Graduate Logic Seminar

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The Graduate Logic Seminar is an informal space where graduate students and professors present topics related to logic which are not necessarily original or completed work. This is a space focused principally on practicing presentation skills or learning materials that are not usually presented in a class.

  • When: Tuesdays 4-5 PM
  • Where: Van Vleck 901
  • Organizers: Jun Le Goh

The talk schedule is arranged at the beginning of each semester. If you would like to participate, please contact one of the organizers.

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Spring 2022

The graduate logic seminar this semester will be run as MATH 975. Please enroll if you wish to participate.

We plan to cover the first 9 parts of Tin Lok Wong's notes, as well as a few other relevant topics which are not covered in the notes:

  • Properness of the induction/bounding hierarchy (chapter 10 of Models of Peano Arithmetic by Kaye is a good source)
  • Tennenbaum's theorem (this is a quick consequence of the main theorem of part 4, so it should be combined with part 4 or part 5)
  • Other facts found in chapter 1 of David Marker's thesis.

January 25 - organizational meeting

We will meet to assign speakers to dates.

February 1 - Steffen Lempp

I will give an overview of the topics we will cover:

1. the base theory PA^- and the induction and bounding axioms for Sigma_n-formulas, and how they relate to each other,

2. the equivalence of Sigma_n-induction with a version of Sigma_n-separation (proved by H. Friedman),

3. the Grzegorczyk hierarchy of fast-growing functions,

4. end extensions and cofinal extensions,

5. recursive saturation and resplendency,

6. standard systems and coded types,

7. the McDowell-Specker Theorem that every model of PA has a proper elementary end extension, and

8. Gaifman's theorem that every model of PA has a minimal elementary end extension.

I will sketch the basic definitions and state the main theorems, in a form that one can appreciate without too much background.

February 8 - Karthik Ravishankar

Title: Collection axioms

We will discuss parts 1 and 2 of Wong's notes.

February 15 - Karthik Ravishankar, Yunting Zhang

Title: Collection axioms/The Weak König Lemma

Karthik will finish part 2 of Wong's notes. Then Yunting will start on part 3 of Wong's notes.

February 22 - Yunting Zhang

Title: The Weak König Lemma

We will finish part 3 of Wong's notes.

March 22 - Ang Li

Title: The Arithmetized Completeness Theorem

We will discuss part 4 of Wong's notes.

Previous Years

The schedule of talks from past semesters can be found here.