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Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture
W. Hugh Woodin
The Universe Beyond (Far Beyond)
Abstract: Set Theory is the mathematical study of infinity. But is this really the study of anything? A major challenge to the claim that the mathematical conception of infinity is meaningful is the fact that over the last 50 years many of the fundamental problems of Set Theory have been shown to be unsolvable from the accepted axioms. The most famous example is the problem of Cantor's Continuum Hypothesis.
Hugh Woodin received his B.S. in Mathematics from Caltech in 1977. He went to graduate school at U.C. Berkeley, and returned to Caltech as Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1980 and became Full Professor in 1983. In 1989 he moved to U.C. Berkeley as Professor of Mathematics. He was a Miller Research Professor in 1997-98 and since 2003 he is a Distinguished Professor at U.C. Berkeley.
Professor Woodin is a world leader in the field of mathematical logic and has received numerous awards for his work, including in 1988 the Carol Karp Prize, awarded every five years by the Association for Symbolic Logic for outstanding work in this field. He was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.
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The Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture was established by friends and family of the late Leonidas Alaoglu in recognition of his great talents, distinguished contributions to mathematics, and long friendship with Caltech. The Institute is privileged to honor his memory with a lecture each year by an outstanding mathematician.