[FOM] Cohen and Kunen as sources on forcing

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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 
at beginners.

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.

-----Original Message-----
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?

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