[FOM] Cohen and Kunen as sources on forcing
joeshipman at aol.com
Sat May 19 19:39:16 EDT 2007
Cohen's book is a classic -- not only the best book to begin work in
set theory, but the best general introduction to logic. Its only fault
is that it is still in informal "lecture note" format and was never
Another excellent introductory text, unorthodox and demanding in its
approach but very thorough and a good complement to Cohen's book, is
Manin's "A Course in Mathematical Logic", Springer GTM #53.
Both these works have the great merit of being well-written and aimed
After they have been fully digested, any other book on Set Theory is
fine, though I would recommend Jech's 3rd edition as the best for
someone trying to find research to do, since it is much broader than
Kunen, Drake, Hajnal & Hamburger, etc., and is an absolutely essential
reference book anyway.
From: colin.mclarty at case.edu
So I'd like advice on Cohen versus Kunen. I understand that to become
a research set theorist the student would need Kunen. Is Cohen a
better beginner's book?
AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free
from AOL at AOL.com.
More information about the FOM