Logic is the study of reasoning; and mathematical logic is the study of the type of reasoning done by mathematicians.
Logic became a subject in its own right toward the end of the nineteenth century at which time its primary application was toward the foundations of mathematics. Today mathematical logic is a thriving part of the mainstream of mathematics itself, pursuing its own goals but also interacting heavily with algebra, analysis, geometry and number theory. Our logic group is made up of:
- Barbara Csima (Computability theory)
- Rahim Moosa (Model theory)
- Ross Willard (Universal algebra)
- Postdoctoral fellow - Dino Rossegger (Computability theory)
What follows is a brief description of these areas.
Computability theory studies the relative computational complexity of sets of natural numbers. Professor Csima's research focuses both on looking at structural properties of the class of all sets with respect to various reducibilities that compare information content, the most famous of which is Turing reducibility, and on applying notions from computability theory to learn about the (relative) complexity of mathematical structures and their attributes.
Model theory is a way of doing mathematics: given a mathematical object (such as a ring or a manifold) model theory makes explicit the structure that we are equipping the object with, and then studies the "geometry" of the sets that are definable therein. Professor Moosa's research has focused on the interactions of model theory with algebraic geometry. This includes the model theory of fields equipped with additional operators as well as the model theory of compact complex manifolds.