The ABCs of PCF, with applications to Dowker spaces (part 2)

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 10:00


Speaker Information
Thomas Gilton
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract or Additional Information

In part two of this two-part series, we continue a survey of the basics of Shelah's theory of Possible Cofinalities (PCF), focusing in particular on a foundational theorem about the existence of scales. We will then transition into using PCF to construct a Dowker space whose cardinality is fixed within ZFC. The main idea will be to use such a "scale" to build  a particularly nice closed, unbounded subset of Rudin's original Dowker space. No prior knowledge of PCF will be assumed.