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One Puzzling Logic, Two Approximations… and a Bonus. Helsinki (v), 5/20

For the Helsinki Logic Seminar, I gave (virtually) the lecture

One Puzzling Logic, Two Approximations… and a Bonus.

Abstract: The puzzling logic (called L^1_\kappa for \kappa a singular strong limit cardinal) I will speak about was introduced by Saharon Shelah in 2012. The logic L^1_\kappa has many properties that make it very well adapted to model theory, despite being stronger thanL_{\kappa,\omega}. However, it also lacks a good syntactic definition.

With Väänänen, we introduced the first approximation (called L^{1,c}_\kappa,) as a variant of L^1\kappa with a transparent syntax and many of the strong properties of Shelah’s logic.

The second approximation (called Chain Logic), while not new (it is due to Karp), has been revisited recently by Dzamonja and Väänänen) also in relation to Shelah’s L^1_\kappa and the Interpolation property.

I will provide a description of these three logics, with emphasis on their relevance to model theory.
As a bonus, I will make a connection between these logics and axiomatizing correctly an arbitrary AEC. This last part is joint work with Shelah.

Language Emerging from Meaning Emerging from Language: A Walk in the Logical Woods. Helsinki, 6/16

In the event Crossing Worlds: Mathematical logic, philosophy, art. An interdisciplinary meeting in honor of Juliette Kennedy at the University of Helsinki in June 2016 I gave the lecture Language Emerging from Meaning Emerging from Language: A Walk in the Logical Woods.


Language, Logic and Nonelementary Classes: External/Internal Interactions. Helsinki, 5/16.

A minicourse in Helsinki on Language, Logic and Nonelementary Classes: External/Internal Interactions, given at the University of Helsinki’s Mathematics Department in May of 2016.

The topics were

  • Around The Presentation Theorem
  • The Small Index Property for Homogeneous Classes
  • Categories, AECs, Interpolation.

Here is the course material (presented on the blackboard).

Grasping smoothly and letting go: categoricity and location. Helsinki, 5/15

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study invited me to give a lecture in the interdisciplinary meeting Getting There and Falling Short, where a number of art historians, linguists, mathematicians, philosophers, artists, etc. were invited to reflect on language’s ability of grasping concepts and its own shortcomings. My lecture (Grasping smoothly and letting go: categoricity and location) focused on categoricity and the problem of location.