HUJI Set Theory Seminar

November 14, 2018

Speaker: Shimon Garti

Abstract. We shall try to prove the consistency of d_lambda > r_lambda (and even d_lambda > u_lambda) for a singular cardinal lambda.

This is a joint work with Saharon.

Global set theory seminar and conference announcements

HUJI Set Theory Seminar

November 14, 2018

Speaker: Shimon Garti

Abstract. We shall try to prove the consistency of d_lambda > r_lambda (and even d_lambda > u_lambda) for a singular cardinal lambda.

This is a joint work with Saharon.

BIU seminar in Set Theory

November 12, 2018

Speaker: Jialiang He (BIU)

Title: Selection covering properties and Cohen reals

Abstract: We will introduce four selection covering properties (Menger,

Hurewicz, Rothberger and Gamma property) and consider preserving results

on these properties under Cohen forcing.

BIU seminar in Set Theory

November 5, 2018

Speaker: David J. Fernández Bretón (KGRC)

Title: Algebraic Ramsey-theoretic results with small monochromatic sets

Abstract: We will explore some (recent and not so recent; some positive,

some negative) Ramsey-type results (each of which is due to some subset

of the set {Komj\’ath, Hindman, Leader, H.S. Lee, P. Russell, Shelah, D.

Soukup, Strauss, Rinot, Vidnyánszky, myself}) where abelian groups are

coloured, and one attempts to obtain monochromatic sets defined in terms

of the group structure. We will focus specifically on two families of

very recent results: the first one concerns colouring groups with

uncountably many colours, attempting to obtain finite monochromatic

FS-sets; the second one concerns colouring groups (most of the time, our

group of interest is the real line $\mathbb R$ with its usual addition)

with finitely many colours, attempting to obtain countably infinite

monochromatic sumsets.

HUJI Logic Seminar

We will have a meeting of the Logic Seminar this Wednesday 11/7, 11-13 Ross 70A.

Speaker: Assaf Shani (UCLA)

Title: Borel equivalence relations and symmetric models

Abstract. We develop a correspondence between the study of Borel equivalence relations induced by closed subgroups of $S_\infty$, and the study of symmetric models of set theory without choice, and apply it to prove a conjecture of Hjorth-Kechris-Louveau (1998).

For example, we show that the equivalence relation $\cong^\ast_{\omega+1,0}$ is strictly below $\cong^\ast_{\omega+1}$ in Borel reducibility. By results of Hjorth-Kechris-Louveau, $\cong^\ast_{\omega+1}$ corresponds to $\Sigma^0_{\omega+1}$ actions of $S_\infty$, while $\cong^\ast_{\omega+1,0}$ corresponds to $\Sigma^0_{\omega+1}$ actions of “well behaved” closed subgroups of $S_\infty$, e.g., abelian groups.

We further apply these techniques to study the Friedman-Stanley jumps. For example, we find a topology on the domain of $=^{++}$ so that $=^{++}\restriction C$ is Borel bireducible with $=^{++}$, for any comeager set $C$. This answers a question of Zapletal, based on the results of Kanovei-Sabok-Zapletal (2013).

For these proofs we analyze the models $M_n$, $n<\omega$, developed by Monro (1973), and extend his construction past $\omega$, through all countable ordinals. This answers a question of Karagila (2016), e.g., establishing separation between the $\omega$ and $\omega+1$’th Kinna-Wagner principle.

HUJI Logic Seminar

The set of real numbers is often identified with

Cantor Space 2^omega, with which it shares many important

properties: not only the cardinality, but also other

“cardinal characteristics” such as cov(null), the smallest

number of measure zero sets needed to cover the whole space,

and similarly cov(meager), where meager=”first category”;

or their “dual” versions non(meager) (the smallest

cardinality of a nonmeager set) and non(null).

Cantor Space 2^omega, with which it shares many important

properties: not only the cardinality, but also other

“cardinal characteristics” such as cov(null), the smallest

number of measure zero sets needed to cover the whole space,

and similarly cov(meager), where meager=”first category”;

or their “dual” versions non(meager) (the smallest

cardinality of a nonmeager set) and non(null).

Many ZFC results and consistency results (such as

“cov(meager) lessequal non(null), but no inequality between

cov(null) and cov(meager) is provable in ZFC”)

are known.

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in “higher reals”,

i.e., elements of 2^kappa, where kappa is usually an inaccessible

cardinal. Meager sets have a natural generalisation to this

context, namely “kappa-meager” sets (using the <kappa-box product

topology), but what is the natural generalisation of the

ideal of null sets?

In my talk I will present an ideal null_kappa recently introduced

by Saharon Shelah, and some ZFC and consistency results from a

forthcoming joint paper with Thomas Baumhauer and Saharon Shelah,

such as “cov(null_kappa) lessequal non(null_kappa)”, and

“consistently, cov(meager_kappa) > cov(null_kappa)”.

HUJI Logic Seminar

Tuesday 1/5 at Math 209 13:30-15:30

Speaker: Asaf Karagila

Title: What can you say about critical cardinals?

Abstract. We isolate the property of being a critical point, and prove some basic positive properties of them. We will also prove a lifting property that allows lifting elementary embedding to symmetric extensions, and outline a construction that shows that it is consistent that a successor of a critical cardinal is singular. This is a recent work with Yair Hayut.

BIU seminar in Set Theory

April 8, 2018

Speaker: Yair Hayut (TAU)

Title: Filter compactness and squares

Abstract. Strongly compact cardinals are characterized by the property that any $\kappa$-complete filter can be extended to a $\kappa$-complete ultrafilter. When restricting the cardinality of the underlying set, we obtain a nontrivial hierarchy. For example, when requiring the extension property to hold only for filters on $\kappa$, we obtain Gitik’s $\kappa$-compact cardinals, which are known to be consistently weaker than $\kappa$ being $\kappa^+$-strongly compact.

In this talk I will focus on the level by level connection between the filter extension property and the compactness for $L_{\kappa,\kappa}$. Using the compactness, I will show that if $\kappa$ is $\kappa$-compact then $\square(\kappa^{+})$-fails.

BGU seminar in Logic, Set Theory and Topology.

Tuesday, December 26th, 12:15-13:3, Seminar room -101, Math building 58.

**Title:** Searching for template structures in the class of Hrushovski ab initio geometries

**Abstract.** Zilber’s trichotomy conjecture, in modern formulation, distinguishes three flavours of geometries of strongly minimal sets — disintegrated/trivial, modular, and the geometry of an ACF. Each of these three flavours has a classic “template” — a set with no structure, a projective space over a prime field, and an algebraically closed field, respectively. The class of ab initio constructions with which Hrushovski refuted the conjecture features a new flavour of geometries — non-modular, yet prohibiting any algebraic structure.

In this talk we take a step towards defining “template” structures for the class of (CM-trivial) ab initio Hrushovski constructions. After presenting intuitively the standard ab initio Hrushovski construction, we generalize Hrushovski’s predimension function, showing that the geometries associated to certain Hrushovski constructions are, essentially, ab initio constructions themselves. If time permits, we elaborate on how these *geometric* structures may generate the class of geometries of ab initio constructions under the Hrushovski fusion operation.

HUJI Logic Seminar

This Wednesday, 27 December, we will have a meeting of the Logic Seminar. The meeting will be in Ross 63 (**notice room change) **, 27 December (Wednesday), 11:00 – 13:00.

Speaker: Omer Ben-Neria

Title: Singular Stationarity and Set Theoretic Generalizations of Algebras

Abstract. The set theoretic generalizations of algebras have been introduced in the 1960s to give a set theoretic interpretation of usual algebraic structures. The shift in perspective from algebra to set theory is that in set theory the focus is on the collection of possible algebras and sub-algebras on specific cardinals rather than on particular algebraic structures. The study of collections of algebras and sub-algebras has generated many well-known problems in combinatorial set theory (e.g., Chang’s conjecture and the existence of small singular Jonsson cardinals).

In the 1990s Foreman and Magidor used algebras to initiate a study of Singular Stationarity, i.e., a study of alternative notions of stationarity for subsets of singular cardinals. They introduced and developed two notions of singular stationarity called Mutual Stationarity and Tight Stationarity, and used their findings to prove a fundamental result concerning generalized nonstationary ideals.

The two notions of singular stationarity have been studied in the last two decades, and the main purpose of the talk to describe the related known and recent results.

I will start by giving some background material on algebras and stationary sets, and describe the history of a well-known problem by Jonsson. We will then proceed to describe the work done on the notion of Mutually Stationary Sequences and sketch a recent proof which is based on the existence of special types of strong filters.

In the second part of the talk, we will connect the notions of Singular Stationarity to results from PCF theory and Extender-based forcing methods.

In the 1990s Foreman and Magidor used algebras to initiate a study of Singular Stationarity, i.e., a study of alternative notions of stationarity for subsets of singular cardinals. They introduced and developed two notions of singular stationarity called Mutual Stationarity and Tight Stationarity, and used their findings to prove a fundamental result concerning generalized nonstationary ideals.

The two notions of singular stationarity have been studied in the last two decades, and the main purpose of the talk to describe the related known and recent results.

I will start by giving some background material on algebras and stationary sets, and describe the history of a well-known problem by Jonsson. We will then proceed to describe the work done on the notion of Mutually Stationary Sequences and sketch a recent proof which is based on the existence of special types of strong filters.

In the second part of the talk, we will connect the notions of Singular Stationarity to results from PCF theory and Extender-based forcing methods.

TAU forcing seminar

On 04/Dec/17, 9-11, Yair Hayut will be speaking on Subcompact cardinals.

Abstract. During the investigation of the existence of squares in core models, Jensen isolated the concept of subcompact cardinals. Subcompactness is weaker than supercompactness and stronger than superstrength. It is a natural candidate for the consistency strength of simultaneous failure of $\square(\kappa)$ and $\square_\kappa$. A work of Schimmerling and Zeman indicates that under some mild assumptions, subcompactness is the only possibility for failure of squares at core models of the form L[E].

In this talk I will define the relevant large cardinals notions, and talk about Zeman’s theorem for the consistency of failure $\square_{\aleph_{\omega}}$ from a measurable subcompact cardinal.