Forcing is a method first used to prove the continuum hypothesis is independent of the classical axioms of set theory

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Absoluteness and Tree Representations

Suppose $T$ is a tree on $\omega \times \omega \times \delta$ for some ordinal $\delta$ is a homogeneous tree (with some coherent set of measures witnessing homoegeneity). ($T$ can have additional ...
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tree properties on $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$

Are the following mutually consistent (relative to large cardinals)? (1) There are no $\omega_2$-Aronszajn trees. (2) There is an $\omega_1$-Kurepa tree. In the models I know of the tree property ...
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A Question on HOD, V and GCH

The theorem 1.1 of the following paper: Mohammad Golshani, V, HOD, and the GCH, Journal of Symbolic Logic. states that: Theorem: Assume $V\models ZFC+GCH+~\text{There exists ...
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Set theory and forcing from the point of view of a formal system $G^+$ of Gentzen type

There are four papers by Vladimir Alfeevich Kuznetsov, which discuss the above titled topic: (1) Some problems in set theory from the standpoint of a formal system G+ of Gentzen type. (Russian) Akad. ...
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Statements that Could be Forced by Ultrapowers

Ultrapower of a structure is a very flexible mathematical creature in comparison with the ground structure and its ordinary products. Depending on the nature of ground structure and the good ...
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Is the Martin's axiom number $\mathfrak m$ regular

The Martin's axiom number $\mathfrak m$ is the least cardinal $\kappa$ for which $\text{MA}_\kappa(\text{ccc})$ is false, i.e. the least cardinal such that there exists a ccc poset $P$ and a family ...
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Reverse-engineer forcing: am I reinventing the wheel?

In the course of a project I’m working on, I’ve started playing around with a sort of “reverse-engineering” forcing. It seems interesting, but I have a sinking feeling I’m reinventing the wheel; does ...
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Can Sacks forcing add a Cohen generic real over $L$?

Motivated by this question Forcing the negation of CH without adding Cohen reals over L and Todd Eisworth's comment, the question is the following: 1) Suppose $V$ has no Cohen generic reals over $L$. ...
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Forcing the negation of CH without adding Cohen reals over L

Suppose CH + "there are no Cohen reals over L". Can we force the negation of CH without adding any Cohen real over L?
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Applications of forcing in model theory

What are the major applications of (set theoretic) forcing in model theory?
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Two questions about the behavior of the continuum function

The first question asks about the global behavior of the power function in the case of finite gaps. Question 1. Fix a natural number $m>1.$ For each limit ordinal $\alpha,$ including $0$, let ...
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Failure of GCH at a strongly compact cardinal

Does Con(ZFC+ there exists a strongly compact cardinal) imply Con(ZFC+ there exists a strongly compact cardinal $\kappa+ 2^\kappa > \kappa^+$)?
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Elementary chains in forcing extensions of $M_1$

Let $M_1$ be the canonical inner model with one Woodin cardinal $\delta$. Now suppose that $\mathbb{P}$ is a forcing notion of size $< \delta$, which preserves $\omega_1$ and that $G$ is a generic ...
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When can Power Sets be Limit Cardinals?

My original question (posted in http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1584430/can-all-power-sets-be-limit-cardinals) was: Is it possible to create a model of ZFC, so that the cardinality of each ...
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How many closed measure zero sets are needed to cover the real line, really?

This is a refinement of an earlier question. This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal characteristics of the continuum. For the reader's convenience, I reproduce below the ...
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How many closed measure zero sets are needed to cover the real line?

This question assumes familiarity with combinatorial cardinal characteristics of the continuum. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be the $\sigma$-ideal generated by closed measure zero subsets of the real line. It ...
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Where do Set Theory and Number Theory meet together?

As all know, by absoluteness theorems in Set Theory, most of theorems in number theory are $ZFC$-provable if and only if they are consistent with $ZFC$, it's because of absoluteness of essence of ...
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Gleason’s Theorem for non-separable Hilbert spaces: On a theorem of Solovay

Gleason’s theorem plays an important role in the foundations of quantum mechanics. On the positive side it demonstrates how the probabilistic structure of quantum theory follows from its logical ...
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Adding minimal subsets to $\aleph_\omega$

Given a cardinal $\kappa,$ recall that $X \subset \kappa$ is called fresh (over $V$), if $X \notin V,$ but $X \cap \alpha \in V$ for all $\alpha < \kappa.$ Question. Is it consistent that there ...
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Boolean-Valued Models: Why is $\| x=y \| \cdot \| \phi(x) \| \leq \| \phi(y) \|$?

Let $B$ be a complete Boolean algebra. Jech defines a Boolean-valued model $\mathfrak{A}$ of the language of set theory to consist of a Boolean universe $A$ and functions of two variables with values ...
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When can you canonically extend an ultrafilter after forcing?

Suppose that $V$ is a model of $\sf ZFC$, and fix some regular $\kappa$, say $\omega_1$ for practical purposes. Let $\cal U$ be an ultrafilter on $\omega_1$ in $V$ which is non-principal and even ...
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Theories introduced by a class of forcing notions

The following notion is introduced by Mohammad Golshani. Let $V$ be a model of set theory and let $\mathcal{P}$ be a class consisting of non-trivial forcing notions in $V$. Let $$Th(V, ...
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Can one force there to be an elementary embedding $j:V_{\lambda}\rightarrow V_{\lambda}$ for some inaccessible $\lambda$?

Is it consistent that there exists an inaccessible cardinal $\lambda$ and a forcing extension $V[G]$ so that $$V[G]\models\text{There is some non-trivial elementary embedding ...
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Transitive models and CH

The following was asked on stackexchange but I think it also belongs here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1513446/transitive-models-and-ch Suppose $M, N$ are two countable transitive models ...
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Sacks minimality without choice

The usual argument for the minimality result for Sacks forcing uses choice. Theorem (Sacks): Let $s \subseteq \mathbb S_\kappa$ be generic for the forcing to add a Sacks subset to $\kappa$, where ...
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Is it consistent with ZFC that no nontrivial forcing notion has automatic mutual genericity?

A nontrivial forcing notion $\newcommand\Q{\mathbb{Q}}\Q$ exhibits automatic mutual genericity, if whenever $G,H\subseteq\Q$ are distinct $V$-generic filters (existing, say, in some forcing extension ...
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$V$ as a $HOD$ of its class generic extension

By an old result of Roguski, The theory of the class $HOD$, any model $V$ of $ZFC$ has a class generic extension $V[G]$ such that $HOD$ of $V[G]$ equals $V$. This result is also stated and generalized ...
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PCF conjecture and fixed points of the $\aleph$-function

Recently Moti Gitik refuted Shelah's PCF conjecture, by producing a countable set $a$ of regular cardinals with $|pcf(a)| \geq \aleph_1.$ See his papers Short extenders forcings I and Short ...
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A question about three forcings

Let $P_1$ be the finite support iteration of random forcings of length $\omega$. Let $P_2 = \text{Random} \times \text{Random}$ and $P_3 = \text{Random} \times \text{Cohen}$. Are $P_i, P_j$, for $1 ...
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Forcing, cuts, and Dedekind-finite cardinalities

Tl;dr version: there are two natural classes of cuts in the nonstandard model of arithmetic consisting of the Dedekind-finite sets (if, in fact, they constitute such a model); both these classes are ...
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If all reals are generic, is the set of reals generic?

Let $W\subseteq V$ be two models of $\sf ZFC$ with the same ordinals. Is the following situation consistent: For every $x\in\Bbb R^V$ there is some $P_x\in W$ such that for some $G\subseteq P_x$ ...
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Where do uncountable models collapse to?

Suppose $T$ is a complete first-order theory (in an finite, or at worst countable, language). Given any model $\mathcal{M}\models T$ of cardinality $\kappa$, we can ask whether $\mathcal{M}$ can be ...
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The patterns of possibility for nontrivial automorphisms and nontrivial elementary embeddings of the universe

In their paper "The Role of the Foundation Axiom in the Kunen Inconsistency" (arXiv:1311.0814 [Math.LO]), Daghighi, Golshani, Hamkins, and Jerabek show that the patterns of possibility for the ...
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Can you have many independent reals?

Working in $\sf ZFC$, is it provable, or at least consistent (say, over $L$), that you have $\aleph_1$ forcings, $\Bbb P_\alpha$ such that: $\Bbb P_\alpha$ is c.c.c. $\Bbb P_\alpha$ adds a real ...
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A question regarding forcing in $NGBC^{-f}$+$BAFA$

Suppose one has a model $M$$\vDash$$NGBC^{-f}$+BAFA. Does there exist a (class) forcing extension $M[G]$$\vDash$$NGBC^{-f}$+$BAFA$ that has a submodel $N$$\vDash$$NGB^{-f}$+$BAFA$+$\lnot$$AC$? Can ...
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Idea behind the proof of consistency of club filter of $\omega_1$ is ultrafilter + ZF + DC

I've been trying to understand Radin Forcing and some of its applications, one of which is the use of it to prove the consistency of ''Club filter of $\omega_1$ is an ultrafilter + ZF + DC''. However, ...
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Forcings that are not equivalent to Levy collapse

Assume GCH and that $\kappa$ is a regular uncountable cardinal. Let $\mathbb{P}$ be a separative, $<\kappa$-directed closed, nowhere trivial, $\kappa^+$-cc poset of size $\kappa^+$. Must ...
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Does $ZF$+$LM$+$A_{\lt2^{\aleph_0}}$ imply $\lnot$$WCH$?

In what follows, I will use the following acronyms: $AS$:= Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry $LM$:="Every set of reals is Lebesgue measurable." $WCH$:="every uncountable subset of $\mathbf R$ can be put ...
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Homogeneity of a variant of Prikry forcing

Prikry forcing is easily seen to be cone homogeneous (for any $p, q \in \mathbb{P}$, there are $p' \leq p, q' \leq q$ and an isomorphism $\Phi: \mathbb{P}/p' \simeq \mathbb{P}/q'$); in particular for ...
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When does $HOD^{V[G]} \subseteq V$?

Assume that $\mathbb{P}\in HOD$ is non-trivial. It is well-known that if $\mathbb{P}$ satisfies some homogeneity properties, then $HOD^{V[G]} \subseteq V$, where $G$ is $\mathbb{P}$-generic over $V$. ...
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Who needs RCS iterations?

According to this paper of Chaz Schlindwein, any countable support iteration of semi-proper forcings is semi-proper. This seems like a breakthrough simplification, and I wonder why it is not more ...
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Forcing Extension of Countable Linearly Iterable Structures

Let $V$ satisfy there exists a measurable cardinal. Let $\kappa$ be a measurable cardinal and $U$ be the normal measure on $\kappa$ witnessing this. Let $\mathbb{P}$ be a forcing of size less than ...
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The least admissible above a dominating real

Let $\mathbb{P}$ be the usual forcing which adds a dominating real: conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ are pairs $(p, f)$ with $p:\omega\rightarrow\omega$ finite partial and $f:\omega\rightarrow\omega$ total, ...
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tree property at $\aleph_2$ and $\aleph_4$

It is claimed that if there are two weakly compact cardinals, then there is a generic extension in which $\aleph_2$ and $\aleph_4$ have the tree property. Assuming one knows Mitchell's forcing, what ...
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Does totally proper forcing imply countable distributivity?

For a suitable model $M$ for $Q$ and a condition $q \in Q$ we say that $q$ is $(M,Q)$-generic if whenever $r \leqslant q$, $D \in M$ dense, $D \subset Q$, $r$ is compatible with an element of $D \cap ...
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How “small” can an ordinal be made by forcing?

I know that forcing essentially does not change the ordinals, but by small I mean in comparison with other ordinals whose definition might not be stable under forcing, like the smallest uncountable ...
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On an unpublished result of Magidor

In 1970th, Magidor proved the following important results: (1) Assuming the existence of a supercompact cardinal, it is consistent that $\aleph_\omega$ is strong limit and ...
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On generic forcing conditions

Let $P$ be a forcing poset, and $Q \in V^P$ a forcing poset in $V^P$. Let $M \prec H(\lambda)$ ($\lambda$ sufficiently large) countable with $P,Q \in M$. What I want to know is if then the following ...
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Tree property and singular strong limit cardinals

I heard that the following theorem is proved recently by Foreman-Magidor, which answers a famous old open question: Theorem. It is consistent, relative to the existence of large cardinals, that ...
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Preservation of $\diamondsuit$ by ccc forcings of size $\leq \omega_1$

This is essentially exercise H8 (p.248) of Kunen's Set Theory: An Introduction to Independence Proofs (old edition), or exercise IV.7.58 (p.307) of Kunen's Set Theory (new edition). Suppose $P$ is ...