will continue to discuss the properties of rank-into-rank embeddings and their connections to the study of the tower of finite left-distributive algebras known as Laver Tables.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 12, 201412:00 pm
Sandra Uhlenbrock

Producing $M_n^{\#}$ from Boldface Level-wise Projective Determinacy

University of Münster

Projective determinacy is the statement that for certain infinite games, where the winning condition is projective, there is always a winning strategy for one of the two players. It has many nice consequences which are not decided by ZFC alone, e.g. that every projective set of reals is Lebesgue measurable. An old so far unpublished result by W. Hugh Woodin is that one can derive specific countable iterable models with Woodin cardinals, $M_n^{\#}$, from this assumption. Work by Itay Neeman shows the converse direction, i.e. projective determinacy is in fact equivalent to the existence of such models. These results connect the areas of inner model theory and descriptive set theory. We will give an overview of the relevant topics in both fields and, if time allows, sketch a proof of the result that for the odd levels of the projective hierarchy boldface $\Pi^1_{2n+1}$-determinacy implies the existence of $M_{2n}^{\#}(x)$ for all reals $x$.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 5, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Andrew Brooke-Taylor

A nice model for cardinal characteristics at a supercompact κ

University of Bristol

In a throw-away comment in a relatively recent preprint, Garti and Shelah state that using the technique of Dzamonja and Shelah, one can start with a model of set theory containing a supercompact cardinal κ, and force to obtain a model in which κ remains supercompact, 2κ is large, but the ultrafilter number at κ is only κ+. I will present this construction, and with it further results from joint work with Vera Fischer and Diana Montoya pinning down many other generalized cardinal characteristics at κ in the resulting model.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 21, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Shoshana Friedman

Does the HOD dichotomy preclude a model of a proper class of supercompact cardinals which are not HOD-supercompact?

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

I will be presenting my version of the notes of Woodin’s talk at the Appalachian Set Theory seminar on his paper, the HOD Dichotomy. In particular I will be discussing Woodin’s version and definition of a model of set theory being “far from HOD”. I will also be discussing how this relates to some possible future results (see title) as well as a recent result of Cheng,Friedman and Hamkins, which seem on their face to contradict Woodin’s premise.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 14, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Sheila Miller

Critical sequences of rank-to-rank embeddings and a tower of finite left distributive algebras

City Tech - CUNY

In the early 1990’s Richard Laver discovered a deep and striking correspondence between critical sequences of rank-to-rank embeddings and finite left distributive algebras on integers. Each $A_n$ in the tower of finite algebras (commonly called the Laver Tables) can be defined purely algebraically, with no reference to the elementary embeddings, and yet there are facts about the Laver tables that have only been proven from a large cardinal assumption. We present here some of Laver’s foundational work on the algebra of critical sequences of rank-to-rank embeddings and related algebraic work of Laver’s and the author’s, describe how the finite algebras arise from the large cardinal embeddings, and mention several related open problems.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 7, 201412:00 pm6417
Gunter Fuchs

News on the Solid Core

The City University of New York

Set-theoretic geology, a line of research jointly created by Hamkins, Reitz and myself, introduced some inner models which result from inverting forcing in some sense. For example, the mantle of a model of set theory V is the intersection of all inner models of which V is an extension by set-forcing. It was an initial, naive hope that one might arrive at a model that is in some sense canonical, but one of the main results on set-theoretic geology is that this is not so: every model of set theory V has a class forcing extension V[G] so that the mantle, as computed in V[G], is V. So quite literally, the mantle of a model of set theory can be anything.

In an attempt to arrive at a concept that fits in with the general spirit of set-theoretic geology, but that stands a chance of being canonical, I defined a set to be solid if it cannot be added to an inner model by set-forcing, and I termed the union of all solid sets the “solid core”.

I will present some results on the solid core which were obtained in recent joint work with Ralf Schindler, and which show that the solid core indeed is a canonical inner model, assuming large cardinals (more precisely, if there is an inner model with a Woodin cardinal), but that it is not as canonical as one might have hoped without that assumption.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 31, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Kameryn Williams

Scott’s problem for models of ZFC

The CUNY Graduate Center

Scott’s problem asks which Scott sets can be represented as standard systems of models of Peano arithmetic. Knight and Nadel proved in 1982 that every Scott set of cardinality $\le \omega_1$ is the standard system of some model of PA. Little progress has been made since then on the problem. I will present a modification of these results to models of ZFC and show that every Scott set of cardinality $\le \omega_1$ is the standard system of some model of ZFC. This talk will constitute the speaker’s oral exam.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 24, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Dominik Adolf

Mutual Stationarity and Prikry-type forcings

University of California, Berkeley

Mutual stationarity is a property first introduced by Foreman and Magidor to study saturation properties of nonstationary ideals. Given a sequence $\langle\kappa_i : i < \lambda\rangle$ of regular cardinals, a sequence $\langle S_i: i < \lambda\rangle$ with $S_i \subseteq \kappa_i$ stationary for every $i$, is mutually stationary iff there are stationarily many subsets $A \subseteq \sup_{i < \lambda} \kappa_i$ s.t. $\sup(A \cap \kappa_i) \in S_i$ for all $i$ with $\kappa_i \in A$. Consider this second property of a sequence $\langle\kappa_i : i < \lambda\rangle$: there is a forcing $P$ that changes $\text{cof}(\kappa_i)$ to $\eta_i$ without changing cofinalities or cardinalites of ordinals below $\inf{\kappa_i : i < \lambda}$. We want to discuss how, and why, these properties are related.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 17, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Norman Perlmutter

Elementary epimorphisms between models of set theory

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

This talk concerns joint work with Robert S. Lubarsky.

Elementary epimorphisms were introduced by Philipp Rothmaler. A surjective homomorphism f: M –> N between two model-theoretic structures is an elementary epimorphism if and only if every formula with parameters satisfied by N is satisfied in M using a preimage of those parameters.

Philipp asked me whether nontrivial elementary epimorphisms between models of set theory exist. We answer this question in the negative for fully elementary epimorphisms between models of ZFC, but in the positive under weaker assumptions.

In particular, we show that every Pi_1-elementary epimorphism between models of ZF is an isomorphism. On the other hand, nonisomorphic Sigma_1-elementary epimorphisms between models of ZF can be constructed, as can fully elementary epimorphisms between models of ZFC^-.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 10, 201412:00 pmGC 6417
Joel David Hamkins

When does every definable set have a definable member?

The City University of New York

Although the concept of `being definable’ is not generally expressible in the language of set theory, it turns out that the models of ${rm ZF}$ in which every definable nonempty set has a definable element are precisely the models of $V={rm HOD}$. Indeed, $V={rm HOD}$ is equivalent to the assertion merely that every $Pi_2$-definable set has an ordinal-definable element. Meanwhile, this is not true in the case of $Sigma_2$-definability, because every model of ZFC has a forcing extension satisfying $Vneq{rm HOD}$ in which every $Sigma_2$-definable set has an ordinal-definable element. This is joint work with François G. Dorais and Emil Jeřábek, growing out of some questions on MathOverflow, namely,

Definable collections without definable members
A question asked by Ashutosh five years ago, in which François and I gradually came upon the answer together.
Is it consistent that every definable set has a definable member?
A similar question asked last week by (anonymous) user38200
Can $Vneq{rm HOD}$ if every $Sigma_2$-definable set has an ordinal-definable member?
A question I had regarding the limits of an issue in my answer to the previous question.

In this talk, I shall present the answers to all these questions and place the results in the context of classical results on definability, including a review of basic concepts for graduate students.

Set theory seminarModel theory seminarCUNY Logic WorkshopFriday, September 26, 2014

No seminars on Sept. 26 or October 3


CUNY will have holidays on two consecutive Fridays, September 26 and October 3, 2014, so the Logic Workshop and other seminars will not meet on those days.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 19, 201412:00 pmGC 6417Note new time and location
Miha Habič

Joint Laver diamonds

The CUNY Graduate Center

A Laver diamond for a given large cardinal $\kappa$ is a function $\ell$, defined on $\kappa$, such that $j(\ell)(\kappa)$ can take any reasonable value, where $j$ is a relevant large cardinal embedding. A sequence of such functions is called jointly Laver or a joint Laver diamond if they can be made to take any given sequence of such values at the same time via a single embedding. In the talk we will consider questions about when such sequences outright exist, when their existence is equiconsistent with and when their existence is consistency-wise strictly stronger than the large cardinal in question.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 12, 201410:00 amGC 5382
Erin Carmody

An alternate proof of the Halpern-Läuchli Theorem in one dimension

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will present a new proof of the strong subtree version of the Halpern-Läuchli Theorem, using an ultrafilter on $\omega$. The one dimensional Halpern-Läuchli Theorem states that for every finite partition of an infinite, finitely branching tree $T$, there is one piece $P$ of the partition and a strong subtree $S$ of $T$ such that $S \subseteq P$. This will cover the one dimensional case, with hopes that the proof can be extended to cover a product of trees.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 5, 201410:00 amGC 6417
Jose Mijares

Local Ramsey theory: an abstract approach

University of Denver

This talk is about an abstract version of the notion of semi-selective co-ideal for subsets of a topological Ramsey space. This version is useful to characterize the corresponding generalization of the local Ramsey property in “topological terms”. We will also talk about forcing notions related to this abstract version of semi-selectivity, generalizing those related to Ellentuck’s space, and we will comment on some applications.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 16, 201410:00 amGC6417
Alexander Rapp

The Laver Preparation

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will present the result of Laver demonstrating that the existence of a supercompact cardinal implies the existence of a Laver function, and using this to construct a model with a supercompact cardinal k which remains supercompact in any k-directed-closed forcing extension.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 9, 201410:00 am
Victoria Gitman

Additional remarks on remarkable cardinals

The City University of New York

This is a continuation of the earlier Introduction to remarkable cardinals lecture. The speaker will continue to discuss the various equivalent characterizations of remarkable cardinals and their relationship to other large cardinal notions.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 2, 201410:15 amGC6417
Arthur W. Apter

Namba-like Forcings at Successors of Singular Cardinals

The City University of New York

Following up on Peter Koepke’s Logic Workshop lecture of March 22, 2013, I will discuss Namba-like forcings which either exist or can be forced to exist at successors of singular cardinals.

Slides

Set theory seminarFriday, April 25, 201410:00 amGC6417
Gunter Fuchs

Definability versus Algebraicity

The City University of New York

In a recent paper, Hamkins and Leahy introduce the concept of algebraicity in the set theoretic context. Thus, a set is algebraic in a model of set theory if it belongs to a finite set definable in the model. Clearly, algebraicity is a weak form of definability, and it can be varied in similar ways as definability, for example by allowing parameters. While the authors showed that the class of hereditarily ordinal algebraic sets is equal to the class of hereditarily ordinal definable sets, many fundamental questions on the relationship between algebraicity and definability were open: in particular, the question whether these concepts can be different in a model of set theory. I will show how to produce models of set theory in which there are algebraic sets that are not ordinal definable, and construct a model in which there is a set which is internally algebraic (i.e., which belongs to a definable set the model believes to be finite), but not externally.

 

Set theory seminarFriday, April 11, 201410:00 amGC6417
George Leibman

Structural Connections Between a Forcing Class and its Modal Logic

Bronx Community College, CUNY

This talk is on recent work with Joel Hamkins and Benedikt Loewe on ways in which finite-frame properties of specific modal logics can be combined with assertions in ZFC to show that these modal logics are related to those which arise from interpreting Gamma-forcing extensions of a model of ZFC as possible worlds of a Kripke model, where Gamma can be any of several classes of notions of forcing.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 4, 201410:00 amGC6417
Kameryn Williams

On the independence of Borel’s Conjecture

The CUNY Graduate Center

In 1919 Borel introduced the notion of a strong measure zero set and stated what has become known as Borel’s conjecture (BC): every strong measure zero set of reals is countable. Sierpiński soon proved (1928) that CH implies the failure of BC. However, a proof for the consistency of BC with ZFC would have to wait for the development of more powerful tools. In 1976, Laver used an iterated forcing argument to produce a model of ZFC + BC. I will present an exposition of these classical results. Time permitting, I will sketch some analogous results for the dual Borel Conjecture, the category analogue of BC.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 28, 201410:00 amGC6417
Scott Cramer

Reflecting I_0

Rutgers University

We will present an argument for reflecting the large cardinal axiom I_0 from marginally stronger large cardinals. This will involve presenting some of the theory of inverse limits, which R. Laver first studied in the context of reflecting large cardinals at this level. Along the way we will see many local reflection results below I_0 and state a strong form of reflection which is useful in other contexts.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 21, 201410:00 amGC6417
Kaethe Minden

A proof of the relative consistency of PFA

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will use a supercompact cardinal to force the Proper Forcing Axiom (PFA). I will follow Baumgartner’s original argumet, but will use lottery sums instead of a Laver function.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 14, 20148:00 am
Victoria Gitman

Introduction to remarkable cardinals

The City University of New York

Ralf Schindler introduced remarkable cardinals because he discovered that they are precisely equiconsistent with the statement that the theory of $L(\mathbb R)$ is absolute for proper forcing. The statement that the theory of $L(\mathbb R)$ is absolute for all set forcing is closely related to whether $L(\mathbb R)\models {\rm AD}$. In contrast, remarkable cardinals sit relatively low in the large cardinal hierarchy; for instance, they are downward absolute to $L$. I will discuss the various equivalent characterizations of remarkable cardinals due to Schindler and show where the remarkable cardinals fit into the large cardinal hierarchy using results due to Schindler, Philip Welch and myself.

An extended abstract can be found here.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 7, 201410:00 amGC6417
Miha Habič

The consistency strength of PFA for posets preserving aleph_2 or aleph_3

The CUNY Graduate Center

While the consistency strength of PFA is quite high in the large cardinal hierarchy, it is reasonable to expect that tame fragments of PFA should require much weaker assumptions. I will present an argument of Hamkins and Johnstone (2008) which shows the consistency of PFA for posets preserving aleph_2 or aleph_3 from a strongly unfoldable cardinal, a much smaller large cardinal which is, roughly speaking, to strongness (or supercompactness) as weak compactness is to measurability.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 28, 201410:00 amGC 6417
Grigor Sargsyan

Covering, core model induction, and hod mice (Part II)

Rutgers University

We will discuss recent covering principles and show how they can be used to derive strength from failure of square.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 14, 201410:00 amGC6417
Grigor Sargsyan

Covering, core model induction and hod mice

Rutgers University

We will discuss recent covering principles and show how they can be used to derive strength from failure of square.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 7, 201410:15 amGC6417
Arthur W. Apter

Normal Measures and Strongly Compact Cardinals

The City University of New York

I will discuss the question of the possible number of normal
measures a non-kappa + 2 strong strongly compact cardinal kappa
can carry. This is part of a joint project with James Cummings.

Slides

Set theory seminarFriday, January 31, 201410:00 amGC 6417
Joel David Hamkins

Large cardinals need not be large in HOD

The City University of New York

I will demonstrate that a large cardinal need not exhibit its large cardinal nature in HOD. I shall begin with the example of a measurable cardinal that is not measurable in HOD, and then afterward describe how to force more extreme examples, such as a model with a supercompact cardinal, which is not weakly compact in HOD. This is very recent joint work with Cheng Yong.

Set theory seminarFriday, January 31, 2014

Welcome to the Set Theory seminar Spring 2014


The set theory seminar will be coordinated in Spring 2014 by Thomas Johnstone.

Tom pointed out that it’s been about ten years that we have been having our weekly Set Theory seminar at CUNY, starting with a few of Joel Hamkins’s graduate students who met on a weekly basis (George, Jonas, Victoria, and himself), and we’ve had many interesting seminar meetings since then.

 

At this point the schedule is wide open, so please let Tom know if you’d be interested to give a talk.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 13, 201310:00 am
Sam Sanders

A non-standard explanation of Reverse Mathematics

Department of Mathematics, Ghent University

Reverse Mathematics (RM) is a program in the Foundations
of Mathematics initiated around 1975 by Harvey Friedman. We
discuss the aims and results of RM, in particular the “Big Five”
phenomenon. We consider non-standard explanations and
nonstandard robustness results for the Big Five phenomenon.
This is joint work with Damir Dzhafarov.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 6, 201310:00 am
Thomas Johnstone

Bagaria’s characterization of bounded forcing axioms in terms of generic absoluteness

The New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY

Goldstern and Shelah (1995) introduced the class of bounded forcing axioms, that is forcing axioms for families of antichains of bounded size. For example, the bounded proper forcing axiom ${\rm BPFA}$ asserts that for any proper forcing notion $\mathbb{P}$ and any collection $D$ of at most $\aleph_1$ many maximal antichains in $\mathbb{P}$, each of size at most $\aleph_1$, there is a filter on $\mathbb{P}$ meeting each antichain in $D$. The speaker will present a theorem of Joan Bagaria (2000) that characterizes bounded forcing axioms in terms of generic absoluteness: for instance, Bagaria’s result shows that ${\rm BPFA}$ is equivalent to the assertion that if a $\Sigma_1$ sentence of the language of set theory with parameters of hereditary size at most $\aleph_1$ is true in some proper forcing extension, then it is already true in the ground model.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 15, 201310:00 am
Victoria Gitman

A Jónsson $\omega_1$-like model of set theory

The City University of New York

A first-order structure of cardinality $\kappa$ is said to be Jónsson if it has no proper elementary substructure of cardinality $\kappa$. The speaker will prove a theorem of Julia Knight that there is a Jónsson $\omega_1$-like model of set theory, using a construction of Ali Enayat.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 8, 201310:00 am
Miha Habič

Grounded Martin’s axiom

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will present a weakening of Martin’s axiom which asserts the existence of partial generics only for ccc posets contained in a ccc ground model. This principle, named the grounded Martin’s axiom, emerges naturally in the analysis of the Solovay-Tennenbaum proof of the consistency of MA. While the grounded MA has some of the combinatorial consequences of MA, it will be shown to be more flexible (being consistent with a singular continuum, for example) and more robust under forcing (being preserved in a strong way under both adding a Cohen or a random real).

Set theory seminarFriday, November 1, 201310:00 amGC 6417
Karel Hrbacek

Some problems motivated by nonstandard set theory

City College of New York, CUNY

Nonstandard set theory enriches the usual set theory by a unary “standardness” predicate.  Investigations of its foundations raise a number of questions that can be formulated in ZFC or GB and appear open.  I will discuss several such problems concerning elementary embeddings, ultraproducts, ultrafilters and large cardinals.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 25, 201310:00 am
Erin Carmody

Killing Inaccessible Cardinals Softly

The CUNY Graduate Center

I shall introduce the killing-them-softly phenomenon among large cardinals by showing how it works for inaccessible and Mahlo cardinals. A large cardinal is killed softly whenever, by forcing, one of its large cardinal properties is destroyed while as many as possible weaker large cardinal properties, below this one, are preserved. I shall also explore the various degrees of inaccessibility and show Mahlo cardinals are $alpha$-hyper$^{beta}$-inaccessible and beyond.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 18, 201310:45 amGC 6417Two talks for set theory seminar on this day
Natasha Dobrinen

Survey on the structure of the Tukey theory of ultrafilters

University of Denver

The Tukey order on ultrafilters is a weakening of the well-studied Rudin-Keisler order, and the exact relationship between them is a question of interest.  In second vein, Isbell showed that there is a maximum Tukey type among ultrafilters and asked whether there are others.  These two questions are the main guiding forces of the current research.  In this talk, we present highlights of recent work of Blass, Dobrinen, Mijares, Milovich, Raghavan, Todorcevic, and Trujillo (in various combinations for various papers).  Further information about results mentioned in this talk can be found in a recent survey article by the speaker.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 18, 20139:30 amGC 6417Two talks for set theory seminar on this day
Marcin Sabok

Canonical Ramsey theory on Polish spaces

Instytut Matematyczny Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, Instytut Matematyczny Polskiej Akademii Nauk

I would like to give an overview of recent results in canonical Ramsey theory in the context of descriptive set theory. This is the subject of a recent monograph joint with with Vladimir Kanovei and Jindra Zapletal. The main question we address is the following. Given an analytic equivalence relation on a Polish space, can one find a large subset of the space on which it has a simple form? Canonical Ramsey theory stems from finite combinatorics and is concerned with finding canonical forms of equivalence relations on finite (or countable) sets. We obtain canonization results for analytic and Borel equivalence relations and in cases when canonization is impossible, we prove ergodicity theorems. For a publisher’s book description see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPXBcKeepKk

Set theory seminarFriday, October 11, 201310:00 amGC 6417
Victoria Gitman

Embeddings among the $\omega_1$-like models of set theory, part II

The City University of New York

The speaker will give the second part of her talk, continued from the previous week. An $\omega_1$-like model of set theory is an uncountable model, all of whose initial segments are countable. The speaker will present two $\omega_1$-like models of set theory, constructed using $\Diamond$, which are incomparable with respect to embeddability: neither is isomorphic to a submodel of the other. Under a suitable large cardinal assumption, there are such models that are well-founded.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 4, 201310:00 amGC 6417
Victoria Gitman

Embeddings among the $\omega_1$-like models of set theory, part I

The City University of New York

An $\omega_1$-like model of set theory is an uncountable model, all of whose initial segments are countable. The speaker will present two $\omega_1$-like models of set theory, constructed using $\Diamond$, which are incomparable with respect to embeddability: neither is isomorphic to a submodel of the other. Under a suitable large cardinal assumption, there are such models that are well-founded.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 27, 201310:00 am6417
Gunter Fuchs

A self-specializing Souslin tree

The City University of New York

I will present a construction, assuming Jensen’s combinatorial principle diamond, of a Souslin tree T which, after forcing with T, will be Ahronszajn off the generic branch. More precisely, forcing with T will add a cofinal branch b through T, yet in the generic extension by b, whenever p is a node of T which does not belong to b, then the subtree of T which lies above p will be Q-embeddable, meaning that there is an order preserving function from that subtree to the rationals. This shows that the rigidity property of being Souslin off the generic branch is strictly stronger than the unique branch property, two notions of rigidty previously studied in joint work with Joel Hamkins, where it was conjectured that it would be possible to construct such a self specializing Souslin tree.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 20, 201310:00 amGC
Joel David Hamkins

The role of the axiom of foundation in the Kunen inconsistency

The City University of New York

The axiom of foundation plays an interesting role in the Kunen inconsistency, the assertion that there is no nontrivial elementary embedding of the set-theoretic universe to itself, for the truth or falsity of the Kunen assertion depends on one’s specific anti-foundational stance.  The fact of the matter is that different anti-foundational theories come to different conclusions about this assertion.  On the one hand, it is relatively consistent with ZFC without foundation that the Kunen assertion fails, for there are models of  ZFC-F  in which there are definable nontrivial elementary embeddings $j:Vto V$. Indeed, in Boffa’s anti-foundational theory BAFA, the Kunen assertion is outright refutable, and in this theory there are numerous nontrivial elementary embeddings of the universe to itself. Meanwhile, on the other hand, Aczel’s anti-foundational theory GBC-F+AFA, as well as Scott’s theory GBC-F+SAFA and other anti-foundational theories, continue to prove the Kunen assertion, ruling out the existence of a nontrivial elementary embedding $j:Vto V$.

This is very recent joint work with Emil Jeřábek, Ali Sadegh Daghighi and Mohammad Golshani, based on an interaction growing out of Ali’s question on MathOverflow.  Our paper will be completed soon.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 10, 201310:00 amGC 5383
Joel David Hamkins

Algebraicity and implicit definability in set theory

The City University of New York

An element a is definable in a model M if it is the unique object in M satisfying some first-order property.  It is algebraic, in contrast, if it is amongst at most finitely many objects satisfying some first-order property φ, that is, if { b  |  M satisfies φ[b] } is a finite set containing a. In this talk, I aim to consider the situation that arises when one replaces the use of definability in several parts of set theory with the weaker concept of algebraicity. For example, in place of the class HOD of all hereditarily ordinal-definable sets, I should like to consider the class HOA of all hereditarily ordinal algebraic sets. How do these two classes relate? In place of the study of pointwise definable models of set theory, I should like to consider the pointwise algebraic models of set theory. Are these the same? In place of the constructible universe L, I should like to consider the inner model arising from iterating the algebraic (or implicit) power set operation rather than the definable power set operation.  The result is a highly interest new inner model of ZFC, denoted Imp, whose properties are only now coming to light.  Is Imp the same as L?  Is it absolute? I shall answer all these questions at the talk, but many others remain open.

This is joint work with Cole Leahy (MIT).

Abstract on my blog | Related MathOverflow post

Set theory seminarFriday, May 3, 201310:00 amGC 5383
Victoria Gitman

Indestructibility for Ramsey cardinals

The City University of New York

A large cardinal $\kappa$ is said to be indestructible by a certain poset $\mathbb P$ if $\kappa$ retains the large cardinal property in all forcing extensions by $\mathbb P$. Since most relative consistency results for ${\rm ZFC}$ are obtained via forcing, the knowledge of a large cardinal’s indestructibility properties is used to establish the consistency of that large cardinal with other set theoretic properties. In this talk, I will use an elementary embeddings characterization of Ramsey cardinals to prove some basic indestructibility results.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 26, 201310:00 amGC 5383
Victoria Gitman

An elementary embeddings characterization of Ramsey cardinals

The City University of New York

A cardinal $\kappa$ is Ramsey if every coloring of the finite subsets of $\kappa$ in two colors has a homogeneous set of size $\kappa$. In this talk, I will motivate and prove some basics facts about the little known but very elegant and useful elementary embeddings characterization of Ramsey cardinals.

Set theory seminarFriday, April 12, 201311:00 amGC 6494
Norman Perlmutter

Dissertation Defense: Inverse limits of models of set theory and the large cardinal hierarchy near a high-jump cardinal

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

This dissertation consists of two chapters, each of which investigates a topic in set theory, more specifically in the research area of forcing and large cardinals. The two chapters are independent of each other.  

The first chapter analyzes the existence, structure, and preservation by forcing of inverse limits of inverse-directed systems in the category of elementary embeddings and models of set theory. Although direct limits of directed systems in this category are pervasive in the set-theoretic literature, the inverse limits in this same category have seen less study. I have made progress towards fully characterizing the existence and structure of these inverse limits. Some of the most important results are as follows. If the inverse limit exists, then it is given by either the entire thread class or a rank-initial segment of the thread class. Given sufficient large cardinal hypotheses, there are systems with no inverse limit, systems with inverse limit given by the entire thread class, and systems with inverse limit given by a proper subset of the thread class. Inverse limits are preserved in both directions by forcing under fairly general assumptions. Prikry forcing and iterated Prikry forcing are important techniques for constructing some of the examples in this chapter.

The second chapter analyzes the hierarchy of the large cardinals between a supercompact cardinal and an almost-huge cardinal, including in particular high-jump cardinals. I organize the large cardinals in this region by consistency strength and implicational strength. I also prove some results relating high-jump cardinals to forcing.  A high-jump cardinal is the critical point of an elementary embedding $j: V to M$ such that $M$ is closed under sequences of length $supset{j(f)(kappa) st f: kappa to kappa}$.  Two of the most important results in the chapter are as follows. A Vopenka cardinal is equivalent to an Woodin-for-supercompactness cardinal. The existence of an excessively hypercompact cardinal is inconsistent.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 22, 201312:00 am5383
Kaethe Minden

Ramsey ultrafilters

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will introduce the concept of a Ramsey ultrafilter and show that under Martin’s Axiom, and under the continuum hypothesis, Ramsey ultrafilters exists. I will actually show that this follows from some consequences of MA on cardinal invariants of the continuum. If time permits, I will make a connection to Ramsey’s theorem. This talk is intended to bridge the gap between the previous talk by Miha Habic on Martin’s Axiom and the upcoming talks by Victoria Gitman on Ramsey cardinals.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 15, 201312:00 am5383
Miha Habič

Martin’s Axiom

The CUNY Graduate Center

Martin’s Axiom is the prototypical forcing axiom, asserting that partial generics exist for ccc forcing. I will present the classical proof of its consistency, due to Solovay and Tennenbaum. If time permits I will also describe some of the consequences of Martin’s Axiom, in particular its effect on the cardinal characteristics of the continuum.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 8, 201310:00 amRoom 5383
Robert Lubarsky

Forcing for Constructive Set Theory

Florida Atlantic University

As is well known, forcing is the same as Boolean-valued models. If instead of a Boolean algebra one used a Heyting algebra, the result is a Heyting-valued model. The result then typically models only constructive logic and falsifies Excluded Middle. On the one hand, many of the same intuitions from forcing carry over, while on the other the result is quite foreign to a classical mathematician. I will give a survey of perhaps too many examples, and call for the importation of more methods from current classical set-theory into constructivism.

Set theory seminarFriday, March 1, 201312:00 amGC 5383
Joel David Hamkins

The omega one of chess

The City University of New York

This talk will be based on my recent paper with C. D. A. Evans, Transfinite game values in infinite chess.

Infinite chess is chess played on an infinite chessboard.  Since checkmate, when it occurs, does so after finitely many moves, this is technically what is known as an open game, and is therefore subject to the theory of open games, including the theory of ordinal game values.  In this talk, I will give a general introduction to the theory of ordinal game values for ordinal games, before diving into several examples illustrating high transfinite game values in infinite chess.  The supremum of these values is the omega one of chess, denoted by $omega_1^{mathfrak{Ch}}$ in the context of finite positions and by $omega_1^{mathfrak{Ch}_{hskip-2ex atopsim}}$ in the context of all positions, including those with infinitely many pieces. For lower bounds, we have specific positions with transfinite game values of $omega$, $omega^2$, $omega^2cdot k$ and $omega^3$. By embedding trees into chess, we show that there is a computable infinite chess position that is a win for white if the players are required to play according to a deterministic computable strategy, but which is a draw without that restriction. Finally, we prove that every countable ordinal arises as the game value of a position in infinite three-dimensional chess, and consequently the omega one of infinite three-dimensional chess is as large as it can be, namely, true $omega_1$.

Set theory seminarTuesday, February 26, 201312:00 pm
Joel David Hamkins

No seminar on February 26, the planned talk was rescheduled for March 5.

The City University of New York
Set theory seminarFriday, February 22, 201312:00 amRoom 5383
Thomas Johnstone

Cardinals that might be viewed as miniature superstrong cardinals consistent with V=L

The New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY

We will discuss cardinals that we may call superstrongly unfoldable cardinals. A cardinal kappa is superstrongly unfoldable if it is theta-superstrongly unfoldable for every ordinal theta, meaning that for subset A of kappa there is a nontrivial elementary embedding j:M–>N between transitive ZFC models having critical point kappa such that j(kappa)>theta and V_{j(kappa)} is a subset of N and the set A is an element of M. Superstrongly unfoldable cardinals lie in consistency strength between weakly compact cardinals and Ramsey cardinals, and they are relatively consistent with V=L. We will show the tighter consistency bounds of strongly unfoldable cardinals below and subtle cardinals above. This is joint work with Joel David Hamkins.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 15, 201312:00 amRoom 5383
Gunter Fuchs

Magidor Forcing and iterations

The City University of New York

I am going to use the characterization of Magidor sequences I gave last Friday, in order to show that the critical sequences of certain iterations are Magidor generic over the limit model. I am also going to say a few words about maximality and uniqueness properties of Magidor sequences, which can be shown using  the connection between Magidor forcing and iterations.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 8, 201312:00 amGraduate Center, Room 5383Note the room change!
Gunter Fuchs

Magidor Forcing

The City University of New York

In this talk, I am going to present a forcing designed by Magidor in the late seventies to change the cofinality of a measurable cardinal without collapsing cardinals. Previously, Prikry had introduced a forcing that changes the cofinality of a measurable cardinal to $omega$. Magidor’s forcing has more flexibility, but needs stronger assumptions also, and it is quite complex. After giving some background and showing the basic properties of Magidor forcing, I will prove a combinatorial characterization of genericity of sequences added by the forcing. There are some similarities to the situation of Prikry forcing, where an $omega$-sequence of ordinals less than the measurable cardinal is generic iff it is almost contained in any measure one set, as was shown by Mathias. I will show or sketch a proof of the corresponding characterization in the case of Magidor forcing in the second part of the talk next week.

Set theory seminarFriday, February 1, 201312:00 amGC 5383New location
Joel David Hamkins

Superstrong cardinals are never Laver indestructible, and neither are extendible, almost huge and rank-into-rank cardinals

The City University of New York

Although the large cardinal indestructibility phenomenon, initiated with Laver’s seminal 1978 result that any supercompact cardinal $kappa$ can be made indestructible by $ltkappa$-directed closed forcing and continued with the Gitik-Shelah treatment of strong cardinals, is by now nearly pervasive in set theory, nevertheless I shall show that no superstrong cardinal—and hence also no $1$-extendible cardinal, no almost huge cardinal and no rank-into-rank cardinal—can be made indestructible, even by comparatively mild forcing: all such cardinals $kappa$ are destroyed by $Add(kappa,1)$, by $Add(kappa,kappa^+)$, by $Add(kappa^+,1)$ and by many other commonly considered forcing notions.

This is very recent joint work with Konstantinos Tsaprounis and Joan Bagaria.

Set theory seminarFriday, December 7, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Erin Carmody

The Laver Preparation

The CUNY Graduate Center

I shall show how to make a supercompact cardinal kappa indestructible for

Set theory seminarFriday, November 30, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Kaethe Minden

The strength of the failure of the Kurepa Hypothesis

The CUNY Graduate Center

I will show that Diamond Plus holds in inner models of the form L[A], for subsets A of aleph one in the sense of L[A]. Putting this together with the result from last meeting, that Diamond Plus implies the Kurepa Hypothesis, I will show that if the Kurepa Hypothesis fails, then aleph two is an inaccessible cardinal in L. Again, putting this together with another result from the previous seminar meeting, that one can force the failure of Kurepa’s Hypothesis over a model with an inaccessible cardinal, this shows the equiconsistency of the failure of Kurepa’s Hypothesis with an inaccessible cardinal, over ZFC. These results are mainly due to Silver and Solovay.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 16, 201210:00 amGC 6417
Alexander Rapp

Diamond Plus and the Kurepa Hypothesis

The CUNY Graduate Center

The speaker will prove some connections between Diamond Plus and the Kurepa Hypothesis.

Set theory seminarFriday, November 9, 201210:00 amGC 6417
Shoshana Friedman

Extending a property of HOD-supercompactness. Or Not.

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

I will discuss a result of Sargsyan and his method of proof in order to show why a theorem from my dissertation was incorrect, and some of the interesting results we discovered in an effort to save the theorem.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 26, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Thomas Johnstone

Preservation of DC delta by forcing with a closure point at delta

The New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY

Richard Laver [2007] showed that if M satisfies ZFC and G is any M-generic filter for forcing P of size less than delta, then M is definable in M[G] from parameter P(delta)^M. I will discuss a generalization of this result for models M that satisfy ZF but only a small fragment of the axiom of choice. This is joint work with Victoria Gitman.

Definition (ZF). P*Q has closure point delta if P is well-orderable of size at most delta and Q is <=delta strategically closed. (Q need not be well-orderable here.) Theorem: If M models ZF+DC_delta and P is forcing with closure point delta, then M is definable in M[G] from parameter P(delta)^M.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 19, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Thomas Johnstone

Definability of the ground model in forcing extensions of ZF-models

The New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY

Richard Laver [2007] showed that if M satisfies ZFC and G is any M-generic filter for forcing P of size less than delta, then M is definable in M[G] from parameter P(delta)^M. I will discuss a generalization of this result for models M that satisfy ZF but only a small fragment of the axiom of choice. This is joint work with Victoria Gitman.

Definition (ZF). P*Q has closure point delta if P is well-orderable of size at most delta and Q is <=delta strategically closed. (Q need not be well-orderable here.) Theorem: If M models ZF+DC_delta and P is forcing with closure point delta, then M is definable in M[G] from parameter P(delta)^M.

Set theory seminarFriday, October 12, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Nam Trang

Generalized Solovay Measures

University of California at Berkeley

We will introduce some background and recent progress made in solving the following open problem:

Determine the exact consistency strength of the theory T = ZF + DC + $omega_1$ is supercompact.

It’s known that the upper-bound consistency strength for T is a class of Woodin limits of Woodin cardinals which is (surprisingly) much weaker than ZFC + a supercompact. We will discuss how one might go about computing lower-bounds for T. If time allows, we’ll briefly talk about the relationship of T with the Chang model (CM) and its generalization (CM^+).

Set theory seminarFriday, September 28, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Gunter Fuchs

Generic embeddings from indestructible weak compactness, II

The City University of New York

I will give an introduction to and some applications of a type of generic embeddings that arises under the assumption of an indestructible weakly compact cardinal.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 21, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Gunter Fuchs

Generic embeddings from indestructible weak compactness, I

The City University of New York

I will give an introduction to and some applications of a type of generic embeddings that arises under the assumption of an indestructible weakly compact cardinal.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 14, 201210:00 amGC 6417
Joel David Hamkins

The least weakly compact cardinal can be unfoldable, weakly measurable and nearly theta-supercompact

The City University of New York

Starting from suitable large cardinal hypothesis, I will explain how to force the least weakly compact cardinal to be unfoldable, weakly measurable and, indeed, nearly θ-supercompact. These results, proved in joint work with Jason Schanker, Moti Gitik and Brent Cody, exhibit an identity-crises phenomenon for weak compactness, similar to the phenomenon identified by Magidor for the case of strongly compact cardinals.

Set theory seminarFriday, September 7, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Norman Perlmutter

The equivalence of Woodinized supercompact cardinals and Vopenka cardinals

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

I present a tentative result that Woodin for supercompactness cardinals are equivalent to Vopenka cardinals. This result is vaguely hinted at, though not proven, in Kanamori’s text, and I believe I have worked out the details. Kappa is Vopenka iff for every collection of kappa many model-theoretic structures with domain subset of $V_kappa$ there exists an elementary embedding between two of them. Kappa is Woodin for supercompactness if it meets the definition of a Woodin cardinal, with strongness replaced by supercompactness. That is to say, for every function $f:kappatokappa$, there exists a closure point delta of f and an elementary embedding $j:Vto M$ such that $j(delta)ltkappa$ and $latex M$ is closed in $latex V$ under $j(f)(delta)$ sequences.

Set theory seminarFriday, May 18, 201212:00 amGC 6417
Joel David Hamkins

The omega one of infinite chess

The City University of New York

Infinite chess is chess played on an infinite edgeless chessboard. The familiar chess pieces move about according to their usual chess rules, and each player strives to place the opposing king into checkmate. The mate-in-$n$ problem of infinite chess is the problem of determining whether a designated player can force a win from a given finite position in at most $n$ moves. A naive formulation of this problem leads to assertions of high arithmetic complexity with $2n$ alternating quantifiers—there is a move for white, such that for every black reply, there is a countermove for white, and so on. In such a formulation, the problem does not appear to be decidable; and one cannot expect to search an infinitely branching game tree even to finite depth. Nevertheless, in joint work with Dan Brumleve and Philipp Schlicht, confirming a conjecture of myself and C. D. A. Evans, we establish that the mate-in-$n$ problem of infinite chess is computably decidable, uniformly in the position and in $n$. Furthermore, there is a computable strategy for optimal play from such mate-in-$n$ positions. The proof proceeds by showing that the mate-in-$n$ problem is expressible in what we call the first-order structure of chess, which we prove (in the relevant fragment) is an automatic structure, whose theory is therefore decidable. An equivalent account of the result arises from the realization that the structure of chess is interpretable in the standard model of Presburger arithmetic $langlemathbb{N},+rangle$. Unfortunately, this resolution of the mate-in-$n$ problem does not appear to settle the decidability of the more general winning-position problem, the problem of determining whether a designated player has a winning strategy from a given position, since a position may admit a winning strategy without any bound on the number of moves required. This issue is connected with transfinite game values in infinite chess, and the exact value of the omega one of chess $omega_1^{rm chess}$ is not known. I will also discuss recent joint work with C. D. A. Evans and W. Hugh Woodin showing that the omega one of infinite positions in three-dimensional infinite chess is true $omega_1$: every countable ordinal is realized as the game value of such a position.