Set Theory: Exploring Independence and Truth

Series: Universitext

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This textbook gives an introduction to axiomatic set theory and examines the prominent questions that are relevant in current research in a manner that is accessible to students. Its main theme is the interplay of large cardinals, inner models, forcing and descriptive set theory. The following topics are covered: * Forcing and constructability * The Solovay-Shelah Theorem i.e. the equiconsistency of `every set of reals is Lebesgue measurable' with one inaccessible cardinal * Fine structure theory and a modern approach to sharps * Jensen's Covering Lemma * The equivalence of analytic determinacy with sharps * The theory of extenders and iteration trees * A proof of projective determinacy from Woodin cardinals. Set Theory requires only a basic knowledge of mathematical logic and will be suitable for advanced students and researchers.