Model Theoretic Forcing has been interweaved with interpolation theorems in infinitary logic since the early work of Mostowski, Vaught, Harnik and others. I will present some of these historical connections and their effect on Shelah’s much more recent logic . In particular I will focus on some connections between model theoretic forcing and the model theory of abstract elementary classes.
The interaction between infinitary logic and the model theory of abstract elementary classes has had a serious imprint of large cardinals since the inception of AECs. Although later developments in AECs have emphasized a more purely model theoretic treatment, capturing independence-like relations, there are various fundamental questions on the relation between various logics and AECs — and, in some of these, large cardinals are central.
I will discuss some work by Boney on these connections, as well as some recent joint work by Väänänen and myself.
Abstract: I will first describe Abstract Elementary Classes as a global generalization of Infinitary Logic. I will emphasize constructions such as Galois types, the Representation Theorem and various open problems. In the second half, I will focus on some recent research on logics underlying AECs – with special emphasis on Shelah’s logic (satisfying Interpolation and weak remnants of compactness) and the role it plays in controlling Abstract Elementary Classes. This second part contains recent results of research and several open questions.
Two lectures on the same topic (Reconstruction Problem, SIP, quasiminimal classes), with different emphasis, given at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in November 2016.