[FOM] Reverse Mathematics and Analysis

D.R. MacIver drm39 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Oct 29 12:44:06 EDT 2004


I'm in the process of trying to put together a proposal (and in particular 
a reading list) for a part III essay on the foundations of analysis: 
Basically how it depends on the underlying set theoretic axioms (I don't 
want to investigate anything too wild here. Standard logical systems and 
working in ZF + stuff).

It's been suggested that I take a look at reverse mathematics, and how much 
if any of it I wanted to include. At the moment I know essentially nothing 
about it (pretty much what's in the wikipedia entry and nothing else), so 
I'd appreciate it if you could give me some pointers in the right 
direction: What books would be good to learn about it, and to get a feel 
for the subject. Ideally with at least some nod in the direction of 
analysis kept in mind, as I'd imagine the theory has a rather different 
character when looking at, for example, number theory or algebra (of course 
it might not. As I said, I simply don't know much about it).

David MacIver

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