Instructor: Dr Benedikt Löwe
Vakcode: WI390063
Time: Monday 11-1, Thursday
1-2 12-2
NOTE: Starting with May 22nd, we
extended the Thursday Lecture to 12-2.
Place: P.015A
Course language: English
Intended Audience: Mathematics students in their third or
fourth year, MoL students
Set Theory is both an area of mathematics (the study of
sets as a kind of mathematical object) and an area of mathematical
logic (the study of axiom systems of set theory as special
axiomatic frameworks). As an area of mathematics, Set Theory has
applications in all areas of pure mathematics, most notably set-theoretic
topology. (Students planning to specialize in this research area, for
example in the Department
of Geometry at the Vrije Universiteit
will greatly benefit from having a firm understanding of the basics of
Set Theory.)
This course will cover the basics of axiomatic set theory presented
in a mathematical fashion. Knowledge of logic is not a prerequisite,
though familiarity with the axiomatic method is. We shall keep close
to the newest edition of Jech's textbook Set Theory:
Thomas Jech, Set
Theory, The Third Millenium Edition, revised and
expanded, Springer-Verlag 2003.
Topics covered so far:
- Axioms of Set Theory
- Ordinal Numbers
- Cardinal Numbers
- Real Numbers
- The Axiom of Choice and Cardinal Arithmetic
A rough plan for the remaining sessions:
- May 26th: Cardinal Arithmetic; Axiom of Regularity
- May 29th: HOLIDAY
- June 2nd: Filters, Ultrafilters and stationary sets;
Deadline Homework Set # 4
- June 5th: Stationary sets
- June 9th: HOLIDAY
- June 12th: Partition Properties and Partition Cardinals; Measurable Cardinals;
Deadline Homework Set # 5
- June 16th: Measurable Cardinals
- June 19th: Measurable Cardinals; Borel and Analytic Sets;
Deadline Homework Set # 6
- June 23rd: Borel and Analytic Sets; Models of Set Theory
- June 26th: CANCELLED
- June 30th: LiB-Day
- July 3rd: Models of Set Theory
Homework Sets:
Last update : June 22nd, 2003