MA 129: Topics in Set Theory

129 A: This is a graduate introduction to set theory, with an
emphasis on descriptive set theory and preparation for the qualifying exam.
The primary text will be Kenneth
Kunen's *Set
Theory, an* *Introduction
to Independence Proofs**, *supplemented by survey papers and portions
of *The Higher Infinite,* by Akihiro
Kanamori. Topics covered will include; transfinite numbers, infinitary combinatorics,
Godel's L, forcing, and large cardinals.

129 B: This is a reading course for the graduate student already
familiar with basic set theory, to include set forcing. We will study class
forcing in the context of inner model theory by covering Sy
Friedman's *Fine Structure and Class
Forcing. *

Since these are in effect two different courses, they will meet
separately.

129A is tentatively scheduled for 11-12:30, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 129B is
not yet organized.

Please contact E. T. Brown if interested.