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Descriptive Set Theory and Definable Forcing
Jindřich Zapletal, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society
2004; 141 pp; softcover
Volume: 167
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3450-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3450-3
List Price: US$68
Individual Members: US$40.80
Institutional Members: US$54.40
Order Code: MEMO/167/793
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The subject of the book is the relationship between definable forcing and descriptive set theory. The forcing serves as a tool for proving independence of inequalities between cardinal invariants of the continuum. The analysis of the forcing from the descriptive point of view makes it possible to prove absoluteness theorems of the type "certain forcings are the provably best attempts to achieve consistency results of certain syntactical form" and others. There are connections to such fields as pcf theory, effective descriptive set theory, determinacy and large cardinals, Borel equivalence relations, abstract analysis, and others.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in mathematical logic and foundations.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Definable forcing adding a single real
  • The countable support iterations
  • Other forcings
  • Applications
  • Examples of cardinal invariants
  • The syntax of cardinal invariants
  • Effective descriptive set theory
  • Large cardinals
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