Simple Theories by Frank O. WagnerSimple Theories by Frank O. Wagner

Simple Theories

byFrank O. Wagner

Paperback | December 15, 2010


Simplicity theory is an extension of stability theory to a wider class of structures, containing, among others, the random graph, pseudo-finite fields, and fields with a generic automorphism. Following Kim's proof of `forking symmetry' which implies a good behaviour of model-theoretic independence, this area of model theory has been a field of intense study. It has necessitated the development of some important new tools, most notably the model-theoretic treatment of hyperimaginaries (classes modulo type-definable equivalence relations). It thus provides a general notion of independence (and of rank in the supersimple case) applicable to a wide class of algebraic structures.
The basic theory of forking independence is developed, and its properties in a simple structure are analyzed. No prior knowledge of stability theory is assumed; in fact many stability-theoretic results follow either from more general propositions, or are developed in side remarks.
Audience:This book is intended both as an introduction to simplicity theory accessible to graduate students with some knowledge of model theory, and as a reference work for research in the field.
Title:Simple TheoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pagesPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9048154170

ISBN - 13:9789048154173


Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Preliminaries. 2. Simplicity. 3. Hyperimaginaries. 4. Groups. 5. Supersimple Theories. 6. Miscellaneous. Bibliography. Index.